Notice from Leisure Isle Residents' Association
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Feeedback from EGM July 2017 & other news
Hello from Leisure Isle....

The Extraordinary General Meeting held on July 20 at the Bowling Club was exceptionally well attended, with full and open discussion, and with the following resolutions adopted.

The Chairman proposed a vote by a show of hands on Resolution 1. The members present agreed and the resolution passed with a clear unanimous vote.

During the discussion on Resolution 2, an amendment was proposed. The chairman proposed a ballot vote on the amendment, but the meeting requested a vote by a show of hands, and a clear majority voted in favour of it.

Here are the two resolutions:

That LIRA apply to the appropriate Court for a Declaratory Order as to which government entity is responsible for repairs and maintenance of Sea Walls around Leisure Island.

1. That the Committee of LIRA appoint two persons who have adequate and proven knowledge to provide expert opinion on:
  • The potential danger that the Gum trees pose from the danger of fire.
  • The potential danger that the Gum trees pose from shedding branches and the tree itself falling.
  • The remedial processes necessary to mitigate both these risks.
2. Further, that the Committee report back on their findings at an Extraordinary General Meeting within three months from July 20, 2017

Your Committee is actioning these resolutions, and will keep you informed on progress.

On behalf of the Committee,

Keith Hollis

Leisure Isle Festival 2017:
4-5 November

Certain dates and events stay in your mind forever.  

Knysna has started to say "... before The Fire..." or "... since The Fire" and no wonder. Knysna faced a cataclysmic disaster and many are still in shock.

But just over a month has passed, and time plus a little gentle rain has encouraged bright green shoots to push through the devastation. Symbolic of Knysna's gentle recovery.

The Leisure Isle Festival 2017 intends to be part of this symbolism. For fifteen years this integral part of Knysna has been transformed in to a Treasure Island, encouraging locals as well as visitors to come together, enjoy and buy from selected crafters, food vendors, charity stalls and informal traders.

The timing is especially good for making a start for Christmas gifts and delicacies. The Festival is renowned for the variety and quality of food on offer and this year there will be an even greater selection of fine fare.

An extra area has also been set aside for informal traders and Leisure Isle Festival coordinators will assist with training and guidance to improve presentation and exhibiting skills.

Last year's festival raised R235 000 for local charities. Sponsored by Sotheby's and supported by LIRA, this year's event promises to be bigger, better and more fun filled than ever before. Our charities need ever greater support, with the demands on their resources this year leaving their financial reserves depleted.

We hope for a bumper Festival as we, too, want to support those less fortunate than ourselves.

The Hospice team has been busy for months undertaking the massive task of sorting books for their tea garden that is a firm favourite of the Festival. Familiar stalls will be mixed with new exhibits and there will be an added emphasis on fun for children.

Charities that have been selected this year include Loeriehof, KAWS, Vermont Old Age Home, E-pap feeding scheme, Knysna Sedgefield Hospice and Hope HQ among others.

So, please note crafters and potential exhibitors – bookings open today, 1August to secure your sites.

Bookings may be made on or via hard copy. These application forms will be available from Sotheby’s Knysna offices in Woodmill Lane and Leisure Isle.

For further information about the Leisure Isle Festival visit Or follow us on Facebook.

Contributed by Jenny Shields, LI Festival Committee

Update on the roll out of fibre optic internet to Leisure Isle

Access to wifi/data is right near the top of today's hierarchy of human needs - and so it is that many of us on Leisure Isle are eagerly awaiting the speeds and efficiencies of internet access via fibre optics.

Here's the latest communication from KnysnaOn/LaserNet, the vendors appointed by the municipality to roll out the FO project throughout the town.

Says their marketing manager, Beverley Pothier: "The fire has delayed us badly in that all of our stock was destroyed and this has left us well behind schedule - but we started trenching in the upper CBD yesterday. 

"No-one knows the economic impact that the fire will have on the town in the short-term. This is the key reason why we have switched to an 'uptake' model, ie commencing the construction in each area as the uptake numbers demand it.

"That being said, the whole town will be 'fibred' as per our commitments to the municipality. Leisure Isle is very high on our priority list."
Additionally, KnysnaOn/LaserNet held a public info session at Cearn Hall during the Oyster Festival, and Pothier reports that they received encouraging interest.

AND don't forget...
  • There's a KnysnaOn HotSpot at Cearn Hall where you can access unlimited (currently) FREE data daily!
  • If you can't wait for the fibre optic infrastructure to go in, you can still sign up for KnysnaOn/LaserNet's high-speed service via microwave link. The offer is true unlimited data at 10Mbs download speeds for R999pm - and this happy scribe can testify to its service!
    For more information contact:
LIRA distributes regular newsletters and notices. We would like as many Islanders as possible to receive these.
If you have family members, tenants or friends who would be interested in getting our news, we'd like to add them to our mailing database. Please send email details to 
Brenda Neall.

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Correspondence: Brenda Neall, website & newsletter
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What LIRA does for you!

* Funds 24/7 proactive security
* Liaison/lobbying Knysna Municipality on a multiplicity of issues
* Liaison/lobbying Ward 9 councillor
* Champions peak season law enforcement

* Sponsors Steenbok Nature Reserve
* Liaison Nature Conservation/SANParks
* Beautification of LI and employment of gardeners
* Hosts Leisure Isle Festival
* Maintains property values and unequalled lifestyle
* Fosters community spirit via social and 'fun-raising' events
* A professional and dedicated volunteer committee serving your interests

If you are not a member - these are 11 good reasons why you should be!
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