October 18 - 24, 2015: Issue 236

Couta Week Begins - The Wattle Cup Races on Pittwater Next Weekend

The inaugural Couta Week started with the Pittwater fleet of 'Couta boats sailing down to Sydney Harbour for a Friday October 16 race with the Royal Prince Edward Yacht Club. 

Today,  Sunday, October 18, they join the Sydney Amateur Sailing Club’s Gaffer’s Day race on Sydney Harbour. Organisers are expecting a record fleet of 100 classic yachts for this year’s edition, creating a spectacularly grand outing not seen since the harbour came alive for the country’s bicentenary celebrations in 1988. 

During this week the Coutas, some from Victoria, will be on Pittwater in time for the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club’s Wednesday twilight race on October 21, followed by a Thursday twilight race. 

Lastly, the famous two day Wattle Cup regatta, October 24-25, will mark the end of the first ever Couta Week program. The Wattle Cup will comprise three races windward / leeward on the Saturday on Pittwater and a passage race on the Sunday ahead of the final presentation dinner at the RPAYC that evening.

More in 'The Coutas are Coming!' by Lisa Ratcliff HERE

Part of the Pittwater fleet of Couta Boats - Cariad - at RMYC's Classic Yacht Regatta 2014.

Ingleside RFB Open Day 2015

 Ingleside RFB Open Day 2015 - Photo courtesy Ingleside Rural Fire Brigade

Ingleside Rural Fire Brigade Open Day 2015

October 17, 0215 

Ingleside‬ ‪NSWRFS‬ had over 90 people attend our Bushfire‬ Preparation Day at station today with 60 sitting through our Bushfire Planning Presentation and worked on making a Bushfire Plan.

Pumps: 12 serviced (fuels/Oil replaced) with 8 working & 4 needing some extra help outside of the RFS.

Thanks to all the community that came along to learn about Bushfire Safety.

Photos courtesy Ingleside Rural Fire Brigade

Pittwater Residents Maintain NO Amalgamation Stance at Rosehill...

 Pittwater Councillors and supporters, all Pittwater Residents, at the NSW Local Government Conference on Tuesday October 13, 2015 at Rosehill - image courtesy Mona Vale Residents Association

The hills are alive with the sound of....

NO Amalgamations!

The bays receive waves of....

NO Amalgamations!

Other oft fickle views now allow a song of...

NO Amalgamations!

While the many persevere, 'til is confirmed, there will be...

NO Amalgamation!


Enough bad poetry set to favourite old songs for moments of exhalation after recent epic hours  - this week's Releases, from many, on thisHERE

Bird Week 2015

  Rainbow Lorikeet - Trichoglossus moluccanusfeasting on nectar this week - A J Guesdon photo, 2015

Celebrate National Bird Week 2015 by taking part in the biggest citizen science project to hit Aussie shores! 

From 19-25 October, thousands of people from across the country are heading out into their backyards, local parks or favourite open spaces to take part in the second annual AUSSIE BACKYARD BIRD COUNT!

To get involved all you need is 20 minutes, your ‘green patch’ of choice, and some keen eyesight (or binoculars!) And it doesn’t matter if you’re a novice or an expert— Birdlife Australia will be there to help you out along the way. Simply record the birds you know and look up those you don’t on their Aussie Bird Count app or on their website. You’ll instantly see live statistics and information on how many people are taking part near you and the number of birds and species counted across your neighbourhood and the whole of Australia!

Register now and Birdlife Australia will keep you up to date with exciting Aussie Backyard Bird Count news!

Register at: aussiebirdcount.org.au

 Little pied cormorant - Microcarbo melanoleucos, at Careel Creek this week. A J Guesdon photo, 2015

Spring in Pittwater 2015

 Callistemon spp — Bottlebrush - Australian Bushflower. Picture by A J Guesdon, 2015

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