Point Commuter Wharf Notice
Working Group Needs You
SI Fire Brigade Matters
Winter Fire Shed Dinner
Dogs on the
Out - Thank You
Local Contact Guide
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Notice to Users of Church Point Commuter Wharf
We wish to advise that Council will be enforcing
the non-compliance of the Church Point Commuter Wharf usage as of the
week beginning 6 May 2013.
Failure to display a valid sticker on your boat could result in:
To avoid any problems in this regard, users are reminded to please
forward signed temporary licence agreements and payments to Council as
a matter of urgency before the 6th May.
- placement of a sticker informing the owner to make
contact with Council within 14 days
- after this period council will place an impounding
sticker on those who have not contacted Council and they maybe
impounded after 7 days from the date displayed on the sticker,
- and if impounded a release fee and infringement being
issued will apply.
Should residents have any further queries, please email: email@example.com
Day, Thursday, May 25
On a perfect morning, a good crowd of mainly offshore folk attended the
local ANZAC service at Church Point.
A moving address was presented by well known offshore resident Paul
Purvis, followed by Liam Rogers very able trumpet playing of the Last
Post and Reveille.
It is such a pleasure to see the numbers growing each year with more
and more young children attending, and the pride with which many
relative display their family heroes medals and citations.
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the PON Offshore Photo Gallery - more photos to follow soon...
SIRA Working Groups need
Your invitation to join the SIRA Working Groups
Love the island?
Got a passion for water and waste? Interested in wharves and marine
issues? Enthusiastic about our community spaces, or community
collaboration? Here’s your chance to get involved.
SIRA Working Groups now invite members of the community to join, have their say, and help shape key areas of interest.
Meetings are held every 6-8 weeks
to discuss vital issues such as water,
wharves, waste, our parks and
reserves, our vision,
and how to improve community
engagement. The decisions, recommendations and discussions are
then reported to SIRA for further action.
to get involved:
Each Working Group has a charter outlining its specific areas of
interest. Please read the Charter of any Group you are interested in,
then email the SIRA Committee Team
Leader with your Working Group of interest in the subject line.
Go on: get involved!
Group overviews and Charters:
to enhance community participation, collaboration and engagement, as
well as increase awareness of SIRAC and its work. Read the Community Engagement Charter, here then email
Team Leader Betsi Beem
to develop a sustainable vision for the island in consultation with
SIRAC and residents, aligned with the Pittwater Strategic Plan. Read
the Island Vision Charter, here then email Team Leader Jon Maxim
to preserve and promote a well maintained space for community access,
preserving as far as possible the natural environment of each area.
Read the Parks & Reserves Charter, here then email team Leader Sue Dickson
to ensure a sustainable Water and Wastewater plan for the island.
Options must be healthy, environmentally friendly and cost effective.
Read the Water & Wastewater Charter, here then email Team Leader Judy Readman
to consult with residents, review method and frequency of services,
encourage recycling, educate on composting and vegetation. Read the Waste & Recycling Charter, here then email
Team Leader Cass Gye
Boats & Marine Issues:
to ensure public wharves are easily accessible, wharf reserves managed,
provide a fair system for commuter vessel tie-ups. Read the Wharves,
Boats & Marine Charter, here then email
Team Leader Judy Readman
Not sure which one to join? Please email the SIRA President, with any areas of
expertise and interest.
Island Rural Fire Brigade
Phil Clear has finished his BF training and passed
assessment and is now an operational fire-fighter. Phill is also
equipment officer .
We are building a better and more efficient brigade and welcome the
following probationary members;
Stewart Hodges (who has become the social secretary)
Hubert van Mierlo (who has become secretary)
David Wagner - M... (Waggs)
The probationary members will undergo training on the island prior to
assessment at Terry Hills, they will be trained and mentored by our
brigade on the island under the watchfull eye of our new training
officer Wayne Gluyas.
If you are interested in joining the brigade and feel you can make the
commitment please contact any member of the brigade or come and see
how we operate at Brigade training 9.0am at the fireshed first Sunday
of the month.
David Wardman SIRFB
Island Winter Fire
May 11th, 7pm
by Nathalie & the Crew
under 12 $5
Dogs must be restrained whilst on the
We have had several complaints from passengers regarding dogs behaviour
on the ferry. We would like to remind
all dog owners that they must keep
their dogs on a leash at all times whilst on the Church Point
Currently, dogs are not generally permitted on Public Transport in NSW
unless in a travelling box. However, we feel that the dog owners who
are responsible should be able to travel with their pets on the ferry
without this inconvenience.
However, in allowing dogs on the ferries we expect a level of
responsibility from the dog owner. They must ensure that the dogs are
always on a lead and behaving in a socially acceptable manner. This
includes not allowing dogs on the seats, not allowing them on board wet
or dirty, and they should not at any time cause any distress to other
Restrained and controlled dogs will continue to be allowed on the ferry
at the Ferry Masters discretion. However, unrestrained dogs will not be
permitted to travel on the ferry and owners may face a total ban on the
Church Point Ferry Service if continued flouting of the use of leashes
Community Choir 'The Last Ferry Home'
for members **
As acappella legend Tony Backhouse said: 'Everyone wants to sing.
Singing with others in harmony is a total joy.'
Do you love to sing? Have you always had a secret desire to sing?
You don't have to have a 'great' voice to get involved- when you sing
in a group, it is everyone's voices added together that makes a
beautiful sound. You don't have to do a solo unless you want to. The
ability to read music is not required.
We are a small friendly group who meet on Saturdays and work on a
(fairly) simple acappella repertoire with two and three part harmonies.
We sing an eclectic mix of songs: a bit of gospel, some world music,
the occasional pop song. And of course tea and cake is also a important
We meet Saturdays 2.30-4.30 at various island houses. Cost is $10 per
week for lesson materials, leader's preparation time, tea etc.
Contact Jessica on 0422474279 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
for more info.
ISLAND & BAYS VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
25 & SUN 26 MAY 2013
The annual Salvation Army Red Shield Appeal is on Sat 25 & Sun 26 May
this year and I'm getting started early to coordinate the Island &
Bays doorknock campaign for this wonderful cause. With the fantastic
support of local businesses (ferries, water taxis and cafes) we
achieved a great result last year, so I'm hoping that with more
doorknock volunteers, we can raise even more. I am looking for
energetic and enthusiastic people who can spare an hour or two-everyone
is welcome. For any high school students involved in the Duke of
Edinburgh Award, this is a great community service opportunity.
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Food & Wine Fair Bigger than Ever!
The Pittwater Food & Wine Fair will take place at Winnererremy Bay
Reserve in Mona Vale on Sunday
5 May between 10am and 4pm.
Fourteen wineries together with 4 Pines Brewery and Feral Brewing will
be at the Fair for tastings, along with gourmet food stalls. Visitors
can also choose from a selection of hot food including Himalayan, Thai,
Mexican, Dutch, Spanish, German and Turkish.
Gourmet food on offer to try and buy includes freshly baked breads,
biscuits and cakes, olive oils, roasted nuts, jams and chutneys. Brian
Lizotte from Lizottes Restaurant will hold cooking demonstrations
throughout the day.
Mayor Jacqui Townsend said this year’s Fair would be the biggest yet,
including a ‘volunteer expo’.
“Last year we estimated around 4000 people came and had a great day
out, so we’re hoping for even
bigger numbers this year,” she said.
““Over 20 volunteer organisations will be at the Expo, highlighting how
people can give just a few hours a week to our community,” said Cr
Another highlight of the Fair will be a ‘sustainability lane’ of
eco-living stalls offering tips on saving power and recycling,
activities for children and a live native animal show.
Live music from the 2 Shots Classic Rock Band and the Kristen Lane Band
will play throughout the day and a range of kids entertainment will be
available, including bungee tramp, dodgem cars, teacup rides, a
uni-cyclist, arts & craft, cake decorating and face-painting.
The winners of the Fair’s online competition will be drawn at 2pm.
Enter online at
Winnererremy Bay Reserve is located at Mona Street, Mona Vale. Parking
is available at the Council
car park adjacent to the reserve (pay and display) or at Pittwater High
School for a gold coin donation.
Free bike racks are also available.
Pittwater’s fourth Food & Wine Fair is proudly sponsored by URM,
McWilliams Mt Pleasant, Hunter
Valley and Currawong Beach Cottages and supported by Cooks Lot,
Lizottes and First Creek Wines.
For more information about the Food & Wine Fair, contact Nikki
Griffith on 9970 1355 or visit
Nikki Griffith, Pittwater Council Ph: 9970 1355
Invited to apply for Artzpace 2014T
Pittwater Council is
inviting emerging local artists to apply for ArtZpace 2014.
Held in January, ArtZpace is a biennial project in which up and coming
artists get to plan and present a professional exhibition. The
show is staged at the Avalon Recreation Centre.
Council’s social and community development coordinator Melinda Hewitt
said ArtZpace offered young and emerging artists the chance to display
and sell their work in a professional setting, while also building
their networks and skills as artists.
“They can draw upon the expertise of an art show coordinator to guide
the planning, hanging and marketing of their work,” said Ms Hewitt.
“In 2012, 13 artists were chosen to exhibit their work over the ten day
exhibition,” said Ms Hewitt.
“The group was highly successful in making sales and promoting their
works to a wider audience, with some artists being approached by
private galleries and for commissions,” she said.
“ArtZpace is a popular fixture in Pittwater’s cultural calendar.
It provides excellent exposure for emerging artists, as well as a great
opportunity for audiences to access art,” Ms Hewitt added.
Applications for ArtZpace
2014 are now open and will close at 5pm on Friday 31 May 2013.
Exhibition space will be available from Friday 3 January to Sunday 12
Application packs and further information on the ArtZpace 2014 project
can be obtained from Council’s customer service centres and libraries
or at www.pittwater.nsw.gov.au/artzpace
For more information call Zoe Johnson, Community Development Officer at
Pittwater Council on 9970 1171.
Finances Rated as Sound
A NSW Treasury Corporation report on the financial sustainability of
the state’s 152 councils has rated Pittwater as ‘sound’.
The rating means that Pittwater is in the top 20% of NSW councils for
long-term financial viability.
The report defined financial sustainability as being the ability ‘to
generate sufficient funds to provide the levels of service and
infrastructure agreed with its community.’ It looked at each council’s
financial results between 2009 and 2012 and their 10 year financial
forecasts, focussing on key benchmarks such as operating performance,
liquidity, the level of debt, capital expenditure and asset management.
Mayor Jacqui Townsend said the report vindicated Pittwater’s approach
to long-term strategic planning.
“The Council has placed great emphasis on financial modelling and
future projections for income and expenditure and was one of the first
councils in the state to produce long-term financial and asset
management plans,” she said.
“On average we are spending around $20 million on capital works and
projects each year which our community have told us they want.”
General Manager Mark Ferguson said the Council’s operational plan for
the next four years and its 2013-2014 budget were currently on public
exhibition for comment.
“We’re having a community meeting on 1 May to take questions from
residents about our budget and delivery program.”
Mr Ferguson said the Council’s budget projections for the new financial
year showed a forecast surplus of around $1 million.
“We are also starting work on major capital projects this year,
including the $3 million redevelopment of Avalon Beach surf club and
the $6 million multi-storey car park at Bungan Lane Mona Vale.”
To view the Council’s delivery plan and 2013-2014 budget visit www.pittwater.nsw.gov.au/exhibition
To RSVP for the community meeting on 1 May phone 9970 1224.
Avoid Drink Driving
- Choose a Plan B
Drink driving is one of the biggest killers on our roads after
speeding, and Warringah and Pittwater Councils are encouraging everyone
who goes out drinking to choose a Plan B instead of driving.
“Men make up 97 per cent of drink drivers involved in fatal crashes,”
said Peter Wright, Warringah Council’s Road Safety Officer. “Despite
the dangers, too many men on the northern beaches continue to drink and
drive, seemingly without considering the potentially deadly
Although the Plan B road safety campaign is primarily targeting young
men, the message should be heeded by all age groups and genders.
“When planning a night out that involves drinking, we encourage
everyone to look at alternatives to drinking and driving – ensuring the
car is not an option,” said Michelle Carter, Pittwater Council’s Road
The Plan B road safety campaign is featuring in print, radio, TV and
online advertising as well as on the back of buses and taxis.
“This campaign is not about telling people what to do, it’s about
reminding them in a positive way about the alternative choices they
have to driving,” Mr Wright said.
Although the Plan B advertising is partly humorous, there is a serious
message to the ad - if you drink and drive you run the risk of being
arrested and losing your licence, and worse
still, ending up in a serious car crash, potentially injuring yourself
“There are plenty of Plan Bs. Avoid drinking and driving during the
holidays and every week of the year,” said Ms Carter.
For more information please call the Communications Team
on 9942 2221 or email@example.com
Bradley - Nostlagica
Art Gallery & Museum
Details of dates and talks can be found in the accompanying poster....
Landcare is coming to Scotland Island!
Residents are invited to join in and help tackle the weeds in Catherine
Park on Saturday 11th May.
This is an opportunity for residents to join with volunteers and be a
part of Floating Landcare, a project being coordinated by the
Hawkesbury-Nepean Catchment Management Authority in partnership with
Pittwater Council and others, with funding from the NSW Environmental
Rebecca Mooy, Floating Landcare Coordinator said it’s a great way for
people to get directly involved in improving their local landscape, see
new sites and meet like-minded people. Volunteers get a free lunch and
snacks and it’s really a chance to get out there and learn some new
bush regeneration skills. We will work together on the day to
manage the spread of weeds assisting the bushland in the Park to
Willing residents should meet in Catherine Park at 9am. Others
coming to the Island to help out should meet at Church Point Wharf at
8:30am. Volunteers need to bring along a bottle of water, wear long
sleeves, trousers, enclosed shoes, hat, sun cream and bug spray (RID or
Bushmans). All tools, gloves and training will be provided.
This is a FREE activity and includes the transport to and from the
Island. The day will conclude at 1pm on the Island and for those
returning to Church Point we anticipate returning by 1:30pm.
To assist with catering and ferry bookings your RSVP is essential
please contact Rebecca Mooy on 02 4725 3055 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
by Monday 6th May 2013. Places are limited to 20 volunteers.
Can’t make this activity but would like to find out more? There
are another 7 Floating Landcare activities planned for the remainder of
To download a copy of the 2013 Floating Landcare Calendar visit
The plane crash that
destroyed a government
By Andrew Tink
1940 Wartime Australia. Key members of Menzies’ govenment die in a
fiery plane crash. What went wrong and what happened next?
Controversially, this book also tells the story of whether the Air
Minister rather than the RAAF pilot had been at the controls.
Date: Thursday 30
1 Park Street, Mona Vale
$6.00 Concession - Pensioners and Students (passes must be shown)
Payment within 3 days of booking
Face of Extraordinary:
By Stephanie Brown
VOLUNTEERS PORTRAYED IN
To celebrate Volunteers Week, Mona Vale Library will host local artist
and teacher Stephanie Brown presenting her recent book and art project:
Face of Extraordinary: Volunteers on Wednesday 15 May.
The book Face of Extraordinary: Volunteers combines the portraits and
personal stories of the many volunteers who work for various non-profit
organisations and groups on the northern beaches.
Inspired by those who battled the Black Saturday fires in Victoria,
Stephanie was concerned that communities did not hear enough about the
kind deeds of those who give us hope and inspiration in times of need.
She returned to Sydney to discover other extraordinary individuals
within her own community.
Stephanie Brown’s composition for this project included 22 portraits of
22 volunteers with each portrait 40 cm2 in size, painted in oils and
wax, which were produced over a two-year period.
The 22 portraits were exhibited at Avalon Recreation Centre as part of
the Artspot show in January this year.
A full time artist, teacher and a committee member of Portrait Artists
Australia, Stephanie Brown has been selected as a finalist in many
Australian portrait awards including the Black Swan Prize in Perth for
her portrait of inventor Sam Kutner OAM and also the Archibald Salon de
Refusès for her depiction of Sydney Morning Herald journalist, Adele
The free talk will run from 5pm until 6.30pm at Mona Vale Library, 1
Park Street, Mona Vale. Bookings are essential; to book phone
has barely been
Date: Wednesday 15
1 Park Street, Mona Vale
Payment within 3 days of booking
Kindy Trivia Night
18 May - 7.30pm, Scotland Island Hall
It’s that time of year again for our Annual Kindy Trivia Night.
Bar open, Raffle (lots of prizes), Auction and lots of fun to be had.
Please contact Liz on 9979 7856 to purchase tickets $20 pp including
Look forward to seeing you all there for a great night.
Liz – Director SIOCS Kindy
Out at Morning Bay.
Thanks to all those that
stayed at the Pittwater YHA and worked two April mornings removing
Asparagus Fern from Morning Bay.
Thanks to all the locals that joined in as well.
The next Weekend Asparagus out event at the Pittwater YHA is 6 - 8
Contact Sarah and Michael on P: 99995748 or E: email@example.com
to join in.
Work sponsored by the Hawkesbury-Nepean Catchment Authority with
funding from the Australian Government's Caring for our Community
Programme. Project: Pittwater Estuary Care.
During the week-end my young granddaughter brought home a hand held
Garmin GPS 72 which she had picked up somewhere. Might even have been
left at Bells Wharf deliberately by someone who had no further need for
it. It appears to be in working order.
I have it if someone wants to claim it
Couch 2 1/2 seater + armchair
Call or text Nicole 0403 229 677
High chair and room divider/gate/playpen.
Both in good condition and free!
Col & Marjolyn Batt, Florence Terrace
Hardwood queen bed and 2 bedside tables for sale .in good condition
Phone Julie ,99795135
Upright Stove &
Brand New Single Bed & Base ready to pick up now for
Chief stove good working order being disconnected prior to 11th
|Scotland Island Web Site
in Pittwater - Self Editing
go to the Calendar
Island Community Vehicle - 0404 103 700
||Number, Usage & Charges
Island Rural Fire Brigade - 9999 4404
Pittwater Rural Fire Brigade - 9997-3795
Island Residents Association
(SIRA) Membership Application - click
here to download
Association (WPCA) - http://www.wpca.org.au
SI Emergency Water Contacts and Guidelines for water: click
here for information and contacts
Scotland Island 'Water Agreement' - click
here to download
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 &
For information call 02 9979 7856 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Island Community Hall
Bookings: Kez on 9999 4092 or email@example.com
Services, Clubs &
Dance, Art etc)
Meditation and Group Fitness with Patrice - 0406
483 036 firstname.lastname@example.org
- Thursdays - 0421762236 email@example.com
with Max - Watercolour classes. Phone Max on 9997 4527
and painting in oils, acrylics and mixed media- Marion 9979 3993 or
0431 457 431
Nathalie's Table - Cooking Classes - Mediterranean
cooking - Nathalie - 9999 4449
Yoga - Tuesday 9.00 to 10.30 Tuesday morning - Phone Katya on
0414 187 916
|Dynamic Yoga - Saturdays from 9am - 10.30am 0402 752465 firstname.lastname@example.org
/ The Forth Way - Call John on 9979 5584, Marion on 9979
3993 or Anne on 9999 3478
Group For Catherine Park - Run by SIOCS - Emmie Collins
on 0405 330 781
- Women on Water
- meets 4 times a year - Jenny Frazer 0410533728 / 99994460.
& Kids Groups Playgroup - Run by SIOCS
- email Emma email@example.com
- contact Bob or Kez on 9999 4092
Park Bush Care Group,
2nd Sunday @ 9.30am, Sharon Kinnison @ 9997 6017
Park Bush Care Group,
1st Saturday @ 9 am, Bob Bolton @ 9999 4092
Thinking Group - Roy
Baker, 9999 6891, firstname.lastname@example.org
a capella choir
– Saturdays at 2:30 pm, SI Community Hall. Call CB on
Buses and Railways
Moon phases, Sun rise & set
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|ALL EMERGENCIES (Police - Fire - Ambulance)
Assistance Line & Information
1444 or 9281 0000
Bay Water Police
7899 or 0412 162 093
Bay - Weekend
9999 3554 -
(02) 8411 1121
Bay - VHF Radio channel
Radio Channel: VHF 16
27MHz Radio Channel: 86 or 88
Island Rural Fire Brigade
Fire Service General Information 9265 2999
Fire Service General information
Emergency Service, Warringah/Pittwater SES
Parks & Wildlife Service: 000, general information
of Community Services: general information
388, (ah) 131 909
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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
Please NO CASH.
Contact SIRA at email@example.com
To join the
Association, contact Michael Wiener at firstname.lastname@example.org
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found and read at https://ymlp.com/archive_gesgjgm.php or
by visiting the Mona Vale Library.
The Island website is at www.scotlandisland.org.au
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