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|Newsletter for Offshore Residents
of Pittwater, Australia Volume 10, Issue 357
Welcome to 2009. Beautiful Pittwater is alive with
enjoying our wonderful waterways and our pleasant weather.
Meanwhile our famous Dog Race was a triumph again this years with even
- more dogs and more boats as well as coverage on Channel
Seven News the
evening! I even had an email passed on to me from a Mexican visitor
had heard about the race and made a point of being here to see
it.....she was so impressed she wrote to our former editor and
sent a couple of photos which you can see them below.
During the coming months I plan to start up an online
featuring Offshore images. The idea is to capture and document
Offshore events, and this unique environment we live in, and
them available for
readers to browse. If any of you have images you would like to
contribute please send them to me. Why not start with some more images
years Dog Race or Carols at Carols ? Or, if you have an idea for a
photographic theme let me know and we'll see what we can do. I
look forward to your suggestions.
Have a wonderful New Year and best wished from the Editor and all the
Centre - Job Opportunities
Starting in January
Kindy gives back
Solar Electric Update
SIRA Roads News
Scotland Island Children’s Centre -
Island’s established community-run Childcare Centre is seeking more
staff due to expansion in 2009.
attractive salaries, great children, wonderful staff and a beautiful
CHILDRENS CENTRE DIRECTOR
We are seeking a Director to work 20 – 35 hours / week.
work arrangements available. Must have a diploma or equivalent
CHILD CARE WORKERS
Seeking enthusiastic, experienced Child Care Workers (qualifications
preferred but not essential). Providing high quality care
MAINTENANCE / HANDY PERSON
We need a handy person to carry out regular maintenance jobs and the
occasional fix it to keep the Centre in great condition
Can you spare an hour or two to lend a hand (weekly, monthly) help
staff, get involved with the kids and the community ie. cooking,
gardening, story telling always welcome
Car parking and ferry transport provided
For more information contact:
Lizzie Hazelwood 02 9999 6871
an international visitor....
Thank you very much for writing me back with the time. I went to
the race and had a great time! You guys are awesome organizing such a
crazy nice thing! Now you can say that international visitors come all
the way from
all around the world to see this race: Like me from Mexico!
I attach some pics from the day! See you next year! Ana Lucia
Classes On Scotland Island
The booking for the Community Hall has been
confirmed for the Dance Classes starting on Saturday 31st January
If your child is interested and willing to attend ballet and modern
Please contact me on 04 20 59 16 06 or you can email me at
For further information please "CLICK" the following: the complementary
information and the registration form
Many thanks and best wishes, Sophie
The Kindy has been the grateful beneficiary of many donations over the
years, and SIOCS is happy to announce that it is passing on this
goodwill to others in need.
The good quality toys, books and bric-a-brac left over from the Kindy
Spring Fair are being donated to NSW Refugee Health. Each
some 4,000 people who have experienced persecution or other serious
human rights abuses settle in New South Wales. Common refugee
experiences include torture, war or civil unrest, the loss of family
and friends through violence, and prolonged periods of deprivation.
These experiences can have major implications on health status and the
delivery of health care. The NSW Refugee Health Service was set up by
the NSW Department of Health in 1999 to help meet some of these
challenges. Clinic and home visits are organized. A NSW Refugee Health
representative said: “The refugees obviously have minimal money for
necessities and often many children to support; so these items will be
well received. Thank you.”
The Kindy team would like to pass on this thanks to the community and
wish everyone here goodwill in this festive season too!
Electrical Power Program for Offshore (SEPPO)
Following the information sent to you as a PON in October - (Click here to open a PDF for your
reference), the situation is:-
- THREE applications have been approved by
Government for the $8000 grant
- TEN are awaiting approval
- TWO are awaiting their 'no commitment'
- The plan is for AWS to order/install in batches
of 5 systems
Installations have started and you can see and read about Paul Purvis
solar installation experience below.
Paul and Joy recently fitted a Solar Photo Voltaic power system to
their house in Elvina Bay. They have taken advantage of the federal
government's $8000 subsidy. As a bonus, the installing company donated
a $900 photo voltaic panel to Pittwater High School to further complete
their plan to make Pittwater High a totally carbon neutral school for
their power needs.'
They found the installation was relatively
painless, taking only a day and half for the professional installers to
deliver the panels, install the system and test. If you would like to
discuss the installation with them, they can be contacted on 02 9979
Remember, if you have any questions, ring John Harrison at AWS (9533
7444) or Greg Roberts (9979 5228)
Photos courtesy Paul Purvis
SIRA Roads News
The SIRA Roads Committee has met to go through the Council’s Storm
Water and Drainage Master Plan.
The proposals are exciting and will be worked through with the Council
during the New Year. The final document will then be put on public
viewing later in 2009.
In the meantime, the SIRA subcommittee is about to go through the Roads
Master Plan. If anyone on the island would like an input into how are
roads are managed, developed and cared for in the future please join
the working group.
Call Anne Palmer on 9999 3478 for more details.
Local Council Matters
AGREES ON PROJECTS FOR FEDERAL FUNDING
Pittwater Council agreed at its meeting this week on a list of projects
to be funded through money for councils from the federal government
announced last month.
Pittwater was awarded $256,000 in federal funding following the
inaugural Australian Council of Local Government meeting in Canberra in
November, attended by Mayor David James.
Mayor James said the funds had to be spent by September 2009 and would
be allocated on "community infrastructure that will deliver tangible
benefits to Pittwater."
“For this reason Council has decided to spend the money predominantly
on footpath improvements”, said Cr James.
"Improved footpaths and shared use pathways encourage a healthier
lifestyle by making it easier to walk or cycle," Cr James said.
Key projects will include:
Mayor James said additional funds for larger community infrastructure
would be available under a competitive application-based process.
- Mona Vale Road (from Bungan Street to Foley
Street) – a shared use pathway for pedestrians and cyclists from
Warriewood Valley to Mona Vale CBD.
- Bramley Avenue to Ross Street, Newport – a
footpath link with Newport shops
- Rickard Road, North Narrabeen (from Nareen
Parade to Anana Road) - providing a safe off-road footpath for users
- Melbourne Avenue, Mona Vale – (from Cook
Terrace to Hunter Street) - connecting an existing path from Warriewood
Beach through to Mona Vale Hospital
- Winnererremy Bay pedestrian bridge – connecting
to Pittwater High Schools’ shared use sports ovals.
“We’ll be putting in a bid to access these additional funds for a
larger scale community project such as a new skate park at Kitchener
Park, Mona Vale.”
Media contacts: David James, Pittwater
Council Ph: 9970 1104
collected from public & private wharfs every Monday &
Recycling collected from roadside Monday
General & metal clean up: 15 Sept 2008 & 30 Mar 2009
Vegetation collection: 21 July 2008 & 19 January 2009
Clean Up Calender to July 2009 can be downloaded here.
Vegetation Collection Information for Scotland Island
can be downloaded here.
PROJECT LAUNCHED AT NEWPORT
Pittwater Council’s new stormwater harvesting project at Porters
Reserve Newport will be officially launched on Thursday 11 December at
The project was made possible with a $150,000 grant from the federal
government’s Community Water Grants program. It will provide around 70%
of the irrigation needs of Porters Reserve without relying on drinking
water from the mains supply.
The grant was matched by Council funds, with the project costing just
A group of Year 5 students from Newport Primary will be taken on a tour
to see how the project works as part of the launch.
Project coordinator Jennifer Pang said that the project was just one of
the initiatives that Council had introduced to reduce water consumption
in the Pittwater area.
“The students will get to see how the stormwater is collected when it
rains and how it is pumped through a device that removes the gross
pollutants and sediment.”
“Once the water is treated it is pumped into storage tanks that contain
a total of 180,000 litres which is then used to irrigate the reserve,”
Ms Pang said.
The students will assist with the planting of native trees using the
stored water for irrigation. The trees will help to screen the tanks
and provide more shade at the reserve.
“They will also participate in water sampling on the day to assess the
water quality,” Ms Pang added.
Deputy Mayor Patricia Giles, who will officially launch the project,
said she was delighted to see water recycling in the local community.
“I am pleased that the federal government recognised the importance of
this project by providing funding so the reserve continues to be
irrigated during dry periods, “ she said.
“This is also good news for the users of the reserve such as Newport
Rugby Club who will benefit from the improved condition of the playing
fields,” added Cr Giles.
Media contact: Jennifer Pang, Pittwater
Council Ph: 9970 1209
My name is Nila and I am new to the island. I’d like to arrange weekly
daytime meditation and relaxation sessions on the island.
Either at my home at 74 Thompson St or at the Community Centre.
I’d love to hear from interested people Ph 99992445
Scots on Scotland Island
Hello. You may remember I came to the island in 2005 in order to
document your community and connection to place. I am delighted that in
2009 I will have an opportunity for producing and showing some of this
material in Scotland, on a very pretty island called the Isle of Bute.
We are also looking for material to accompany the exhibition which
shows in some way the history of Scots going to Australia and
especially to Scotland Island: any visuals, copies of old newspapers
cuttings, photographs or text would be very welcome. This could include
more recent Scots immigrants too. If anyone can direct me to where I
might access some of this material I would be very grateful.
I can be contacted at email@example.com or 07 3844 3111. Many thanks,
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