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July - September 2008

Governor Phillip Park playground at Palm Beach is one of five playgrounds temporarily closed by the Council after an unusual bacteria linked to a salmonella outbreak was detected in sand

Salmonella playground puzzle

A mysterious bacteria forced the closure of some Pittwater playgrounds but a plan to reopen them is now underway.

Five playgrounds in Pittwater have been closed since May by Pittwater Council on the advice of Northern Sydney Central Coast Health (NSCCH). It follows a spike in the number of gastro-enteritis cases in young children caused by an unusual strain of the salmonella bacteria.

a link to sand in the playgrounds was established through testing by NSCCH. Sand at other playgrounds and beachside areas in Pittwater was also tested and results were negative.

Although the search is continuing for the source of the bacteria, General Manager Mark Ferguson said that the Council would remove sand from the playgrounds and disinfect affected areas, before replacing the sand with a mixture of bark and sand.

The playgrounds are Winnerreremy Bay at Mona Vale, Katoa Close at Warriewood, Governor Phillip Park at Palm Beach, Hitchcock Park at Avalon and South Avalon Beach.

Up to May this year, 26 confirmed cases of gastro-enteritis caused by salmonella java were reported in Pittwater, with the majority affecting young children. In most of the cases,

In the meantime, work is beginning on an upgrade of two playground areas in Dunbar Park Avalon and Pittwater Park next to the Palm Beach wharf. New playground equipment will be in place at Pittwater Park this month, while at Dunbar Park, work is underway on creating three separate playground areas for different age ranges.


News for all Pittwater residents and ratepayers

From the Mayor

One of the things that makes Pittwater an idyllic place to live is its sense of community. Many artistic and creative people have chosen to make their home here and this is reflected in the range of cultural events that are on offer throughout the year.

Another great aspect of life in Pittwater is the service offered to the community by our volunteers. A recent report on environmental volunteering put us ahead of most other areas in Sydney when it came to the number of people working pro bono for the environment on an ongoing basis. One of our challenges in the future is to encourage more people to volunteer for other community- based activities.

In this issue we highlight some of the events and services that make Pittwater special and contribute to the feeling of being connected to one another in the community. I hope you enjoy reading about them and if you think you can make a difference to them as a volunteer, please get in touch with us.

David James

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News in brief Keep up to date with what matters in Pittwater Hot topics Sustainable living – two local residents tell their story Green Light The latest on the local environment Supporting & connecting our community

Bringing the community together through events and services

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