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- July 2007 -
Newsletter for Offshore Residents of Pittwater, Australia Volume 9, Issue 244 July 2007
The violent storm that wreaked havoc on the island and the western shores earlier in June was a reminder of the benefits of living offshore. The strength of community, the bonding of neighbours and the marvellous camaraderie developed during those days was something to be proud of. Boats were rescued, fallen trees lopped, vast quantities of green waste accumulated, refreshments consumed. Well done!
My I commend the story on the thieving at Church Point - have your say!
It was on Monday, May 7, 1 770,sailing north from newly discovered Sydney Harbour, that Captain Cook first sighted and named Broken Bay which, he wrote, “was a break in the coastline and appeared to be a bay”. Some historians, however, believe that the coastal break he saw was in the vicinity of Long Reef and his chart confirms this idea.
On May 2, 1788, Governor Phillip set out from now named Port Jackson to find the broken coastline referred to by Cook. He was unable to find it but entered the great inlet which he took to be Broken Bay and this name has been associated with it ever since. At its entrances stands (or really, crouches) Lion Island, so named for its resemblance to the king of beasts. The island contains approximately nine hectares and was reserved for “public recreation” on April 21, 1933. It was originally known as Elliot Island or Eliot Islet and its highest point is 73 metres above sea level.
One of the great views of the Sydney area is from West Head, the first headland of Broken Bay leading to the Hawkesbury River. At its zenith the land is known as Commodore Heights and the area leading to it is Lambert’s Peninsula, an area of 238 hectares. Both places were named after Commodore Lambert, Captain of the H.M.S. Challenger, a sleek three-master with a soaring bowsprit which patrolled Australian waters between 1866 and 1870. Challenger Head, another spectacular headland, at the entrance to Cowan Creek, was named after her. The earliest record of this naming appears on an Admiralty chart of 1866. Lambert’s Peninsula, running from West Head to the militaristic sounding Flint and Steel Point in Pittwater in the south, was originally granted to William Lawson in 1834 before it was resumed in 1866.
The SIRFB now has a beautiful web site, where all manner of interesting information can be found. The purpose of the site is to increase it's community presence and communication in order to get more people involved with fire brigade issues, whether they be social or fire fighting issues. There is an events calendar, news of the training schedule, and a comprehensive history of the brigade. Why not give the site a visit? Click here to connect!
During the recent sever storms, the Scotland Island Rural Fire Brigade were active helping residents with storm damage. The South side of the island and some of the Eastern homes had considerable storm damage to trees and dwellings and the volunteers from the brigade were there with their chain saws and their expertise to help. Just another example of why we all should support our Rural Volunteer Fire Brigades who do so much in Summer AND Winter. Well done to Graeme Richmond and the boys and girls of the brigade. We are very, very grateful.
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This from another reader.......
I empathise with 'Concerned Resident' (below)
the car park break-ins, particularly since I was also broken into again
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The peak hour E86 service between Church Point and the City is going Pre Pay only from next week - 25 June 2007. (So are the E87, E88 & E89 services.)
I asked one of the Sydney Buses staff handing out the brochures how people at Church Point are meant to get tickets. He said that apparently the shop at Church Point is going to sell them, although he didn't know where single fare tickets would be available. Although I haven't checked this with the shop.
...from a reader
Baked rice custard
Residents of Scotland Island are reminded of the general cleanup of Vegetation on the island in the week commencing July 16th 2007. Please note the special conditions for picking up vegetation
"Vegetation: Maximum of 2 cubic metres. Branches to be a max. of 1.2m long, 75mm thick, tied with twine. Place loose vegetation in firm sided containers. No plastic, nylon or Hessian bags. No untied branches, cardboard, polystyrene or foam boxes
July school holidays with Pittwater
Kids on the Coast Holiday Program.
Archived Newsletters A complete set of past electronic newsletters since May 2000 can be found and read at https://www.ymlp.com/pubarchive.php?sira or by clicking here or by visiting the Mona Vale Library. The Island website is at www.scotlandisland.org.au
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The views expressed in this newsletter are not necessarily the views of the Scotland Island Residents Association (SIRA), or any of the associated Pittwater Offshore Resident's Committees
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