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Scotland Island - Western Shores - Mackerel Beach
June 1, 2014
Newsletter for Offshore Residents of Pittwater, Australia - Volume 15, Issue 775

  • Gwyn's Illustration
  • SI Rego Day
  • Island Winter Fire Shed Dinner
  • Kindy News
  • Local Council Notices
  • Scotland Island Fire Shed DInner
  • Island Winter Solstice Festival
  • Wine Tasting
  • Stay Warm Breathe Easy
  • Co-Op Club June Bookings
  • For Sale
  • The Local Contact Guide
  • Join SIRA
  • Archived Newsletters
  • Your subscription Information

  • Gwyn's Illustration

    To download a full version  of this months image ready for printing,  just click on the  image.

    You can contact Gwyn Perkins by email at g.perkins@gwyn.com.au


    Scotland Island Rego Check Day


    Scotland Island Winter Fire Shed Dinner
    Greek at the Fire Shed
    Saturday June 14 from 7.00 pm 

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    Tickets can now be purchased ONLINE at  new SIRFB web site.

    Book HERE


    Scotland Island Kindy News

    OUR ISLAND KINDY is now open for kids from 18months  to 5yrs for long day care.
    For more information please email director@siocs.com.au or call (02) 9979 7856

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    Local Council Notices
    Kids on the Coast
    Pittwater Council’s Winter Program set to revitalise the cooler days

    During the July school holidays the Coastal Environmental Centre (CEC) is heating things up with some fantastic adventures.

    Winter is a great time to explore our beautiful coast.  Whales are migrating to warmer waters, making it an ideal time to get up-close-and-personal with the wonders of our natural environment.

    Monday 30 June - The Nutty Professor

    Put on your lab coat and enter the Nutty Professor’s Lab at the CEC! We’ll discover what’s happening in the world of science and learn how to answer questions using the Scientific Method – just like real scientists!

    Tuesday 1 July - Washed-up Coastal Survivor

    Imagine being marooned on a deserted island.  Enjoy a fun outdoor adventure where, as castaways, we explore our local beaches and bushland looking for ways to survive in the natural environment.  Learn about finding food, water and shelter as well as some great bushcrafts using materials we find along the way.

    Wednesday 2 July - Art Workshop

    Get inspired these holidays and create some amazing and special pieces.  A professional artist will guide you in creating some amazing artworks. This is a fantastic opportunity for any budding Picassos to learn some artistic techniques and let your inner artist grow!  These two special workshops will focus on the coast and will let you experiment with lots of different techniques.

    Monday 7 July - Reptile Romp

    Are you interested in reptiles?  Would you love the chance to meet some of our scaly friends? Come to the CEC and learn about our native reptiles and get the chance to meet them up close.  Some of these guys are the closest thing to a living dinosaur!

    Tuesday 8 July - Nutty Professor’s Lab

    Enter the Nutty Professor’s Lab at the CEC.   Can you make something move without touching it? Can you send secret messages with a lemon? Does water have a skin?  We’ll discover what’s happening in the world of science and learn how to answer questions using the Scientific Method – just like real scientists!

    Wednesday 9 July - The Not so Scary world of Sharks & Wild about Whales

    Come to the CEC and learn more about our creatures of the deep. Find out about our friends the sharks and what makes them so special for our oceans. We will also have a whale of a time learning all about the many interesting features of the largest animal on earth.

    Thursday 10 July Rock - Platform Rambles

    Ever wondered what lives in a rock pool? We’ll have a great adventure exploring the coastline and all the amazing creatures that call our rock pools and rock platform home.

    Friday 11 July - Beachcombing Investigators

    Enjoy a day beachcombing and other fun activities by the sea. We’ll learn what lives in the lagoon and what gets washed up on the shore. Begin at the “Kids on the Coast” HQ by examining our collection of specimens and touch-table, before embarking on a trail of discovery to find your very own washed up treasures.

    Time: All activities run from 10:00am - 3:00pm
    Cost:  $55.
    Bookings: are essential
    For more information:  www.pittwater.nsw.gov.au/ceckids or phone 1300 000 232

    Click flyer to read more about the program

    Pittwater Rate Notices are now digital!

    It’s time to jump on the digital bandwagon and make your life easier than ever – enjoy this FREE service and pay your rates online!

    From 7 April Pittwater ratepayers have been signing up to the new MyPost Digital Mailbox that allows them to receive and pay their rates notices online.

    Ratepayers can opt in to the service provided by Australia Post, which the Council hopes will eventually eliminate the need for paper-based copies of rates notice.

    The new service manages bill payments in a single location with a single password. The digital mailbox is a free and secure online platform, allowing Pittwater property owners to receive communication, pay bills and store important documents such as rates notices online.

    Chief Financial Officer Mark Jones from the Council said the new service also lets people pay water and phone bills.

    “The main advantage for people is that it is a centralised bill payment service that automatically sends reminders via email when rates are due,” he said.

    “From the Council’s perspective it will gradually reduce the costs associated with printing the rates notice and mailing it to householders.”

    Mr Jones said all ratepayers would continue to be sent the July rates notice by mail, which contain the two annual parking stickers for ratepayers.

    “However if you opt in to the digital service, you’ll no longer receive a paper-based quarterly bill.”

    Mr Jones added that ratepayers who did not wish to take up the digital mailbox service would continue to receive their rates notice by mail as normal.

    “However we expect that once people become familiar with the new service they will sign up.”

    To sign up for the digital mailbox service visit www.digitalmailbox.com.au

    Doggy Do's and Don'ts with Steve Austin

    Is your dog a scally-wag? Does he run away from you when you call his name, or repeatedly get his head stuck in the kitchen rubbish bin? Or perhaps he is a bully to other dogs? If your pooch needs a ‘talking to’, then it’s time to meet dog trainer extraordinaire Steve Austin.

    Pittwater Council has engaged elite dog trainer Steve Austin to help with your issues. Steve will be available Sunday 22 June for a FREE session at Rowland Reserve from 9am-12. It’ll be a fun and informative morning where he can answer all your doggy-related questions; particularly when it comes to obedience.

    Steve realised at the age of 13 he had a special way with dogs as he trained his dog Sooty to entertain crowds outside the pub.

    These days Steve is often invited to lecture and help at zoos around the world. He’s also a regular at American Law Enforcement Agencies and was asked to train dogs in bomb detection at the Mount Everest Kennel Club in Kathmandu. Steve also trained the first ever truffle detector dogs.

    Most recently Steve was chosen to head the NSW Emergency Volunteer Canine Fire and Rescue Unit. This unit - the first of its kind in Australia will be deployed to help with recovery efforts during tsunamis, earthquakes, fires and floods.

    The main focus of the session will be on dog training, dog park etiquette, obedience and social skills. No bookings required, just turn up with your four-legged friends and let the fun begin!

    For more information: www.pittwater.nsw.gov.au/companion_animals

    Contact: Sasha Lucius
    Phone: Ph: 9970 1151


    Winter Solstice Festival


    10am – Sunset




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    Australia's Largest Selling Wine Syndicate

    All the Wine that's fit to Drink :)

    Hello again from your drinking reporter (responsibly). It is time again for another of our ever popular Wine Syndicate tastings and on this occasion it is at the home of Greg and Louise Roberts at beautiful Pittpoint on the Northern corner of the island.

    Greg is busying clearing out his boatshed/building site to make room for the crowds who will no doubt attend.
    I have no idea about the wines yet. You will the first to know as soon as I hear from places north...

    Kindly add the date JUNE Sunday 29th 2014. We kick off at 3pm. I have already put this in my diary. Will you?

    Best Wishes
    Friends signup http://pittwaterwine.net46.net


    Stay warm breathe easy
    Wood Smoke Reduction Program

    You can still enjoy the warmth of your wood heater by making a few simple changes to reduce wood smoke, protect your health and the health of others in your community:
    • Use only small logs of seasoned, untreated wood
    • Store wood under cover in a dry, ventilated area
    • Use several small logs rather than one large log
    • Maintain a bright flame, never let your heater smoulder
    • Increase the air supply if you see your chimney smoking
    Click image to read more about the program

    Tips for a good fire...
    • Choose small, dry logs – unseasoned wood has a high moisture content which makes a smoky fire.
    • When lighting a cold heater, use plenty of kindling to establish a good fire quickly.
    • When refuelling your fire, open the air controls to full for a few minutes then add some newspaper and small pieces of wood. Keep the air controls open for 10-15 minutes after you have added the fuel. This will produce a less smoky fire.
    • Have your chimney cleaned every year. Creosote is a sticky black residue that can build up in your chimney – it restricts air flow and makes your fire harder to start. A creosote-clogged chimney can spill smoke into your room when you open the heater, and even catch fire, putting your home at risk.
    Published by:
    Environment Protection Authority
    59 Goulburn Street, Sydney
    PO Box A290, Sydney South 1232
    Phone: 131 555 (NSW only – publication and information requests)
    Phone: (02) 9995 5000 (switchboard)
    Fax: (02) 9995 5999
    Email: info@environment.nsw.gov.au
    Website: www.epa.nsw.gov.au/woodsmoke


    The Co-Op Club Proudly Presents June Bookings
    at Church Point Cafe
    Artists play between 3-6pm

    Sun June 1:  Tina Harrod & bandimage

    Award winning vocalist & writer Tina Harrod will be playing some sweet, funky, soulful music from her own albums and from some of her favourite artists. Featuring Hamish Stuart on drums, Alex Hewetson bass & Gavin Ahearn on keys.

    …”Harrod gives you goosebumps...it’s as if she’s singing about the last night of life..” John Shand SMH

    Sun June 8:  Brendan Gallagherimage

    Brendan Gallagher's a unique musical incarnation…singer, multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, composer, performer & troubadour of the world with the band Karma County over 6 albums. Brendan’s career spans over 30 years & he has played on recordings for artists from David Bowie to Kylie Minogue and produced many albums including Jimmy Little’s instant classic Messenger.

    At The Co-Op on 8th June he'll be exploring new songs and old with drum legend Rob Souter (Dynamic Hepnotics, Slim Dusty) and young WA guitarist Doug Nairn.

    Brendan Gallagher is a fine musician but what’s clear from his latest album Wine Island is his surpassing skill in the studio..pretty much single handedly crafting an album that is as good as anything you’ll hear this year..
    ..Jeff Glorfeld – SMH

    Sun June 15:  The Sly Dogsimage

    Scotland Island locals and the Co-Op Club house band return to give you your monthly dose of rockin soul blues…a great way to end your weekend and start your week.

    Sun June 22:  Rachel & The Stickmen are also a band from Scotland Island. Their musical palette ranges from electric to acoustic, Tom Waits to contemporary pop.

    Sun June 29:  Kate Lush & band image

    Add to her devastating voice great original material and an outstanding band and you have a Sunday afternoon not to be missed. Think soul infused rock, Memphis blues with a dash of Susan Tedeschi..

    1860 Pittwater Rd Church Point
    Ph: 9999 2793 for bookings



    For Sale
    Quintrex Bayhunter
    New engine with warranty till 2017:
    • Yamaha Four Stroke 60 HP High Thrust (amazing torque, enough power to water ski and have lots of passengers)
    • New Hydraulic Steering: no more changing of expensive steering cables.
    • New Bimini with flexible setup: keeps you dry in the heaviest of all rain.
    • New battery, new wiring, new prop, new cabling, new rigging kit, new bilge pump, new float switch, new nav lights, and more.
    • Easy stormcover: important to get boat insurance, and to moor boat long-term without worries.
    • 60L underfloor petrol tank.
    • Famous 16ft Quintrex Millenium hull for smooth ride and outstanding fuel economy.
    Moving Sale…
    Price: $19,000 o.n.o.
    Robert 0410 499 734


    The Local Guide
    Community Information

    Scotland Island Web Site  www.scotlandisland.org.au
    What's On in Pittwater - Self Editing Event Calendar 
    click to go to the Calendar
    Scotland Island Community Vehicle - 0404 103 700 Number, Usage & Charges
    Scotland Island Rural Fire Brigade - 9999 4404 http://www.sirfb.org.au
    West Pittwater Rural Fire Brigade - 9997-3795 www.westpittwater.rfsa.org.au
    Offshore Photo Gallery offshore gallery
    Scotland Island Residents Association (SIRA) Membership Application - click here to download
    West Pittwater Community Association (WPCA) - http://www.wpca.org.au
    Scotland Island Water
    SI Emergency Water Contacts and Guidelines for water: click here for information and contacts
    Scotland Island 'Water Agreement' - click here to download
    Scotland Island Children's Centre - (SIOCS - Scotland Island & Offshore Childrens Services)
    Catherine Park (Long Day Care Service)  7.30am - 5.30pm (Tues, Weds, Thurs & Friday)
    Other services include: School Holiday Programme / Facility & Equipment Hire
    For information call 02 9979 7856 or email:  siocs@comcen.com.au
    Scotland Island Community Hall Bookings:  Kez on 9999 4092 or kezborthwickbolton@gmail.com
    Pittwater Online Newshttp://www.pittwateronlinenews.com
    Tick Fact Sheet

    Scotland Island Community Vehicle - 0404 103 700 - Number, Usage & Charges
    Church Point Ferries - 0408 296 997  Ferry Timetable click here
    Pink Water Taxi - 0428 238 190
    Pittwater Offshore Services - Contact Tim Byrne on 0416 003 205
    Broken Bay Lighterage & Mooring Services - Barges - Scotland Island  - Toby/Dave - 0418 649 158
    Manly Warringah Cabs   - 02 9972 5600
    Palm Beach Cruises  - 02 9997 4815

    Real Estate
    PMC Hill  - 9999 4902   http://www.pmchill.com.au/
    Tanya Mottl at Residential Real Estate Agents – 9999 4499 www.residentialagents.com.au
    L.J.Hooker Mona Vale - 9979 8000   http://www.ljhooker.com.au/monavale

    Services, Clubs & Accommodation
    Scotland Island Traders - On-line shopping from your computer, through your door on Scotland Island. Contact Graeme on 0419 460 331 or click here for full details
    Justice of the Peace - Bob Bolton - 9999 4092
    Justice of the Peace - Paul Purvis - 9979 9667
    Justice of the Peace - Bob Mitchell (Mackeral Beach) - 0419 745 628
    Justice of the Peace - Maureen Anderson - Morning Bay resident. - 02 9997-2659 or  0417-279-346
    Pittwater Community Arts Inc.  - Enquiries Lorrie Morgan 9997 8079  lorriemay@bigpond.com
    Peninsula Music Club - enquiries Janice Tuynman - 99991937 - jt@swift dsl.com.au
    Woody Point Yacht Club -  http://www.wpyc.com.au   commodore@wpyc.com.au
    Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club - 02 9997 1022  http://www.rpayc.com.au/  
    Royal Motor Yacht Club - http://www.royalmotor.com.au/ 02 9997 5511
    Scotland Island Lodge - Bed & Breakfast - 02 9979 3301 or  http://www.scotlandislandlodge.com.au 
    Pittwater Youth Hostel  - 02 9999 5748  www.yha.com.au/hostels/details.cfm?hostelid=31  
    Handy Service - "No job too small"  - Call Alan 0447 775 541
    Electrician Wayne on Scotland Island 0418 229 277 - offshore community sparky - www.sparky.com.au
    David Walsh - Graphic Design - Custom Made Sculpture - 0404 239 212 - ital2@optusnet.com.au
    Dog Wash & Grooming Call Jenni: 0450 444 100 or Email: jena50@hotmail.com
    Pittwater ECO Floor Sanding - LUCIO: 0425 376 986 pittwaterecofloorsanding@gmail.com
    Free Pump Outs for Boats - Council with RMS installed a pump out at Careel Bay wharf

    Island Classes (Fitness, Dance, Art etc)
    Pilates, Meditation and Group Fitness with Patrice -  0406 483 036 patrice.corrie@gmail.com
    Art with Max - Watercolour classes. Phone Max on 9997 4527
    Art Classes- drawing and painting in oils, acrylics and mixed media- Marion 0431 457 431
    @ Nathalie's Table - Cooking Classes  - Nathalie - 9999 4449
    Dru Yoga - Tuesday 9.00 to 10.30 Tuesday morning - Phone Katya on 0414 187 916
    Dynamic Yoga  - Tuesday PM. & Saturday AM. Phone nadine 0402 752465 nadineomara@gmail.com
    Tai Chi & Qi Gong classes – Friday 10-11 am. Chris 0416221040 or chris@syntivityaustralia.com

    Gurdjieff / The Fourth Way - Call John on 9979 5584, Marion on 9979 3993 or Anne on 9999 3478
    Green Group For Catherine Park - Run by SIOCS - Emmie Collins on 0405 330 781
    WOW - Women on Water - meets 4 times a year - Jenny Frazer 0410533728 / 99994460.
    Parents & Kids Groups Playgroup - Run by SIOCS - email Emma trysemz@tpg.com.au
    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
    Island Thinking Group - Roy Baker, 9999 6891, roybaker99@yahoo.com
    Offshore a capella choir –  Saturdays at 2:30 pm, SI Community Hall. Call CB on 9997 2035.

    Government Organisations
    Pittwater Council - 9970 1111  - email  pittwater_council@pittwater.nsw.gov.au  Web site click here
    Member for Mackellar Bronwyn Bishop, email clicking here or Bronwyn.Bishop.MP@aph.gov.au
    Member for Pittwater  Rob Stokes,  email pittwater@parliament.nsw.gov.au

    Airlines, Buses and Railways
    Sydney Airport:
    Arrivals and Departures
    Virgin Blue:

    Sydney Buses: Information.

    Sydney Ferries:
    City Rail:
    Timetables & Information.
    Country Link Rail:

    Scotland Island Tides, Moon phases, Sun rise & set
    Local Weather Forecasttop
    Radar weather for Sydney (128k circle)
    Emergency Contact Numbers   
    ALL EMERGENCIES (Police - Fire - Ambulance) 000
    Police Assistance Line & Information 13 1444 or 9281 0000
    Broken Bay Water Police 9910 7899 or 0412 162 093
    Marine Rescue Broken Bay - Weekend
    (02) 9999 3554 - (02) 8411 1121
    Marine Rescue Broken Bay - VHF Radio channel
    VHF Radio Channel: VHF 16
    27MHz Radio Channel: 86 or 88
    Scotland Island Rural Fire Service  9999 4404
    Elvina Bay Rural Fire Service
    9997 3795
    Lovett Bay Rural Fire Service
    9979 1612
    Mackerl Beach Rural Fire Service
    9974 1162
    Headquarters Terrey Hills
    9450 3000
    NSW Fire Service General Information 9265 2999 9265 2999
    Rural Fire Service General information 9450 3000
    State Emergency Service, Warringah/Pittwater SES 13 25 00 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
    Join SIRA
    You can now join the Scotland Island Residents Association by clicking here. Please print the page 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

    Join WPCA
    To join the Western Pittwater Community Association
    www.wpca.org.au, contact Michael Wiener at

    Archived Newsletters
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