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Scotland Island - Western Shores - Mackeral Beach
November 1, 2010
Newsletter for Offshore Residents of Pittwater, Australia - Volume 11, Issue 530


The Scotland Island Artmart turned out to be another memorable event with more amazing pieces of art on display.  And now we can look forward to the Gone Fishing Gallery at the Pasedena, which will be opened by Susan Duncan in early December.

The word is out that the Dog Side of the Moon may well be the best production ever put on, and that you should not misss it under an circumstances. There are still two more shows to go, 4 and 5 November - don't miss out, tickets can be purchased at PMC Hill.

Finally, an acknowledgement of public generosity must go to Penny from Church Point Ferry Service who was online offering assistance with ferry tickets within half an hour of receiving the PON notice informing everyone about the boats that were sunk last week.  Thank you Penny, you and your team are such a vital part of this communtiy and your constant involvement and willlingness to participate and help out is very much appreciated by us all.


  • Gwyn's Calendar
  • Dog Side of the Moon Review
  • Kindy Director
  • Gone Fishing Gallery
  • Christmas Choir Afloat
  • Rob Stokes Scotland Island Speech
  • Local Council Notices
  • Dog Training Classes on SI
  • Author Talks
  • Warringah Printmakers Studio Annual Exhibition
  • Thank you
  • Wanted
  • For Sale
  • The Local Guide
  • Join SIRA
  • Archived Newsletters
  • Your subscription Information

  • Gwyn's November 2010 Calendar 

    To download a full version (A4 size) of this months calendar, ready for printing,  just click on the calendar image.

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

    The file is quite large and in PDF format. To view PDF documents you will need the Adobe Acrobat Reader installed on your computer.
    To download Acrobat Reader please click here
    November Calendar

    Dog Side of the Moon - a brief review

    OMG if you miss out next weekend seeing the Dog Side of the Moon it will be another brick in the wall of your life and you will have missed one of the all-time greatest shows the Island and offshore communities has ever put on

    Those crazy diamonds put on a performance that would shine on anywhere and those who were there felt elated and privileged.

    Knowing the music of Pink Floyd (see allusions above) greatly helps, so that your memory and hearing resonate together – the entrainment of inner and outer becomes the entrancement. It is said that madness and creativity are conjoint twins and while going beyond the edge of our normal workaday world there be dragons, angels and demons - the Sharman’s drum (i.e. entrancing music) dances us through the dark side fearing no evil - we touch the cleansing fire and return safely. Though for some this is just noise, for those who went with the flow its better than…well you know if you still remember.    
    The Band members all individually deserve praise, but I do think special mention has to go to David Richards, and while you are only as good as you last gig, I think David has indelibly stamped his reputation as a master music-creative-organise-player. He deserves that Cigar. 

    So once again if you don’t go next week you will have missed out big time.

    Bill Gye



    ECT Director’s Role for Northern Beaches Centre
    • Small, supportive, community run childcare centre
    • Free parking and free 10 minute ferry ride
    • Great flexible work/life balance - 21 hours or more if you wish
    • Beautiful bushland, sea, beach environment
    • Opportunity to have full autonomy over the centre philosophy and program structure
    • Above award pay

    Scotland Island Children’s Centre is located in the middle of Pittwater on Sydney’s Northern Beaches and is accessible by ferry and boat only. The centre is looking for an experienced and passionate centre director to start in January 2011.

    The twenty-place centre caters for 2-6 year olds and is open Tuesday to Thursday 7.30am - 5.30pm.

    You need to have:
    • A Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood) from University - recognised by DOCs in NSW
    • A current First Aid Certificate
    • Knowledge of the NSW Emergent Curriculum and recent EYLF
    • Prior experience of management role in Children Services
    • Proven ability to lead a team
    • A passion for working with communities to ensure optimum outcomes for families and children
    Please email your CV with a cover letter to siocs@comcen.com.au by November 22nd 2010.



    Gone Fishing Gallery at Pasadena
    Opening Sunday 4 December 3-5pm



    Want to join the 2010 Christmas choir afloat?
    To join in, just turn up to the first Christmas carol rehearsal date on Tuesday November 9 at Tarrangaua in Lovett Bay. 7.00pm start.

    With just six rehearsals before the grand finale performance, choirmaster John has asked that anyone who wants to join please try to make every or at least five of the six dates. All of them would be preferable. Anyone who wants to join is welcome. Being a good singer is NOT a pre-requisite. It's about community and fun.
    The performance will be on Toby's barge on December 21.
    So it’s time to dust off the Santa hats, oil the vocal chords according to personal taste and get into training for the 88 steps to the house.

    See you there.


    Scotland Island Founder Andrew Thompson Honoured In State Parliament         

    Friday, 22 October 2010

    Member for Pittwater Rob Stokes last night in State Parliament paid tribute to the founding occupant of Scotland Island, Andrew Thompson.

    Today marks the 200th anniversary of Andrew Thompson's death, a Scottish emancipist who was granted occupancy of the Island by NSW Lieutenant Governor William Paterson in 1809, before going on establish a successful salt works and naming the Island after his homeland.

    "Scotland Island is a fantastic, close-knit community with a proud and ongoing history", Rob Stokes said today.

    "Over the past 200 years, many different characters have contributed to the rich history of Scotland Island to make it the vibrant community it is today.

    "Andrew Thompson's legacy as a resourceful, compassionate and community minded person continues to be seen amongst the island's residents.

    "I acknowledge the wonderful residents of Scotland Island and pay tribute to its founding occupant Andrew Thompson, whose legacy continues today in a community all neighbourhoods should aspire to emulate", Rob Stokes concluded.

    Extract from Hansard and Papers Thursday 21 October 2010

    Mr ROB STOKES (Pittwater) [7.41 p.m.]: Tonight I inform the House about a significant anniversary in the heart of my community of Pittwater. This year marks 200 years of permanent settlement of Scotland Island. Scotland Island is an emerald diadem wrapped around a rock in the waters of the southern end of the Pittwater. Measuring about a kilometre in diameter and rising to a height of about 120 metres, the island is very beautiful, particularly when viewed from the south-east through the mist on a winter's morning, when the deep green of the sea meets the grey green of the island, or when viewed from the north on a hot summer afternoon as a stiff nor'easter whips up a forest of dancing whitecaps that seem to scurry across the blue water in their haste to get to Catherine Park on the northern side of the island.

    The island itself is a jumbled mix of homes, trees, colour and people. There are lots of children, few vehicles and few fences. And, come to think of it, there are not many shoes either. Scotland Island feels of community. The richness of the relationships is almost palpable. Everyone knows each other and cares about each other. The islanders are an enterprising lot: they run their own water supply and they support their own rural fire brigade and kindy. One of the things I love on the mornings I drop off my children to kindy and school in Newport is watching the island and offshore children making their happy pilgrimage up Queens Parade to Newport Public School, having caught the Church Point ferry across the pond. Scotland Island is a happy place, and it has a rich history that endorses Mark Twain's comments of Australian history that it did not read like history at all but:
    … like the most beautiful lies; and all of afresh sort, no mouldy old stale ones. It is full of surprises and adventures, and incongruities, and contradictions and incredibilities; but they are all true, they all happened.

    Having been marooned in the Pittwater when sea levels rose about 18,000 years ago, the island would have been regularly visited by the local Guringai tribe, but there were no signs of permanent habitation until it was granted to Andrew Thompson, a Scottish ex-convict, by New South Wales Lieutenant-Governor Paterson in 1809. By 1810 Thompson had made his permanent home on the island and had created a successful salt works. A resourceful Scot, like his Governor and friend Lachlan Macquarie, he also built a ship slipway and, it is rumoured, an illegal still. It is ironic that young people these days are often criticised for changing careers too much and not sticking at one job. Andrew Thompson managed a career as a convict, constable, toll collector, builder, shipwright and industrialist and possibly, although he would have been unlikely to record it on his resume, a distiller. And all that by the age of 36!

    He named his island, previously known as Pitt Island, after his beloved homeland. It is quite fitting that in the same year we honour the Scot Macquarie for his contribution to the development of New South Wales we honour his compatriot Andrew Thompson and the beautiful island he named after their shared homeland. And it is appropriate that we remember Andrew Thompson in this place on this day, exactly 200 years after his sudden death on Scotland Island on 22 October 1810. According to accounts from the time, he died of exhaustion, and, most likely, water-borne infection after rescuing people in the Hawkesbury floods a few months earlier. I am the same age as Andrew Thompson was when he died, and I salute this enterprising pioneer for achieving so much in such a short life.

    In 1812 Scotland Island was offered for sale. The Sydney Gazette advertisement declared it contains "one hundred and twenty acres of good soil, extensive salt works, a good dwelling house and stores, labourers' rooms, and every convenience suitable for a fishery, or shipbuilding, also a vessel of about ninety tons, partly built, still on the stocks". It did not say anything about the distillery. Over the years different characters and activities have contributed to the rich history of this little island, which has been progressively subdivided until today, when there are well over 600 permanent residents living in cottages cascading down the steep slopes of the island, mainly hidden among the trees.

    Thompson's life and the rich history of Scotland Island were recently celebrated at a wonderful bicentenary festival organised by the indefatigable Emmy Collins and supported by the Scotland Island Residents Association, PMC Hill Real Estate and Pittwater Council. Bob Waterer, a Guringai elder and direct descendant of King Bungaree, gave a welcome to country, and the island celebrated its history and its future, its artists and its exhibitionists in song, dance, film, stories, food and fun. Greg Roberts dressed up as Andrew Thompson and Shar Jones' kids dressed up as giant kangaroos and spent the day being beaten up by toddlers. My daughters spent the afternoon chasing chickens, while I was hosted by Bill Gye, president of the residents association. It was great to see some enterprising islander in the spirit of Andrew Thomson handing out sachets of local Scotland Island salt. I also thank Louise Roberts, who so kindly transported my family to join the islanders on the day There are so many people who contribute to the success of this wonderful offshore community—too many to mention here—but I thank them all for making Scotland Island a special place and a beacon pointing to the real relationships and real community that all our neighbourhoods should aspire to emulate.


    Local Council Notices
    Parent Forum Combats Alcohol and Drug Issues

    The first in a series of free forums for parents of young people aged 12-25 will be held at Newport Community Centre from 6.30pm to 8.30pm on Wednesday 10 November.

    The youth organisation Point Zero will host the information sessions for local parents experiencing difficulties with teenagers and young adults.

    Point Zero is a charity organisation for young people based in the eastern suburbs of Sydney. The organisation has recently been piloting a mobile outreach and counselling service for local teenagers on the northern beaches. Given its success the service is due to be extended.

    The first of the workshops will educate parents on the impact of alcohol and other drugs and provide advice for minimising risk.

    The complex issues that young people and parents face in relation to parties, alcohol and other drugs will also be discussed, as well as rights and responsibilities.

    The Council’s Community & Library Services Manager Lindsay Godfrey said the workshop would provide parents with strategies for communicating effectively about safe partying and what to do in an emergency.

    “This workshop has timely advice for parents with Schoolies Week on the agenda for many graduating high school students,” said Mr Godfrey.

    Bookings for the free parent forum are essential and can be made by calling Melinda Hewitt on 9970 1170 by Wednesday 3 November.

    Further information about Point Zero can be found at www.pointzero.org.au
    Lindsay Godfrey, Pittwater Council: 9970 1166

    Nominations Open for 201 Pittwater Australia Day Awards

    Nominations for the 2011 Pittwater Australia Day Awards are now open at www.pittwater.nsw.gov.au

    There are five categories of awards for individuals who have an outstanding record of service to the Pittwater community.

    They are;
    • Citizen of the Year
    • Young Citizen of the Year
    • Senior Citizen of the Year
    • Community Event of the Year
    • Sportsperson of the Year
    Pittwater Mayor Harvey Rose said the awards would be open for nominations until Friday 17 December 2010, with a presentation to the winners on Australia Day 26 January 2010 at Newport Beach.

    “Nominations can be for people who either live or work in Pittwater and can be nominated by a friend, family member or the person themselves,” he said.

    Nomination forms can be downloaded from Pittwater Council’s website at www.pittwater.nsw.gov.au

    Previous winners of Australia Day Awards have included local Olympian and sailor Nathan Wilmot, the Artfest event at Avalon, environmental volunteer Marita Macrae, community volunteers Colleen and Stan Brown and the Newport Surf Life Saving Club.

    Pittwater’s celebration of Australia Day will take place between 7am and 11am on Wednesday 26 January 2011 at Bert Payne Reserve, Newport Beach.

    Media contact:  Community Relations, Pittwater Council Ph: 9970 1119 or 9970 1172


    Training Classes on Scotland Island

    Positive Dog Training for Happy Dogs and Happy Owners
    Goodog will be holding the inaugural Good Manners training course on Scotland Island starting Sunday 14 November at 2pm.

    Course outline

    The course is five weeks in duration (one hour each Sunday) and costs $175.00, which includes starter-pack, hand-out notes and a treat pouch.  We take a maximum of eight dogs per course (minimum of four).  Our course focuses on things such as how dogs learn, body language and positive reinforcement for the theory, and then the practice concentrates on:
    • getting your dog's attention
    • self control
    • sit for greeting (not jumping up)
    • lie down
    • walk on a loose lead
    • coffee shop manners and dog park behaviour
    • door and car etiquette
    • meeting people, kids and other dogs
    • the all-important come when called
    • stay
    • leave things such as chicken bones in the street, cats and other exciting things to be avoided
    • tricks, games, etc
    We try to get calm and confident dogs in real life situations, basically a dog you can take anywhere (or at least set them up to achieve this stage) and are a pleasure to be around.  We also focus on trick training as this improves the relationship and is fun for dog and owner (and impresses your friends!).

    You can check out our website at www.goodog.com.au. Feel free to contact me if you need any more information or would like to book a place on the course.
    You can either call me on 0424 74 0234 or e-mail to Barbara@goodog.com.au


    Author Talks at Mona Vale Library
    Author Shares Tips on Sustainable Livingflyer

    Mona Vale Library’s next Author Talk features sustainability guru Michael Mobbs.

    Michael will present his book Sustainable House from 6.30pm on Wednesday 3 November at library.

    A former environmental lawyer, Michael Mobbs is Associate Lecturer at the School of Engineering at the University of Technology and also runs his own sustainability company, specialising in the design and project management of sustainable water, energy and recycled water projects.

    Sustainable House is an essential guide for those planning to build or renovate. It is suited to apartments or houses and will assist home-owners in achieving an environmentally friendly home.

    It covers recent revolutions in sustainable housing and includes the author’s assessment on technologies and materials used in his own ground-breaking sustainable house 14 years after its completion.

    Originally published in 1998 and now in its second edition, Sustainable House is prescribed reading in tertiary design courses across Australia and is listed as a best-selling book with the CHOICE organisation.

    Michael’s book provides advice on retro-fitting your kitchen, bathroom, water supply, energy, waste system and garden.

    It also offers tips for working with councils, builders and engineers and the costs and benefits associated with making your home sustainable.

    Mayor Harvey Rose said the Council had adopted sustainability as a key principle in all its operations. ‘We recently launched our own sustainability checklist and guidelines for owner-builders and designers in Pittwater,” he said.

    The Author Talk will take place at Mona Vale Library from 6.30pm on Wednesday 3 November. Bookings are essential; to book phone 9970 1600. Following the talk there will be book signings and light refreshments. Admission is $7.50 adult, $5.50 concession.

    Catherine Buddin, Mona Vale Library Ph: 9970 1605


    Warringah Printmakers Studio Annual Exhibition
    5 Nov - 31 Dec 10am - 6pm



    Thank you

    We would like to say a massive thank you to all the people involved in saving our two boats vandalised last Saturday night at Carols Wharf. They managed to pulled them to shore before the engines could go under water. We were away on holiday, so if it wasn't for them we would have definitely lost two good engines. A great example of this amazing community.

    We are really hoping that the rest of the Community collaborates with the Police, so things like that won't happen again to someone else. Although we were really lucky, we still lost two batteries and we wouldn't mind to invoice the vandals!

    Thanks again.
    Paolo and Anna.



    Looking for a Wedding Venue!
    Recently engaged couple looking for a property on Scotland Island to use as a wedding venue for March 2011. Having kayaked around the island a few times, seen a number of properties on the north and east facing sides of the island with long sloping lawns down to the water, inquiring whether anyone would consider renting a property out for a few days to use for a wedding. We envisage an outdoor rather lowkey/peaceful wedding with water views and a marquee for the reception.

    If anyone is interested or could offer some advice, please don’t hesitate to contact Paul Moffat on
    0449015393 or  pmoffat@apilifestyle.com.au

    Many Thanks,
    Paul & Kim

    House swap or House sit..
    I am a responsible caring woman available to house sit and look after animals indoor plants and garden if required during January 2011.

    Alternately, my home in Ballina is available for exchange during same period if that would suit.  House has ample sleeping accommodation, swimming pool and is 3 minutes walk to beach, Shaws Bay Hotel and shops.  Contact Lesley on 0421277992.

    For Sale
    Free Refrigerator----Kelvinator Twin Air No Frost 640 Liter
    2 Doors - Food 375, Frozen 265
    In good working order, FREE to the first caller
    Phone Lionel on 0411 550 391


    The Local Guide
    Community Information

    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 http://picasaweb.google.com/offshoregallery/
    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)  8.30am - 4.30pm (Tues, Weds & Thurs)
    Playgroup @ Children's Centre every Monday, 10.00am - 12 midday
    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

    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 Rus on 0415-464-733
    Manly Warringah Cabs   - 02 9972 5600
    Palm Beach Cruises  - 02 9997 4815

    Real Estate
    PMC Hill  - 9999 4902   http://www.pmchill.com.au/
    Century 21 Showcase Pittwater  - 9999 0155   http://www.c21pittwater.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 6017
    Justice of the Peace - Paul Burchall - 0414 975 793
    Pittwater Community Arts Inc.  - Enquiries Lorrie Morgan 9997 8079  lorriemay@bigpond.com
    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 
    Elvina Escape - B & B at Elvina Bay - Alison Newham 0423 598 760
    Treetops on Towlers Bay - 02 9332 2611  info@walkabouttours.com.au
    Pittwater Youth Hostel  - 02 9999 5748  www.yha.com.au/hostels/details.cfm?hostelid=31  
    Nila Chambers - Celebrant (marriages, funerals etc)  Discount for all offshore residents. 9999 2445
    Offshore IT Computer Services  - Contact Robert  0427 890 357 or 9999 2942

    Island Classes (Fitness, Dance, Art etc)
    Pilates, Meditation and Group Fitness with Patrice -  0406 483 036 patrice.corrie@gmail.com
    Anusara Yoga -  Thursdays -  0421762236 dominiquemarill@gmail.com or floydcbg@ozemail.com.au
    Art with Max - Watercolour classes. Phone Max on 9997 4527
    Art Classes- drawing and painting in oils, acrylics and mixed media- Marion 9979 3993 or 0431 457 431

    Gurdjieff / The Forth 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 - second Wednesday of the month - contact Nila on 9999 2445   
    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

    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
    Scotland Island Rural Fire Brigade  9999 4404
    NSW Fire Service General Information 9265 2999 9265 2999
    Rural Fire Service 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
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    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
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