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Scotland Island - Western Shores - Mackeral Beach

- February 2006 -

Newsletter for Offshore Residents of Pittwater, Australia  Volume 9, Issue 120; February 2006     


I am thrilled with the response to those of you using the online calendar (www.scotlandisland.org.au/calendar.htm) This invaluable tool has already prevented some doubling up of offshore events. I am sure you check it regularly, as all savvy offshore people would, but if perchance it has slipped your memory, please give it a go. Add your events using the usual name & password.

On another matter, well done to all concerned with the rebirth of the kindy on SI. Another wonderful example of community care and commitment. And the Pittwater YHA is looking for staff. Check out the listing below!

  • History Corner
  • Pittwater Council Vegetation Collection
  • Seeking Offshore Art, Illustrations and Photography for Offshore Anthology
  • Pittwater YHA looking for an assistant manager
  • Calling all Scotland Island Foxes!
  • Changing your email address?
  • Open for Inspection - a Sydney Real Estate farce
  • Island Thinking Night Saturday Feb 4th - More Offshore Stories
  • Australia Day Honour for Pittwater Deputy Mayor Patricia Giles
  • Local Guide
  • Archived Newsletters
  • Your Subscription Information
  • History Corner

    Pittwater was once considered a wheat-growing area. In 1816, Governor Macquarie inspected the farms at Pittwater and other parts of Broken Bay and, in the same year, published a report of vacant land suitable for farming. But the list included none in Pittwater which suggests that the land must have been fully occupied. Up to 1842, wheat and oats were the common crops. John Collins grew good wheat on his farm at Careel Bay and took it in his boat to the mills of Benjamin and James Singleton on the Hawkesbury. As early as September 10, 1820, the Singleton brothers sent a memorial or document of confirmation to the Governor of an undertaken he had made to them.

    It was couched in the somewhat florid and, at the same time, humble phrasing of the period. The wording stated: "Memorialists, having erected two water-mills on Crown Lands, the one at Kurry Jong and the other opposite to the lower branch of the Hawkesbury River, and as Your Excellency was pleased some time since to say that you would confirm to Memorialists a proportion of the lands whereon said mills are erected, they therefore humbly presume to remind Your Excellency of these circumstances, earnestly hoping Your Excellency will be pleased to grant them such proportion of lands."

    This very humble petition was answered exactly a year after it was sent to the Governor. Even in those days, obsequiousness and capital letters did not always command an early reply it seems. But at least their petition was successful. "The Mills erected by Benjamin and James Singleton at the places herein described , being useful to the public, each of them is to receive a grant of ten acres where their respected Mills have been erected."

    Wheat was not the only produce of the farms at Pittwater as we have already discovered. While John Collins was sending rain to the Singleton's mill, his wife was supplementing their income by sending butter to Sydney. Her household books, now in the Mitchell Library, record the marketing of kegs of butter weighing 60 to 70lbs as well as great quantities of onions.

    Leicester Warburton.

    NEXT MONTH: The boat-building and shipyards of Pittwater

    Pittwater Council Vegetation Collection

    Pittwater Council notification to Scotland Island residents.

    Vegetation collection for the purpose of fire fuel reduction

    Week commencing Monday 13 February 2006

    Where your vegetation has been stickered you are to do either of the following:

    • the vegetation is to be placed within the boundary of your property and correctly re-presented at council’s next Scotland Island vegetation collection during august 2006.
    • mulch or compost the vegetation and reuse on-site.
    • take the vegetation to Kimbriki recycling & waste disposal centre.

    Seeking Offshore Art, IllustrationsTop of page and Photography for Offshore Anthology

    Great opportunity to showcase your work and receive free exposure in our forthcoming Offshore Anthology.
    Creative artwork/etchings/ illustrations/ photography capturing the essence of Offshore life is welcome for submission to supplement the stories, poems and anecdotes of local writers.
    Work can be either be of a specific nature, (some random topics are below) or can be ethereal, capturing the beauty of our surroundings. Colour is preferred but not a prerequisite.
    Historical photographs are also of interest. Generic imagery, rather than specifically identifiable people is highly preferred.
    Random Topics include: water, tinny jumping, jetties, fishing, fish, bushfires, carpark nightmares, sailing at night and by day, balcony views, overloaded quadbikes, young children swimming/playing in the sunshine, transporting shopping, dilapidated island vehicles, church point, any/all wharfs, the kindy, the community hall, Catherine Park, water tanks, local wildlife, local trees, local birds, the night sky, hot days, peaceful scenery, sunsets/sunrise, love, joy, friendship, community.
    Please register your interest and send images on-line to Juliette Robertson : scotisle@tpg.com.au . Ph 9979 2411 during February 2006. 
    All submissions (including late stories/poems) will be considered alongside written work to see how we can best showcase our wonderful offshore life. All respondees will be added to our database and kept informed of progress!Top of page

    Pittwater YHA looking for an assistant manager

    Work opportunity available at the Pittwater YHA, Morning Bay.

    We require an assistant manager to work part-time at the the hostel. The position involves customer service, reception and cleaning.

    If you've got what it takes to make a positive contribution to the Pittwater Hostel please call Michael or Sarah on 9999 5748 (8-11 am and 5-8 pm).

    Calling all Scotland Island Foxes!

    I have been researching the possums on your lovely island and have a couple of questions to Scotland Island...
    I was wondering if you would know the answer to :
    a) Is Scotland Island fox-free?
    (I have never seen any foxes, and thought there are none, but never
    b) What is the actual size of Scotland Island?
    (on your history page you give historical information saying the island is 52.2ha or 48.5 ha, but some paragraphs below it says "The island covers forty two hectares and island roads are untarred"
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    If you know or anyone who could give information on this issue, that would be great.

    Jutta (jeymann@rna.bio.mq.edu.au)

    Changing your email address?

    Probably due to the almost total change over to ADSL for the offshore community, many subscribers are wanting to amend their email address. To change your subscription to PON, simply go to www.scotlandisland.org.au/signup and take two more steps. 1. Delete yourself from the newsletter. 2. Enter your new address. Simple!

    Open for Inspection - a Sydney Real Estate farce

     written by Frank Hatherley

    Scotland Island Players invite you to take part in this hilarious play directed by Kez Borthwick-Bolton

    Phone Kez on 9999 4092 or email qwl_kborthwick@hotmail.com with questions or if you would like to read the script. Auditions: 7:30pm Tuesday 7 February and Thursday 9 February In the hall.

    The Story

    The Time is Now, the Place is Kirribilli, the Setting is a “made over” Victorian semi with “waterTop of page glimpses” , the Timing is the four week lead up to the auction focusing on the Open Days (and nights…)and culminating in the Auction itself. The anxious owners have overextended themselves buying a “:Mosman mansion” and are desperate to sell before being bankrupted by bridging finance and a multi-story apartment development proposal destined to block the “water glimpses” passes through North Sydney Council. The play opens just before the first Open Day.  The Estate Agent arrives to “tart up”  the place only to find an unexpected  outsider who is now in residence!  Having managed to get rid of him (temporarily) the Open Day can proceed.The play revolves around the reason for the outsider’s presence and the various antics involving the prospective buyers, the owners and the estate agent.

    Being a true farce there is much coming and going and lots of action (even involving the serial destruction of the set).  Again in truce farce fashion it builds to a major climax  linking all the characters.

    The Characters

    The Estate Agent, Hattie Frome: Mid to late 30’s in the midst of an affair with a married man.  Desperately wants to be married herself.   Lives with her mother who is sliding into senility. Has just discovered she is pregnant.  Despite all this she is highly ambitious to make it as the top selling estate agent and is prepared to do (almost) anything to get there.

    The Outsider, Charlie Took (Chook): 40’s +, just out of jail, professional (but not overly successful) thief whose vocation is crime, cheeky, good-hearted, persistent and stubborn. 

                The Owners Paul Palmer                                       Grizelda Quick-Palmer

    40’s plus, Smooth, nouveau riche, lecher, producer of Willoughby Wallaby children’s popular TV program, former porn director; just stays on the right side of the law but not averse to an ‘easy opportunity’ should it land in his lap 40’s +, Always “Over the top” ,  nouveau riche, big spender,  trying to overcome her working class background and fit into the “Mosman set”, tries but generally fails to be manipulative, may appear hard and brassy but is really a softie underneath.

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    The Prospective Buyers

                               Ralph Gutteridge                               Victoria Gutteridge

    40+, bluff and blustering, overbearing, thinks he’s a smart operator – he’s not; dominates his wife 40+, on the surface a vague, alcoholic, living in a dream world but with hidden depths…

                               Guy Pearson                              Tina Spacey

    Late 20’s – late 30’s, Second rate, third grade ex footballer, son of a famous footballing father; works in the family business; and (it seems) totally ‘under the thumbs of  his father and his wife Late 20’s – early 30’s, Pert, active, opportunist, sexy in a sporty way, would be actress; no talent!, willing to do “anything” to get what she wants – in this instance, the semi and a job on television as Willoughby Wallaby’s assistant!
    Come along, bring a plate, a drink and a smile and here your neighbours read their short stories, poems and anecdotes about Offshore Life.
    Most of the work may be featured in our upcoming Offshore Anthology capturing the essence of offshore life.
    Venue: Edna Carew and John Hoffman's home
    Waterfront, 6 north of Eastern Wharf
    81 Florence Tce, Scotland Island
    Look for the balloons
    Be ready to laugh and sigh!
    Details: Juliette Robertson, 9979 2411

    Australia Day Honour for Pittwater Deputy Mayor Patricia Giles Top of page

    Pittwater Mayor and Member for Pittwater, Alex McTaggart, today expressed his congratulations to Cr Patricia Giles, who received the award of a Medal in the Order of Australia for her many years of service to the Pittwater community.

    “I was delighted to see Cr Giles receive this thoroughly-deserved award.  Patricia is a tireless worker for many worthy causes, and is passionate about serving the people of Pittwater.  Her goal when she was elected to Council was to conserve, protect and enhance the natural and built environment for current and future generations and she has never wavered in the pursuit of that ideal”, said Mayor McTaggart.

    Cr Giles was involved in the fight for the secession of Pittwater from Warringah Council and was elected onto the first Pittwater Council in 1992.  Currently Deputy Mayor, Cr Giles was elected Mayor in 1998 and served a record seven terms in that capacity. Cr Giles has been actively involved in saving the Warriewood/Ingleside escarpment and the establishment of the Greenhouse Park at Winnererremy Bay, as well as having a major involvement in the campaign to save Mona Vale Hospital.

    The local guideTop of page

    What's On in Pittwater - Self Editing Event Diary Click Here  
    Buy and Sell: Pittwater Trading Online or visit http://www.pittwatertradingonline.com.au  
    Local Real Estate Agents:  
    Botham 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, or email her by clicking here or Bronwyn.Bishop.MP@aph.gov.au or
    Local Transport: Scotland Island Community Vehicle: Info: click here. Phone 0404-103-700

    Church Point Ferries (02-9999-3492)  Manly Warringah Cabs (02-9997-9111) Palm Beach Cruises (02-9997-4815) Pink Water Taxi (0428-238-190)

    Bed & Breakfast: Scotland Island Lodge: or http://www.scotlandislandlodge.com.au         (9979 3301)
    Yacht Clubs Woody Point Yacht Club  or http://www.wpyc.com.au 
    Short Term Holiday Accommodation: Pittpoint Cottage:  (9997 8382)
    Local Pittwater Studies Website: http://www.pittlink.net/ls
    West Pittwater Community Association Monthly 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

    Emergency Scotland Island Water Contacts: 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 you see 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 Larry at larrye@aftrs.edu.au or click here or phone 02-9979-5026 for more information. (in revision)

    Archived Newsletters A complete set of past electronic newsletters since May 2000 can be found and read at http://www.scotlandisland.org.au/newsletters/archive.html  or by clicking here or by visiting the Mona Vale Library. The Scotland Island website is at www.scotlandisland.org.au

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