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of Pittwater, Australia - Volume 12, Issue 569
As you all know our much loved commuter ferry Curlew is to
be retired soon. See the PON on February
with Penny & Simon's notice about her retirement. She has had
a long history in this community it was felt that
to have an online photographic record of
servicing our waterways was well worth having.
off the online gallery we have managed to get
some great historic photos of the Curlew (and the Elvina) from Graeme
We currently have nearly 70 photos in the gallery, however
there must be others out there, so, if
you (and there must be many of you) have any interesting, or
photos of the Curlew, we would very much like to see them and possibly
put them in the gallery.
Please send your photos (preferably not
reduced in size) to
To see the gallery follow the links below.
Scotland Island Ferries - Curlew and Elvina
Also remember you can always see the latest newsletter on the new
Scotland Island website - the link to it is on the first screen so
you can't miss it. www.scotlandisland.org.au
Weekend Bush Regeneration
NSW Election 2011
Gallery Exhibition Invitation
Letters to the Editor
Alyse Saxby Fundraiser
Pittwater Online News
Rally for Climate Action
Car Air conditioning
Part Time Work
Local Contact Guide
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Weekend Bush Regeneration Event 2, 3
Plus Author's Talk on the 2nd
All are invited to join in for either - or both - of 2 mornings of bush
regeneration at Morning Bay.
Meet at the hostel at 8 to 8.30 am on the Saturday and
Sunday. If you are a bush regenerator, please bring your tool kit.
is a full morning with morning tea provided followed by a bbq lunch up
at the hostel. Please call the hostel to arrange complementary ferry
ride to and from the event, if you require.
An added bonus
for thise who have worked on the Saturday mornings, is an
Talk by Ian Jacobs immediately after the bbq. Ian is the author
of A History of the Aboriginal Clans of Sydney's Northern
Beaches. For over 20 years Ian has been collecting various sources and
links on local Aboriginal history, which he will share with us on
Hope to see you on the weekend,
Michael and Sarah
Pittwater Natural Heritage Association activity in partnership with
Pittwater YHA, NP&WS, Pittwater Council & sponsored by
Hawkesbury-Nepean catchment Authority with funding from the Australian
Government's Caring for our Community Protects.
Permaculture Workshop in Avalon,
Pittwater Community Gardens
a workshop called “Getting Started with Permaculture” happening at the
new Pittwater Community Gardens (which is on the grounds of Barrenjoey
High School, Avalon)
17 April 2011 from 9am to 4pm.
an introductory workshop that will cover many aspects of how to turn
your house and your backyard into places that are energy and water
efficient, and can produce food all year round. They will also look at
the role that a community garden can fill, in being places of intensive
food production, repositories of seed, knowledge banks and meeting
places – all making for a more resilient community.
Workshop will include;
is $90 with concessions available. Bookings essential, call Cameron
Little on 0414 385 644 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
- permaculture ‘ethics’ and principles
- eco-efficient homes
- eco-efficient gardens
- assessing your site
- design considerations
- fruit, vegies & herbs
- chickens and other animals in the system
- other inclusions for garden sustainability
- sustainable home food production
- prioritising garden design wishlists
- permaculture in your local community
Election 2011 - Pittwater Snapshot
is a link to the results from Saturday's election detailing a booth by
booth snapshot of results from Pittwater.
I understand that this website may be of interest to Pittwater's
Office of Rob Stokes MP
Member for Pittwater
Phone: 9999 3599
Fax: 9999 0922
Hewitt Gallery Exhibition
Haythornthwaite - Still Life and Sea
Opening 6 – 8pm
Thursday 31st March 2011 to 18th April
Opening 6 – 8pm Thursday 31st March 2011
The exhibition continues until 18th April 2011
To be opened by the artist and designer Bruce Goold.
Dowling Street, Darlinghurst NSW 2010
Hours Mon -
Sat 10am - 6pm
(02) 9331 4988 email@example.com
holiday Activities for Kids
Council’s Coastal Environment Centre (CEC) is launching six exciting
NEW programs and running 18 environment education activities daily from
Monday 11 April to Thursday 21 April 2011.
Gary Jackson from
the CEC said, ‘Holiday environment education in our professional, fun
and friendly atmosphere is a safe and inspirational experience for our
kids, parents and carers. Field based activities explore
and below the waterline in beautiful local natural
‘Experienced community educators take care of your children,
leaving you free to explore our coastal, wetland and rainforest
regions’, said Mr Jackson.
Activities such as Rockplatform
Investigators, Underwater Lagoon Mysteries, Rainforests of the Sea,
Coastal Capers, Shell Discovery and Secrets of the Sand will complement
the ever-popular animal interactive Reptile Romp.
discovery experiences include The Nutty Professor’s Lab, Whale of a
Time, The Not So Scary World of Sharks, Turtle Power, Creepy Crawlies,
Lava Lovers, Flying High with Kites, Home Sweet Home, King Neptune
& His Mermaids and of course our Easter Bandicoot Bushtucker
an expansion of the Kids on the Coast program, the CEC is partnering
the Australian Tourist Park Management and Sydney Lakeside Holiday Park
to provide a wide range of accommodation, education and fun activities
during the April school holidays
Jennifer Scott, Manager of the
Sydney Lakeside Holiday Park said “Kids on the Coast at Sydney Lakeside
is a great opportunity to stay, play and learn about the amazing
“We can host couples or the whole
family. This Easter school holidays will be another fun
and rewarding experience for our guests’.
Kids on the
Coast activities are suitable for the recommended ages of 5 to 12.
All-day events run from 10am to 3pm at $55. You can also choose morning
sessions from 10am to 12 noon or afternoon sessions from 1pm to 3pm, at
$22 per session.
The CEC is located on Pelican Path, in
the foreshore grounds of Sydney Lakeside Holiday Park, off Lake Park
Road, North Narrabeen. It is 300m from North Narrabeen Beach
For more information or to book a place visit
call the CEC on 1300 000 CEC (232) or (02) 9970 1675.
Contact: Bianca Smith, Senior
Educator (02) 9970 1313 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Drivers become Safer
free workshop for parents and supervisors of learner drivers will be
held by the NSW Roads and Traffic Authority (RTA) in conjunction with
Pittwater Council at Mona Vale library on Wednesday 6 April 2011.
course, ‘Helping Learner Drivers Become Safer Drivers’, will offer
parents and supervisors hands-on advice on how to provide the most
effective driving practice for learner drivers.
Safety Officer, Michelle Carter said licence conditions for learner
drivers mean there is a minimum of one year on ‘L’ plates and 120 hours
of supervised driving, including a mandatory 20 hours of night-time
“A more rigorous driving test has also been introduced, focusing on
hazard perception and driver reactions.
and supervisors of novice drivers have a crucial role to play in making
our roads safer, and that is why the RTA has developed a course to
better support them.
will cover topics such as:
and supervisors who have attended this course found it boosted their
confidence, helped them better plan driving sessions and allowed them
to share experiences with other parents and supervisors,” added Ms
- laws for learner and P-plate drivers
- how to use the Learner Driver Log Book
- how to plan on-road driving sessions
Bookings for the Helping Learner Drivers Become Safe
Drivers course are essential and can be made by calling Michelle Carter
from Pittwater Council on 9970 1196 or by email at
Michelle Carter, Pittwater Council
Ph: 9970 1196
Invited to Apply for ArtZpace 2012
Council is inviting emerging local artists to apply for ArtZpace 2012.
in January, ArtZpace is an annual project in which artists get to plan
and present a professional exhibition. The show is staged at the Avalon
Council’s social and community development
coordinator Melinda Hewitt said ArtZpace offers young and emerging
artists the chance to display and sell their work in a professional
setting, while also building their networks and skills as practising
“Artists can draw upon the expertise of an art show
coordinator during the planning, hanging and marketing of their work,”
said Ms Hewitt.
“In 2011, 11 artists of a high standard were chosen to exhibit their
work over the ten day exhibition,” said Ms Hewitt.
group was highly successful in making sales and promoting their works
to a wider audience. Many artists were also approached by private
galleries and to undertake further commissions,” she said.
for ArtZpace 2012 are now open and will close on Friday 20 May 2011.
Exhibition space will be available from Friday 6 January to Sunday 16
“We are encouraging applications from all artists
working within the media of sculpture, painting, photography, ceramics
and drawing,” Ms Hewitt added.
Application packs and further
information on the ArtZpace 2011 project can be obtained from Council’s
customer service centres and libraries or at
For more information call Susan Machar, Community Development Officer
at Pittwater Council on 9970 1169.
Susan Machar, Pittwater Council, Ph: 9970 1169
Invited for Community
community groups are invited to apply for funding from the Community
Development & Support Expenditure (CDSE) program.
CDSE is a statewide initiative where financial support is provided by
RSL Clubs for projects and services for the community.
program means that clubs earning more than $1million annually in gaming
machine revenue provide funding for community projects and services and
in turn receive dollar-for-dollar gaming tax deductions.
Community, Library and Economic Development Manager Lindsay Godfrey
said the program is an important source of funding for community-based
organisations to help them carry out community projects.
“The funding can also be put towards purchasing equipment to assist
with their activities,” said Mr Godfrey.
Participating clubs in Pittwater include Avalon Beach RSL Club, Palm
Beach RSL Sub-branch and Pittwater RSL Club.
Organisations can apply for funding from one of the following
one - community welfare and social services, community development,
community health services and employment assistance activities or;
Funding application forms are available from the clubs or can be
downloaded from www.clubsnsw.com.au
- Category two - community development and
support services eg. support for sport and recreation groups.
Completed applications forms should be submitted to your local club by
30 April 2011.
Susan Machar, Pittwater Council Ph: 9970 1169
to the Editor
It saddened me to hear that someone has removed the wonderful
Aboriginal Totem from Tennis wharf:
Noticed this explanation of the Importance of Totems from the website :www.convictcreations.com.
Dreaming- In Jewish, Christian and Islamic culture, the snake is a bad
guy who tempted Eve in the Garden of Eden. But in Aboriginal cultures,
the Rainbow Serpent is the creator of life. The serpent emerged from
beneath the earth and as she moved, winding from side to side, she
forced her way through soil and rocks, making the great rivers flow
from her path. From her body sprang the tribes, the animals and the
birds of Australia. “
“In some myths, a woman can't conceive
unless the Rainbow Serpent enters her body. In other myths, the Serpent
is vengeful upon those who damage the land. “
Regards Local Resident
am wondering if anyone saw a boat, I am assuming a fairly big motor
cruiser, who got caught up in my mooring (without boat on it) at the
north end of the Island?
It happened on Saturday afternoon somewhere between midday and 5pm.
it was got it into a huge tangle and then cut the rope completely and
in the process destroyed my buoy--thank god it floated enough for me to
I would dearly love to find out who it was so I can send them a bill
for the repairs to my mooring.
also like to thank whoever it was who tied a fender onto the mess so
that it did not sink...Thank you, heaps I hope you've got it back OK.
read your newsletters with great interest. Having
Brisbane from Beecroft in 1993 I still feel homesick for Sydney and
especially the northern waterways where I spent a lot of time as member
of the KMYC and AVCG Cottage Point. One day maybe
back. It is sad to hear that cane toads are down as
south as the northern parts of Sydney. They are
menace in Queensland and every garden is visited frequently throughout
summer especially when it is wet and mainly at night; they are
nocturnal. Terriers are particularly at risk because of their
tendency to chase whatever moves.
Any animals that have
a go at them, e.g., dogs, risk death from their toxin; a milky white
secretion. The best thing to do is to wash the
initially with hose water (don't spray it down their throat and drown
them) and then give their mouth a good wash with a wet cloth
the water alone wont remove all the toxin. Watch the dog for
next hour or so. The signs of poisoning are profuse
salivation soon after mouthing the toad. This may
followed by vomiting, weakness and then convulsions which are
frequently fatal. There gums tend to turn a bluish
colour. If you haven't got to the dog very quickly
expert veterinary help is needed. Many people in
simply won't let their dogs out of the house after dusk in summer
because of the cane toad risk.
To catch toads its easiest to do
by picking them up with your hand in a plastic supermarket
bag. Tie the top, put them in the freezer and they
sleep as they get cold and die.
All the best.
Saxby Special Olympics Fundraiser
9, April, 7.30pm
Author Talks at
Mona Vale Library
three talented Australian authors making a splash in the world of
fiction. They will speak about female fiction, life as an author and how
they got started.
Carroll’s Irish-Australian novels focus on modern-day women, their
relationships and ambitions. “The Better Woman”, “High Potential” and
“Less Than Perfect”
Click Flyer to download PDF version
Dianne Blacklock’s novels include “Almost Perfect”, “False Advertising”
and “The Right Time”.
Moriarty’s novels include “Three Wishes”,“The Last Anniversary” and
“What Alice Forgot” as well as a junior science fiction.
Wednesday 27 April 2011
Venue: Mona Vale Library
1 Park Street, Mona Vale
Cost: $7.50 Adults, $5.50 Concession - Pensioner and Students
(passes must be shown)
Phone: 9970 1600
Payment within 3 days of booking
Contributors sought !
Online News, a website dedicated to the Pittwater region of Sydney,
NSW, Australia, will be an Independent point of contact for all who
live in this beautiful place. From April 10th, 2011 Pittwater Online
News will be updated weekly with articles on topics concentrating on
all aspects of local and national news that effect us. Information on
subjects ranging from current local happenings, to Environment, Health
and local Events will be addressed. Pages dedicated to Food, DIY
projects, the Arts, local Groups, Clubs, Community organisations and
Sports will be part of this online news magazine. A Historical page
focusing on buildings, people, past events and all the hidden nooks
within each suburb will share knowledge of all things Pittwater.
Youth, Boomers and the Aged interests, with news forum interaction
capabilities on their separate pages, will be a point of contact and
discussion place for all.
Our “Park Bench Philosophers” page
will be a weekly opportunity for any resident to share
gripes, opinions or just a great old tale.
We welcome you to
Pittwater Online News and invite you to let us know what you'd like to
hear about or let us know what you have coming up that you’d like
everyone else to know about !
If you have an item you’d like to contribute to any page please contact
Site’s will be at; http://pittwateronlinenews.yolasite.com/
for Climate Action
Family-friendly rally for climate action (there will be great music and
face-painting for kids)
Belmore Park (next to Central Station, behind the Eddy Avenue bus stops)
Saturday, April 2, 11am-12noon
talk, and we need to get the numbers to this rally to get the message
out loud and clear that Australians support a price on pollution and
demand that it's a strong one.
Across town there will be an
Anti-Carbon tax rally happening at the same time with the Climate
Deniers, the talkback shock-jocks and the fear-mongering politicians.
By contrast our rally will be peaceful, positive and family friendly.
fortnight ago, when an anti-climate-action rally came to Melbourne,
over 8,000 locals joined the rally for climate action. They turned a
bad media story on its head - into a positive national story about how
many Australians showed up in support for climate action.
Saturday April 2nd the shock-jocks and Climate Deniers will be in
Sydney and we need to be sure that the message is loud and
that NSW wants real action now on Climate Change. For too
polluters have been given free rein to pollute. It's time that the
future of all Australians is put first.
For many, this will be
their first 'rally' so we will celebrate our movement for a clean
energy future in a safe, family friendly and positive environment. Most
importantly, we'll show the strength of numbers. We're uniting with our
friends in the Climate Action Network, Australian Youth
Coalition, Get Up, Greenpeace, 350.org, the NSW Conservation Council,
and the Australian Conservation Foundation - among others
to get as many people together as possible.
We're working hard to
make Saturday's event a success - but ultimately it comes down to you.
We need a big turnout to get this message out unequivocally - so please
forward this to your networks, your friends and family.
Check out this video showing what we achieved in
Melbourne, and what we can do here in Sydney if we come
More details and map - click here.
P.S. Share this Facebook
event with your friends!
From the CAP team
Linda, Tony, Sally, Ian
Come along to our next meeting – every third Wednesday at the Coastal
Let us know you’re coming, contact us on: email@example.com
when I get into a hot car, wind the windows down and then put the Air
My car book
says to roll down the windows to let out all the hot air before turning
wonder more folks are dying from cancer than ever before. We wonder
where this stuff comes from but here is an example that explains a lot
of the cancer causing incidents.
Many people are in their cars first thing in the morning and the last
thing at night, 7 days a week.
Please do NOT turn on A/C as soon as you enter the car.
Open the windows after you enter your car and then turn ON the AC after
a couple of minutes.
Here's why: According to research, the car
seats, air freshener emit Benzene, a Cancer causing toxin (carcinogen -
take time to observe the smell of heated plastic in your car).
In addition to causing cancer, Benzene poisons your bones, causes
anemia and reduces white blood cells. Prolonged exposure will cause
Leukemia, increasing the risk of cancer. Can also cause miscarriage.
Benzene level indoors is 50 mg per sq. ft. A car parked indoors with
windows closed will contain 400-800 mg of Benzene.
outdoors under the sun at a temperature above 60 degrees F, the Benzene
level goes up to 2000-4000 mg, 40 times the acceptable level.
People who get into the car, keeping windows closed will inevitably
inhale, in quick succession, excessive amounts of the toxin.
is a toxin that affects your kidney and liver. What's worse, it is
extremely difficult for your body to expel this toxic stuff.
So friends, please open the windows and door of your car - give
time for interior to air out -dispel the deadly stuff - before you
This is what snopes.com says. It is not
conditioning in the car but the Benzene producing agents that cause
Part time PA
Looking for someone who could give me a few hours a week as a PA for my
I run a small management consulting business and the admin is killing
The work would include:
Oh and if you have knowledge of MYOB that would be great as well.
- liaising with
clients around appointments etc
- Managing email
- helping organise
- designing and
printing notes and handouts
- helping get
articles/blogs etc written
- keeping the
website up to date
- managing the
- organising and
generally bossing me about!
I'm pretty flexible re hours etc and happy to work around school hours
Contact number is 99974702
Mobile is 0411 882064
anybody out there that does simple mending &
1. I don't own a sewing machine &
2. I wouldn't know what to do with one if I did!
Let me know if you're interested....
Rachel 9997 8955
Sails for Sale
Fully battened Mainsail off a 22' cat -- OK condition
Genoa off 22' cat -- sort of OK condition
Mainsail, mast and boom off a Sabot sailing dinghy -- old but OK.
Open to all offers.
Contact number is 99974702
Mobile is 0411 882064
Island Residents Association
(SIRA) Membership Application - click
here to download
|West Pittwater Community
Association (WPCA) - http://www.wpca.org.au
SI Emergency Water Contacts and Guidelines for water: click
here for information and contacts
Scotland Island 'Water Agreement' - click
here to download
Island Children's Centre - (SIOCS - Scotland Island
& Offshore Childrens Services)
Catherine Park (Long Day Care Service) 8.30am - 4.30pm (Tues,
Weds & Thurs)
Playgroup @ Children's Centre every Monday, 10.00am - 12 midday
Other services include: School Holiday Programme / Facility &
For information call 02 9979 7856 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Island Community Hall
Bookings: Kez on 9999 4092 or email@example.com
Services, Clubs &
Traders - On-line shopping
from your computer, through your door on Scotland Island. Contact
Graeme on 0419 460 331 or click
here for full details
|Justice of the Peace
- Bob Bolton - 9999 4092
|Justice of the Peace
- Paul Purvis - 9979 6017
|Justice of the Peace
- Paul Burchall - 0414 975 793
|Justice of the Peace
- Bob Mitchell (Mackeral Beach) - 0419 745 628
Community Arts Inc. - Enquiries Lorrie Morgan
9997 8079 firstname.lastname@example.org
Point Yacht Club - http://www.wpyc.com.au
Prince Alfred Yacht Club - 02
Motor Yacht Club - http://www.royalmotor.com.au/
02 9997 5511
Island Lodge - Bed
Breakfast - 02 9979 3301 or
|Elvina Escape - B & B at
Elvina Bay - Alison Newham 0423 598 760
on Towlers Bay - 02 9332 2611 email@example.com
Youth Hostel - 02 9999 5748 www.yha.com.au/hostels/details.cfm?hostelid=31
Chambers - Celebrant (marriages, funerals etc)
Discount for all offshore residents. 9999 2445
IT Computer Services - Contact Robert
0427 890 357 or 9999 2942
|Handy Service - "No
job too small" - Call Alan 0447 775 541
Dance, Art etc)
Meditation and Group Fitness with Patrice - 0406
483 036 firstname.lastname@example.org
- Thursdays - 0421762236 email@example.com
with Max - Watercolour classes. Phone Max on 9997 4527
|Art Classes- drawing
and painting in oils, acrylics and mixed media- Marion 9979 3993 or
0431 457 431
Nathalie's Table - Cooking Classes - Mediterranean
cooking fortnightly - Nathalie - 9999 4449
/ The Forth Way - Call John on 9979 5584, Marion on 9979
3993 or Anne on 9999 3478
Group For Catherine Park - Run by SIOCS - Emmie Collins
on 0405 330 781
|WOW - Women on Water
- second Wednesday of the month - contact Nila on 9999 2445
& Kids Groups Playgroup - Run by SIOCS
- email Emma firstname.lastname@example.org
|Scotland Island Players
- contact Bob or Kez on 9999 4092
|Catherine Park Bush Care Group,
2nd Sunday @ 9.30am, Sharon Kinnison @ 9997 6017
|Elizabeth Park Bush Care Group,
1st Saturday @ 9 am, Bob Bolton @ 9999 4092
Thinking Group - Roy
Baker, 9999 6891, email@example.com
|Offshore a capella choir
– Saturdays at 2:30 pm, SI Community Hall. Call Gordon on
Buses and Railways
Moon phases, Sun rise & set
weather for Sydney (128k circle)
|ALL EMERGENCIES (Police - Fire - Ambulance)
Assistance Line & Information
1444 or 9281 0000
Bay Water Police
7899 or 0412 162 093
Island Rural Fire Brigade
Fire Service General Information 9265 2999
Fire Service General information
Emergency Service, Warringah/Pittwater SES
Parks & Wildlife Service: 000, general information
of Community Services: general information
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