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Scotland Island - Western Shores - Mackeral Beach
November 7, 2011
Newsletter for Offshore Residents of Pittwater, Australia

Offshore Choir Afloat Rehearsals
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
The Performance
The performance is on Thursday, December 22.

The Laurel Mae will be anchored almost on-shore in Frog Hollow at 6:30 for a 7.00 p.m. start.  If people would like to listen, they should pack a picnic, bring their bells to shake during jingle bells, fire up the tinny and make sure they've got a stern anchor or, if they are available,  they can raft up on any spare moorings.

When the program is completed at Frog Hollow, the choir will continue to Church Point, where a repeat performance will be held, followed by a party at the The Gone Fishing Gallery.

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.

CENSUS 2011/2012

Dear Scotland Island and Offshore families please see below a link which contains a small amount of questions for our census. This will help the Kindy to determine what care needs our families want for the future. 

Click this online link - Online Survey

Please take the time if you can, to complete the survey, I really do appreciate it.  This is not just for existing parents but also for anyone in the community who wishes to enroll their child in our wonderful kindy.

Kind regards
Liz Power
SIOCS - Director

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

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

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Love Me Dog! The Pre-Fab Four are coming to Scotland Island.
They're sure to Please Please You with their show: "A Hard Dog's Night", playing
Beatles' singles from 1962 to 1970.
They might sing "Eight Days a Week" but the show is only on Friday and
Saturday 25/26 November and the following weekend 3/4 December.  If you
miss it, you'll be saying "I Should Have Known Better"!

Money can't buy you love, but it can get you tickets - $20 from PMC Hill
9999 4902 - don't be a Nowhere Man, book or get yours today!

Growing Up with Fragile X Syndrome

Thank you to all those friends who attended the launch of 'Growing Up with Fragile X Syndrome' on Saturday 29 October. We all, but especially Marty, had a wonderful time.

I have had requests from people who did not come as to how to purchase the book. Please use either of the following methods:

For copies to be mailed go to  http://www.vividpublishing.com.au/fragilex and pay ($29.95) using paypal.

For locals who want to collect personally, please pay $25 directly into my bank account:
Account name: Mates Consulting P/L,
BSB: 633000
A/c No.: 121773253

I will be away from 7 November till 5 December so it will be a little while before I can deliver the books after Monday 7 November.

Robyn Iredale

Letters to the Editor
A thanks to the community for their tremendous effort in recent search operation?

We would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to members of our local community, the West Pittwater Rural Fire Brigade and the Water Police who came to our aid in the search for our Mum – Elizabeth Franklin – who went out for a walk late one Wednesday afternoon, became disorientated and consequently went missing in the bush behind her home in Elvina Bay.

Thank you, too, to the yachties and Scotland Islanders who, seeing and hearing of the activities, joined in the search. After an anxious and extensive search she was found, amazingly relatively unscathed (well done, Kyle Woods!).

We are hugely grateful for the time, effort and caring that everyone extended to her and to us that evening. What a fabulous and generous community we live in!

With many thanks and appreciation
Nicola Franklin and Lisa James

Uncertainty over Future of Bennets Boatshed
I am writing to most strongly express my concern about Pittwater Council’s proposed demolition of Bennet’s boatshed.

The humble little building sits on a sandy beach next to the sparkling water and adjacent to a bustop on the Mccarrs Creek road as one approaches Church point. It is the last of the bayside boatsheds and is in public hands. This structure has always been a reminder of the past foreshore use and serves as a heritage marker for this.

The community has repeatedly expressed its support for the retention of this structure and I believe its future was slated in the Church Point Plan of Management. The Community has offered to form a working party to ensure its retention, this is also in practical terms as a building project. There are so many opportunities for a structure like this. Once gone the opportunity will be lost. It is special as a reminder of past use and can have a vibrant and viable future. This structure can play an enhanced role in the rich cultural and social life of the Pittwater Community, all that is needed is imagination and the will to see the boatshed’s retention, rehabilitation and reuse.

It is too easy in our throw away society to go for the balance book mentality of seeing this structure as a liability to be removed off the balance books, surely the philosophy of sustainability adopted by Pittwater Council requires the will of a creative and thoughtful solution. The possibilities are endless notwithstanding the user pays approach. There is another way rather than the wrecking ball! I trust in the Councils foresight to see the benefit such a structure could play in the future and to work with the community to secure this future.
Karen Lambert

Local Council Notices

Pittwater residents are being asked to show their support for the volunteers of the State Emergency Service next Wednesday 9 November by wearing something orange that day.

And the Council has decided to enter into the spirit of the day by dressing up Avalon Recreation Centre with orange-tinted lighting.

The Council’s electricians will light up the Centre in orange from Monday 7 November for the whole week.

Wow Day is part of SES Week, which runs from 7-13 November and is aimed at raising awareness of the SES volunteers and the work they do. The colour orange symbolises the distinctive orange overalls that SES volunteers wear when in the field.

Along with Avalon Recreation Centre, the Sydney Opera House and other public buildings in Sydney will also be lit up in orange.

MPs in the NSW Parliament have pledged to wear orange ties and scarves and Mayor Harvey Rose said he would follow suit.

“In recent months SES volunteers have been hard at work dealing with fallen trees and damage to home from flooding and storms in Pittwater.”

“They and the Rural Fire Service volunteers do a sterling job.”

To find out more about SES Week and becoming an SES volunteer visit www.ses.nsw.gov.au
Media contact:     Janell Keegan, Pittwater Council Ph: 9970 1369


A free workshop for parents and supervisors of learner drivers will be held by the Roads and Maritime Services with Pittwater Council at Mona Vale Library on Wednesday 16 November 2011.

The course, ‘Helping Learner Drivers Become Safer Drivers’, will offer parents and supervisors hands-on advice on how to provide the most effective driving practice for learner drivers.

The Council’s Road Safety Officer Michelle Carter said licence conditions for learner drivers meant there was a minimum of one year on ‘L’ plates and 120 hours of supervised driving, including a mandatory 20 hours of night-time driving.

“A more rigorous driving test has also been introduced, focusing on hazard perception and driver reactions,” Ms Carter said.

“Parents and supervisors of novice drivers have a crucial role to play in making our roads safer, and that is why the RTA has developed a course to better support them.”

The free course will cover topics such as:
•    laws for learner and P-plate drivers
•    how to use the Learner Driver Log Book
•    how to plan on-road driving sessions

“Parents and supervisors who have attended this course found it boosted their confidence, helped them better plan driving sessions and allowed them to share experiences with other parents and supervisors,” added Ms Carter.

Bookings for the Helping Learner Drivers Become Safe Drivers course are essential and can be made by calling Michelle Carter from Pittwater Council on 9970 1196 or by email at michelle_carter@pittwater.nsw.gov.au.

Media contact:     Michelle Carter, Pittwater Council      Ph: 9970 1196

Maths Tutoring offered on the Island
Primary and Years 7-10
Does your child need Mathematics tutoring? Maths tutor offered on the Island for Years 1 to 10
– HSC Unit 4 Maths student available to tutor at very reasonable rates. 

Please contact Ryan on 0423 296 273

Need 3-4 bedroom house to rent
We are a family of four and have been living on the island for over six years. Unfortunately, we have to move out of our house in January and are finding that rental accommodation is currently very scarce.

We would prefer to stay on the waterfront if possible. We have no pets, don’t smoke and have an excellent rental record (happy to provide references). We are both professionals working from home and have maintained previous rental accommodation in perfect condition.

Please contact me if you are interested in renting to us for a minimum of 12 months. We would like to stay on the island!


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