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September 13 2020

Newsletter for Offshore Residents of Pittwater, Australia

Australia Day 2020 Awards Investiture Ceremonies

Residents who were named in the 2020 Australia Day Awards lists have attended Investiture ceremonies at Government House. The awards were presented by Her Excellency the Honourable Margaret Beazley AC QC, Governor of New South Wales, accompanied by Mr Dennis Wilson.


Scotland Island legend Robyn Iredale AM, for her amazing work in disability & education, working with Fragile X Association of Australia.

Photo courtesy and by proud daughter Lisa Ratcliff
Sourse - Piitwater Onlime News - September  13 - 19, 2020: Issue 466

Scotland Island Energy Reliability Project

Construction work Drilling Update

As you are aware, Ausgrid’s contractor Dunstans Construction Group has been drilling between Church Point and Scotland Island, ahead of the installation of a new electricity cable. This cable will improve the reliability of the power supply to Scotland Island.

Dunstans work involves directional drilling a hole to Scotland Island and installing conduits (plastic pipes) through the borehole. The cable will then be installed through the conduits.

Progress to date
Drilling work restarted earlier this month. However, due to drilling issues related to widening the borehole at Scotland Island further drilling was halted.

In the last few weeks, Dunstans and Ausgrid have been working to find a solution to complete the work. We appreciate the ongoing patience of nearby residents.
Drilling work will restart in in the coming weeks, with the expectation that work in the Church Point carpark is still planned to be completed by the end of October 2020.
Early next week, you may notice barges and divers working in Pittwater to install a temporary submarine pipe between the Church Point construction site and Carols Wharf, Scotland Island. This pipe will be used to reuse the drilling mud in the drilling operations and will be removed when the drilling has been completed.

Dunstans have been working with relevant government agencies and Ausgrid to make sure the proposed temporary submarine pipe complies with environmental measures to protect seagrasses and the waterway, as well as ensuring public safety in Pittwater.

We will continue to provide updates as the project progresses.

Work on Richard Road, Scotland Island
Work on Richard Road is progressing. The area will be fenced and accessed regularly until cables are installed in October, weather and ground conditions permitting. The area will then be reinstated.

During the work, we will aim to maintain pedestrian access to Richard Road and the wharf and adjacent reserve from the road. However, there will be times when access will be restricted during our work hours. We will notify the community in advance of any access changes.

Access to the wharf from the water will be maintained at all times. Ferry, water taxi and boat activities will not be affected.

Work hours
With statewide changes to construction working hours due to Covid-19, our work hours will be amended as follows:

Monday to Friday 6am to 6.30pm – with drilling work between 7am and 6pm
Saturday -7.30am to 5.30pm – with drilling work between 8am and 5pm,
Sunday 6am to 6.30pm – 7.30am to 5.30pm – with drilling work between 8am and 5pm

Please note outside the above mentioned drilling hours, you will notice the project team on site, preparing for the work and carrying out maintenance work on the equipment.

Parking and traffic at Church Point Carpark
The temporary parking restrictions in the Church Point Reserve Carpark will remain in place until October. We will contact residents who have kindly swapped their parking permits for Rowland Reserve, to discuss the extension of work.

Keeping you informed
Ausgrid will issue email notification updates. Residents can register for these updates to be emailed to them at majorprojects@ausgrid.com.au.

For enquiries related to construction, please contact Dunstans on 0490 750 197 (24 hours).

For information related to the project visit our website at www.ausgrid.com.au/scotlandisland. Alternatively, you can contact Ausgrid on 1800 604 765 or majorprojects@ausgrid.com.au.

We apologise for any inconvenience this work may cause you and thank you for your continued patience as we work to improve network reliability in the area.

Yours sincerely,
Adrian Woodford

Kindy Survey Wrap-up

A strong response to the survey exploring ideas for the kindy space saw an amazing 177 people completing it, which represents something like a quarter of the island. See selected results/analysis below, with the full graphed data available here; https://www.surveymonkey.com/stories/SM-M92LZ58Y/
Ideas in the survey were those proposed by people at the public meeting on 26th July and published in PON 31/7/20. The survey's aim was to gauge wider interest in each; to see if any or all were viable.

There was very strong interest in;
  • "A cultural hub incorporating workshops, training, weekend art gallery, cafe, exhibitions, sales" with 84 people (48% of respondents) saying they were very likely to use it.
There was strong interest in;
  • "Cafe/drop-in center for casual chats and airing points of view" with 41 people (24% of respondents) very likely to use.
  • "Knowledge share hub & tool library, recycle and repair, DIY classes on typical island tasks" had 44 people (25%) very likely to use.
  • "A members club with focus on music, arts, dancing, may include social bar" 45 people (26%) very likely to use.
  • "A community garden with workshops, plant exchange and growing space" 41 people (24%) very likely to use.
There was significant interest in;
  • "Reference library, book share, book club" 72 people (51%) very or quite likely.
  • "Co-working space" 40 people (23%) very or quite likely.
  • "Creche or play group" 28 people (17%) very or quite likely.
  • "Venue for sale of used goods" 59 people (34%) very or quite likely.
  • "Adult education venue" 42 people (24%) very or quite likely.
The standout from question 2 was "Coop for sale of dry goods, vegetables, gas bottle exchange" with 97 people (55%) very or quite likely to use. Good interest in Art, Music & Pottery classes was also found with around a third of people showing interest in each. Storage of park sport equipment, Homework tutoring and Weekend/holiday childcare each also saw significant interest.

The findings show our community getting behind a place of meeting, sharing, learning, socialising, art, culture and cooperative commerce. Numerous highlight interests specific to island/offshore life. Rather than focusing only on the high scoring activities, the space may be set up to accommodate any activity that receives significant community interest. A multiple-use community hub, with many activities at different times and wherever possible, several activities running at the same time. In this way 'The Hub' will foster new relationships and a stronger community.

Thanks to all who participated, with a special thanks to Gail Mackenzie for her patient facilitation at meetings and for wrestling the Survey Monkey. We'll now present results to Council who will plot the next steps.

Cameron Nicol,
SIOCS Committee President

Lyn Savage’s New Yoga Studio in Bayview.

Everyone is welcome, regardless of yoga abilities.
Come and try it out with my introductory offer of just $50 for unlimited classes for your first month.

Hello Offshore Residents, I am absolutely delighted to announce the opening of Soham Yoga in Bayview, a boutique studio catering to smaller personalised classes.

I will be offering two daily 60 minute Vinyasa-style classes at 9.30 am and 4 pm. Also the option of custom group or individual sessions with your friends or family at any other convenient time. Please visit www.soham.com.au to book.

Soham is a space where you can leave the outside world behind and use this time to reconnect to Self.  You will use the power of the mind, body and breath connection to escape from outside influences, if only for a short while.

So come and join me on a beautiful journey inward.

Visit my website www.soham.com.au  for more information or give us a call on 0403 284659 if you have any questions.
Looking forward to seeing you soon.
Lyn Savage J
8b Bayview Anchorage, 1714 Pittwater Road Bayview 2104


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