Putt Putt Race
SI Fire Brigade Matters
Ferry Service Fares
Bay Bushfire Images
Local Contact Guide
Putt Putt Race now on Sunday 3rd Feb.
Cove from 12.00
The Towlers Bay fire which broke out on Friday 18th January this year
is a reminder of how vulnerable we are to an ember attack from a
bushfire in the National Park. Within an hour or so the wind had
changed to a strong southerly pushing the fire away from the populated
areas of the bays, and alleviating the threat of an ember attack on the
A brief history of bushfires on Scotland Island emphasises the need for
continuing vigilance in preparation and prevention. In 1939 a spotfire
from a bushfire in Ku-ring-gai chase caused by blown embers
started a fire that burned most of the island (and some of Church
Point), with only a few houses on the waterfront at that time and the
cleared grazing land the loss of property was avoided.
In 1967 a camp fire below Florence Terrace got out of control quickly
burning up the steep slopes before it was brought under control.
Many residents remember, in January 1994 when fires in the National
Park sent burning embers across the island, many houses where lost in
Lovett Bay, and when the wind changed direction Coasters Retreat
was under threat. The smoke reduced visibility on the island to a few
metres, the embers carried on the strong winds where extinguished by
the vigilant residents out in force night and day.
The threat of a bushfire
on Scotland Island is real and we must be well prepared.
Please refer to the RFS website for good information regarding
preparing your property in the event of a bushfire www.rfs.gov.au you can also
check the latest status of a local bushfire if you go to ‘current fires
and incidents’ on the same website.
are seeking new active members if you think you can make the
commitment contact any member of the brigade or the contact below, we
hold brigade training sessions on the first Sunday of the month between
9.00 and 12.00 call in at the station at 9.00 and see what we do.
The photo is of the bushfire burning above Lovett Bay in 1994
David Wardman SIRFB
Invitation to Islanders
Scotland Island Rural Fire Brigade would like to invite interested
Islanders to join us for fire brigade training on Sunday 3rd February
from 9am till noon.
There will be a free barbecue afterwards and partners and children are
welcome to attend.
See you there!
Point Ferry Service
Good news! We're are keeping the heavily discounted 13 trip (Frequent
Floating) Yellow and Green passes at the same rate as we have since
2008 (when we bought the ferry service), so that we can try to keep
prices as low as possible for our regular users.
If you are eligible for a pensioner or senior citizens concession card
then you are also eligible for an all day trip ticket of only $2.50.
See your driver for details.
Transport for NSW, in line with the recommendation from IPART
(Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal), has increased One way
and return fares effective 1st February 2013. The fare increase amounts
to 10₵ for children and concessions and 20₵ for adults.
As a result our new fare schedule, from 1st February 2013, is as
|13 Pass $59.00
($4.54 per trip)
|| Return $7.00
||13 Pass $42.00
($3.08 per trip)
|Child under 5
| Green 13 Pass $60.00
If you would like to support the ferry service and
keep fares low, please encourage your friends and neighbours to try the step
on, step off, convenience of the ferry.
Ferry Master 0408 296 997
Admin 0433 038 408
Boat Sale at Council Depot
public will have the opportunity to buy impounded and unclaimed
dinghies, kayaks and other small boats on Saturday 2 February.
The craft for sale can be viewed on the day between 8.30am and 10am at
Pittwater Council’s Depot at 1 Boondah Road Warriewood.
The sale takes place by sealed bids in even dollar amounts placed in a
specially marked box. Bids will be opened from 10.30am and the
highest offer accepted.
Payment is required on the day and can be made by cash, cheque or
credit card, with Visa and Mastercard payments attracting a 1%
Items purchased must be taken away by 12 noon on the day.
The Council’s Reserves & Recreation Manager Les Munn said the sale
was held after the Council went to considerable lengths to trace the
owners of unclaimed boats.
“If no-one claims them we retain them for a further month before
offering them for sale,” he said.
Mr Munn said that under state law, the Council could offer impounded
craft for sale if they were unclaimed.
He said residents wishing to keep a small boat or kayak near the water
had several storage options.
“For a small annual fee there are 14 storage facility locations located
throughout Avalon, Bayview, Church Point, Newport and Palm Beach.
Details of these locations can be found on our website
www.pittwater.nsw.gov.au/dinghy_storage,” added Mr Munn.
For enquiries about storage facilities or the sale contact Tanya
Carmont on 9970 1353 during business hours.
Les Munn, Pittwater Council Ph: 9970 1354
Day Award Winners Announced
The winners of the 2013
Pittwater Australia Day Awards were announced at an awards reception on
Australia Day Eve, Friday 25 January.
There were five award categories under which nominees were selected;
the Pittwater Citizen of the Year, Australia Day Award - Senior, Young
Citizen of the Year, Sportsperson of the Year and Community Event of
The awards were presented by Pittwater Mayor Jacqueline Townsend at an
awards reception at the Inch Café, Mona Vale.
Eric Martel from
Newport was selected as Citizen of the Year for his
many years of volunteering. As a member and president of the Pittwater
Apex Club, Eric coordinated several successful charity fête days. As an
active member of the Uniting Church, he helped run a monthly youth
session attracting on occasions up to 70 young people. Since joining
Rotary in the 1980s he has worked tirelessly on many projects,
including helping to set up fish farms in remote Thailand to ensure
community members could enjoy high protein meals. Working closely with
Council, Eric was the primary instigator of the construction of the
skate park at Avalon, going on to run a number of skate board
competitions as part of Avalon Market Day. Also a founding member of
Pittwater Community Arts, he has been described as someone who ‘gives
selflessly of his time and talent…and always with a smile on his face!’
Beryl Driver from
Palm Beach received the Australia Day Award in the
senior category for her tireless fund-raising for the children’s
Variety. For many years Beryl has taken part in the Variety NSW Bash
which sees her and her friends drive close to 6000 kilometres from
Sydney to Broome, WA raising money for special needs children. Next
year when she becomes an octogenarian it will be her 15th Variety Bash!
Described as the epitome of a ‘good Australian person’ she is always
prepared to go out of her way to assist others less fortunate than
Pittwater’s Young Citizen
of the Year is 11 year old Amelia Warde from
Elanora Heights. Just one of 10 youngsters from around Australia,
Amelia is an anti-littering ambassador for Keep Australia Beautiful.
Part of the ‘Leading Integrated Taskforce Tackling Litter Everywhere’
or LITTLE taskforce, she is has set herself the task of reducing litter
by 10% in Pittwater over the next five years.
This year the award for Pittwater’s Sportsperson of the Year has been
shared between two recipients. Daniel
Fitzgibbon from Mona Vale has
raced sailboats since his childhood. After a sailing accident left him
a quadriplegic, he continued with his passion winning the 2004 Disabled
Sailing World Championship and winning the Australian Sailor of the
Year with a Disability in the same year. He was also made 2004
Queensland Sailor of the Year, which he took particular pride in
winning, given he was judged above able-bodied sailors Daniel’s dream
of winning a Paralympic medal came true in Beijing with a silver medal
– yet for Daniel this was not quite enough! Paired with crewmate Liesl
Tesch in London last year and despite the tragic passing of Liesl’s
mother on day one of the games they came out on top, receiving the
first ever Australian gold medal in this event.
The other joint winner in this category is Jake Lynch from Newport’s
Surf Life Saving Club. Jake created history after winning two
individual gold medals at the 2012 World Surf Lifesaving Interclub
Championships in Adelaide. Since joining the Newport club as a nipper
at five years old, Jake has arguably become the club’s most successful
athlete in its proud 103 year old history, as well as being an
exceptional volunteer surf life saver.
The winner of this year’s
Community Event of the Year is the Rotary
Carols in the Park. Held at Village Park, Mona Vale, this free
community event always draws a large crowd. This Christmas saw over
3000 locals enjoying the music provided by 80 children from the Sacred
Heart Choir and Band, the Pittwater United Church Band and professional
singer Samantha Shaw from Avalon. Pittwater Mayor Jacqueline Townsend,
local member Rob Stokes and federal member Bronwyn Bishop joined the
community in the singing of the carols and the arrival of Santa bearing
gifts for the children.
Mayor Jacqueline Townsend extended her thanks to the individuals
involved for their contribution to the Pittwater community. “I’m
extremely proud of these great people whose involvement in our
community makes a difference to so many,” she said.
Contact: Community Relations
Phone: 9970 1172 or 9970 1114
Margaret Molloy -
Council of Women Australia Day Lunch
Molloy, one of our more luminous residents, seen at the
(pre)Australia Day lunch in the Strangers Dining Room at Parliament
The event was hosted by the National Council of Women and Margaret was
invited to be their guest speaker. Margaret was also asked to
present the yearly awards and cheques to a number of post-graduate
women students. These students were deemed to display excellence in
their fields of research and were sponsored by a number of public
companies and private individuals.
The theme for these annual lunches is usually “on being Australian” and
in her all too short allotted time Margaret was able to give us a small
insight into her long and interesting career. One comment overhead was
“50 lifetimes in one”.
The National Council of Women is a Government funded body whose aim is
primarily to promote the interests and advancement of women. As well as
representing women’s interests at State and private level they are
often consulted at Federal level
Although this reporter would like to claim the honour of the biggest
hat, first prize must go to Marg’s pretty little pink organdie
Reported by an Offshore admirer
Island Vegetation Collection
Monday, February 18
put your material out as described below, and further in attached
brochure and the Pittwater Offshore Directory – BY SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 17
material not complying with collection guidelines will be left on the
road side for residents to arrange private collection.
- A maximum
of 2 cubic metres of vegetation for each household
litter, grass clippings and prunings TO BE PLACED IN HARD SIDED
- Branches to
be no longer than 1.2m and BUNDLED AND TIED TOGETHER WITH TWINE
- No plastic,
hessian or nylon bags
cardboard, foam or polystyrene boxes
- No soil or
Download Vegetation Brochure here (pdf format)
to the Editor
I recently wrote a letter (with pictures attached) to Pittwater Council
asking them to tend to the playground's neglected state. I'm pleased to
attach the letter I received from them this afternoon stating that it
would be seen to by mid February.
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Towlers Bay Bushfire
A number of people have contributed great photos of last weeks Towlers
Head over to the Offshore Photo Gallery to see them.
Many thanks to all those that sent in photos - keep them coming !
Desk for Sale
Glass top, metal frame, dismantles, easy to move
Dimensions: 1400 X1400
0438 632 855
Desk Price $ 125.00
File Cabinet: $ 25.00
Office chair: $ 75.00
Boat - $15,000
BERTRAM 18 FT
MERCRUISER V6 INBOARD
REGO TILL SEPT 2013
MICK MORRIS - 0412 061 811
Free Bunk beds
We no longer need a set of tubular metal bunk beds and
mattresses, all in excellent condition.
They can be viewed and collected from our boathouse at Elvina Bay.
Phone: Penny 0409417311
love not war !
Birthday kisses from Cass
|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 fortnightly - Nathalie - 9999 4449
Yoga - Tuesday evenings - 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
- second Wednesday of the month - 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
weather for Sydney (128k circle)
|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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