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Scotland Island - Western Shores - Mackerel Beach
March 1, 2014
Newsletter for Offshore Residents of Pittwater, Australia - Volume 15, Issue 754

  • Gwyn's Illustration
  • SIRA Notices
  • Community Vehicle Out of Service
  • Open Letter to SIRA Candidates
  • Cafe Kilimanjaro
  • Clean Up Australia
  • The Great Offshore Shave
  • Scotland Island Rural Fire Brigade AGM Notice
  • Local Council Notices
  • Kindy seeking a PC
  • Pittwater Offshore Wine Syndicate Tasting
  • Author Talks
  • Elvina Fire Shed Dinner
  • Blue Dragon Wharf Sale Results
  • Lost
  • Child Care Required
  • Private Tutoring
  • Admin Assistant required
  • For Sale
  • Free
  • The Local Contact Guide
  • Join SIRA
  • Archived Newsletters
  • Your subscription Information

  • Gwyn's Illustration

    To download a full version  of this months image ready for printing,  just click on the  image.

    You can contact Gwyn Perkins by email at g.perkins@gwyn.com.au



    Scotland Island Residents’ Association

    Annual General Meeting


    Here is the list of Candidates who have been nominated for positions on the SIRA Committee for 2014.

    Nominations closed Sunday, February 23 as advised in the notice sent to residents on Sunday, February 2.


    Elections will be held at the AGM this Sunday, March 2 at 3pm in the Community Hall and will be by written ballot.

    There are 24 Candidates, with varying views, for a total of 15 positions and we encourage everyone to attend to cast their vote.

    Those who wish to vote need to be financial (paid up) SIRA members.

    Here is the Agenda to download and print to bring to the meeting AGENDA

    Community Vehicle Out of Service

    March 6 to March 13

    Click to load PDF


    Open Letter to SIRA Candidates

    27 February 2014

    I have seen nothing published to indicate where you stand on any of the important issues that face us on Scotland Island. Amongst these issues are:
    • Boat moorings
    • Car parking
    • Roads
    • Wharves
    Please publicly state your position on these and other issues and indicate how you intend to gauge the opinions of the residents that you will be representing

    Yours sincerely,

    Simon Lambe
    Scotland Island Resident


    But of course you are….

    Fuel up first at CAFÉ KILIMANJARO!!
    • Drop by for delectable Cloud Forest Cake, Tea, Coffee, Chai 
    • Ditch the kids for juggling/ acro balance/ clown lessons/ games  = $5 ea for hours!– (within reason  - no trips to the casino …)
    • Grab some bargain clothes  - (in exchange for $$ or I’ll loose the kids on you :)
    All proceeds to Emmie’s Oxfam Kilimanjaro Challenge


    March 2nd, Catherine Park : 1pm untill I fall over

    Contact: Emmie Collins  - 0405 330 781
    BYO kids snacks and drinks
    Cake donations most welcome



    Clean Up Australia Day is here again
    Sunday, March 2, 2014

    SIRAC has registered Scotland Island to participate once again! 

    This event encourages and inspires thousands of Australians to take to their local park, beach, bushland and streets and really help make a difference to their local environment

    If you would like to help out, either by grabbing a bag and filling it, or helping to supervise activities, please email cassgye@spin.net.au to put your name on the list.

    Come down to your nearest Wharf to collect a bag between the hours of 9am and 12.00pm.
    Bring gloves, sunscreen, hat, sensible clothes and footwear – and don’t forget to bring some water too!

    Toby and his crew will be out on the Laurel Mae to collect material.

    Here is a link to the Clean Up Australia Day website if you want to know more:

    Mission and vision - Clean Up Australia Day


    The Great OffShore Shavelogo

    Fundraiser for the Leukaemia Foundation.

    Friday 14th March at Church Point 5pm - 7pm

    What's on offer?
    • BBQ
    • Cupcakes
    • Live Music
    • wash off funky Colour Hair spray
    • Our Island Hairdresser is Julie Rodgers
    Raffle: come buy a raffle ticket …..
    Prizes include:
    • Dinner for 2 at Church Point Restaurant
    • Art work donated by Nettie Lodge
    • Climbing Lesson at Northern Beaches Rockhouse
    • 48 Litre Hiking Pack from OSPREY
    • Camping Chair
    Who's getting their head shaved??
    • Our Councillor and Fire Brigade Chief Ian White is willing to shave his head if he can raise $500 by 6pm Friday 14th March 
    • Amy Roberts
    • Zac Wagner
    • Jenny Winterton is colouring her hair
    To sponsor us you can rock up on the day or go NOW to http://www.worldsgreatestshave.com
    click SPONSOR and type in a participants name or "Offshore Shave"

    HI Friends, family work mates and our Offshore community...

    We're all doing the World's Greatest Shave! Please sponsor our team and help us raise big bucks to help the Leukaemia Foundation to fund its important work – providing practical and emotional support to people with blood cancer, as well as investing millions in research.

    Amy, Jenny and Zac!


    logoScotland Island Rural Fire Brigade AGM Reminder

    16 MARCH 2014

    Date: 16 March 2014
    Time: 13:00 (1 PM)
    Place: Scotland Island Fire Station (near Catharine Park)

    The meeting will be followed by drinks and finger food, provided by the brigade.
    All members are encouraged to attend.

    1. Welcome
    2. Apologies
    3. Minutes AGM 2013
    4. Matters arising
    5. Treasurer's Report
    6. Secretary's / President's report
    7. Captain's Annual Report
    8. Training Officer's Report
    9. Committee stands down, appoint Interim Chair
    10. Election of Field Officers
    11. Election of Administrative Officers
    12. Appointment of Auditor for 2014
    13. Annual subscription
    Additional Information
    • All positions will be vacated and open for election:
    Captain, Senior Deputy Captain, 2 x Deputy Captain, CFU Leader, CFU Deputy Leader, President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, Training Officer, Equipment Officer,  Station Officer, Social Secretary, RFSA Representative.
    • Nominations for positions must be received prior the commencement of the meeting, by the secretary, in writing and signed by at least two members.

    Local Council Notices


    Local residents are invited to learn more about snakes and spiders at two free safety awareness seminars being held during April.

    The seminars provide attendees with practical information about preventing bites from venomous snakes and spiders.

    The seminars will cover awareness measures, first aid treatment for snake and spider bites and emergency response procedures.

    David Lowery from the Coastal Environment Centre said snake experts Jackie and Craig Adams from SSSAFE would host the seminars.

    “Craig and Jackie are leading advisors on snake safety, with Craig a snake expert and former Operations Manager for the Australia Reptile Park,” he said.

    “Residents will spend some time learning how to identify different species of snakes and spiders as well their habitat and behaviours.”

    General Manager Mark Ferguson said the awareness program had already proved popular with Council staff recently.

    “Many of our field staff can come into contact with snakes or spiders in their day-to-day work and needed training to know what to do,” he said.

    “We’re now offering similar sessions for residents.”

    The public seminars will run on two dates in April.  Residents can choose a session on either Thursday 3 April from 7pm to 9pm or on Saturday 12 April, from 1pm to 3pm.

    The seminars are free; however bookings are required due to limited spaces available.

    To book call 1300 000 232, or register at: www.pittwater.nsw.gov.au/cecbookings

    Media contact:     David Lowery         Ph: 9970 1259


    logoScotland Island Kindy seeking a computer

    Do you have a good PC computer that’s no longer needed?

    Our Island Kindy is seeking a second hand computer in good working order as an important addition to its IT requirements.

    It needs to be WiFi enabled and able to run Windows 8.

    It would be great if it already had the basic Office programs of Word, Excel and Outlook.

    If you do and you’re happy to donate it to the Kindy, please email Boyd at boydatt@bigpond.com or call him on 0417 991 499



    Australia's Largest Selling Wine Syndicate

    All the Wine that's fit to Drink :)
    The tasting notes and price list for our next tasting has now arrived and there are some beaut examples of great Australian wine. As our local syndicate leader said in a recent email, 'Quality for 2013 whites in Australia  and 2012 reds is exceptional'

    A reminder of the details:

    SUNDAY, March 16th from 3pm

    The lovely home of Rachel Carter, on the south side of Scotland Island.

    Rachel's jetty is only accessible on mid-high tide and as the tide is LOW the afternoon of the tasting, may not be accessible. Otherwise there is a buoy that people can tie up to and wade in.
    Actual address is 21 Richard Road. Rachel is next door to Annabel and Branco (bright blue house) – one closer to Carols. They are 4 jetties in from Bill’s Bay (towards Carols).

    If you are new to our totally not-for-profit wine syndicate it is lots of fun. Not only a chance to have a taste of fine wines but also the opportunity to meet your neighbours. Bring a plate of something to share, a tasting glass and a copy of the tasting notes and wine list.

    See you on the day.
    Date: Sunday March 16th from 3pm till 5pm
    Download the tasting notes and price list here.......tasting notes

    Friends signup http://pittwaterwine.net46.net



    No Goodbyes. Insights from
    the Heaven World

    by Barry Eaton

    Author of Afterlife, Barry Eaton, is back with more fascinating insights into the afterlife including sharing more of his own afterlife journey. Eaton delves deeper into the mysteries of the spirit world and life between lives, and how they can influence
    our current life on earth.

    Barry Eaton is well-known both as a mainstream journalist and broadcaster, and for his internet radio show

    He gives regular talks and lectures, as well as one-on-one sessions as a psychic intuitive.

    His first book, Afterlife was published in 2011..

    Date: Tuesday 11 March 2014
    Time: 6.30pm
    Venue: Mona Vale Library
    1 Park Street, Mona Vale
    Cost: $8 Adults, $6 Concession - Pensioner and Students (passes must be shown)
    Phone: 9970 1600
    Bookings essential!



    Elvina Bay Fire Shed Dinner
    Saturday 1 March

    The Elvina Bay Book Club is catering:
            • Kids's meal - spaghetti bolognaise
            • Adults: Chicken Cacciatore with Polenta, Green salad and Crusty bread
            • A Ratatouille vegetarian option
            • Dessert - a cake bakeoff. Hoping to see some amazing cakes cooked by amazing offshore cooks.
    Prize for the best dessert cake is a bottle of champagne.



    Wharf Sale Results

    Jude and I would like to thank everyone that contributed to our recent wharf sale.

    $700 dollars was raised in the process and we are happy that this will provide the following support.

    Blue Dragon have made many rescue trips into China to find and return Vietnamese girls who have been trafficked to work in the sex trade. Following their return to Vietnam the money from our wharf sale will help provide these girls with vocational training and at the same time provide a big boost to their self esteem and their futures.

    How good is that !

    Ian & Judy James, Elvina Bay


    I had my 21st birthday party in the Scotland Island Hall on the 15th of Feb. A good friend lost his watch on the night of the party and thinks it is around the hall/ park/ Tennis wharf area.

    Last seen on Sat. the 15th of Feb. in Scotland Island Community Hall.

    Please Contact: Ishbel Cullen (0406 940 914)


    Wednesday Childcare Wanted.

    We need someone to look after our two boys, Eddie (7) and William (5) on Wednesdays from 1.30 until 5 (some flexibility with hours).

    Please contact Barbara for further details if you think you can help: 0400377056.


    Private Tutoring

    Do you want to boost your academic grades and confidence?

    Private tutoring could really help you get ahead!

    I am an accredited English Tutor as well as a student currently in my third year of a Bachelor of Psychology and Bachelor of Health Studies.

    I offer tutoring services in the following areas:
    • Primary, secondary and HSC English (up to ext 1)
    • Secondary and HSC Biology
    • IB Psychology/1st year Uni Psychology (esp. competent with Biopsychology)
    • General help planning, constructing and writing persuasive and well argued essays, as well as scientific reports and general assignment help
    Hourly Rate: $60 p.h., $100 for 2 hrs

    We can arrange to meet at either the library, my house or yours

    Interested or have any questions? Contact Sophie Peet at:
    sophie.peet@students.mq.edu.au or send a text/ call 0435 269 877


    Casual Administration Assistant Required

    General administration - Events, one day per week (8 hours).

    Hours are flexible and can be worked in with school times if necessary.
    Require extremely organised person with attention to detail and must be competent in Microsoft Office packages.

    Location – Scotland Island.

    If interested, email CV to meredith@mdevents.com.au

    Meredith Damon CEM


    For Saleimage
    Kayak for Sale

    Delsyk Nifty 385 sit in Kayak with pedal controlled rudder, two watertight compartments at the front and back, padded seat with height adjustable base and back. Has front and back carrying handles and shock cord to hold a paddle. Has no fading and is in very good condition.
    Replacement price $1100.

    Currently stored in our shed, we can transport it anywhere on the island with our car.
    Price: $400

    Contact Jack 0413096393


    Sony Bravia 26" TV.
    It has an analog tuner so needs a set-top box or similar.
    John  9997 5993


    The Local Guide
    Community Information

    Scotland Island Web Site  www.scotlandisland.org.au
    What's On in Pittwater - Self Editing Event Calendar 
    click to go to the Calendar
    Scotland Island Community Vehicle - 0404 103 700 Number, Usage & Charges
    Scotland Island Rural Fire Brigade - 9999 4404 http://www.sirfb.org.au
    West Pittwater Rural Fire Brigade - 9997-3795 www.westpittwater.rfsa.org.au
    Offshore Photo Gallery offshore gallery
    Scotland Island Residents Association (SIRA) Membership Application - click here to download
    West Pittwater Community Association (WPCA) - http://www.wpca.org.au
    Scotland Island Water
    SI Emergency Water Contacts and Guidelines for water: click here for information and contacts
    Scotland Island 'Water Agreement' - click here to download
    Scotland Island Children's Centre - (SIOCS - Scotland Island & Offshore Childrens Services)
    Catherine Park (Long Day Care Service)  7.30am - 5.30pm (Tues, Weds, Thurs & Friday)
    Other services include: School Holiday Programme / Facility & Equipment Hire
    For information call 02 9979 7856 or email:  siocs@comcen.com.au
    Scotland Island Community Hall Bookings:  Kez on 9999 4092 or kezborthwickbolton@gmail.com
    Pittwater Online Newshttp://www.pittwateronlinenews.com
    Tick Fact Sheet

    Scotland Island Community Vehicle - 0404 103 700 - Number, Usage & Charges
    Church Point Ferries - 0408 296 997  Ferry Timetable click here
    Pink Water Taxi - 0428 238 190
    Pittwater Offshore Services - Contact Tim Byrne on 0416 003 205
    Broken Bay Lighterage & Mooring Services - Barges - Scotland Island  - Toby/Dave - 0418 649 158
    Manly Warringah Cabs   - 02 9972 5600
    Palm Beach Cruises  - 02 9997 4815

    Real Estate
    PMC Hill  - 9999 4902   http://www.pmchill.com.au/
    Tanya Mottl at Residential Real Estate Agents – 9999 4499 www.residentialagents.com.au
    L.J.Hooker Mona Vale - 9979 8000   http://www.ljhooker.com.au/monavale

    Services, Clubs & Accommodation
    Scotland Island Traders - On-line shopping from your computer, through your door on Scotland Island. Contact Graeme on 0419 460 331 or click here for full details
    Justice of the Peace - Bob Bolton - 9999 4092
    Justice of the Peace - Paul Purvis - 9979 9667
    Justice of the Peace - Paul Burchall - 0414 975 793
    Justice of the Peace - Bob Mitchell (Mackeral Beach) - 0419 745 628
    Justice of the Peace - Maureen Anderson - Morning Bay resident. - 02 9997-2659 or  0417-279-346
    Pittwater Community Arts Inc.  - Enquiries Lorrie Morgan 9997 8079  lorriemay@bigpond.com
    Peninsula Music Club - enquiries Janice Tuynman - 99991937 - jt@swift dsl.com.au
    Woody Point Yacht Club -  http://www.wpyc.com.au   commodore@wpyc.com.au
    Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club - 02 9997 1022  http://www.rpayc.com.au/  
    Royal Motor Yacht Club - http://www.royalmotor.com.au/ 02 9997 5511
    Scotland Island Lodge - Bed & Breakfast - 02 9979 3301 or  http://www.scotlandislandlodge.com.au 
    Pittwater Youth Hostel  - 02 9999 5748  www.yha.com.au/hostels/details.cfm?hostelid=31  
    Handy Service - "No job too small"  - Call Alan 0447 775 541
    Electrician Wayne on Scotland Island 0418 229 277 - offshore community sparky - www.sparky.com.au
    David Walsh - Graphic Design - Custom Made Sculpture - 0404 239 212 - ital2@optusnet.com.au

    Island Classes (Fitness, Dance, Art etc)
    Pilates, Meditation and Group Fitness with Patrice -  0406 483 036 patrice.corrie@gmail.com
    Art with Max - Watercolour classes. Phone Max on 9997 4527
    Art Classes- drawing and painting in oils, acrylics and mixed media- Marion 0431 457 431
    @ Nathalie's Table - Cooking Classes  - Nathalie - 9999 4449
    Dru Yoga - Tuesday 9.00 to 10.30 Tuesday morning - Phone Katya on 0414 187 916
    Dynamic Yoga  - Tuesday PM. & Saturday AM. Phone nadine 0402 752465 nadineomara@gmail.com

    Gurdjieff / The Fourth Way - Call John on 9979 5584, Marion on 9979 3993 or Anne on 9999 3478
    Green Group For Catherine Park - Run by SIOCS - Emmie Collins on 0405 330 781
    WOW - Women on Water - meets 4 times a year - Jenny Frazer 0410533728 / 99994460.
    Parents & Kids Groups Playgroup - Run by SIOCS - email Emma trysemz@tpg.com.au
    Scotland Island Players - contact Bob or Kez on 9999 4092
    Catherine Park Bush Care Group, 2nd Sunday @ 9.30am, Sharon Kinnison @ 9997 6017
    Elizabeth Park Bush Care Group, 1st Saturday @ 9 am, Bob Bolton @ 9999 4092
    Island Thinking Group - Roy Baker, 9999 6891, roybaker99@yahoo.com
    Offshore a capella choir –  Saturdays at 2:30 pm, SI Community Hall. Call CB on 9997 2035.

    Government Organisations
    Pittwater Council - 9970 1111  - email  pittwater_council@pittwater.nsw.gov.au  Web site click here
    Member for Mackellar Bronwyn Bishop, email clicking here or Bronwyn.Bishop.MP@aph.gov.au
    Member for Pittwater  Rob Stokes,  email pittwater@parliament.nsw.gov.au

    Airlines, Buses and Railways
    Sydney Airport:
    Arrivals and Departures
    Virgin Blue:

    Sydney Buses: Information.

    Sydney Ferries:
    City Rail:
    Timetables & Information.
    Country Link Rail:

    Scotland Island Tides, Moon phases, Sun rise & set
    Local Weather Forecasttop
    Radar weather for Sydney (128k circle)
    Emergency Contact Numbers   
    ALL EMERGENCIES (Police - Fire - Ambulance) 000
    Police Assistance Line & Information 13 1444 or 9281 0000
    Broken Bay Water Police 9910 7899 or 0412 162 093
    Marine Rescue Broken Bay - Weekend
    (02) 9999 3554 - (02) 8411 1121
    Marine Rescue Broken Bay - VHF Radio channel
    VHF Radio Channel: VHF 16
    27MHz Radio Channel: 86 or 88
    Scotland Island Rural Fire Service  9999 4404
    Elvina Bay Rural Fire Service
    9997 3795
    Lovett Bay Rural Fire Service
    9979 1612
    Mackerl Beach Rural Fire Service
    9974 1162
    Headquarters Terrey Hills
    9450 3000
    NSW Fire Service General Information 9265 2999 9265 2999
    Rural Fire Service General information 9450 3000
    State Emergency Service, Warringah/Pittwater SES 13 25 00 9486 3399
    National Parks & Wildlife Service: 000, general information 9457 9322
    Dept of Community Services: general information 9977 6011
    Sydney Water 132 090
    Energy Australia 131 388, (ah) 131 909
    Join SIRA
    You can now join the Scotland Island Residents Association by clicking here. Please print the page and return the completed form to SIRA at this address:
    The Treasurer, SIRA, PO Box 70, Church Point 2105.
    Please NO CASH.

    Contact SIRA at

    Join WPCA
    To join the Western Pittwater Community Association
    www.wpca.org.au, contact Michael Wiener at

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