Island Serenity Violated
On Friday, 9 October, while we were off the Island, our house was
entered and robbed. The only items taken were beer, liquor
(scotch, gin, vodka, rum, brandy, Cointreau, Cherry Heering), and a
small step stool that when inverted made a convenient “bucket” to carry
the bottles, while sherry, port, and wines were left. Computers,
iPads, jewelry, etc. were not taken, only the grog, and there was no
We have reported this theft to the police and they will take
That same evening, there was a raucous party at 103 Florence Terrace,
and a party that trashed Catherine Park. The circumstances
suggest that the theft may be related to one or the other of these
We are immensely saddened by the fact that there are individuals on the
Island who have no respect for the standards of honesty and ethical
behaviour that characterise our community. It has always been a
matter of pride in our community that we didn’t have to lock our house;
now it seems that those days of innocence are gone.
Alan & Ruth Gaines
71 Florence Terrace
Stolen from Cargo Wharf last Night (16 Oct 15)
12ft Savage Aluminium dinghy with carpeted boarding deck and a white
IKEA Baby Seat attached.
BOAT CODE: AUWWAO23440AR6
ENGINE: YAMAHA 9.9
Our baby is really missing her seat and loves to ride in the boat.
Please whoever took it kindly return it no questions asked. It is not
insured and we cannot afford to replace the boat and motor.
Phone: My mum (Adriana) on 0420507566 or my dad (Colin) on 0421799347
Thank you kind people!
Curry & Trivia
Scotland Island Kindy
Get ready for the curry
& trivia night!! Book in and spread the word, 'cause it's going to
be hot, hot, hot!!
Limited numbers, so
book in quick!
Secure your spot by prepaying to BSB 032 196 A/C 233039 and include
Prize donations welcome, email: siocscommittee.gmail.com
Queries to Ian 0404 833 674.
See you there!!
Sunday 1st November
Yes, Kindy Cafe is on again
and so is the Scotland Island Business
Sunday 1 November from 10am!!
Get down to Catherine Park, check out our local businesses and take the
opportunity to let the kids play while you catch up with friends and
relax with a cuppa!
If you're a business owner living off-shore, register now to
participate in the Business Expo and let your neighbours know about you
and your skills.
Kindy Cafe will operate from the Kindy. The Business Expo will operate
from the Hall.
Hope to see you there.
0404 833 674
Funds raised will go
to the Scotland Island Kindy.
Pittwater's future bright but rumours unconfirmed
16 Oct 2015
Various media reports today speculate that Pittwater Council will
escape local government amalgamations but the State Government is yet
to confirm this is indeed the case.
IPART’s deadline to deliver its recommendation to State Government is
today, but already there are alleged ‘leaks’ suggesting Pittwater will
remain as is and Manly and Warringah will merge to form a mega council.
It’s no secret that Pittwater’s community remains firmly opposed to
forced mergers and wants Pittwater Council to stay independent, strong
and local, but Deputy Mayor Kylie Ferguson says it’s too early to start
“Like all affected councils, we’re awaiting State Government decision,”
Cr Ferguson said.
“If true, this decision reflects our strong submission to IPART and the
strength of our council—acknowledged earlier this week with us
receiving a special commendation award at the local government 2015 A R
Bluett Memorial Awards,’ Cr Ferguson added.
Results from independent research and Pittwater Council’s community
engagement have consistently demonstrated overwhelming support for the
“It’s not just a majority of our residents—it’s all but 11
percent—support Pittwater standing alone.
“Pittwater’s independence remains front and centre in our community, so
standing alone just makes sense for us,” she added.
To stay informed, please visit www.pittwater.nsw.gov.au/reform
Contact: Community Relations
Phone: 9970 1119/1172
Seeking Pittwater's local heroes
Nominations are now
open for Pittwater’s 2016 NSW Local Citizen of the Year Awards to be
announced at next year’s Australia Day celebrations.
Residents are encouraged to nominate outstanding citizens who have
contributed to their community in one of three categories: Pittwater
Citizen of the Year, Young Citizen of the Year and Sportsperson of the
Deputy Mayor Kylie Ferguson applauded the many volunteers who give
their time generously for the benefit of others.
“These people are often considered experts in their fields which cover
bushcare, aged care, lifesaving, emergency services, coastal patrol and
youth and community services to name just a few,” she said.
“It is a great opportunity to recognise residents who work tirelessly
behind the scenes making a significant contribution to their community.”
“This is our opportunity to acknowledge their contribution and to say
thank you,” added Cr Ferguson.
Winners will be
announced at an Australia Day Awards Reception and at celebrations at
Bert Payne Reserve, Newport on 26 January 2016.
Nomination forms for the Awards can be completed online or downloaded
Printed copies are also available from Council’s customer service
centres and libraries at Avalon and Mona Vale.
Entries for the Awards close on Friday 27 November 2015. Nominations
can be mailed to: Community Relations Team, Pittwater Council, PO Box
882 Mona Vale, NSW 1660 or emailed to Pittwater_council@pittwater.nsw.gov.au.
Enquiries relating to the Awards or Pittwater’s Australia Day event can
be directed to the Community Relations Team on 9970 1172.
Contact: Media contact: Community Relations
Phone: 9970 1172 or 9970 1114
by Lynleigh Greig
Spring is a wonderful time of year! The flowers are blooming,
cute baby animals are emerging, people are just happier! And
Spring-time is when all our beautiful scaly creatures start getting
Not everyone is a fan of snakes, but mostly because they are a very
misunderstood species… They are essential to a healthy
ecosystem. Without them we would be overrun with rodents and
other pests. By keeping down the quantity of rodents, they reduce
the occurrence of diseases carried by these and other pests.
- Contrary to popular belief, snakes are not out
to ‘get us’ nor are they hiding and waiting to ambush us.
- They want nothing to do with us and tend to be
shy and secretive.
- Their first line of defence is to slither away
as fast as possible. If we continue to pester them, they give
warnings, such as hissing and ‘neck-flattening’. If we still
torment them, they might ‘strike’ or head-butt with a closed
mouth. In the case of venomous snakes, if they do bite, it is
often a ‘dry’ bite i.e. no venom is injected. Hospital statistics
show that around 60% of patients submitted with snake bites turn out to
have ‘dry’ bites.
- In pet-and-snake encounters, our domesticated
pets are always the instigators. Snakes won’t attack dogs or cats
but will defend themselves if pounced upon.
- There are roughly 3,000 species of snakes in
- Snakes are found on every continent except
Antarctica (and New Zealand only has sea-snakes).
- Snakes have no eyelids.
- All snakes are carnivores.
- Snakes have flexible jaws that allow them to
eat prey bigger than their head!
- Snakes ‘smell’ with their tongue.
- Snakes don’t have external ears.
- Snakes are mistakenly called
‘cold-blooded’. They are, in fact, ectothermic, which means that
they rely on the outside environment for the temperature of their blood.
- Most snakes have no maternal instincts (with
the exception of some pythons). Finding a baby snake does not
mean that ‘the mother and father must be close-by’.
- Not all snakes lay eggs. Some give birth
to live young e.g. red-bellied black snakes, death adders.
- An ‘expectant’ snake is referred to as being
gravid, not pregnant.
- Most snakes are solitary animals and only get
together during breeding season.
- Extreme fear of snakes is called Ophidiophobia.
The Most Common Species of Snakes on the Northern
Morelia spilota spilota
Harmless and non-venomous
Diamond pythons are predominantly black in colour with yellow spots
arranged in diamond-like shapes. The average adult size is
between 2m and 3m.
Diamond pythons are typically placid in nature and reluctant to
bite. They are mostly arboreal (tree-dwelling) but have been seen
on roof-tops, curled up under trees or draped over fence-tops.
They prey on rodents, lizards, birds and mammals such as possums.
They are constrictors.
Green Tree Snake
The Green Tree Snake is very slender, is greenish-blue on the body and
bright yellow on the belly. They have big black eyes and a very
long, thin, prehensile tail. They reach lengths of around 1.2m.
They are often seen on the ground which surprises people – given that
they are tree snakes. They come to ground to prey on frogs,
skinks and fish. Gorgeous little creatures!
Mildly venomous –
not considered dangerous
These little snakes are very secretive and are nocturnal so you’d be
lucky to encounter one. They’re dark brown to grey in colour with
a pink belly. They have a yellowish ‘halo’ or crown – hence their
name. Golden-crowned snakes tend to reach lengths of between 50cm
– 75cm. They feed predominantly on lizards and occasionally frogs.
They are wonderful little snakes but they often get into trouble when
cats pounce on them and bring them inside.
by Glenn Addison
Red-bellied Black Snake
Venomous but very reluctant to bite or engage with humans or animals
The Red-bellied Black Snake is a gorgeous glossy black on top and red
on the lower sides and belly. The average-sized specimen is 1.2m
- 1.5m. They are often found near water and are excellent
swimmers! Their diet consists primarily of frogs.
They are not an aggressive species and their first form of defence is
always to escape. They are often just moving through your
property and should just be left alone.
How to Behave if you
Encounter a Snake:
- Snakes love to lie out on warm surfaces,
basking in the sun. You are most likely to encounter them on
concrete walkways, on roads, on bush pathways or on warm rocks.
Snakes will almost always slither away into the nearby bushes if they
see or feel you approaching.
- If, however, they are asleep (which is hard for
you to see as they don’t have eyelids to close) and don’t sense your
approach – just stomp loudly from a good few metres away and they
should awaken and slither away.
- NEVER poke them with a stick, or attempt to hit
them with an implement, don’t step on them or do anything to enter
their strike-zone. This is the only time they will become
defensive and possibly strike.
What to do if you
Unless you are trying to catch a snake or kill it, you are unlikely to
ever be bitten. However, in the unlikely event that you are,
follow these 3 easy steps:
Never apply a
- Do NOT wash the area of the bite – the hospital
will take a swab at the bite site for the Venom Detection Kit (VDK).
- Use a compression bandage at the bite site and
then bandage all the way up the limb and down again.
- Sit down – don’t panic – and call an ambulance.
There is no need to identify the snake. The Venom Detection Kit
in the hospital will process the venom from the swab and identify which
antivenom is required.
60% of snake-bites are ‘dry’ bites i.e. no venom is injected.
What to do if a
Snake enters your Home or Property:
Snakes have every right to be here and should be treated with respect.
- Do not panic
- Keep people, children and pets away from the
- If the snake is outside, keep an eye on it and
call for advice
- If the snake is in a room, close the door to
that room and call Sydney Wildlife
Do NOT attempt to kill ANY snake!!! It is illegal and
dangerous. Generally, a snake will only become defensive if it is
threatened. Leave them and they will tend to move off of their
own accord. Or call Sydney Wildlife to have the animal relocated.
Wildlife: 9413 4300
Cross Wildlife Care’s Dr Howard Ralph will treat any injured snake –
venomous or non-venomous.
With thanks to
Pittwater Online News
October 11 - 17, 2015: Issue 235
Looking for house sitting over Xmas holidays
Lovely respectable Avalon family looking for any available
accommodation over the Christmas week any time from about 21st December
to the new year and also later in January.
We are two adults and 3 children between ages 10 and 15. No pets
but love animals so happy to look after yours if necessary. We'd
look after your house and water garden etc. We have a number of good
friends living on Mackeral and Elvina Bay.
Please contact Nic Prandle on 0481 041 061.
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