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Scotland Island - Western Shores - Mackeral Beach

- April 2006 -

Newsletter for Offshore Residents of Pittwater, Australia  Volume 9, Issue 128; April 2006     


Community Seagrass Monitoring Workshop

The Community Environment Network is presenting free seagrass monitoring workshops for community members.

Workshop participants will develop skills to allow them to work alongside environmental scientists and other professionals in preserving and protecting seagrass colonies that provide vital shelter, breeding grounds, food and other resources for countless sea creatures.

Seagrasses are threatened by stormwater and poor water quality, inappropriate development and boating activities, and the invasive seaweed Caulerpa taxifolia. Loss of seagrass will mean noticeably fewer fish, poorer water quality and reduced ecological health in our estuaries and harbour. Our seagrasses need you.

The workshop is free and run from 9:00am to 3:00pm at the following location:

* Pittwater (Barrenjoey Beach), Sunday 19 March

Lunch is provided - all you need to bring is some enclosed shoes that can get wet, and clothing that can get wet up to your waist. Snorkels, wetsuits etc. are welcome but not necessary.

Bookings are essential. Please call Charlie Hewitt on 9970 8401 for the Pittwater and Botany workshop bookings, and Brett Maina on 9976 1605 for Manly workshop bookings.

For more information, please call Charlie Hewitt on 9970 8401.

These workshops are supported by the Hawkesbury Nepean Catchment Management Authority, Coastcare, Pittwater Council, Manly Council, Randwick Council, Botany Council, and Rockdale Council.

A New Cookery Book for Pittwater. 

A new cookery book is planned to be published this in time for the festival this year with all proceeds going to the Kindergarten. Rosemary Haskell is coordinating the publication. The unique theme will be ‘Island and Offshore Living’ and to fit in with our lifestyle…… so put your thinking caps on and share some of your favourite recipes.

Practical store cupboard recipes for

  • Instant dinner parties
  • Quick and easy week night meals
  • Back pack picnics with interesting sandwich fillings ( also your ideas on suggested walks in the area)
  • Progressive dinner parties
  • Bring a plate: Snacks & nibbles ( To take to the dog race celebrations, Island Thinking , or the book club or when you just share drinks or a casual picnic with friends)
  • Fish where to catch it and how to cook it
  • Cakes & desserts
  • Barbecues and salads ( For our Australia Day Cricket match or Woody Point)

It is important to make sure recipes are accurate and well tested using standard metric measures. Specify the quantities the recipe will make or the number of people the dish will feed. Feel free to add anecdotes and stories about the origin or special use of the recipe

Contributions or any questions phone or email

Rosemary Haskell 99793301 or rhaskell@bigpond.net.au


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