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ALCOHOL CONSUMPTION AT THOMAS STEPHENS RESERVE, CHURCH POINT
a recent meeting of stakeholders with Pittwater Council staff, a report
will go to Council this Monday, July 19 regarding a ban on the
consumption of alcohol at Thomas Stephens Reserve.
seeks to limit the current practice of drinking alcohol at Thomas
Stevens Reserve and recommends that alcohol be consumed at Church Point
only between the hours of 3pm and 9pm on Friday, Saturday and Sunday,
plus Public Holidays and at special events.
recommendation has been arrived at after several months of consultation
and a considerable body of written submissions from local residents
both Offshore and Onshore. The significant majority showed a preference
for the preservation of the current situation with some minor
limitations. As many stated, this Reserve has a long
a community meeting place and, for better or worse, in our culture that
often means having a drink. A number of submissions proposed
curfew and some suggested different times for summer and
Some residents said that they felt uncomfortable walking through Church
Point at night when a group was still gathered after the last Ferry and
the current location of the wharf means passing through this area.
Local Area Command and the Broken Bay Water Police have very little
record of reported trouble at Church Point in recent years and their
major concern is particularly focused on drink driving both vehicles
Those who spend time at Church Point know that over
the past few years there have been a few local incidents and late night
over indulgences which have caused some concern. As many have pointed
out these have come from only one or two people and have largely been
“taken care of locally”. Indeed, against this background of
unfortunate incidents there is a long record of local residents taking
care of the Reserve by cleaning up and attempting to maintain social
Offshore Community Associations both formally wrote to Council largely
supporting the status quo. Taking the lead from many views expressed
from Scotland Island residents,
the Scotland Island Residents’
Association proposed a curfew after 8pm every night. The West Pittwater
Community Association supported the preservation of the status quo. The
Church Point Reserve Association largely supported the preservation of
the status quo with a curfew, whereas the Bayview/Church Point
Residents’ Association supported the ban of drinking alcohol in this
public Reserve, except on special occasions.
Here is a link to the Council Report: Council Report CP Alcohol.pdf
is an error in the following letter from Pittwater Council advising us
of their recommendation. Paragraph 2 should read:
restrict consumption of alcohol at the reserve to 3pm – 9pm Friday,
Saturday, Sunday and Public Holidays”
Scotland Island Residents Association
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Church Point Carpark Fees Comments
I think we need as a community to seek independent legal
advice, It would seem to me that we are entering into a contract with
Pittwater Council to fund or contribute to the funding of the
development of the carpark. If it is indeed a contract then
dangerously open ended, to our possible detriment.
The cost of
development is a ball park figure, what if it is much more costly (say
twice as much) do our contributions increase accordingly?
Do we have a choice at that point to decide not to proceed with
extending the car park at all?
What if permission (DA) is not given to build a tiered car park ?
What if the reclamation of some of Pittwater is not given approval or
that part is too expensive?
How does that affect our future contribution?
own view expressed at certain points in the process of the management
plan has been not to support the extension of the car park into McCarrs
Creek road partly based on the uncertainty of the cost and of gaining
I do however have no reservation about paying a small
fee for consistent long term parking and consider the proposed $275.00
to be reasonable. My view is that we pay this amount with CPI increases
as a fee for parking but I do not feel at all comfortable entering into
a plan that is so uncertain.
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