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Scotland Island - Western Shores - Mackeral Beach
November 1, 2013
Newsletter for Offshore Residents of Pittwater, Australia - Volume 14, Issue 731

  • Gwyn's Illustration
  • SIRA Notices
  • SIRA News
  • Melbourne Cup Day @ Fireshed
  • Bruce Helaey Rememberance Photos
  • Kindy News
  • Scotland Island Discussion Forum
  • Author Talks
  • Watermelon Cupcake Book
  • Keeping Company with the Collection Invitation
  • Local Council Notices
  • Bushcare Weekend Report
  • Beach Near Halls Wharf
  • Pittwater Offshore Services - New Management
  • Baby Yoga Classes
  • Chronology Arts presents Bodhasara
  • Island Massage
  • For Sale
  • Deck Sale
  • Tickets for Sale
  • House for Rent
  • Rental Wanted
  • Lost
  • Found
  • Wanted
  • Free
  • 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



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    Wednesday, November 6, 6.30 - 8.30pm
    Pittwater RSL Club Auditorium

    The period of time for comments will be extended to November 10 and can be emailed to churchpoint@pittwater.nsw.gov.au.

    SIRA and WPCA have organised a bus to take residents to and from Church Point to avoid having to move their cars!  The bus will leave Church Point at 6pm sharp!

    IMPORTANT: Please email to register your interest in travelling on the bus so we can confirm numbers communications@sira.org.au

    Late update from Council
    Please be advised that the web pages for Church Point Parking Options has been updated.

    The web site is now divided into 4 pages:
    • Have Your Say
    • Your Questions Answered
    • Documents and Maps
    • The Option Proposals
    If you want to go directly to the latest reports please see "Document and Maps" page:

    This page includes:
    • Final Report - Car Park Options Evaluation Report - Hyder Consulting P/L
    • Car Park Options Addendum 1 (analysis of latest Church Point Friends layout - Option 3) - Hyder Consulting P/L
    Please go to
    Jane Mulroney
    Community Engagement Principal Officer
    Ph:  9970 1108
    Mobile:  0417 499 557

    Tribute to Ian Souter

    The SIRA Committee have sadly lost a valued colleague and friend who, for many years, made valuable contributions to several important local projects, particularly in relation to Church Point.

    Discussions were robust as he imparted his valuable knowledge clearly and concisely at many a meeting. His enthusiasm and eye for detail was second to none.

    Ian was involved from the very beginning with Church Point and spent hours of his voluntary time working on acceptable design solutions with Pittwater Council for the community benefit. His extensive knowledge and expertise as a top marine surveyor enabled him to provide important input and detail required for the Church Point Plan of Management, particularly in relation to the foreshore and the Commuter Wharf.

    Ian contributed large amounts of his professional expertise pro bono, he attended the countless early Church Point Liaison Committee meetings which were disbanded and resumed as the Church Point Design Group. He earned significant respect from Council staff, as witnessed by the attendance at his funeral of several Council Senior staff, where he was farewelled by over 400 of his family, friends, colleagues and community members.

    He fought to retain the public space around the Pasadena for all the community and beyond to enjoy one of the most historic and beautiful sites from which to view the marvellous Pittwater.

    As people may have already read, he was recognised by the Institute of Surveyors in the NSW Excellence in Surveying Awards 2013 for his achievements, as a finalist in the category “People and Community” for his work on the Church Point Development.

    We will remember Ian as we go to and fro Church Point each day and his legacy will live on, as future generations enjoy a stroll along the foreshore of Pittwater.

    The “General”, good friend, will be greatly missed.

    Bill and Cass Gye

    'The General'

    Souter the Sailor
    Surveyed several seas

    Souter the Surveyor
    Triangulated Trees

    Souter the Tutor
    With kids rode the breeze

    Souter the Campaigner
    Applied his expertise
    (But didn’t always please)

    With humour tall
    And temper short
    Mateships dear
    And Battles fought

    His flashing eyes
    His golden hair
    His laugh out loud
    His skill and care

    From that rock
    We’ll take a mark
    A reference point
    For our life’s arc

    Bill Gye
    Oct 2013


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    Scotland Island has a rich history of communicating with ‘inhabitants’ (of the human kind). Leicester Warburton, who edited the fabled Scotland Island news (SINEWS) for 28 years until 1995, has graciously provided the article included here that describes the evolution of the newsletter and gives us a glimpse of life on the island at the time. With appreciation and affection, we thank Leicester for putting this history together for us.

    Today SIRA has a number of communications approaches including: regular news and items of interest in the PON; the SIRA website (www.scotlandisland.org.au) which is a repository of information about the island; the Pittwater Offshore Directory (POD); Community Forums and surveys on key issues; notices on important events around the island at places such as public wharves, ferries and Church Point and when appropriate, notices via email to residents and property owners.

    As in the past, this work takes a great deal of time, and thanks go to Paul Purvis who produced the first edition of the PON and Julian Muir who took over the reins for his long and faithful editorship, Carol Floyd and Dan Humphries for design and stewardship of the website, the SIRA Committee members who organise forums and surveys and Cass Gye for maintaining the email list. For the POD, the many people involved in its production including Deryn Vokins,  Shar Jones,  Jane Wood , Paul and Joy Purvis, and Cass Gye, who was inspired to create and produce the very first edition in 2000. And, finally, Jon Maxim for leadership of the 2013 SIRA Communications Sub-Committee.

    The Story of ‘SINEWS’

    When Scotland Island had its very own newspaper

    Most recent arrivals on the gem of Pittwater are unaware that a record of life on the island over 60 years ago is archived in the Mona Vale Library Local Studies Unit for residents to read at their leisure.

    It was back in 1955 when the first two-page issue of the “Scotland Island Progress Association Newsletter” was born, printed on an ancient Gestetner and with a print run of about 50 copies.  Not many were needed in those days. Residents were mainly week-enders on waterfronts with only a couple of houses owned by courageous climbers higher up in the thick foliage.

    Those early copies are faded now and so is my memory of the name of the first editor who later fled to Gosford.  I think it was Geoff Steen.  But the second was Ian “Bunks” Carmichael, a senior executive at the ABC, who lived to survive a giant gum tree, blasted by a fierce nighttime storm, topple over his house and come down, cutting the house in two while they slept.  His term as editor lasted for two years, rallying residents to an occasional meeting in the fireshed which stood, in those days, just near the end of the Tennis Wharf walkway.

    One day “Bunks” announced that he was being sent to London by the ABC to head the office there.  Some sort of fall guy or eager beaver was required to take over the island editor’s mantle.  It seems I was to be the bunny.  It lasted for 28 years.  It was during this time that “Scotland Island News” was more conveniently condensed into “S.I. News” and so it was referred to ever after.  Interestingly the subheading of “the journal of the Progress Association” was later replaced by “the journal of the Residents Association” when it was decided the residents felt the sylvan peace of the island could be marred by the suburbanisation of progress per se.

    I had trained as a journalist but was working in advertising at the time so I did have some useful background experience to contribute.  I was also able to utilise some of my secretary’s free time to cut the necessary stencils for our printing.  As time went on I was able to utilise the services of one of the artists at the agency to design a far more professional and punchy masthead for the title page.  Later, I inveigled Gwyn Perkins to contribute his skilled illustrations of topical island activities laced with his wonderful sense of humour.  This he continues to this day in the paper’s outstandingly modern successor, “Pittwater Offshore News” at the beginning of each month.

    I set myself a whimsical task one day about halfway through my editorship with a sub-sub headed alliterative line like “the quixotically quidnuncial quarterly of the Scotland Island Residents’ Association” or “the roguishly riparian report.”  I found my readers were wondering amusedly what bizarre piece of alliteration was coming in the next issue!

    Right from the start I was determined to make the occasional publication as folksy and personal as possible as well as an Association news-sheet.  I felt it would help to build a sense of community and personalise the place when one side of the island did not see or know much about the other side.  New babies, new arrivals, new services, all the special information to make the escape from suburbia entertaining without being intrusive.  Later I began a series of interviews uncovering the wide-ranging experience and careers of residents under the heading of “The people we know”.  When it was felt necessary we included editorials urging action or improvement.  Problems at Church Point were a continuous news source.  They still are.

    The introduction of advertising had to come.  So much began to happen as the population grew and the need to know kept growing.  Eventually the print run passed 300.  Issues now ran to eight pages.  Collation was quite a job for my helpful family.

    For many years I had handled the distribution alone most of the time with occasional help from my wife.  Every issue was delivered into the hand or, at least, to the door.  On one very warm day at the end of my run I debated whether I would climb a steep track to the last house or not.  Finally, when I staggered around the back there on the mat was a copy delivered by my wife from the top of the island!  On hot days this could also be a serious hazard as generous and sociable islanders would offer a cooling but usually alcoholic drink.  After several collisions with trees as a result, I was compelled to decline after that.
    There were other hazards.  I was bitten by dogs eight times, on one occasion twice by the same dog.  First it bit my calf at the front door of the house.  Then, when I found its owner at the back,, it ran through the house and bit me again.

    Then came the remarkable improvement with offset printing and fist use of computers.  The convenience of instant correction to “typos” made all the messing about with obliterations unnecessary.  Once, while the dear old ferry, the Curlew, waited, a major change was effected right on printing deadline.

    It was March, 1995, that the last issue of “SINEWS” appeared, celebrating 40 years of publication, sharing the anniversary with the Bush Fire Brigade for the same length of service.

    The sterling character Paul Purvis, an expert on computers and now of Elvina Bay, felt it was timely to embrace the internet and gather information for all residents of West Pittwater with the introduction of a more contemporary news service with “Pittwater Offshore News.”   It was immediate.  It was fast.  And it was sooo easy to deliver.  He even recruited me to write a monthly historic piece with the quaint title of “History Corner” which ran for two years.

    Subsequently he handed over editorship to Julian Muir who has continued to do a remarkable and dedicated job.  I am sure he would agree that it can be hard work but it leaves you with a good feeling.

    Leicester Warburton

    From SINEWS October 7, 1978:

    We watched the beaut big Burn Off
    We saw the tongues of flame
    Engulf the crackling grasses
    To make the firebug tame,
    And then when menace ended
    With the strain that it imposes
    The firemen raised their tinnies
    Then aimed their little hoses ……….


    Melbourne Cup at Scotland Island Fireshed
    Tuesday November 5 from 2pm



    Bruce Healey Rememberance Day

    More photos of Bruce Healey farewell and celebration of his life can be seen at the Offshore Gallery HERE


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    Qualified Early Childhood Teachers Required

    Our beautiful Community Based Island Kindy is seeking motivated and professional Early Childhood Teachers to work on a casual basis. We are a small, nurturing 20 place centre catering for 2-5 year olds. We’re passionate about play based learning and the promotion of the Early Learning Framework.

    If this interests you please submit your resume to director.siocs@comcen.com.au
    call 9979 7856 to find out more.

    Kindy Sausage Sizzle Fundraiser

    The kindy is having a sausage sizzle next Friday at the point and we'd love to get as much support as possible.


    The Scotland Island Discussion Forum is now easier to access!
    Some users have had issues with the access protocols being too cumbersome, so we have made changes to the way the forum can be accessed. You no longer need to register as a user to read discussions and post your opinions. However, if you want to (continue to) receive email updates from the forum, then you can still be a registered user.
    Moderators will continue to ensure that entries in the forum remain respectful of others and relevant to the subject matter.
    The forum can be accessed via: http://scotlandisland.freeforums.net



    First Victory 1914
    By Mike Carlton

    For four months at the start of World War 1, the SMS Emden a German raider’s reputation for destruction, was spectacular. That is, until the HMAS Sydney took it on and destroyed it off the Cocos Islands in the Indian Ocean. This victory marked the newly born Royal Australian Navy’s first single ship action at sea.

    Local Mike Carlton is one of Australia’s bestknown broadcasters and journalists. In a 40-year career, he has been a radio and television news and current affairs reporter, foreign
    correspondent, radio host and newspaper columnist.

    Mike’s first book on naval history, Cruiser was published in 2010.3.

    Date: Wednesday 4 December 2013
    Time: 6.30pm
    Venue: Mona Vale Library
    1 Park Street, Mona Vale
    Cost: $8 Adults
    $6 Concession - Pensioner and Students
    (passes must be shown)
    Phone: 9970 1600
    Bookings essential!

    Shame and the Captivescover
    by Tom Keneally

    A novel which covers the historical events of the Cowra Breakout in 1943 and looks at the imprisonment of POWs from both the prisoners and the local communities’ point of view. A love story is also woven into the action.

    Tom Keneally is an Australian novelist, playwright and author of non-fiction who has written over 40 works. He is best known
    for writing Schindler’s Ark, the Booker Prize winning novel of 1982.

    He has been writing full time since 1964 and was awardedcthe Order of Australia for his services to Australian Literature in 1963.

    Date: Wednesday 6 November, 2013
    Time: 6.30pm
    Venue: Mona Vale Library
    1 Park Street, Mona Vale
    Cost: $8/$6 concession for Pensioners & Students
    (passes must be shown)
    Bookings essential
    Payments within 3 days of booking
    Phone: 9970 1600


    Kindy Kitchen
    The Watermelon Cupcake


    I am a local preschool teacher and for the past year, I have been working with local children’s book illustrator, Nettie Lodge from Scotland Island, on a book series that aims to change children’s perceptions about fruit and veg.

    I will be launching this exciting book series on Friday and I thought the offshore community might like to know about this, since it was their children who were used in the book!

    The Kindy Kitchen series uses rhymes and recipes to spark a child's imagination and create a positive association with healthy eating.

    From Friday the 1st November parents can purchase the first book, entitled The Watermelon Cupcake, as a PDF or hard copy to enjoy with their kids at home.

    There will be a total of 10 books released over a period of 5 months, each featuring different fruit and vegetable characters.

    Just visit www.kindykitchen.com for all the details!

    Jessiica Rosman


    Keeping Company with the Collection

    You're invited to attend the opening of Keeping Company with the Collection, an exhibition referencing selected works from the collection of the Manly Art Gallery & Museum on Friday, 8th November from 6-8pm.

    See new work by 50 established and emerging artists of the Northern Beaches including locals Sophie Haythornthwaite and Eunice McAllister, and perhaps pick up a small canvas from the 100 on offer through the opening night silent auction.

    If you can't make the opening, the exhibition runs for 3 weeks until 1st December, culminating in a high tea on the closing date from 3-4:30pm".



    Local Council Notices
    Free Builders' Information Night

    Pittwater Council will host a free information night for builders and tradespeople on Wednesday 27 November in Newport.

    Acting Compliance Manager Darren Greenow said the workshop can earn tradespeople a valuable three CPD points.

    “The information night will help builders and tradespeople understand more clearly the requirements on managing building sites correctly and meeting environmental regulations,” said Mr Greenow.

    Topics on the night will cover:
    • Development matters – approval & certification process, energy efficiency
    • Avoiding penalties and infringements
    • State Environmental Planning Policy (exempt and complying development codes)
    • Secondary dwellings as complying development
    • Swimming pool fencing and regulations
    • Sedimentation controls.

    The event includes a free BBQ and light refreshments, served from 5.30pm. Bookings are essential on 9970 1194 or email eceducation_team@pittwater.nsw.gov.au

    The free workshop is on Wednesday 27 November at Newport Community Centre between 6- 9pm. The centre is located at The Boulevard, Newport.

    Media contact: Sasha Lucius, Pittwater Council Ph: 9970 1151

    Masterchef Loves Food and Hates Waste

    To celebrate National Recycling Week, 2011 Masterchef contestant Jay Huxley will be cooking up a storm at the Beaches Market at Warriewood on Friday 15 November.

    Jay will be highlighting how you can use all of those leftovers that you find in your fridge by turning them into tempting meals.

    Pittwater Council’s Education Officer Emma Mackay said food waste is a huge problem with an estimated 800,000 tonnes of food thrown away by NSW households each year – that is 315 kilograms of food waste for each household going to landfill or 38 per cent of your kerbside garbage bin!

    “Not only is this a huge waste of money but also a waste of the resources used to make and grow the food,” said Ms Mackay.

    “Jay Huxley is a big supporter of the Love Food Hate Waste program and is passionate about showing people that with careful menu planning, shopping to a list and storing food correctly, people can cut down on their waste and save money,” added Ms Mackay.

    Love Food Hate Waste’s top five tips are:
    • Plan your weekly meals to save time and money
    • Write a shopping list and check the fridge and cupboard before you go
    • Measure serving sizes
    • Store your food correctly - airtight containers help keep food fresher for longer
    • Use your leftovers for an easy weeknight meal or work lunch.
    From car salesman to Masterchef Australia contestant in 2011, Jay Huxley is now a chef running his own restaurant known as HUX Dining located in Roseville.

    Jay has always had a love for food and since the show Jay has pursued a career in food, including public cooking demonstrations, private dinner parties along with setting up his restaurant.

    Jay will be at the Beaches Market on Friday 15 November from 8am to 1pm and will be available during that time to answer any questions you may have.

    The Beaches Market is located at Pittwater Rugby Park, 1472 Pittwater Road, Warriewood.
    For more information about the Love Food Hate Waste program, call 9970 1226 or visit www.lovefoodhatewaste.nsw.gov.au

    Media contact:         Emma Mackay, Pittwater Council 9970 1226

    Surfing Legend Shares long-awaited Autobiography

    Mona Vale Library will present an author talk with Australian surfing legend Tom Carroll on Monday 4 November at 6.30pm.
    TC is Tom Carroll’s long-awaited autobiography, co-written with his brother Nick, and explores the man who on the surface was a dreamer, cheeky grommet, brilliant surfer, Australian sporting hero, fitness fanatic, businessman, family man and big wave charger.

    Carroll speaks frankly about his drug addiction, a partial legacy of the footloose surf culture he'd done so much to legitimise.

    Tom's family and friends struggled with him, kept his secrets, and looked on in anger and fear as his addiction began to grind him down. Then a window opened – but getting through it made charging the Pipeline look like a piece of cake!

    This is the story of an unlikely moral education of humility, family, damage, brotherhood, youth, stupidity, glory, single-mindedness and surrender, and about the feeling of water moving under a surfboard, how it can bind past to present and make sense of lives.

    Tom Carroll grew up in Newport and is a former professional surfer. He won the Australian Junior Title in 1978, the Pro Juniors in 1977 and 1980, the 1983 and 1984 ASP World Tour, and the 1987 Pipe Masters.

    Tom became the first surfing millionaire after signing a contract with Quiksilver in 1989.

    Bookings are essential; to book phone 9970 1600. Following the talk there will be book signings and light refreshments. Admission is $8 adult, $6 concession, free admission for students.

    Mona Vale Library is located at 1 Park Street, Mona Vale. 
    Media contact:     Catherine Buddin, Mona Vale Library Ph: 9970 1600

    Dog Behaviour Workshop
    Pittwater’s dog owners are invited to a free workshop on training and behavioural issues.

    With barking one of the top five noise complaints in the local area, environmental education officer Emma MacKay said the free workshop would be invaluable to owners whose dogs needed a helping hand with their behaviour or some training tips.

    Ms Mackay said that residents should be able to identify whether their dog has behavioural issues if they are barking, digging, chewing, escaping or just generally being destructive or aggressive.

    “Animal behavioural expert Dr Joanne Righetti who’ll be presenting the talk has lots of advice on how to create a better behaved dog,” she said.

    Topics on the night will include behavioural problems such as barking, aggression and separation anxiety, along with advice on socially responsible pet ownership and the importance of training.

    “The session also offers participants the chance to provide questions in advance of the workshop about their specific concerns,” said Ms Mackay.

    “Dr Righetti will then be able to respond to those issues on the night,” she said.

    Dr Joanne Righetti is an animal behaviourist with a BSc (Hons) in Zoology (University of Glasgow) and a PhD UNSW (Australia), she is also a qualified counsellor. Joanne is anHonorary Associate of the Faculty of Veterinary Sciences, University of Sydney and a previous Director and Vice President of the NSW Animal Welfare League.

    For the past 12 years Dr Righetti has been operating ‘Pet Problems Solved’, which is based in Sydney. She consults to pet owners and animal professionals such as vets, council rangers and shelter workers. She also regularly appears in the media discussing pet issues and the human animal relationship.

    The free workshop is on Wednesday 13 November at Newport Community Centre between 6.30pm and 8.30pm. The centre is located at The Boulevarde Newport.

    Places are limited so please phone 9970 1194 to book your place.

    Please note also that the workshop is for dog-owners only and not pets.

    Media contact: Emma MacKay, Pittwater Council Ph: 9970 1226


    Bushcare Weekend 2013 - Reportimage 1

    Except for Mr Fruit-platter-on-his-head, another bunch of well balanced volunteers who attended our 2nd
    Weekend for 2013 at the Piitwater YHA. This is now the sixth year we have focussed on removal of Asparagus Fern from the slopes of Morning Bay and what a joy to see the cumulative result.

    Thank you all and watch out for the  dates for next year’s Bushcare weekends to be held at the Hostel.

    And a special vote of thanks to the agencies that support the weekend event represented by: Robyn Hughes of Pittwater Natural Heritage Association; Helena Dewis, Pittwater Council; Sue Guthrie, NP&WS; Caroline Adams, Morning Bay Bushcare Group and Julie Bennett, also PNHA.
    Image 2

    The volunteer weekend is made possible through a grant received from the Hawkesbury Nepaean Catchment
    Authority with funding from the Australain Government’s Caring For community Programme.

    For more information call Sarah or Michael on  9999 5748 or email pittwater@yha.com.au


    Beach Near Halls Wharf

    Some time ago the WPCA sought to clarify the status of the small area of beach adjacent to Halls Wharf. Pittwater Council earlier this year sent the following letter:


    Unfortunately, since the erection of these signs there have now been incidents of vandalism, with Council replacing them.

    We do not like to see resources wasted in this way and ask that community members be alert to any signs of vandalism or suspicious behaviour and report these to Broken Bay Police who have also been alerted to the disappearance of the signs.

    You can use this, or enclose the full letter if you like, which is attached

    Many thanks
    David Orr
    Secretary WPCA


    Pittwater Offshore Services
    Under New Management

    Tim Byrne and Cheryl Wagner
    0416 003 205





    Chronology Arts presents Bodhasara
    Reginald Theatre, Seymour Centre
    Friday 1 & Saturday 2 November 7:30pm (70 mins)

    This will be a memorable event - the first of its kind, certainly in Sydney and possibly world-wide - a fusion between a philosophic text and 'new' music.

    The young composers and musicians are some of the best in Australia. More information at http://www.chronologyarts.net/.

    The Sanskrit text was translated by Jenni & Grahame Cover

    Tickets are available at http://www.seymourcentre.com/

    Saturday night tickets available at the door. Performance 7.30-8.40 …not a late night.
    Hope some of you will come and support these young composers and musicians exploring contemporary culture. No prior knowledge needed about music or philosophy. Grahame & I are most impressed by the music.
    More information jennifer.cover@bodhasara.com




    For Sale
    Polycraft 4.1m centre console $8,900
    Bought new in 2004
    • Anti-fouled regularly since launch
    • Set up for easy commuting:
    • Electric start
    • Hydraulic tilt
    • 2 Yamaha 25 litre fuel tanks
    • Nav lights
    • Automatic bilge pump
    • Anchor, chain & rope
    • Fire extinguisher - 2 life jackets
    • Comes with free Yamaha 40hp 2 stroke outboard which has been regularly serviced and reliable, but is now 10 years old
    • Registered to November 2013
    Phone: David on 0419 296 321 or 9979 6390


    Deck Sale
    We are holding a small sale on Sunday 10 November between 10:00am and midday.

    There will be children’s books and games for sale, as well as some children’s clothes and a small amount of other bric-a-brac. The books and toys are in good order and include puzzles, k’nex, large meccano and animal models.
    To encourage people to make the journey right to the top of the island, there will be coffee and cake available as well, for a small donation to charity.  Even if you don’t want any toys, come along for coffee!!
    (BTW We do have a modern coffee machine and can make ‘frothy milk’.)
    Address and some landmarks you might know:
    • 102 Thompson St : this is the part of Thompson St that has not been built, so we are on the fire trail, at the top of the island.
    • From the Fire Station, walk up the fire trail right to the top of the island, and follow it downhill.  When it turns the corner, take the right turn downhill .  We are on the left.
    • From Catherine Park, you can climb the long stairs by the hall, cross the road, head up the trail, round the switch-back, and then keep along that path between two big boulders, until you get to the stone steps to the cliff path (once known as the ‘glittering log’ stairs) – we are the first house (blue) on the cliff path
    • Out walking, you might have seen the Doghouse – with the ‘on-air’ light above the door
    • The lovely ‘botanical’ garden (with the huge aloe plants and the lovely trees with massive ‘trumpet’ flowers) is next door to us – keep going past this garden, you will come to the glittering log stairs.
    Front and back of the house will have balloons out, to help you find us.

    If you are really lost, call 0404 867 768, and we can see if we can talk you in.
    David and Petra


    Concert Tickets for Sale

    Anyone want 2 tickets for Leonard Cohen Sat Nov. 16th at Ent. Cent.
    $295 the pair.
    Ph. Brad 0410594592


    House to Rent

    Morning Bay, northerly aspect

    Water frontage, 2 bedrooms, separate studio/office.
    Preferred rental as long term.
    Price from $460 pw depending on furnished or not.
    However, would consider short term summer holiday rental.

    Contact: Michael Doherty 0414 983 488


    Rental Wanted
    Holiday Rental or House sit
    Are you going on Holidays and need some to Housesit or Rent your property.
    Dates - Monday-30th Dec, 2013 to Monday 6th Jan, 2014
    We have family coming to the island  ( 2 adults only) who would like a place to rent

    Please call, text or email Nicole - 0403 229 677


    My silver and black bike with a child's seat on the front bar and a basket on the back went missing from the road up from the Kindy last week.
    Please if u have seen it, contact me because the 20 minute daily walk to Kindy is beyond painful.
    Cath 0424745208



    Small dinghy with two wooden oars (see attached photos) found washed up under wharf between Carol's and Bill's Beach last weekend during winds.

    If it's yours, or you know who's it is, please either contact me, or collect from grass outside Morris home.
    (19 Richard Rd)

    Trinity (0425 359 514)


    Babysitter needed two afternoons a week starting in December for ten and a half month old.
    Phone Clea 0420 372 532

    Share City Trip next Year
    I will be driving to the city three mornings a week next year and would love to take a couple of passengers to take advantage of the express lane and reduce my carbon footprint guilt in return for toll money or a boat ride from the island to Church Point.
    Please call Clea 0420 372 532


    Free lounge suite

    2 sofas and 2 chairs.
    Old but very solid and comfortable.
    Worth upholstering.
    Collect from Elvina Bay South waterfront.

    Phone Nicola 99991263.

    Sliding Doors
    2 sets of Glass / Aluminium sliding doors:  3.6m wide x 2.1 high (standard height)

    Reasonable condition – being replaced with new doors.
    13 Florence Terrace.
    Please call Penny  0413 313 747


    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

    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/
    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 - Paul Burchall - 0414 975 793
    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

    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  - Saturdays from 9am - 10.30am 0402 752465 nadineomara@gmail.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
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