Pittwater Life

Most recreational fishers in Australia support marine sanctuaries

Most recreational fishers in Australia support marine sanctuaries
The Conversation

More than 70% of recreational fishers support no-take marine sanctuaries according to our research, published recently in Marine Policy. This study contradicts the popular perception that fishers are against establishing no-take marine reserves to protect marine life. In fact, the vast majority of fishers we surveyed agreed that no-take sanctuaries improve marine environmental values, and do not impair their fishing.

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Can you tell fact from fiction?

Can you tell fact from fiction?
Lucinda Beaman| The Converrsation

Climate change and energy policy, same-sex marriage, tax cuts and welfare payments: these were just a few of the subjects of heated debate in Australia in 2017. And the debates weren’t always based on the facts. So, who got it right and who got it wrong in 2017?

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A gift to my offshore friends - Rocky Point And Elvina Bay Summer Houses

A gift to my offshore friends - Rocky Point And Elvina Bay Summer Houses
Alison Guesdon

Alison Guesdon kindly wrote to us earlier this week saying: I wanted to start the 2019 Issues with a small gift for all ‘over there’ so I hope this brings some enjoyment for your readers.
I thought you may like to share/keep this for my offshore friends – pretty interesting stuff.
Over the past few years I’ve been working towards/researching getting a Rocky Point/Elvina page up that brings a bit of focus in on some of the early Summer Houses there. After a mammoth load/set that took over a week (130+ hours), added onto that research time, I finally got that one up too last Sunday and just finished fiddling with the extra bits I wanted to add in.

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The First Scotland Is Cup And The Gentleman Who Loved Elvina Bay

The First Scotland Is Cup And The Gentleman Who Loved Elvina Bay
Alison Guesdon

The story of the first Scotland Island Race and Cup is also a story about a man who came from rural stock who so loved Scotland Island and Elvina Bay that his daughter was named ‘Elvina Elizabeth’ after her mother’s sister ’, as well as a cruiser later on, may be the inspiration for that beautiful bay’s name and seemed determined to help Pittwater become established as the place to go to, in part due to setting up a company, 'Scotland Island Estates, Ltd’.

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The verdict is in: renewables reduce energy prices

The verdict is in: renewables reduce energy prices
Bruce Mountain | Dr Steven Percy

Does renewable electricity raise or lower electricity prices? There is more to this question than meets the eye: are prices lower before or after renewable subsidies are recovered, how has variability been accounted for, how have changes in network costs been accounted for, and so on and on.

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Cycling - Riding position can give you an advantage

Cycling - Riding position can give you an advantage
The Conversation

New research shows that a rider can gain up to an extra 5kph advantage in those final sprint seconds, and it all depends on how they position themselves on their bicycle. That can be enough to make the difference between winning or losing a race.

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A Comparison Between Scotland Island And The Rest Of Australia

A Comparison Between Scotland Island And The Rest Of Australia
Roy Baker

How Are We Different? The Australian Bureau of Statistics’ latest census recorded that 580 people were ‘usually resident’ on Scotland Island on Tuesday, 9 August 2016. But the island’s population is seasonal: around 40% of the 359 private dwellings on the island were classed as ‘unoccupied’ that winter’s night. Given the number of weekender and holiday homes, the island’s summer population could easily reach a thousand.

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