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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
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.
Dog Side of the Moon Review
Gone Fishing Gallery
Christmas Choir Afloat
Rob Stokes Scotland Island Speech
Dog Training Classes on SI
Warringah Printmakers Studio
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Dog Side of the Moon - a brief review
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.
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
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
Director’s Role for Northern Beaches Centre
- Small, supportive, community run childcare
- 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
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.
twenty-place centre caters for 2-6 year olds and is open Tuesday to
Thursday 7.30am - 5.30pm.
You need to have:
Please email your CV with a cover letter to email@example.com by
November 22nd 2010.
- 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
- Prior experience of management role in Children
- Proven ability to lead a team
- A passion for working with communities to
ensure optimum outcomes for families and children
Fishing Gallery at Pasadena
Opening Sunday 4
Want to join the 2010 Christmas choir
join in, just turn up to the first Christmas carol rehearsal date on
Tuesday November 9 at Tarrangaua in Lovett Bay. 7.00pm start.
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.
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.
Island Founder Andrew Thompson Honoured In State
Friday, 22 October 2010
for Pittwater Rob Stokes last night in State Parliament paid tribute to
the founding occupant of Scotland Island, Andrew Thompson.
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.
the past 200 years, many different characters have contributed to the
rich history of Scotland Island to make it the vibrant community it is
"Andrew Thompson's legacy as a resourceful, compassionate
and community minded person continues to be seen amongst the island's
"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.
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
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
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.
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
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
“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
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
There are five categories of awards for individuals who have an
outstanding record of service to the Pittwater community.
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.
- Citizen of the Year
- Young Citizen of the Year
- Senior Citizen of the Year
- Community Event of the Year
- Sportsperson of the Year
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
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
on Scotland Island
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 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,
language and positive reinforcement for the theory, and then the
practice concentrates on:
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
training as this improves the relationship and is fun for dog and owner
(and impresses your friends!).
- 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
- leave things such as chicken bones in the
street, cats and other exciting things to be avoided
- tricks, games, etc
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
Author Talks at
Mona Vale Library
Tips on Sustainable Living
Mona Vale Library’s next Author Talk features sustainability guru
Michael will present his book Sustainable House from 6.30pm on
Wednesday 3 November at library.
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.
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.
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.
also offers tips for working with councils, builders and engineers and
the costs and benefits associated with making your home sustainable.
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
5 Nov - 31 Dec
10am - 6pm
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
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!
Paolo and Anna.
Looking for a
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Paul & Kim
House swap or
I am a responsible caring woman available to house sit and look after
animals indoor plants and garden if required during January 2011.
my home in Ballina is available for exchange during same period if that
would suit. House has ample sleeping accommodation, swimming
and is 3 minutes walk to beach, Shaws Bay Hotel and shops.
Contact Lesley on 0421277992.
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
Island Residents Association
(SIRA) Membership Application - click
here to download
|West Pittwater Community
Association (WPCA) - http://www.wpca.org.au
SI Emergency Water Contacts and Guidelines for water: click
here for information and contacts
Scotland Island 'Water Agreement' - click
here to download
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 &
For information call 02 9979 7856 or email: email@example.com
Island Community Hall
Bookings: Kez on 9999 4092 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Services, Clubs &
Dance, Art etc)
Meditation and Group Fitness with Patrice - 0406
483 036 email@example.com
- Thursdays - 0421762236 firstname.lastname@example.org
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
/ The Forth Way - Call John on 9979 5584, Marion on 9979
3993 or Anne on 9999 3478
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
& Kids Groups Playgroup - Run by SIOCS
- email Emma email@example.com
|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
Thinking Group - Roy
Baker, 9999 6891, firstname.lastname@example.org
Buses and Railways
Moon phases, Sun rise & set
weather for Sydney (128k circle)
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Assistance Line & Information
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Bay Water Police
7899 or 0412 162 093
Island Rural Fire Brigade
Fire Service General Information 9265 2999
Fire Service General information
Emergency Service, Warringah/Pittwater SES
Parks & Wildlife Service: 000, general information
of Community Services: general information
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