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Scotland Island - Western Shores - Mackeral Beach
November 22, 2011
Newsletter for Offshore Residents of Pittwater, Australia

Offshore Choir Afloat Rehearsals start 22nd Nov.
Everyone is Welcome

There will be 4 rehearsals held at The Gone Fishing Gallery, Church Point starting at 7pm sharp
  • Tuesday 22 November from 6.30
  • Tuesday 29 November from 6.30
  • Tuesday 6 December from 6.30
  • Tuesday 13 December from 6.30
If you are going to attend the rehearsals, please let Chuck Bradley know so that the catering can accommodate everyone.

Bring a bottle and glasses, burgers to be provided after sing song each week thanks to Susan Duncan.

You can contact him on chuck@chuckbradley.com.au

Song Sheets, Music, Sound files available to download here.. 


Awayin PTS.pdf
Carol of the Birds.pdf
Once in PTS.pdf

Sound files (mp3) zipped
Once in Royal AltoBass.zip
Stille Nacht AltoBass.zip
We wish you AltoBass.zip
While Shepherds AltoBass.zip

Contact Chuck Bradley for any further information.

A Hard Dog's Night
Beatles' singles from 1962 to 1970

Friday and Saturday 25/26 November and the following weekend 2/3 December

We told you you'd have to be quick... The final show has sold out and the first Saturday is almost full.  There are tickets available for the Friday nights and, in keeping with what is sure to become an Island tradition, the first Friday night is party night with free champagne (while stocks last)
for pre-booked* ticket holders.

Call or call in to PMC Hill (9999 4902) to reserve your tickets.

*pre-booked on or before 24/Nov

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Letters to the Editor
CP Plan of Management - Submission re Public Wharf Extension

As possibly the oldest residents of Scotland Island - I am 79 and my wife Elspeth is 69 we would like to make a plea for an extension of the public boat mooring facility to the maximum possible as soon as possible & we would be more than willing to pay whatever it takes.

It is all very well for youngsters who regularly 'boat hop' to say lets go slowly and as cheaply as possible on this issue but we are obliged to pay over $700 per month for a berth and car park at a marina in order to access the mainland on a regular basis. We need side berthing for safety at our age.

In addition, if the fee is only $100 then families with lots of kids with tinnies will pay & the new facility will be just as full as it is now. It would be fairer to allocate a maximum of 2 boat stickers per family.

Elspeth & John Thixton
87 Richard Rd. Scotland Island

I note both statements about the Church Point Plan of residence and wish to make the following comment.
  1. While I understand why it was necessary to achieve the result we did with the Church Point Carpark can I point out that the alternative of turning it into a reserve would have incurred the extreme wrath of many on-shore residents having to cope with streets blocked with even more cars than they are now - so not necessary just a good result for off-shores but also local on-shores.
  2. The same comment applies to the current issues. It is within the interests of both on-shore and off-shore residents to ensure their environment - possibly the main reason they bought in the area- remains at a level which we all find pleasurable. Currently  only the voice of SIRA seems to be heard in the NEWS letter. I would like to hear some on-shore residents speaking up if that is possible.
Teresa Valenti

Bennets Boatshed
I think Bennetts Boatshed would make a lovely picnic shelter with an indoor and outdoor table and chairs such as they have at other beaches.

It is actually a lovely little beach area for families and would enhance the walking trail along the foreshore
How about it Pittwater Council ??
Bev Dwyer

Tennis User Group Members


We hope that all members are able to attend to celebrate our wonderful community effort

  • Financial report
  • Report on current membership
  • Procedure for newcomers
  • On going management of pontoon
  • Any other business
Meeting will be held in the area around the barbecue

Christmas WOW Lunch
The Christmas WOW lunch will be held at the Waterfront Café at Church Point at 12 pm on Wednesday December 7th.

This is open to all women on the water so please tell your friends and neighbours about this special get together to celebrate our offshore lives at this  time of the year.

It has been suggested that a donation to a women’s organisation would be more appropriate rather than present giving as this will be for women who are less fortunate than ourselves.

Could you please let me know if you can be there by 1st December so we can confirm numbers. Also let me know how you feel about the present or donation

Hope you can make it
Rosemary Haskell
Email: chaskell2@bigpond.com
Phone: 9979 3301

Farewell, Paddington (Paddy) Brand/Ricketts/Channell.
Scourge to possums, chickens and Tall Men.

Put to sleep Friday 18th November.
Sadly missed. Liz, Dan and Erin xxxx

If anyone else needs Science Diet CD dog food, you are welcome to Paddy's, just let me know 99972026

Small girl lost her beloved pink encased ipod in a small silver bag in carpark Friday night.
Please contact Gwyn on 9999 3783

For Sale
Gorgeous weekender or first home, Elvina Bay
Price $625,000
Call 0416 212 098

For Rent
Two bedroom house, split level, polished floors, NE facing deck, Elvina Bay
Long term $400 per week, short term $650 pw
Call 0416 212 098

For Sale
Two Sets of Bunks
One set is for free, its OK, one very good mattress and one...well ordinary mattress...
The second set is in good shape with two good mattresses and I'd like $100 ono
They can be seen at 19 Robertsons Road.
Call Philip on 0411 882064

I'm on the lookout for a portacot and wondered if there are any your cupboard taking up space that would like to go to a good home :)
Contact Ineka on 0424 299 984

Found a velocitek prostart.Sail Racing thingamagig. Still working.
If its your contact Paul Smith 0404103601

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