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News and Events - Archive 2009

November 2009 - Gazette Articles:

Artarmon Public School News
The Building the Education Revolution (BER) program was initiated this year to provide infrastructure funding from the Federal Government for each of Australia's 9,540 schools.
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The history of the former church in Tindale Road, Artarmon
The former church and its adjoining hall on the corner of Tindale and Artarmon Roads have been used in the past for community events and this will continue in the furure with the recent purchase of the site by Willoughby City Council.
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People of influence: Dr Peter D Barnard OAM
Three years ago Dr Peter D Barnard moved to Artarmon to make it easier to get to and from St Leonards where he continues with his honorary work for the Australian Dental Association.
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Second Hand Saturday
Willoughby City Council (WCC) has recently introduced 'Second Hand Saturday', a giant garage sale which provides an opportunity to promote community spirit whilst reducing the amount of waste going to land fill.
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Artarmon @ Council
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Summer approaches - your garden needs help
We have had recent good rains; the grass is green, trees and shrubs have fresh new shoots and leaves but don't forget that this preceded by weeks of virtually no rain, one of those exceptionally dry periods we've been experiencing in recent years.
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Sustainability St - Where to, now?
The Artarmon Sustainability Street Group has now been in existance for some five years. What have we achieved in that time? What are we going to do next? What do we need to progress from here?
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Artarmon Neighbourhood Watch
Items covered:

  • Post Office Holdups
  • Police Community Safety Committee
  • The Police Finger Print Car
  • When you are on Holidays - Tips to Keep Your Home Safe
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August 2009 - Gazette Articles:

Artarmon Public School News
Artarmon art show - one of the hottest social events of the term, the annual Artarmon School Art Show, was held on Tuesday 7th July. It was a great success with over 320 entires from students across Kindy to Year 6.
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Artarmon @ Council
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Team Artarmon saves 93 lives
After my article in the May 2008 Gazette, the results are in for "Team Artarmon" in the Chatswood Blood Bank's Club Red Program for the 2008/09 year.
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Local traffic update
Items covered:

  • Elizabeth Street at Wilkes Ave
  • I am NOT a pedestrain crossing
  • Pedestrains can be fined by the police
  • Cameron Ave carpark
  • Ella St bridge (Dalleys Rd)
  • Pedestrain refuge near Channel 9
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Star Search finals go off with a bang!
Well, didn't the finals of Star Search 2009 go off with a bang!
Really, they did! The opening act was a great tribute to Michael Jackson and as the trophy was lifted up in the air, it fell and landed in 2 pieces!
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Rail humour (not)
Joke one - Summer shade - On 12 May, local state Member Gladys Berejiklian MP asked the Transport Minister a Question on Notice about maintenance work at Artarmon railway station.
Joke two - Access
Joke three - The stairway access
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A short history of public plantings in Artarmon
1926 - The first Artarmon Street Beautification Committee - trees, palms and shrubs provided free by the Royal Botanic Gardens.
1968 - Flowering cherry trees planted on Artarmon Village Green as a monument to early pioneers.
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"Blow, winds, and crack your cheeks!"
I recently took a cruise through the Baltic Sea region, and was 'blown away' by the large number of wind turbines along the coastlines of Denmark, Germany and the Netherlands.
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Artarmon Neighbourhood Watch
Identity Theft - are you at risk? Identity theft is aprt of identity fraud and speciaffically refers to the theft and use of the personal identifying information of an individual.
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29 July 2009 - Bush Fire Risk Management Plan and Community Briefing

Willoughby City Council is holding a Community Briefing on the Bush Fire Risk Management Plan on Wednesday 29 July 2009. This plan is also on display at council and local libraries.
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28 July 2009 - Climate Change Forum

Willoughby City Council is holding a Public Forum relating to Climate Change on Tuesday 28 July 2009.
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May 2009 - Gazette Articles:

Artarmon Public School News
Artarmon Public School takes action against climate change: The P&C Sustainability Committee and Eleanor Hughes arranged for Willoughby City Council, with the assistance of staff and students, to conduct an audit of energy use and greenhouse gas emission at the school in late 2008.
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Artarmon Music Initiative Finds Success
Working closely with Matthew Walmsley, Director of Artarmon Public School Bands, a group of Artarmon parents took the initiative to establish Northern Youth Symphonic Wind ("NYSW"), a regional concert band for young musicians in their early years of high school.
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New community centre for former church
Willoughby City Council has purchased the former church on the corner of Artarmon and Tindale Rds, Artarmon for $2.1 million. The purchase of the property is being funded from Council's Property Plan Reserve.
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Nick Logan's Pharmacy wins national award
Nick Logan and the staff at Nick Logan Pharmacist Advice were recently named overall winner of the Australian 2009 Pharmacy of the Year award.
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Artarmon @ Council
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Leadlights by Starlight
The stars shone brightly on a clear night for the APA's 'Leadlights by Starlight' community event on Sunday 5th April. Over 150 Artarmon residents and visitors took the opportunity to view Artarmon's leadlights and the southern sky at night.
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Those Dry Shady Areas in Your Garden
Trees are wonderful, we need them, the environment needs them. But like most good things in life there is also a downside. In this case it is an increase in dry shady spots where your normal gardening efforts come to nought. What can you do?
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Choosing Chooks
The death of our 16 year old cat Phantom at the start of 2008 was a milestone for our family. The children had never known life without her and all of us went through a grieving period before the inevitable question a rose. "Should we get another pet?"
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Artarmon Neighbourhood Watch
Police have advised that a couple of significant arrests in recent weeks have changed the patterns of crime in the area, really demonstrating the impact one or two criminals can have and also the importance of the public supplying timely information regarding suspicious activity in their neighbourhood to the police.
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7 April 2009 - Artarmon Loop

The Artarmon Loop is a free shuttle service travelling on a loop from St Leonards station through the Artarmon industrial area. The service commences on the 4th May.
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19 March 2009 - RNSH Public Meeting

Willoughby City Council Public Meeting relating to the Royal North Shore Acute Hospital and Community Health Facility Public Meeting to be held on the 19 March 2009.
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February 2009 - Public Information Meeting

NSW Planning Legislation
Speaker: Greg Woodhams - Environmental Services Director WCC.
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February 2009 - Gazette Articles:

Artarmon @ Council
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Artarmon Public School News
The Artarmon Public School (APS) community welcomes Mrs Judith Learmonth as our new Deputy Principal.
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Artarmon's Ron McCallum appointed to UN Committee
Professor Ron McCallum AO, long time Artarmon resident, and foundation Blake Dawson Waldron Professor in Industrial Law in the Faculty of Law of the University of Sydney, was recently appointed to the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
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People of influence: Catherine Fox & Jane Caro
Two long-term locals, Catherine Fox and Jane Caro recently co-authored The F Word: How We Learned to Swear by Feminism, published in 2008.
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New rail timetable
The draft timetable incorporating the proposed changes once the Epping-Chatswood rail link comes into operation was released for comment by Railcorp in late 2008.
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Artarmon's conservation area: general tips for renovating and extending Federation and Inter War (California) Bungalow homes
Artarmon is outstanding for its early 20thC intact streetscapes. Our Federation and Californian Bungalow houses and the orginal subdivision pattern are distinctive and attractive and relatively unchanged since first laid down.
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This is not a load of rubbish!
In the November Gazette, I wrote about what you can can and can't put in the recycling bin that is collected weekly. In this article, I look at what you can and can't recycle in the quarterly cleanups, and other recycling tips.
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I've been 'Busted'
I recently took up Willoughby City Council's (WCC) offer of a free home assessment to show residents how to reduce their household's carbon footprint.
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More about our street trees
At intervals over the last ten years I've written about the trees planted on nature strips in Artarmon This is not only because it is recognized that they are emotionally important to us and add to our sense of well-being.
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Artarmon Neighbourhood Watch
A representative from Artarmon NW regularly attends the 'North Shore Local Command - Community Safety Precinct Committee'.
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