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Scotland Island - Western Shores - Mackeral Beach

- January 2007 -

Newsletter for Offshore Residents of Pittwater, Australia  Volume 9, Issue 205 January 2007     


As some of you know, the editor and his younger assistant are moving from Scotland Island to Elvina Bay in the early part of the 2007. The newsletter will continue in its present form (albeit with a slightly more 'Western' feel) and I can assure the 900+ readers of this newsletter that all is well! We still want your contributions and expect the newsletter to continue to grow in stature and support in the coming year.

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  • History Corner
  • Cartoon of the Month
  • Do You Eat Soy Foods?
  • Outstanding Contribution To The Community Award
  • Bush Care Group hard at Work
  • Carols at Carols
  • Recycling Guide for Scotland Island 2007
  • "Kanyini" is available on DVD now!
  • Local Guide
  • Archived Newsletters
  • Your Subscription Information
  • History Corner
    The Oliver family (of which there became many) were pioneers of Pittwater when the aborigines inhabited the sprawling slopes of Kuringai Chase. It was related that the matriarch, Mrs. Oliver, would sit at Church Point telling stories to her many children with a loaded musket at her side to scare away marauding natives. These had earlier looted a whole paddock of potatoes and frightened her children with fierce and threatening behaviour. Her husband, William, had developed his farm on the neck of the peninsula between Lovett and Elvina Bays which was later called Flood’s Peninsula.

    We have previously touched on the fact that William’s young son, Frederick, tragically died as a result of a fall from his horse and was buried in a lonely grave about 100 metres from the old Oliver homestead beside the track to Linda Falls. William died at the North Shore Hotel at Circular Quay in 1882 and was buried in the churchyard at Church Point. Later the same year one of his sons, Thomas Albert, married Martha Shaw under a tree somewhere between Bayview and Church Point. Martha then contributed to the dynasty by bearing Thomas 11 children!

    Martha’s father, Joseph, and mother, Susan, came from West Riding in Yorkshire, arriving in Sydney in 1834. Joseph became a shell digger, a shoemaker and, finally, a farmer in Broken Bay. Martha, who was born in 1852, was christened at The Basin, Pittwater, by the chaplain of the visiting Royal Navy frigate H.M.S Juno which was under the command of Captain S.G.Freemantle. The ship then left to visit Pitcairn Island to attempt to move the truculent inhabitants to Norfolk Island and was later engaged in survey work on the Australian and New Zealand coasts.

    Leicester Warburton

    (Next month: Up McCarr’s Creek

    Cartoon of the Month

    The Famous Island Dog Race

    Need some localised cards? Gwyn has a wonderful selection for you. Contact him at g.perkins@gwyn.com.au

    Do You Eat Soy Foods?Top of page

    The Kindy Needs You!
    1.Soy Life are currently running a promotion that gives away $5,000 a month to educational community organisations.
    2.Could you help us collect 50 barcodes from any Soy Life product so that we can submit an application for SIOCS and the Children’s Services here?
    3.Please put your barcodes in any of the envelopes at the wharves, in the kindy, or put in the Kindy PO Box 363, Church Point NSW 2105
    With big THANKS from the kids, the parents, and SIOCS committee.

    Outstanding Contribution To The Community Award

    For The Kindy And Calling All Parents Of Under Two's!

    Anne Palmer has just won an award recognising the efforts that she and many members of the offshore community put into setting up the Children's Services this year. One year ago the existing childcare service providers (KU) announced that they would not be continuing on the island in 2006. Devastated parents got together and, under the leadership of Anne Palmer, decided that they would do it themselves!Top of page
    They formed an incorporated association (SIOCS), worked with Pittwater Council to renovate the building and bring it up to standard, worked with DoCS regarding compliance with new regulations, obtained a childcare licence, recruited staff, worked with politicians to obtain Long Day Care Status and the associated Child Care Benefit for parents, coordinated many successful fundraising events, and extended and improved the services: the centre is now open for more days and longer hours, is cheaper per hour, has government funded fee rebates for low income families, plus volunteers run a weekly playgroup and holiday workshops for primary school aged kids.
    The service is going from strength to strength and in 2007 SIOCS is looking at the possibility of opening for one or two more days just to provide care for under two year olds. Any parents interested in this service should contact the Kindy via siocs@comcen.com.au.

    Bush Care Group Hard at Work

    The offshore areas of Pittwater are fortunate to have the help of many local volunteers to keep in check the weeds that have become the blight of our landscape. A recent stroll around Scotland Island showed an amazing increase in the prevalence of asparagus fern. Only the vigilance of our local bush care groups can keep this monster in check.

    The Scotland Island group work tirelessly to maintain the bush. They celebrated with a small luncheon in the last week of December after a most successful year. If you would like to volunteer to become part of their group, give Colin Haskell a call (9979-3301).Top of page

    Carols at Carols

    A great group of carollers turned up on Sunday17th December to be part of the tradition of Carols at Carols on the island. The mystery guest turned out to be the usual guest, resplendent in his red finery and escorted by a similar coloured vessel. With perhaps the highest quality orchestra ever assembled for such a function accompanied the assembled crowd who rendered their favourite carols in splendid style!

    Special thanks to Melanie and John for once again putting in the organisational work for this top island event. The pictures below show some of the crowd enjoying themselves.


    Recycling Guide

    Pittwater Council advises that the following schedule will apply to recycling on Scotland Island for 2007. You might like to print this and keep it somewhere safely!

    Remember: NO items should be put out on the road for the general cleanup until 7 days prior to the due date for collection.Top of page



    "Kanyini" is available on DVD now!
    A tale of Indigenous wisdom clashing against materialist notions of progress, this is not only a story of one man and his people but the story of the human race.
    Hailed by critics and audiences as one of the most important films ever made, no person should miss "Kanyini". Recently winning Best Documentary at The Inside Film Awards you can purchase your private or classroom copy of "Kanyini" at www.kanyini.com NOW!

    The local guideTop of page

    What's On in Pittwater - Self Editing Event Diary Click Here  
    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  
    Buy and Sell: Pittwater Trading Online or visit http://www.pittwatertradingonline.com.au  
    Local Real Estate Agents:  
    Bothammottl Real Estate L.J.Hooker Mona Vale
    PMC Hill (subscribe to their newsletter here) Pittwater Real Estate
    Government Organisations:
    Local Pittwater Council, or email them at pittwater_council@pittwater.nsw.gov.au  or by clicking here.
    Federal: Bronwyn Bishop, Member for Mackellar by clicking here or Bronwyn.Bishop.MP@aph.gov.au
    State: Alex McTaggart, Member for Pittwater, at pittwater@parliament.nsw.gov.au or by clicking here
    Local Transport: Scotland Island Community Vehicle: Info: click here. Phone 0404 103 700 Church Point Ferries (0408 296 997)  Manly Warringah Cabs (02 9972 5600) Palm Beach Cruises (02 9997 4815) Pink Water Taxi (0428 238 190)
    Bed & Breakfast: Scotland Island Lodge: or http://www.scotlandislandlodge.com.au (02 9979 3301)
    Yacht Clubs Woody Point Yacht Club  or http://www.wpyc.com.au 
    Short Term Holiday Accommodation: Pittpoint Cottage:  (02 9997 8382) Wiringulla Retreat (02 9971 8375) or here
      Treetops on Towlers Bay' (02 9332 2611) info@walkabouttours.com.au
    Local Pittwater Studies Website: http://www.pittlink.net/ls
    West Pittwater Community Association Minutes: http://www.scotlandisland.org.au/wpca.htm

    Emergency Contact Numbers

    • NSW Police: 000, Police Assistance Line: 13 1444, general information 9281 0000
    • Broken Bay Water Police 9979 4944 or 0412 162 093
    • NSW Fire Service: 000, general information 9265 2999
    • NSW Ambulance Service: 000, general information 9320 7777
    • Rural Fire Service: 000, general information 9450 3000
    • State Emergency Service, Warringah/Pittwater SES: 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

    Membership of SIRA, Emergency Scotland Island Water Contacts and Application for Water + Guidelines for water, in one document: click here for information (while online)

    Airlines, Buses and Railways

    Sydney Airport: Arrivals and Departures Qantas Information                   Jetstar Information
    Sydney Buses information. Virgin Blue Information
    City Rail Timetables and Information. Country Link Rail Timetable


    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 sirapittwater@hotmail.com Join WPCA

    To join the Western Pittwater Community Association, contact Michael Wiener at m2wiener@bigpond.net.au

    Archived Newsletters A complete set of past electronic newsletters since May 2000 can be found and read at https://www.ymlp.com/pubarchive.php?sira or by clicking here or by visiting the Mona Vale Library. The Island website is at www.scotlandisland.org.au


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