Thomas Stevens Reserve – SIRA letter to NBC ; Reminder SIRA meeting May 19 


9 May 2024

.#SIRA letter to NBC re Thomas Stevens Reserve 

The following letter was written in consultation with Western Pittwater Community Association and SIRA’s Church Point Subcommittee in regard to NBC’s release of updated plans for Thomas Stevens Reserve.

Council’s updated plans can be viewed here: Church Point Landscape and Road Upgrades Project Update

You are encouraged to express your own views to NBC by using the email address given at the foot of the NBC link above.

Dear Mayor, CEO, Pittwater Ward Councillors, Jeremy and Barbara,

I am writing on behalf of SIRA with our comments on Thomas Stephens Reserve. 

We understand that plans are well-advanced for a major rebuild at Thomas Stephens Reserve and that Council has completed its community consultation procedures. However, there have been significant changes since the original plan was on public exhibition in March 2021, and ongoing concerns have been raised by Island residents and other local resident groups. We would like to bring these to Council’s attention. 

SIRA has been closely involved with the development and implementation of the Church Point Plan of Management since its inception and appreciates the opportunities for working collaboratively with Council. Thomas Stephens Reserve is vitally important to offshore residents for access to transport and basic services such as the Post Office and food items, but also as the only meeting place for all residents. It enables social connection, both informally and for special events (such as the Anzac Day service where the reserve was filled with onshore and offshore residents).

The historic significance of Church Point has been recognised in the heritage listing of both the wharf and Post Office and Store. The Reserve needs to continue to reflect this historic character.

I am attaching a short document outlining our major concerns. We urge consideration of these items and look forward to discussing possible alternatives with Council.

Yours sincerely

Dr Robyn Iredale AM
Scotland Island Residents Association

Link to document mentioned in the last paragraph: Plans for Thomas Stevens Reserve SIRA comments

Reminder: SIRAC Meeting Sunday May 19 10 am – 12 noon in the Community Hall – all welcome!

The Scotland Island Residents’ Association Committee is meeting in the Community Hall on Sunday May 19 at 10 am – 12 pm. The last part of the meeting is when those attending can ask questions or make comments. You can send your questions a week before the meeting to to allow relevant subcommittee members to prepare answers to your questions but this is not compulsory.  

Please note: if you have mobility issues and would like to attend the meeting, please let us know and we can arrange a Google Meets link so you can attend virtually.

Minutes SIRAC March 2024 meeting

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