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|Notices for Offshore Residents
of Pittwater, Australia
Note from the Kindy
Spiders in Kindy
Prior to the kindy re-opening this year, two funnel web spiders were
found at playgroup in the sand pit, after the area had been unused for
at least a week. SIOCS is taking this very seriously, but we
must none of us forget that we live in the bush, and Australia has much
more than its fair share of poisonous animals. Funnel webs
are everywhere in this area. It is up to all of us to
understand what needs to be done to keep ourselves and our children
safe, not just at the kindy, but also at home, around the island and
bays, and anywhere which is close to the bush.
Lizzie has been in touch with the Reptile Park near Gosford, which
provides consultation services to the community on poisonous
animals. They were not overly concerned about our
discoveries, and thought that the kindy being unused over the Christmas
period could be a factor in finding them outside their normal place of
residence. We're looking at organising someone to come to the
island from the Reptile Park to do a site inspection at the kindy, and
also to give a talk on poisonous creatures, which would be open to
In the meantime, however, this is the advice we have been given:
Funnel webs do not normally live in sand, as it does not make strong
burrows (the burrows collapse). Therefore it is likely that
they have just fallen in and couldn't get out.
The recent wet weather has seen an increase in the numbers of funnel
webs generally, which may be why we are seeing more of them (there have
never been funnel webs reported in the kindy play area
before). They also come out in Feb/Mar to look for
a mate and the hot weather has encouraged them to come out a little
General safety precautions you should all follow are:
(1) Do not leave clothes, shoes, towels etc on the floor
(2) Check shoes before putting them on
(3) Do not walk about at night without footwear
(4) Do not handle spiders that appear to have drowned in pools,
(5) Wear gloves when gardening or working outside
Specifically, the kindy will be taking the following precautions in
addition to any that apply above:
(1) The sand pit is already raked every day before the children play in
it, as part of our normal procedures. This happens prior to
the children coming out into the playground, so that no child can jump
into the sandpit before it is raked.
(2) The outside of the building will be sprayed with outdoor surface
spray. This will reduce the incidence of both spiders and the
wasps that build nests in all the corners.
(3) Staff will talk to children about spider safety, in a
non-threatening way, to teach them not to put their fingers into cracks
in rocks or small holes in the ground, as these are exactly the sort of
places that spiders might live.
(4) Our staff all have first aid certificates, and recommended actions
in case of a spider bite have been reinforced by advice from the
(5) We are looking at a new sandpit cover as part of our ongoing drive
to improve conditions at the kindy, and this could help with keeping
spiders off the sand - though as previously said, sand is not really a
Could all parents please reinforce the spider safety message with their
children. While only funnel-webs and red-backs are
currently considered dangerous, there are others, such as mouse
spiders, which are rarely encountered but potentially
dangerous. Any spider larger in size than a dollar coin
should be treated with respect, as all spiders have venom glands,
though only the larger species have fangs able to puncture human skin.
We will keep you posted about the Reptile Park visit.
If you have any further questions or comments, Lizzie Hazelwood would
be happy to talk to you - 9999 6871.
New Stroke Information
Please read, as
this information CAN save lives
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from an Island Mum
I am a mother of 2 small boys living
on Scotland Island.
I, like all of us, cherish the uniqueness of island life and the beauty
and peacefulness of our natural surrounds. I would like to make a plea
however, to all dog owners to PLEASE keep your dogs at home, unless you
are directly supervising them. There are high a number of dogs around
the island, with many gaining regular freedom to fight with each
other, bark aggressively at passers-by and defacate randomly.
3 year old son has an inconsolable fear of dogs now as the direct
result of being jumped on and barked at without provocation on a number
of occasions. To the majority of people who do keep their dogs
contained, THANK YOU.
Local Council Matters - Media release
URGED TO HELP CLEAN UP PITTWATER
Pittwater Council is asking businesses in the Pittwater area to
contribute to a healthier environment by getting involved in Business
Clean Up Day on Tuesday 24 February........read
Media contact: Barbara Harvey, Pittwater
Council Ph: 9970 1226
Ferry Service Work...
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Join us on the run to Newport Primary School.
Flexible days am and pm shifts available.
Contact Penny at Church Point Ferry Service 0433 038 408."
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- 14ft fibreglass commuter hull - needs motor $100
- 20ft yacht twin bilge keel - it can be dry moored on a
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