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Scotland Island - Western Shores - Mackeral Beach
October 1, 2010
Newsletter for Offshore Residents of Pittwater, Australia - Volume 11, Issue 520


OK, this is a big one - so get a cup of coffee, sit down, and take your time going through it....

By all accounts the Scotland Island 200 years festival was an outstanding success. Without question it will remain as one of the more memorable special events that this community has put on. It is events like these that bring out the very best in people, the comradary, the joy in sharing with the reaffirmation that we all belong to something special.

A really big thank you has to go out to all the people that devoted so much of their time and energy to get the whole thing together so spectacularly. There are too many to thank here, and there is more (quite a lot more!) about that further in the newsletter, however, a special acknowledgment and praise must go to Emmie and the organisers for their extraordinary work in coordinating this event.   Ellie Shore sums it up really nicely in her email.......    
"I think we should give a BIG THANK YOU to Tracy Smith, Lisa MacDonald, Emmie Collins and June Lamb for their amazing effort for the 200 year festival on the Island.  It was not only a wonderful weekend, it gave many people the opportunity to view and listen to the history of our Island.  In the talk tent, stories were told to a riveted audience of memories and life spent on the Island from as far back as 1960!  One 96 year old ex-resident even made it with his walking frame, to the tent to address the packed audience.  As I said to Bob Blackwood (here and much-loved since 1960 (?) ‘he’s lucky he can still walk’

Bob replied – “he’s lucky he’s still breathing!”
What a day to remember – THANK YOU EVERYONE FOR THE EXPERIENCE!......"
It never ceases to amaze what extraordinary talent and good will lies within this little community !

A call went out last month for people to send in photos of the festival. The idea is to have a great visual record of the bicentenary festival available for everyone to view online. So far we have more than 130 photos in our online gallery and we are still looking for more photos - so if you want to send some in please do so. Thank you to all those that have already contributed. There are 2 links set up below to view the gallery - the first takes you straight to a slideshow and the second takes you to the gallery where you will see thumnails of the photos.  Slideshow  -  Thumbnail Gallery  

Here's a taste..

Hope you enjoy them.

  • Gwyn's Calendar
  • Lifejacket Reforms
  • Kindy News
  • Sustainable Living Expo
  • Island Cafe
  • Andrew Thompson lives on..
  • Island Festival Acknowledgments
  • Local Council Notices
  • Free Meditation Class
  • Author Talks
  • a cappella Choir
  • Wine Syndicate Tasting
  • Wanted
  • For Sale
  • The Local Guide
  • Join SIRA
  • Archived Newsletters
  • Your subscription Information

  • Gwyn's October 2010 Calendar 

    To download a full version (A4 size) of this months calendar, ready for printing,  just click on the calendar image.

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

    The file is quite large and in PDF format. To view PDF documents you will need the Adobe Acrobat Reader installed on your computer.
    To download Acrobat Reader please click here
    October Calendar

    Special Note for Boating Commuters
    Lifejacket Reforms
    If you live at a water only access location such as Bundeena, Dangar Island, Scotland Island or the western foreshore of Pittwater and you commute in a boat less than 4.8 meters in length, you should familiarise yourself with the new regulations which will become effective from November 1 (2010) concerning the compulsory wearing of lifejackets. From that date, it will be a requirement that the boat be equipped with a
    Type 3 (Level 50 or Level 50S) lifejacket to fit every person on board and that under the following circumstances they must be worn:
    • When boating alone
    • When boating at night
    • At all times for any child under 12 years of age
    Courtesy of the Boat Owners Association NSW -  Michael Chapman

    You can download the relevant documents issued through NSW Maritme here.


    Happenings at the Kindy
    Kindy Eyesight Screening
    NSW Health advises that all children have their vision screened before they start school.  The STEPS Program (State Eyesight Preschooler Program) will visit the Kindy on Tuesday October 12th at 10.15 am.  This screening is open to all offshore children so if you have a 4 or 5 year old who is starting school next year and wish your child to be screened -  call the Kindy on 9979 7856 for further information and to arrange for a consent form.

    Visit by the Coastal Environment Centre
    The Coastal Environment Centre will be bringing its ‘Where the Land Meets the Sea” pre-school program to the Kindy on Wednesday 27th October at 10.00.

    The program will include the story ‘Commotion in the Ocean’, discussing different creatures that live in the sea, with undersea music and role play parachute game.  This will be followed by a feely bags guessing game, touch table examining sea specimens and finally creating a take home collage using recycled materials.

    Entrance is free to all enrolled children.  If you would like to bring your pre-schooler and don’t currently attend the kindy, you are most welcome - entrance is $7.50 per child (parents need to stay with their child during the program).  call Nikki at the kindy on 9979 7856 to book your place.


    Sustainable Living Expo - Sunday 10th Oct. 2010.
    Memorial Hall Mona Vale from 9.00am
    There are lots of interesting speakers, workshops and displays...even chickens to hold for the kids!
    There are workshops on no dig permaculture gardening, how to work out your carbon footprint, monitoring devices to check your electrical appliances energy usage.
    Speakers and displays on how to retrofit your home more sustainably Workshop on How to live with less chemicals
    Speakers and displays on painting with natural paints and using toxin free Pest Management

    Lots more so open the flyer/programme and come along (click the image to load)

    Steering Committee Sustainable Living Expo
    Linda Haefeli
    Tony Edye
    Sally Wilson
    Catherine Giraud-Kinley


    Island Cafe Reminder
    Dear All,
    Sad news this weekend.  The cafe will not be open.  Nor will it be open next weekend.  We had a very slow day last week – though the number of cakes went up, so THANK YOU to our generous cake makers.  The theory is that as this is now school holidays, many people are away, so we will stay closed until our faithful following is back.

    We will next open on Sunday 17th Oct.

    Suggested activities in our absence:
    (1) Make some coffee at home, sit down with your loved ones and list 10 reasons why the cafe is so nice to come to on a Sunday morning.  Send me those reasons, so I can use them in the advertising as I am running low on ideas.

    (2) Go for a nice bracing swim on Sunday 10th, as it will be high tide at 9:42.  Mud bath this Sunday (3rd) as it will be low tide at 9:33.

    (3) Clean out those cupboards you never touch and donate all the things you haven’t used for a year to charity.

    (4) Take a good look round at your house and your family and your island and remember why you love living here.

    (5) Look up some new cake recipes on the internet, ready to bake some cakes for when the cafe is back!

    (6) A special one for those without children - lie in bed all morning nursing a raging hangover, and then have a big cooked brekky in the sun.

    Don’t forget, folks, daylight saving apparently starts this weekend.
    See you in a couple of weeks!
    Cafe Crew


    Andrew Thompson lives on..
    When I revisited my Scotland Island, I was amazed to see all the changes that had happened since I died in 1810.

    Couldn’t find my saltworks – how Sydney town can get along without the 90Kg I’ve been shipping down every week, I just don’t know.
    And the ‘Geordy’ – no sign of it.  All I’ve found is a tiny rowing boat to work on.
    As for my house – couldn’t find that either.
    But where did all the people come from? – not like the Scotland Island of my day.

    I sat in the History Tent for a couple of hours and listened to some characters who seemed to know a thing or two.  One character, Rick, was telling us what it was like 350 million years ago – can’t remember that far back – very interesting though.  Another character, Leicester, was talking about 30 years ago and the newsletter he used to write – that was good stuff – and funny!

    Afterwards, I wandered over to the Eco tent (that’s a funny word), read their Vision draft, talked to another character about how to install a system to make the water off the roof clean as a whistle, and discussed a nice simple way to have my own chook yard.

    A lot of music going on – a bit different to what we were used to in Sydney town.

    What I really liked was the procession of all the little children with their lighted lamps, with a huge replica of me at the front – very impressive (although my head - well, it didn’t sort of do me justice – as they say – I’ll have to talk to Gov. Mac about improving the quality of statues).

    Whoever organised the day did a grand job – could come and help me manage the Gov’s farms in Windsor any day – or manage my 5 ships – or run my brewery – or hotel – or tannery.

    I’ll certainly pop back when they hold the next one – I guess that’ll be in a hundred more years – 2110? – I’ll make a note in my diary.

    Andrew Thompson
    (1773 – 1810)


    200 Years Festival Scotland Island


    With Thanks

    The purpose and meaning of this occasion brought out, in all its unique splendour, our extraordinary community of exceptional people who, whether organising, participating or just coming along to enjoy, created a weekend of learning and laughing; the telling of our story, past and present. Together we remembered what matters to us and what makes us who we are...thank you!

    Please take the time to read these acknowledgments, recognising the giving spirit of so many:

    Main Organisers:
    Emmie Collins Festival Co ordinator
    Lisa MacDonald  Stalls/ Film Tent Co ord.– angel all rounder
    Tracy Smith  Pittwater Postcards Co ord.- and so much more
    Jenny Cullen  Looking Back-History Co ord. – the brains of the outfit
    Maria Mackiewicz- Turner Thinking Forward – Eco Space Co ord. – down to earth dynamo
    Ruth Tedder Main Stage Co ord..   – ever cool & capable queen of the mic
    Jenny Winterton Fire Brigade Co ord.  -   experience & calm
    Barbara Labram Kindy / Kids Fest. Co- ord. – grace under pressure
    Annette Ritchie  Volunteer Co –ord./  Logistics Assistance - loose ends expertise

    These wonderful women are treasures. Their vision, energy, eye for detail and great heart made this festival what it was. Thank you to their families for sharing them!

    Major Supporters:
    SIRA PMC Hill Centuryt 21
    Their considerable financial assistance was offered to us all, as it ensured such an event took place, for our community to enjoy. THANK YOU VERY MUCH!

    Minor Supporters:
    Church Point Ferry Service
    (History Exhibition) 
    Century 21
    Showcase Pittwater
    (Parade/ Fire Sculpture)   
    Thank you!.
    In Kind Supporters:
    • Pete Cumming of ‘Renovation Solutions’ gave days of his time, skill & his apprentice!  - designing & building a multi-purpose stage which the community can utilise for future events
    • Ian Major of ‘Major Graphics’ printed all Postcards from Pittwater
    • Martin & Sandra Erdman of Du Mond Records & Video spent days editing film footage for the film tent. Go to their website: www.ozrecords.com.au
    • Russ Lowenthal & team of ‘Pittwater Offshore Services’ barged to and from Island heavy! marquees, tables, haybales
    • John Ewan and Jacqui Leonard of ‘Pittwater Boat Covers’ edged and eyeleted all our Fair Day banners
    • Alison Leck of ‘Digido’, Mona Vale scanned colour & B/W pics for history exb.
    • Matt Gardiner, Scotty Taylor (with URM) helped us with waste disposal
    • Adrian Matthews & Jane Kennedy provided the slick banner @ Church Point. 
    • Jack Hodgson ( Consultants) provided Geo Tech. Certification for the stage 
    • Billy Hydes Music – Mona Vale - discount hire. 
    Special Mention:
    • Jenny & Tony Cullen, Bob Blackwood for getting the idea going
    • Tim Byrne and the SIRFB, WPRFB & other brigades who joined us - we’re lucky to have them! New members needed - by joining, we care for our homes & each other.
    • Gill Unwin
    • Cass Gye
    • David Lahm
    • Nettie Lodge for another iconic festival logo
    • Sophie Maple for the wonderful Festival mugs
    • Karin Krueger for press liaison
    • Gordon Floyd – for design assistance and risk assessment – for starters...
    • John & Mel Marshall for continual help with sound set up, break down for all performances, Bush Dance ticket sales and for playing those spoons ,Mel....
    • Annabelle Kristevic for assistance with Shadow Theatre & Lantern Puppet
    • Jon Duhig for shooting superbly &  assistance editing  ‘Island Shadows’ parade imovie
    • Matt Trapnell – for Parade sound samples/ music  - thank you.
    • Phil Relf for assistance with Fire Sculpture/ Andrew Thompson Lantern Puppet
    • Mana De Bono for her wonderful help with the parade/ lanterns
    • Penny & Simon Gleen for true community transport
    • Tanya Mottl for always knowing how to help
    • Dave Walsh & Scotty Taylor for the beautiful carved centre stone & logos on the bbq
    • Pittwater Mayor Harvey Rose, Pitt. Council Gen. Manager Mark Ferguson, Councillors Ian White and David James and MP Rob Stokes for their support.
    • Julian Muir – Editor of the PON! for his great help with informing our broader community, his hours & hours of time and his enthusiastic support of local initiatives.
    So many people were involved! - THANKS BY AREA:
    FIRE SHED OPENING:  ‘isingonthecake’ Accapella Choir for opening the weekend with such joy. Big thanks again to the SIRFB, Jen Winterton and her team. Tim Byrne and John Marshall for PA

    POSTCARDS FROM PITTWATER -  Thanks Tracy!- who writes:
    Thank you to all the talented photographers and artists who submitted Postcards.
    It was such a privilege to see how we all view our life on Pittwater.
    Thanks to all the volunteers who helped mount, dismantle and look after sales.- incl. David Wardman, June Lahm, Jan Sindl- Hand, Gordon Floyd, Gwynn Perkins, Paul Smith, Tracy Ponich, Iain Smale. Thanks to Susan Duncan for percentage of book sales. 
    Special thanks to Lachy Hamilton and Tom Daher for the fabulous music on our opening night, and of course the wonderful John Marshall for the sound system. Annette Ritchie for all the jasmine.
    With your permission I would like to keep many of the unsold postcards for possible inclusion in a book and further exhibition next year.
    If you would prefer to have them back please contact me on: 0400 311 157. Cheers, Tracy Smith

    HISTORY EXHIBITION - Thank you Jenny, Shar and Team! Jenny’s written:
    Thank you to all those who contributed the wonderful array of photos which made the exhibition possible, and a huge thank you to those who actually created the exhibition.
    Church Point Ferries provided financial sponsorship of this crucial aspect of the festival – huge thanks to Penny and Simon Gleen for their generous support.

    We would again like to thank the local studies librarian, Sarah Thompson, at Pittwater Library, who lent us the exhibition she had already assembled and also scanned further photos for us. Jim Macken also lent his informative photo display boards which West Pittwater Fire boat picked up for us.

    Many people contributed photos and stories, too many to name, but a few gave large collections which were really helpful: Tom Gibbs (three boards’ worth of black and whites from the late 1920’s on), Sandy Walker and Annette Freeland, Joh Duhig and Barbara Labram, Jane Morgan, June Cunningham and Carmen Ky.

    The talks in the History Tent provided  wonderful depth and many laughs. Thanks to our MC’s – Bob Blackwood, Tanya Mottl and Sandy Walker and our “booked” speakers – Rick Le Plastrier, Bob Waterer, Leceister Warburton, Marg Malloy and Tony Dawson who came at very short notice when we learnt that Jim Macken could not join us. It was a very welcome surprise to have Bev Gill and June Cunningham arrive and tell us about growing up here in the 1950’s, as well as the many other tellers of tall tales and true who enlivened the day.

    The Organising Group:
    Shar Jones sourced historic photos, developed a photographic archive and curated the Island Memories exhibition.
    Helen Webster and Suzanna Franki organised the kindergarten exhibition.
    Chuck Bradley didn’t realise he’d been channelled to the Island just in time to give his professional skills to scanning and enhancing old black and white photographs and to cutting mounts.
    Alison Leck scanned coloured photos and also a few black and whites. Take your own in to Digido, her scanning business in Darley St.
    Amber Ellis, mount cutter extraordinaire, designed and fabricated the environmental friezes.  
    Lesley Woods fetched and ferried photos to and fro, and gave input together with 
    Bob Blackwood, Dick and Margaret Hughes and Alan Yuille.
    Tanya Mottl and Lisa McDonald prepared the Second and Third Generation and Gone but not Forgotten displays, along with a crew of helpers: Gill Unwin, Bec Tringham, Bec Erdmann, Cher Bailey, Adrian Cullen, Tracy Smith,
    Tracy Ponich and all those who were rostered on to Island Memories exb. In Kindy
    Jane Morgan (and John) created and hung most of the displays in the Community Hall.
    Juliette Robertson – photo fixer
    Emmie Collins secured funding, materials, venues and equipment needed.
    Rebecca Latham and Mike Malloy filmed the history talks.
    Jenny Cullen – co-ordinating – which was a pleasure with such a great group!

    PARK SET UP/ PACK DOWN/ CLEAN UP – HUGE HELP! Paul Kinnison, Bruce Savage(hooray for his buggy!), John Travers, Mike Kneipp, Dave Lahm, Emmie Collins, Maria Mackiewicz, Lisa MacDonald, Adrian Cullen, Rohan Little, Marijo Bradley, Paul Smith, Annabelle Kristovic, June Lahm, Axel, Christine Hampshire, Kylie Bennetts, Tracey Ponich, Iain Smale, Sally Wandless, Tracy Smith, Greg Roberts( & for your Andrew Thompson impersonation!) Robert Finkledy, Geoff Chambers, Cass Gye, Tabatha Brownrigg, Colin Haskell, Soren Tinberg, Eammon Hamilton

    STAGE/ COVER:  Good on you Ruthie! - Pete Cumming and Kevin the apprentice, Paul Kinnison, John Travers,Ruth, Bruce Savage, Andy Willow, Mike Kneipp,
    Roy Atkins, Elvina Fire Shed, Jack Hodgson, Emmie, Glen.

    SOUND/ EQUIPMENT USE-SET UP/ STRIKE: (Long Sunday!) John Marshall, Tim Byrne, Graham Richmond, Dave Richards – (all day) & Dan Ricketts for sweet mix, Chuck Bradley.
    Tight stage management –Ruth Tedder/Gill Unwin 
    thanks from us all!

    ECO SPACE /SUSTAINABILITY EXPO:  Thanks to the gorgeous Maria!
    Workshops:  Di Watts, Annabelle Kristevic ( & for all work on vegie garden), Mike Kneipp, Ed McPeek, Camille & Giles Westley.
    Carol & Gordon Floyd( Mike Kneipp) – Bushcare stall, Vision Group Display – Lesley Stevens, Boyd Attewell, Alan Yuille, Greg Roberts, John Saunders & Jess, Shigeo Saito, Paul Purvis, Bill Holland, Dru Yoga etc– and all who contributed to this inspiring area.

    FILM TENT:   Well done Lisa Lovely, Boyd, Hegarty and crew.....Thanks to..
    Martin & Sandra Erdman for editing DVD
    Sincere thanks to Melanie Hogan for introducing and screening her film: ‘Yajilarra’
    All who contributed footage, Hegarty for projector/ screen use/set up, Rohan Little, Ellie Shore, Paul & Tracy Smith, Lyn Savage, Marijo Bradley & John Henderson for kindly manning tent all day, Emmie- sourcing carpet, bales, marquee, signage, deco.

    KIDS FESTIVAL/ CAFE/ CAKES @ KINDY:  Congratulations Barbara, Camilla, Maria, Jane, Nikki, Sophie, Helen, Suzanne/ Maddie, Petra & Vollies...
    Our lovely parents of the community kindy( SIOCS) contributed delicious food, cakes, coffee, fun and games for all, lantern making (Thankyou Mana, Miriam/ Michelle) stalls, a venue for the Island Memories photographic exhibition plus their own history/ current vision display – thank you!
    Thanks to www.harvesthub.com.au (and Justine Kimi) for donation to Sausage Sizzle.
    Please see upcoming kindy report in PON for all thanks....

    FAIR DAY STALLS: Thanks to Lisa MacDonald, all helpers and everyone who offered us such an amazing slice of what we create, cook, think about & care for.....
    Annette Ritchie you’re fabulous – for the Info Stall/ for dressing up! Marion, Brad - excellent.

    Creators/Puppeteers - Emmie Collins, Annabelle Kristevic , Tamie Moodie, Soren Tinberg, Tracy Smith, Maria Mackiewicz-Turner, Kayla Bettinzoli, Lisa MacDonald, Maggie Lattin
    Filming Jon Duhig  Editing- Jon Duhig/ Emmie Collins Projection-Emmie Collins/ David Lahm/Gill Unwin
    Story/ Narration - Emmie Collins, Sampler-MattTrapnell
    Musicians: Matt Trapnell- Guitar/ Direction, Stuey Eagles- Keyboards, Mario Ruel – Djembe,  Rohan Little – Didg, Will Hoffman – Accordian
    Large Lantern Makers:  Kayla Bettinzoli, Shona Forsyth, Soren Tinberg, Emmie Collins, Mana Be Bono, Claudia Moodie.
    Andrew Thompson Puppet:  Emmie Collins, Phil Relf, Annabelle Kristovic, Cher Bailey  Puppeteer: Adrian Cullen
    Bird/ Island Fire Sculpture: Emmie Collins, Phil Relf, Per Tinberg, Jacob Hogarth.
    Thank you all for your enthusiasm, support , for offering up a little magic...

    FIRE SHED BUSH DANCE:  The ‘INLAND NAVIGATORS ‘ came a long way, played a long time, got us all dancing together ; laughing & linking arms, then travelled a long way home – we loved them!
    John & Mel Marshall of PMC Hill/ Colin Haskell for ticket sales 
    Thanks again to Jen, Tim and all at the Fire Shed who fed us, plied us with drinks, offered a big space to have fun together – then cleaned up on when it was all over!

    When the Local Studies Collection, Mona Vale Library gets a photographic database we’ll ensure the long term preservation and availability of our photo archive by lodging digital copies with the Library.

    If you enjoyed the historical displays and want to learn more about our local history, join Manly, Warringah and  Pittwater Historical Society by contacting the secretary, Tony Dawson, at dragdawson@hotmail.com.

    A BOOK ?
    The festival gave us a good kick start to start recording memories and collecting photos and memorabilia to form a growing archive, but it’s too precious to just slip away again. In the fullness of time, we’d like to keep ball rolling and bring this together to create a truly unique record of our personal stories and collected history. While you’re inspired, start to jot down your own or other’s memories.

    There are several ideas for a book – join the discussion and contact Jenny Cullen at amjmcullen@spin.net.au or Tanya Mottl at  tanya.pittwater@century21.com.au

    Congratulations and thanks again to everyone......Emmie


    Local Council Notices
    Results of Mayoral Election

    Pittwater Council’s mayoral elections held at the Council meeting on 20 September have seen Mayor Harvey Rose and Deputy Mayor Jacqueline Townsend re-elected by their fellow Councillors unopposed for a second term.

    Both Mayor Rose and Deputy Mayor Townsend will serve in their positions for another 12 months until September 2011.

    Mayor Rose said the election was testimony to a Council ‘working well’. “We have a good blend of long-serving Councillors and more recently elected Councillors,” he said.

    “I believe we have a very good Council. All Councillors are elected as independents and there are no factions or personal antagonisms.”

    “All Councillors approach each issue with a view of making a decision which is best for our Pittwater community,” Mayor Rose said.

    Mayor Rose commented that the Council faced many challenges during the coming years.

    “There is the need to maintain appropriate development while stopping overdevelopment. The issue of the Meriton proposal for Warriewood Valley is of crucial importance, not only for the future development of the Valley but all Pittwater,” Mayor Rose said.

    Mayor Rose said that other issues facing the Council included the development of youth services, the fate of Currawong and maintaining adequate services at Mona Vale Hospital.

    He said the recent community survey on the Council’s performance provided very positive feedback while pinpointing areas that needed to improve.

    “The survey is part of an ongoing process to enable the Council to improve performance and services where there are identified gaps,” he said.

    “The Council will continue to make every effort to build upon the best traditions of Pittwater and fulfil the aspirations of our community.”

    Media Contact:    Harvey Rose, Ph:  9970 1104

    Pittwater Hosts Sustainable Living Expo
    Pittwater Council is supporting the inaugural Sustainable Living Expo hosted by Climate Action Pittwater on Sunday 10 October.

    The Expo is on all day from 9am until 4.30pm at Mona Vale Memorial Hall Park Street in support of 350.org 10/10/10 – the Global Day for Climate Action.
    Organiser Tony Edye from Climate Action Pittwater said the Expo would feature nearly 30 displays and speakers on a range of sustainability issues, products and services aimed at helping residents live a more sustainable life.

    Director of Earth Trust and Al Gore Project Ambassador Brynnie Goodwill will introduce and wrap up the day’s activities. Ms Goodwill has a wealth of knowledge in the field of sustainability and works with OzGreen Donor Network seeking private and corporate sponsorships to help build sustainability hubs across the country.

    Pittwater Council’s Mayor Cr Harvey Rose paid tribute to Climate Action Pittwater for organising the event.
    “This group of concerned residents are showing in a very practical way how things can be done more sustainably, ranging from shopping through to renovating,” he said.

    Displays and speakers will cover topics such as sustainable retrofitting of existing buildings, low hazard and non-chemical pest management; zero emission housing, constructing ‘green’ walls and natural house paints.

    “Workshops will provide hands-on training in the areas of landscaping, energy efficiency, calculating your ecological footprint, plus the real-life experiences from local people who have become ‘sustainability champions’”, added Cr Rose.

    Alternative energy provider Autonomous Energy is a major sponsor of the Expo.
    A full program of events is available at: www.pittwater.nsw.gov.au/all_events/environment_and_sustainable_living

    Media contact: Tony Edye – Climate Action Pittwater Ph: 9918 5277


    Free Meditation Class for BeginnersFlyer
    Benefit from the relaxation, clarity and rejuvenation that meditation can bring.

    Come and enjoy the peace and calm of meditation with a local experienced instructor.

    Especially beneficial for HSC students.

    Date: Wednesday 6 OctoberTime: 11am
    Meet: Mona Vale Library
    1 Park Street Mona Vale

    Bookings essential: please phone Mona Vale Library on 9970 1600.
    Click the flyer to download


    Trudy Engler Update
    6th September 2010

    Many people in the community generously offered some kind of assistance for Trudy Engler after John Saunders first sent out a report on her situation. Back then our aim was to organize some respite care for Trudy during the worst of the winter months. The situation changed due to Trudy’s deterioration and frailty and concerned parties applied for Trudy to be placed under guardianship.  At that point in time Trudy was taken for assessment to River Glenn which is attached to Greenwich Hospital and she will remain there until other accommodation is found.

    Today John and I attended the Guardianship Tribunal and the two decisions made were, that Trudy be under the guardianship of a Public Officer and that John Saunders be the manager of her financial affairs.

     Subsequently I spoke to Trudy’s social worker Nerida Fallon who explained that the Public Guardian will rely upon the professional opinions of Trudy’s doctor, social workers and case officers as to the best place for Trudy to be.  In theory she could even decide that Trudy could go home if this were in her best interest.

    As I understand she is still on the list for the German speaking hostel at Alhambie Heights. The situation will be reviewed in 12 months time. Whilst we all would have liked to see Trudy living in a comfortable home situation, the amount of care she needs now makes that very difficult.  She is also being treated for depression, so any visitors would I think be greatly appreciated.

    There may be other ways we can assist Trudy in the future and so we will keep the community informed.  If you would like to visit Trudy or take her out to lunch as some people have offered, please let me or John know and we will keep you informed as to where she will be going into care.

    Thank you
    Marion van den Driesschen and John Saunders


    Author Talks at Mona Vale Library
    The Falling of  the Yearflyer
    By Cherry Cordner

    Based on a real murder which took place in Mount Gambier, South Australia in 1875, the
    dramatic events and subsequent inquest rocked the developing town. The title of the book derives
    from a poem to Autumn by Australian, Adam Lindsay Gordon.

    Date:Tuesday 19 October
    Venue:Mona Vale Library
    1 Park Street, Mona Vale
    Cost:$7.50 Adults
    $5.50 Concession / Pensioner or
    Friends of Mona Vale Library
    (passes must be shown)
    Phone:9970 1600
    Bookings essential!
    Payment within 3 days of booking


    Formation of offshore a cappella choir.
    Following the huge success of the Isingonthecake a cappella choir at the recent Scotland Island festival, and whose generous performance raised $500 for our community, their choirmaster, Stuart Davis, has agreed to help us form our own offshore choir.

    We are looking for voices of all timbres and range. If you are interested in becoming part of this musical adventure, contact Gordon Floyd on floydcbg@ozemail.com.au , or call 9997 2035 to register your interest and to find out more about it. If there is sufficient interest, we will take it from there.

    Gordon Floyd


    Pittwater Offshore Wine Syndicate
    Sunday October 17th 2010

    syndicate logo

    Christmas approaches, together with balmy evenings, Sunday barbies, neighbourly get togethers, childrens birthdays (with their parents), sailing races, cricket on the beach and so many other good reasons to celebrate.

    This time round the tasting is at Paul and Joy's boatshed in beautiful Elvina Bay, where the wallabies frolic and the swimming is easy....

    DAY: Sunday October 17th 2010
    TIME: 3pm
    WHERE: Paul and Joy's boatshed, three jetties into Elvina Bay on the South Side. Plenty of boat parking or easy walk from the Elvina South public ferry wharf or Shank's Pony.
    BRING: Tasting glass, food to share, neighbours, COPY OF THE ATTACHED TASTING NOTES AND PRICE LIST.
    DOWNLOAD: The latest tasting notes and price list by CLICKING HERE

    Note the excellent wines in this tasting. In particular a brilliant PINOT NOIR (take note Western Shores residents, you know who you are) and for the first time, a
    well known bubbly with a 'snap-shut' closure so that you can enjoy a glass in later days.

    Looking forward to seeing you on the day.

    Your Syndicate committee.

        * Greg Roberts  9979 5228,
        * George Gaal  9979 9141
        * Julian Muir 9999 4449
        * Paul Purvis  9979 9667
        * Alan Gaines  9979 2070


    We are in need of a driver with their own boat to give us costs for transporting kayaks up to the Basin and back. We have begun offering kayak hire to the campers there and need to transport them. We anticipate that we will need a Friday afternoon drop off and a Sunday afternoon pick up and perhaps more frequently during January.

    HELEN MORROW | Phone 02 9997 8015 | www.paddlecraft.com.au

    For Sale
    $10 ea from Catherine Park, Scotland Island
    (3 for $25? – make us an offer.....)
    ($16 in Terry Hills ( Better Produce) – and you’ve still got to get them over here)

    Contact: Emmie - 0405 330 781/ emstar@tpg.com.au


    The Local Guide
    Community Information

    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 http://picasaweb.google.com/offshoregallery/
    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)  8.30am - 4.30pm (Tues, Weds & Thurs)
    Playgroup @ Children's Centre every Monday, 10.00am - 12 midday
    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

    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 Rus on 0415-464-733
    Manly Warringah Cabs   - 02 9972 5600
    Palm Beach Cruises  - 02 9997 4815

    Real Estate
    PMC Hill  - 9999 4902   http://www.pmchill.com.au/
    Century 21 Showcase Pittwater  - 9999 0155   http://www.c21pittwater.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 6017
    Justice of the Peace - Paul Burchall - 0414 975 793
    Pittwater Community Arts Inc.  - Enquiries Lorrie Morgan 9997 8079  lorriemay@bigpond.com
    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 
    Elvina Escape - B & B at Elvina Bay - Alison Newham 0423 598 760
    Treetops on Towlers Bay - 02 9332 2611  info@walkabouttours.com.au
    Pittwater Youth Hostel  - 02 9999 5748  www.yha.com.au/hostels/details.cfm?hostelid=31  
    Nila Chambers - Celebrant (marriages, funerals etc)  Discount for all offshore residents. 9999 2445
    Offshore IT Computer Services  - Contact Robert  0427 890 357 or 9999 2942

    Island Classes (Fitness, Dance, Art etc)
    Pilates, Meditation and Group Fitness with Patrice -  0406 483 036 patrice.corrie@gmail.com
    Anusara Yoga -  Thursdays -  0421762236 dominiquemarill@gmail.com or floydcbg@ozemail.com.au
    Art with Max - Watercolour classes. Phone Max on 9997 4527
    Art Classes- drawing and painting in oils, acrylics and mixed media- Marion 9979 3993 or 0431 457 431

    Gurdjieff / The Forth 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 - second Wednesday of the month - contact Nila on 9999 2445   
    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

    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
    Scotland Island Rural Fire Brigade  9999 4404
    NSW Fire Service General Information 9265 2999 9265 2999
    Rural Fire Service 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
    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, contact Michael Wiener at

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