Invited for Community Service Grants
Pittwater Council’s annual Community Services Grants Program is now
open to applications from local not-for-profit organisations,
services or groups for funding in the 2008/2009 financial year.
The one-off funding is available in four categories: Small Grants;
Community Capacity Building; Cultural Grants and Youth Grants. The
grants awarded range in value from $500 to $5000 and will be
prioritised according to projects that address priorities identified
in Council’s Social and Cultural Plans.
Grant coordinator Louise Jeffs said the Council had streamlined the
grant application process this year to encourage a diverse range of
organisations to apply.
“The grants program is particularly aimed at innovative projects and
resources that support identified needs in the community,” she
Ms Jeffs said that applicants would need to satisfy a number of
criteria outlined in the guidelines and were encouraged to discuss
their project prior to submitting a written application.
Mayor James said the grants program was an important component of
the Council’s support for local community-based organisations.
“Although Pittwater is a relatively small Council we make every
effort to give funding to those organisations providing services to
the local community,” he said.
Enquiries regarding the lodgement of an application or any aspect of
the Community Grants Program can be discussed by phoning Louise
Jeffs on 9970 1170.
The closing date for applications is Friday 16 May 2008. Application
forms and guidelines are available at
from customer service centres at Avalon and Mona Vale.
To view the Council’s Social and Cultural plans visit
Church Point Ferry
A new edition of
the Church Point Ferry Timetable is now available to download. The
picture associated with this item is just a tiny thumbnail. Click
the image to download and print!
The new edition
improves the visibility of services
Penny Gleen - Church
Point Ferry Service 0433 038 408
Pittwater's New Parking Policy on Public
Pittwater Council voted to place a new street parking policy on
public exhibition at its meeting this week.
The draft policy is intended to give greater discretion to rangers
and parking patrol officers on whether to issue fines for parking
infringements. It also clarifies the process for members of the
public wishing to appeal infringements.
As a result of the policy, Council officers could use digital
photography as evidence to record vehicle registration details,
relevant signage and the location of vehicles when issuing
If adopted, the new policy would also allow Council officers to
assess each infringement ‘on its merits’ before issuing any
Appeals against infringements will still be referred in the first
instance to the state government for review, but in the case of
those appeals referred back to the Council, a review committee will
be set up within the Council to adjudicate.
General Manager Mark Ferguson said the new policy would be placed on
public exhibition from mid April until mid May. Following the public
exhibition, it will be referred back to the Council for a final
“We’ve brought in the new policy because in certain situations
as parking on footpaths that are not clearly defined, a commonsense
approach is needed,” Mr Ferguson said.
Local Warming: climate change and Scotland
Saturday, 17 May, 7.30 pm for an 8 pm start.
10 Thompson St (Lot 332), Scotland Island (for directions please see
a lot about the global effect of climate change, but how might it
affect you and your home? What can we expect to happen to Scotland
Island, its fauna and flora, as well as its community? With rising
sea levels, what will happen to our wharfs and shores? How might
government regulations relating
to sustainability affect our jobs
and the public services we receive, as well as how we travel to
from the island? What will happen to the value of houses and land on
the island and in the bays? And how can we start to adapt to climate
change to ensure we have a resilient community?
Mallon, when he isn’t playing a drag queen with the Scotland
Players, directs a company called Climate Risk Pty Ltd, who work
with corporations, state governments and local councils on the risks
that climate change pose to their operations and assets, and the
ways that they can manage these risks. He also works on
international policies for addressing climate change and is happy to
answer any questions people want to ask about all aspects of global
warming, both internationally and locally.
Venue details: 10 Thompson Street (Lot
332), Scotland Island.
house, which used to belong to Jim Hinckley, is on the top of the
island, looking north-east. It lies between the house that used to
belong to Trudi (to the north) and the one where Claire and Luke
Atkins live (to the south). As you go up the fire track that starts
just behind the fire shed it is the second house on the left after
the first hairpin bend (Devil’s Elbow). There is likely to be a
white Suzuki Vitara parked outside by the fire track. Note that the
only access is from the fire track: there is no access direct from
Thompson Street. Please also be careful of trip hazards on the path
to the house leading from the fire track: the steps have not been
details in case of questions or difficulties: Phone: 9999 6891
is no need to RSVP, but please bring along whatever you would like
to drink (as well as something to drink from) and/or some finger
food to share.
Recent Septic Pump
Scotland Island residents who have recently organised to pump their
septics out (or any who are in the process of doing this)...
I just wanted to get an idea of the costs associated with organising
the pump outs. Any advice or tips would be greatly appreciated.
Public Meeting on Pittwater Council's Management Plan
As part of the public exhibition period of Pittwater Council's draft
management plan 2008-2012, a public meeting will be held on
Wednesday 14 May from 6.30 to 8pm at Mona Vale Golf Club.
The meeting will outline the actions detailed in the plan proposed
for Pittwater over the next four years. It offers the community a
chance to ask questions and to provide feedback to Council staff.
General Manager Mark Ferguson said the new management plan provided
the Council with the means to achieve the strategies and initiatives
included in Pittwater’s first-ever Strategic Plan, which has been
adopted by Council.
Pittwater 2020, as the Strategic Plan is known, gives a blueprint
for the Council and community to follow for the next 12 years, with
a focus on sustainability.
The draft management plan, which includes the 2008-2009 budget, is
currently on public exhibition until 20 May 2008. The 2008-2009
budget outlines total expenditure of $79m, including a capital works
program of around $15m.
Mr Ferguson said the management plan had been developed out of
community input over the two year strategic planning process.
“The public meeting will explain Council’s key actions over
four years and how they will be funded,” he said.
Mr Ferguson said that comments from the public on the management
plan would be considered prior to Council adopting it by 30 June
The draft management plan and 2008-2009 budget can be viewed at
Pittwater Council’s customer service centre at 1 Park Street Mona
Vale or at www.pittwater.nsw.gov.au For enquiries about the public
meeting, please call Simonne Shore on 9970 1103.
"I was told by the real estate to contact you. i am looking for a
place for one person on Scotland island... and I believe they do
come up but not that often. is it possible for me to print something
in the newsletter? I come from Mullumbimby originally and would like
to live near the bush again as I heal from some surgery."
Sarah Keightley [
Wine Tasting with
Peter Lehmann Wines
A Wine Tasting showcasing wines from Peter Lehmann of the Barossa
At: Scotland Island Rural Fire Brigade
For: Brigade members and guests
Date: Saturday, 3 May 2008
Time: 3.30pm - 5.30pm
Cost: $15 per head
Tickets: PMC Hill Real Estate or Jenny on 0411 405335
Come along to support the launch of the new vintage of Shed Red!
Wine Options - Prizes - Fun - Laughs
SEE YOU THERE!
Sat 3rd May Mona Vale Surf Club
Do you know the safest way to dispose of potentially hazardous
chemicals such as gas bottles, fire extinguishers, batteries, etc?
CleanOut Day is the answer and is on Saturday 3rd May at Mona Vale
Surf Club car park between 9am-3:30pm. Click here for cleanout
website or call the Environment Line on 131 555 for more details.
Qualified Architect or Interior Designer
Architecture is an innovative ship design company. Our clients are
leading Australian and international ship owners and
We seek a professionally
qualified Architect or Interior Designer.
You may be inspired
to design large commercial vessels, including passenger ships
You do have a flair
for design of both exterior form and interior spaces;
You do have
experience in design and material specification for commercial
Your experience in
commercial projects may be in the hospitality area;
You are proficient
in AutoCAD and standard Office software;
If this sounds like you
then we can offer:
The opportunity for
challenge as part of a talented professional team;
A negotiable salary
package for your level of experience;
A pleasant working
environment in the Pittwater area;
conditions with permanent part-time work a possibility;
If this interests you
please call Jennifer Knox +61 2 9979 9815 or send your CV to
have posted an advert on Seek however we would be particularly
interested in any application from a local resident.
Awards now open for
Do you know someone who deserves to be
honoured for their dedication and service to environmental
conservation or sustainability?
Council is seeking nominations for the 8th Annual Coastal
Environment Centre’s Environmental Volunteer of the Year Award.
Jo Tulau, Coordinator of the Coastal Environment Centre at
Narrabeen, said that our goal is to increase the community’s
understanding and appreciation of the natural environment and
sustainability, and to provide opportunities for active involvement
in being part of the solution.
“The Award is given annually in recognition of outstanding and
sustained effort to improve the environment in our local area”, she
“The nominated person will have demonstrated a special concern and
commitment to protecting, enhancing, restoring or conserving our
environment through their volunteer activities.
“Activities may include on-ground restoration, working to raise
awareness and understanding or advocacy for environmental protection
and sustainable living,” Ms Tulau said.
The successful award recipient will receive a $500 donation towards
furthering their conservation goals.
The awards presentation will take place in early June to coincide
with World Environment Day, together with the formal launch of the
Council’s strategic plan, Pittwater 2020.
Nominating someone is easy. Go to
www.pittwater.nsw.gov.au/environment/CEC for a nomination form
or call the Coastal Environment Centre on 9970 1675. Nominations
close on 15 May 2008.
Lamb and bean stew
Serving size: Serves 4
Cooking time: More than 1 hour
Special options: Kid friendly, Nut free
Favourite flavours: Lamb, Saucy
2 tablespoons olive oil
700g diced lamb (see tip)
1 onion, finely chopped
2 garlic cloves, crushed
1 cup (250ml) passata
1 bay leaf
3 sprigs of thyme
2 x 400g cans cannellini beans,
1 tablespoon fresh breadcrumbs
1 tablespoon chopped parsley
salad, to serve
1. Heat half of oil in a large saucepan on high. Pan-fry lamb, in
batches, until browned. Remove from pan and set aside. Reduce heat
to medium and add remaining oil. Pan-fry onion and garlic for 3
minutes, until soft.
2. Return lamb to pan with passata, ½ cup water, bay leaf and thyme.
Cover and simmer for 30 minutes, until lamb is tender. Remove herbs.
Stir through beans and season to taste.
3. Preheat oven to 220°C. Spoon mixture into a 5-cup ovenproof dish.
Top with breadcrumbs and bake for 10 minutes, until golden. Scatter
with parsley and serve with salad.