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Scotland Island - Western Shores - Mackeral Beach
February 19, 2010
Notices for Offshore Residents of Pittwater, Australia

Clean Up Australia - Scotland Island
Sunday, March 7

SIRA has registered Scotland Island to participate once again.

If you would like to help out, either by grabbing a bag and filling it, or helping to supervise activities, please email cassgye@spin.net.au and put your name on the list.

Come down to your nearest Wharf to collect a bag between the hours of 9am and 12.00pm.  Bring gloves, sunscreen, hat, sensible clothes and footwear – and don’t forget to bring some water too!
Toby will be out on the Laurel Mae to collect material.

Here is a link to the Clean Up Australia website:


Business Clean Up Day –Tuesday, March 2, 2010 
Schools Clean Up Day – Friday, March 5, 2010

Pittwater Offshore Community Breakfast to Celebrate International Woman's Day
Date Monday 8th March

1714 Pittwater Rd
Guest Roze Noble
Who will speak about her experiences working with disadvantaged children in Vietnam
Time 7.30  -  9.00 am
Cost $20   adults
$10   children
Enquiries and Bookings Heather Macorison        Tel:  99994861
email  hmacorison@bigpond.com

Numbers limited so please book early and don’t miss this special event

Pittwater Offshore Artists Register
Attention ALL creative people of all ages

We are gearing up for another fantastic year as it is our bicentenary and we have begun to think about how our arts community can celebrate this occasion.

We are also in the beginnings of final planning for our exhibition at Manly Regional Gallery in 2011, which will also involve writers, filmmakers, actors, architects, musicians etc. not just the visual artists.

We would like to invite every one to participate, the new, the young and also former offshore residents.

To this end we would like to organise a register of Pittwater offshore artists, writers, musicians and filmmakers, actors etc.

If you would like to receive information in regards to all our activities please email Tracy Smith  ( tsmith@estudioeditions.com.au) and we will place you on the register so you can receive information regarding future events.

Please provide your name, home address, postal address, email address , phone number and area of your art practice (artist, photographer, writer, singer, dancer, comedian etc.)

If you are on the existing art group or Players group email lists confirm with Kerry (qwl_kborthwick@hotmail) or Tracy (refer email address above) if you want to continue to be informed of future events.

Please note that all correspondence will be sent with privacy in mind and recipients' email addresses will not be disclosed to others.

Island Thinking presents Living An Activist Life
Ariel Salleh

Learn more about Ariel's road to activism in Island Thinking's first talk of 2010.

Date and time: Saturday 13 March 2010, 7.30 pm for a prompt 8 pm start

Venue: Roy Baker's house, 10 Thompson St (Lot 332), Scotland Island (former owner: Jim Hinckley).
Best accessed from the fire trail that goes up to the top of the island from behind the fire shed. It is the 2nd house on the left after the first hairpin bend (between Jon and Sandy formerly Trudi Engler's house) and the house that used to belong to Luke and Claire Atkins..

Please bring: whatever you want to drink and eat (finger food only, please), and a glass.

RSVP to roybaker99@yahoo.com

More about Ariel:
Ariel, who lives in Elvina Bay, is a researcher in Political Economy at the University of Sydney. She was formerly Associate Professor in Social Inquiry at UWS. She is co-editor of several international journals, and the author of numerous publications: <www.arielsalleh.net>

Last year, with activist friends from around the world, Ariel brought out a book called 'Eco-Sufficiency & Global Justice', a collection of writings by various women, covering such issues as the impact of Kyoto policies on peasants in Costa Rica, Marshallese families dying of cancer from US bomb tests, the environmental wisdom of Aboriginal women, self-banking schemes involving South African slum dwellers, Kerala fisherfolk and the effect of mechanised boats, and much more.

For details, see http://spinifexpress.com.au/Bookstore/book/id=196/

Dear Wine lover.

This is a reminder that the Wine Tasting for our group, is to be held on Sunday 21 March from 3pm. The tasting will be held at Alan and Ruth Gaines lovely boatshed (red boatshed at Eastern channel marker; 71 Florence Terrace). The tasting notes and price list are not yet available, so this note is just to ask you to pop an entry in your diaries.

And here is some more great news. You can now invite your friends and neighbours who live offshore to attend our tastings!

They can sign up for an infrequent newsletter at http://www.wine.hostcell.net/

They can unsubscribe at any time by clicking the link at the bottom of every newsletter. And you can unsubscribe at any time by clicking the link at the base of any newsletter - of course we hope you don't!

Best Wishes - your committee

If you want further information, you could ring Greg Roberts  9979 5228, George Gaal  9979 9141, Julian Muir 9999 4449, Paul Purvis  9979 9667, or Alan Gaines  9979 2070

Local Council Notices
Pittwater Council is calling on residents and business owners to mark the 20th national anniversary of Clean Up Australia Day by helping to clean up Pittwater.

Sunday 7 March 2010 will mark 20 years since Ian Kiernan AO, founder of Clean Up Australia Day, launched the event around Australia urging people to make a difference by cleaning up their local areas for a couple of hours. Since then, his simple idea has evolved to be Australia’s largest community-based environmental event. In 2009 alone, almost 630,000 volunteers participated and 7000 sites were registered for Clean Up Australia Day.

Pittwater Mayor Harvey Rose said that this year the Council had registered 10 sites in Pittwater where residents could volunteer their time.  The sites are:

    * Barrenjoey High School, Avalon
    * Eastview Road, Church Point
    * Maybank Reserve, Bayview
    * Winnererremy Bay Reserve, Mona Vale
    * Bungan Beach
    * Mona Vale Beach
    * Refuge Cove
    * Coasters Retreat
    * Scotland Island and its public wharves
    * The Warriewood Wetlands and surroundings

“If everyone in Pittwater picked up just one piece of rubbish, we could all make a huge difference to the local environment, “Mayor Rose said.

The official Business Clean-Up Day is on Tuesday 2 March and the Schools Clean-Up Day is on Friday 5 March, with students at Barrenjoey High School being the first to register their school as a clean-up site. Bilgola Plateau Public School has also registered.

Residents can register their own site if they wish or simply turn up at a registered site on the day with gloves, a hat, sturdy shoes, sunglasses and sunscreen to be a volunteer.

To register a Clean Up site simply visit www.cleanupaustraliaday.org.au or call 1800 CUA DAY 
(1800 282 329). 

Media contact:  Rennae Projceski, Pittwater Council Ph: 9970 1194

An eco tour and history walk including a host of free activities ranging from yoga to painting are just part of Pittwater’s 2010 Seniors Week program taking place in March.

Mayor Harvey Rose said that as a commitment to older residents, Pittwater Council would be supporting Seniors Week from 21 to 28 March and indeed, throughout March.

The theme for this year is ‘Live Life’ and the Council’s Community Development Officer Angela Boyle said that the range of events on offer will give participants a chance to do exactly that!

“We have a mix of groups such as seniors clubs and community organisations working with us to provide free activities that will offer something for everyone.”

Ms Boyle said that one of the highlights of this year’s Seniors Week in Pittwater would be the chance to explore the Warriewood Wetlands by boardwalk. “The Coastal Environment Centre will be joining forces with Northern Beaches Creative Learning to offer a walk that will take place in an area famous for its diversity of wildlife and abundance of birds.”

Other activities include:
  • The Wanderers walking group on Wednesday 3 March at 9.30am with a walk starting in Frenchs Forest with bush and city views. Enquiries: Clive on 9452 4065
  • Getting started with computers on Wednesday 3 March. Learn how to use email, the internet and simple photo editing. Enquiries: Gerd on 9918 6386
  • Free healthy lifestyle courses including yoga, strength training and tai chi. Contact 8877 5322
  • Northern Beaches Woodturners Inc will open their fully equipped workshop for potential newcomers any Tuesday morning in March between 10.30am and 12 noon. Enquiries: 9974 5042
  • Nelson Heather Centre Open Day on Wednesday 17 March from 11am to 1pm will showcase the extensive range of activities on offer at the centre, from healthy lifestyle courses to dance groups, from gardening to bridge. Enjoy music from Narrabeen Seniors Music. Enquiries: 9913 2522
  • Avalon Beach Historical Society Walk will explore Angophora Reserve and Pittwater’s indigenous heritage on this guided walk on Tuesday 23 March at 2.30pm
  • A free screening of Ninotchka with Greta Garbo and Melvyn Douglas for the U3A Golden Age of Cinema on Wednesday 31 March at 1.30pm. Bookings essential: 9144 6088
  • A Seniors Drivers Workshop will offer tips on safe driving practices on Wednesday 31 March from 10.30am. Bookings essential: 9970 1194.
The Pittwater Seniors Week program is available free-of-charge from Council’s customer service centres, libraries and community centres. The program can also be downloaded at www.pittwater.nsw.gov.au For details of events across NSW visit www.nswseniorsweek.com.au For more information about Seniors Week in Pittwater call 9970 1168.

Media contact:  Angela Boyle, Pittwater Council Ph: 9970 1199

International Women's Day 8 March 2010

To celebrate the United Nations’ International Women’s Day in 2010, Mona Vale Library is hosting a free women’s money seminar on Monday 8 March in the Pelican room from 6.30pm.

International Women’s Day was set up to promote women’s human rights, political participation and economic security for women worldwide.

The Library’s Wealth Creation for Women seminar will be presented by a local female financial planner with over 25 years experience.

Library Manager Cathy Howie said the seminar would provide women of all ages with free advice on how to start reaching their financial and lifestyle goals faster.

“According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, 39 percent of women aged 60 to 65 are still at work, as are 15 percent of those aged 65 to 69 and 2 percent of the over-70s,” Ms Howie said.  

“An ABS survey in 2007 reported that the average superannuation balance for Australian workers was just $23,698 and that generally the superannuation balance for men was twice as much as women.” 

Ms Howie said the seminar would help women of all ages to glean information about investing, superannuation and preparing for future retirement.

“With statistics showing that only 11 percent of women surveyed in 2007 had $100,000 or more in their superannuation account, this workshop should prove a useful tool in educating women on how to prepare for retirement,” she said.

The seminar is free, however bookings are essential and can be made by phoning Mona Vale Library on 9970 1600.

For information on other events being held to celebrate International Women’s Day, Monday 8 March 2010, visit www.internationalwomensday.org.au

Media contact: Cathy Howie Mona Vale Library Ph: 9970 1600

Waiting for school ferry at Tennis wharf in the mornings.

Friday, 19th February, 2010

This morning I accompanied my neighbour’s child down to Tennis wharf to catch the Newport school ferry.  What I was met with was mortifying.  There were 7 young children jumping on the garbage bin, 3 young children on the commuter wharf, playing with the boats, (i.e. Jumping over them), one young boy walking side-saddle along the guard fence which shelters the fire boat out to the end of the pylons and bless his soul, one young boy, old enough to know better, swinging on the stainless steel gate that  gives access to the fire boat.  Several young boys were running up and down the wharf steps. The rest of the children were watching and no doubt learning how to do all these tricks. (?)

There was not one adult in sight.

Parents have a sense of responsibility, don't they??  Don't for one minute think that your child was not doing anything wrong. You as parents are the mistake and should accompany your child to the wharf.
It is only 15mins. of your time each day.
This is just one big accident waiting to happen.
Can your child swim, if not, why????
Will your child make headlines in next week's media, with you cringing in the background?

P.S. The fire boat gate does not have a lock on it, for obvious reasons.

Signed............................. Phillippa Thomas, 30 year resident of Scotland Island.

You Asked..
House Sitter available
Female Writer on extended employment leave who lives on the South Coast (Berry)  would love an opportunity to stay on the island and is seeking part-time or fulltime house-sit opportunity – can leave the island on weekends / school holidays if necessary.Willing to help out with light housekeeping  duties / pet and plant minding or  some professional writing.
Excellent references from island residents and a webpage on career profile is available.
Phone Susan 0421 459 747

What's the best gutterguard?
In the never-ending search for ways of keeping my gutters and water clean, I've been toying with fitting Gumleaf steel gutter guard -- see http://www.gumleafgutterguard.com/.
But I'm a bit hesitant because it's a much more permanent solution than the plastic guard I use right now, and I'm worried about the resulting difficulty of cleaning silt out of the gutters.

So: has anyone tried this product and have a view on it?  More generally, if people have views on what works and what doesn't in terms of the various gutter guard solutions out there, I'd be happy to collate views and comments for those interested, or perhaps for a piece in a future POD.

Robert Dale (rdale@acm.org)

For Sale 
If you have something for sale that you think locals would like - let us know and we will put an entry in the PON at the beginning of each month...

Business for Sale
Poolwerx Swimming Pool Franchise - Manly, Allambie
Don and Bev Dwyer
92 regular customers Est. 10 yrs
Pool care and maintenance.
Suit early retiree.
Please contact don 0412 614 515e

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