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of Pittwater, Australia - Volume 10, Issue 415
month marks the Offshore Artistic Communities inaugural Watermarks Open
Studio. Some 40 artists will be exhibiting and discussing
works over the weekend of the 19th and 20th at 16 different locations
Island, Lovett Bay and Elvina Bay. Don't miss a dynamic group show
by local artists at historic Tarrangaua. The house, previously
by poet Dorothea Mackellar, is now home to Susan Duncan, author of
A special thanks to Gwyn for producing a great September calendar
highlighting the 2 special
days. The image in the calendar is taken from one of his works which
will be displayed during the exhibition. You
can download the
calendar as usual by clicking the image below. He has also kindly
provided an A4 sized copy of the actual image, without the
calendar, you can download that here.
Unfortunately Watermarks does collide with our
regular "Clean-Up", which falls on the Monday 21st. Watermarks
organisers ask the community wherever possible to delay
out rubbish until after 4pm on Sunday 20 September. For those who
cannot delay, please approach your pile as imaginatively and creatively
SI Firewise Update
Watermarks Open Studios
West Pittwater Rural Fire Brigade Dates
Music Club & Pittwater Community Arts Dates
Author Talk@ Mona
Bushfire Preparation and Prevention Program
Since the RFS visited every property on SI on MAY 31, a lot has been
happening and this is an update for all SI Householders.
Results of May
The summary of the visits from the RFS includes the fact that, of the
361 homes visited (about 200 householders were at home), about 20% were
an EXTREME or HIGH risk, and 28% were a MODERATE risk – the balance of
42% were a LOW risk.
Shortly, a letter will be sent by the RFS to all the properties needing
Hazard Reduction carried out, asking the Householders to carry out the
HR within 28 days. Those that don’t will be issued with a
Section 66, which will give them another 28 days to carry out the
HR. If the properties still require the HR to be carried out,
the RFS will arrange for contractors to do the necessary work and the
Householders will be charged the costs involved (refer letter from Mark
Ferguson, GM Council, sent to all Householders 22nd April 2009).
This applies to Council Reserves as well.
The Island has now been split up into 33 Precincts, each with a
Coordinator (a Householder from each Precinct), who will coordinate the
preparation of the Precinct to cope with a major fire, and act as a
link between the Precinct and the SIRFS/RFS.
Your Coordinator will be conducting a short SURVEY to start this
planning process and find out what Householders already have in terms
of Firefighting Equipment and Materials.
This information will be the basis for negotiating special, once only,
quantity prices for equipment and support materials which will be made
available to individual Householders and Precincts who wish to
purchase. (eg Householder group purchase of Fire pumps)
We have been researching and selecting appropriate equipment and
materials for bushfire fighting. These are very similar to
those used by the RFS and we’ll get their technical people to confirm
that they suit our needs.
We are negotiating the best prices we can and as soon as we have
confirmed them, we will advise the Coordinators who, in turn, can
discuss with the Householders what is most appropriate for their
The bushfire wise materials produced by the RFS (website below), also
contains a comprehensive list – most of which are common household
The RFS has prepared a four-hour bushfire awareness course.
These courses will be conducted by the RFS – starting
SEPTEMBER. It is hoped that all Coordinators and as
many Householders as possible will be able to attend. The
content will include the fundamentals of fire fighting, and include the
operation of the portable equipment within the precincts.
Dates will be advised shortly through the Coordinators. It
will not be necessary or practical for everyone to have completed this
course before the start of the fire season on 1 October.
1 is the start of the Bushfire Season
With the official start of the bushfire season fast approaching, we all
need to have a good look around our properties and take the required
action to reduce the potential hazards.
As you would be aware, the RFS has already started controlled burns.
Controlled burning is an excellent way of reducing hazards.
An application form for a Hazard Reduction certificate is available on
line at the RFS website (details below) or from the Fire
Once the fire season starts you can still burn but you also need to get
a fire permit from the Scotland Island Fire Brigade. You need
also to be aware of the increased restrictions during fire
season: These include no-burn days because of strong winds
and high temperatures; total fire bans and environmental restrictions
to limit smoke build-up within the Sydney basin.
It is also the time to make sure that your FireWise plan is in place
and understood by everyone and that your fire fighting equipment
(pumps, hoses, knapsacks, rakes, shovels, personal clothing etc) is
adequate and in good working order. If you need a ‘FireWise’
booklet, call into the Fire Station.
The map showing the break-up of the Island into Precincts can be
downloaded [here] or click the image.
Scotland Island Brigade:
- Greg Roberts: 9979 5228
- Cass Gye: 9979 5853
- Roger Corrie 9999
Tel: 9999 4404
Studios collides with Pittwater Council Clean Up!
The community is buzzing about the inaugural Watermarks Open Studios,
September 19 -20.
You might have noticed too that this new event collides with the
Pittwater Council Clean up.
Pittwater Council and Watermarks were unfortunately unable to
reschedule the auspicious events.
Organisers kindly ask the community wherever possible to delay putting
out rubbish until after 4pm on Sunday 20 September.
For those who cannot delay, please approach your pile as imaginatively
and creatively as possible.
If you need help contact a friendly neighbourhood artist or do a spot
of art history and google the work of Marcel Duchamp or check out local
artist Florence Terrace Watermarks installations at
www.watermarks.net.au for more
General enquiries call Claire 9979 4709
Preschooler Eyesight Screening
StEPS (Statewide Eyesight Preschooler Screening) program is visiting
the island. This is a free population based vision screening program
designed to identify childhood vision problems which cannot be detected
by observation or behaviour. All children who are aged between four and
five are invited to come to the Community Hall at 10am on Thursday
September 10th to access this service.
For more information go to:
This month Parents and Staff enjoyed an informative workshop in the
Community Hall presented by ECTARC (Early Childhood Training and
Resource Centre) on Protective Behaviours. This session focused on age
appropriate methods for preschoolers to keep themselves feeling safe,
which involves developing an increased awareness of their feelings,
their networks and their bodies. All participants felt it was a very
useful session and essential information for all parents.
Also this month, the children have been introduced to three beautiful
new puppets that the Kindy has acquired as part of the PALS social
skills program that we are running over the following ten weeks.
Through puppets, role play and song, the children are encouraged to
interact with constructive ways to solve problems.
Other activities that have been popular with the children this month
have included painting life size ‘shadows’ of themselves, creating
rubbings of their names with sandpaper letters and playing ‘hit the
bulls-eye’ outside with wet sponges.
West Pittwater Rural Fire Brigade -
Just a few
dates to share with everybody, with some notes. Put these in your diary.
2009 /2010 / 2011 (First Saturday of the Month):
- Saturday, 3rd. October 2009 (Long Weekend) – We
volunteers for this. Between myself, Di and Karene, we’ll be putting a
mix of hearty food on. At the moment we’re looking at an international
mix of Chicken Tajine, Beef Bourguignion and Vegetarian Curry, with
Dessert to follow. We’ll get the full details out, before the event.
Why is he planning so far ahead, you may ask? Good question. Well, as
the licensee of the bar (and remember you better all behave.....), I
have to apply for the selected dates for our limited, multi function,
liquor license, so well ahead it is.
- Saturday, 7th. November 2009 (Lovett Dinner)
- Saturday, 5th. December 2009 (Xmas Dinner)
- Saturday, 6th. February 2010
- Saturday, 6th. March 2010
- Saturday, 3rd. April 2010
- Saturday, October 2nd. 2010
- Saturday, November 6th 2010
- Saturday, December 4th 2010
- Saturday, February 5th 2011
We’re always looking for volunteers for our dinners, and if there isn’t
a name against a date, as far as I’m aware, it’s free (please update me
in the very unlikely event I am wrong), so let me know if you can cater
for one of these dinners. Also be aware, we’re always on the lookout
for helpers with general logistics, for washing and tidying up. Just
turn up on the night for those sort of things.
Training 2009 /
2010 (Third Saturday of the Month):
Kylie and I have plans to explicitly put out training scenarios against
all the dates, within the next month, so you not only know the date,
but the target training scenario, too. These will also be put on our
- Saturday, 19th. September 2009 - Tarrangaua Art
Exhibition - Community Education
- Saturday, 17th. October 2009
- Saturday, 21st. November 2009
- Saturday, 12th. December 2009 (Back one week,
otherwise too close to Christmas)
- Saturday, 16th. January 2010
- Saturday, 20th. February 2010
- Saturday, 20th. March 2010
- Saturday, 17th. April 2010
- Saturday, 15th. May 2010
- Saturday, 19th. June 2010
- Saturday, 17th. July 2010
- Saturday, 21st. August 2010
- Saturday, 18th. September 2010
- Saturday, 16th. October 2010
- Saturday, 20th. November 2010
- Saturday, 11th. December 2010
Meetings (Second Monday of the Month, at 7:30pm)
Now I know these can seem a bit ‘dry’, but just to emphasise, that if
you want to see democracy at its finest all members are welcome to turn
up. If you have anything you want brought up, please let me know. We
will be laying bare the slick, sharp and timely operations of the
Brigade, for all to see..........
- Monday, 14th. September 2009
- Monday, 12th. October 2009
- Monday, 9th. November 2009
- Monday, 14th. December 2009
- Monday, 11th. January 2010
- Monday, 8th. February 2010
- Monday, 8th. March 2010
- Monday, 12th. April 2010
- Monday, 10th. May 2010
- Monday, 14th. June 2010
- Monday, 12th. July 2010
- Monday, 9th. August 2010
All these dates are also published on the Brigade website -
http://www.westpittwater.rfsa.org.au/ - which has recently been
updated, by yours truly. Take a look and let me know what you think.
Let me know if you have any questions.
West Pittwater Rural Fire Service
Mobile: 0419 448 477
Yoga Classes Return to Island
evening yoga returning to the island!
Mino Francis is continuing her Anusara Yoga classes on the Island
Starting date: Thursday 3 September
Time: 7pm - 8:30: (try to be there a few minutes early if
Location: Scotland Island Community Hall
Cost for class: $20 per class.
Yoga mat, blankets, strap and block hire: $2 per class
If you have any questions, call Carol Floyd on 9997 2035 or 0407 066
419 or Mino Francis on 0421 762236.
You can also check out Mino's style of teaching on
You can download the recent copy of Council's Community
Noticeboard that appeared in Saturday's Manly Daily here.
It may be of some assistance to offshore residents who do not receive
the Manly Daily.
Bungan Contenders for NSW Landcare Award
One of Pittwater’s Bushcare groups, the Friends of Bungan, is one of
three statewide finalists nominated in the 2009 NSW Landcare Awards to
be announced on 10 September 2009.
The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony during the NSW
Landcare and Catchment Management Forum at Port Macquarie.
Earlier this year the group won a Hawkesbury-Nepean
Landcare–Coastcare/Estuary Community Award for their efforts in
regenerating the Bungan Beach area with native vegetation.
Pittwater Council’s Manager of Natural Environment & Education
Dalby-Ball said the Friends of Bungan had worked tirelessly over the
past 17 years to clear approximately 60% of the 7-hectare reserve of
“The group has been established for more than 30 years and are always
seeking new volunteers,” she said.
Ms Dalby-Ball said the Friends of Bungan had been well-supported by
government bodies such as the Hawkesbury-Nepean Catchment Management
Trust and Coastcare because of their high standards.
“Through their efforts Pittwater has secured sizable grant funding to
restore remnant rain forest and dune vegetation”.
The Friends of Bungan are currently helping to organise a Bungan Beach
Community Planting Day on Sunday 27 September in the dunes.
Those interested in attending the planting day, which runs from 9am to
1pm, should meet at the surf club and wear covered shoes, sunscreen and
a hat and bring a drink. Pittwater Council will provide
tools and morning tea.
The Friends of Bungan meet on the fourth Sunday of each month between
9am and 12 noon. To register interest in volunteering with
group or attending the planting day please contact the Council’s
Bushcare Officer, Ben Coddington on 9970 1367.
Media contact: Karin Nippard, Pittwater Council Ph: 9970 1363
HSC Help for
Pittwater Council is offering help to Year 12 students in the run-up to
the HSC examinations in October, including a free meditation class to
deal with exam nerves.
Library Manager Cathy Howie said the Council’s website offered a range
of online tutoring assistance under the library section and the library
was also offering free tutorials on exam preparation and essay writing.
Free tutorials in Standard English and Modern History are on at the
library during September.
The English tutorial is between 4.30pm and 6pm on Monday 7 September
and the History tutorial is on Wednesday 23 September between 4.30pm
Bookings are essential as places are limited; phone 9970 1600 or book
online at www.insidebreak.org.au
Ms Howie said the library also had an ‘Ask a Librarian’ link on its
section of the Council website to assist students. “This can be
accessed at www.pittwater.nsw.gov.au/library/homework_help”, she said.
The free meditation class is being hosted by the library on Wednesday 7
October at 11am.
Ms Howie said students participating would be taught simple relaxation
techniques with an experienced instructor. “Students will learn how to
calm themselves through meditation that they can then apply at any time
during the HSC exams,” she said.
“We recognise that this is a stressful time for students and their
families and meditation is a safe technique that can alleviate stress.”
Bookings for the free meditation class are also essential and can be
made by phoning the library on 9970 1600.
Media contact: Cathy Howie, Manager – Mona Vale
Library Ph: 9970 1600
by the Bay
Pittwater Council will be hosting their popular event for dogs and
their owners at Rowland Reserve Bayview on Sunday 27 September between 10am
The day will have a mix of fun doggy events plus talks on many
interesting subjects relevant to dog owners.
Dog owners can see expert dog trainer Steve Austin offer training
demonstrations, discuss aspects of canine behaviour and participate in
a training session.
Outdoor activities will include agility demonstrations by members of
the Manly & District and Northern Suburbs Dog Clubs.
Other fun activities will include the Canine Fancy Dress parade for the
best dressed pet, with the popular ‘Doggy Dash’ races also run on the
Another highlight of the day will be the announcement of the Pittwater
Dog of the Year photo competition at noon.
A live band performance will also feature, as well as a ‘kiddies
corner’ with a jumping castle and other fun activities and a variety of
pet-related stalls and food & drink stalls.
Brian Pickering and Kaye Browne from Pet Talk Radio will compere the
event, with plenty of great prizes on offer.
All money raised by the event will be donated to local branches of the
Animal Welfare League and the Guide Dog Association. Sponsors on the
day will include pet food company IAMS.
There are also still places available if you are interested in being a
sponsor, stall holder or a donator of a prize.
Entry and parking is free at Rowland Reserve. In the event of wet
weather the event may be postponed. For more information contact
Pittwater Council’s environmental education team on 9970 1194.
Media contact: Rennae Projceski, Pittwater Council
Ph: 9970 1194
Seniors Get Artistic
A new art class will be on offer through the Avalon Active
Seniors Group from Monday 7 September. The Art group will run
every Monday from 1pm until 3pm at the Avalon Recreation Centre.
The class is a self-directed art interest group where members can bring
along a canvas and enjoy creative art in the company of others.
Avalon Active Seniors Group Inc (AASG) is for people over 55 years of
age and provides physical, social and mental activities that benefit
older people living in Pittwater.
Pittwater Council’s Mayor, David James said groups such as Avalon
Active Seniors assisted in combating the effects of social isolation
within our community.
“Older people can participate in art, walking, dance, music
appreciation and light-hearted discussion in an open and friendly
environment.” Cr James said
Council’s Community Development Officer, Angela Boyle said the group
membership was an annual fee of $10.00 plus additional costs depending
on the activity.
“Some activities such as Soap-box, an informal discussion group costs
as little as $2.00 a session, while other outings such as day trips may
cost around $30.00.
If you are interested in joining the Art group or learning more about
other activities on offer by AASG please contact Florence Bell on 9918
Media contact: Angela Boyle Ph:
Peninsula Music & Pittwater
Community Arts Dates
next concert will be a piano recital by Phillip Shovk, who is
considered to be one of Australia's foremost concert pianists, chamber
musician, accompanist and teacher of National and International fame.
He lives locally in Seaforth and will perform a varied program of
favourite classical piano repertoire.
Starting at 8pm (doors open at 7.30pm) at Loquat Valley Prep School
1977 Pittwater Road Bayview.
Tickets $20, school students free, avaliable at the door.
invites you to its second Open Meeting for 2009 to hear guest speaker
John Webeck (of Bungan Castle) talk about "Crimes Scandals and
Corruption in Pittwater", as part of 2009 History Week celebrations.
All welcome and supper will be served.
The talk will be followed by PCA'S open meeting which everyone is
invited to stay for to hear about upcoming cultural events in Pittwater.
7pm at Avalon Recreation Centre 59a Old Barrenjoey Road Avalon.
Gold coin donation to PCA.
Enquiries Lorrie Morgan 9999-8079.
Community Arts presents "Spring into Art".
Come and work with an inspiring teacher and create a beautiful work of
art in a day. Choose from a range of media and celebrate spring by
trying something new.
"Mixed Media" Jenie Clough: "Silk Ribbon Embroidery" Elaine Dewey:
"Watercolour" Barbara McBurnie: "Relief Printmaking" Kate Wilkie:
"Mosaic Mirrors" Marian Shapiro: "Acrylics- Impressionistic Still Life"
Debbie Waters. 9.30am to 4pm, Avalon Recreation Centre 59a
Barrenjoey Road Avalon.
For further information phone Lorrie Morgan 9999-8079 or
President and Musical Director Peninsula Music Club
Committee Member Pittwater Community Arts.
28 Ross Street ,
Talk@ Mona Vale Library
Events September - November 2009
Wednesday 9 September – Jim Macken “Crimes, Scandals, Corruptions” –-
Thursday 17 September – Kelsang Dornying “Transform your Life”
commencing at 7pm
Tuesday 29 Sept – Author - Perminder Sachdev “The Yipping Tiger and
other tales from the neuropsychiatric clinic”
Thursday 8 October – Author - John Robson “Captain Cook's War and
Tuesday 17 November – Author – Susan Duncan “A Life on Pittwater” to be
published in November
Bookings essential on 9970 1600 and payment within 3 days required to
Cost $7.50, $5.50 – concession (Friends of Mona Vale Library/
Pensioner/student cards must be shown. Friends’ subscription
needs to have been paid. Light refreshments provided.
All talks will be held at Mona Vale Library, Park Street, Mona Vale at
6.30pm, WITH THE EXCEPTION OF KELSANG DORNYING ON THURS 17 SEPT AT 7PM
Teachings to Transform your Life
Vale Library will host a talk with Kelsang Dornying, resident teacher
of the Mahasiddha Buddhist Centre, Sydney on Thursday 17 September.
Dornying’s talk will be based on the best-selling book Transform Your
Life: A blissful Journey, written by meditation master Geshe
Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso is a fully accomplished
meditation master and internationally renowned teacher of Buddhism. He
introduced Buddhism to the West in 1977 and has thousands of students
Kelsang Dornying, an English monk and senior
student of Geshe Kelsang Gyasto, presents Buddhist teachings in a
clear, inspiring and practical way.
Library Manager, Cathy
Howie said that the event provides the perfect opportunity to be
introduced to Buddhist concepts and the power of meditation.
Your Life: A Blissful Journey has been described as a relevant and
practical guide to help solve our daily problems and attain pure
happiness from within.
The presentation will provide insights into
this profound book, touching on issues such as: what is the real
meaning of human life?; how to find the source of happiness; methods to
solve our daily problems; and how to accomplish our ultimate
Dornying’s talk will begin at 7.00pm at the library in Park Street,
Books will be available for purchase.
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Bookings are essential
and can be made by phoning 9970 1600.
Payment is required within 3 days
The admission fee which includes light refreshments is $7.50 or $5.50
concession (please show cards at the door).
Media contact: Catherine Buddin, Librarian Ph: 9970
Offshore Bicycle Users Group (Offshore
The Offshore Bicycle Users Group
(or Offshore Bug) enjoyed its first outing a couple of weeks ago and I
thought the turnout was fantastic. Unfortunately the other person who
turned up for the event didn’t feel the same way. By the time we made
it to the top of the Elvina Track she’d decided to form a splinter
group (The Offshore Road Bicycle Users Group) and headed off down the
road, happy to be in contact with the tar, back to Church Point.
Active riders have doubled since the previous week. We had two takers
for our ride out into the park last Saturday and at no stage was there
talk of abandoning the ride for cups of tea at the nearest cafe.
Christine and I won’t be riding locally this weekend as we’re tossing
the bikes in the truck and heading for the Southern Highlands. Don’t
let that stop you from enjoying another outing this Saturday or taking
on your first ride with the offshore BUGS. We’re all due for a ride out
to West Head.
Saturday 1:45 at the Elvina Bay Fire shed is your meeting time and
place every week.
Keep your eyes out for the Waratahs in bloom heading up the Elvina Bay
Email me if you’d like to be included on the mail list and turn up if
you’d like to go for a ride. The park flora is in full bloom at the
moment but not for long. It shouldn’t be missed.
PH: 9979 7674
MOB: 0402 112 642
FAX: 9012 0676
PO Box 319, Church Point NSW 2105 Email: pedro.c @bigpond.com
Nila (30 Robertson Road) is just completing her training as a
Professional Celebrant. For her final assessments she must conduct a
mock funeral and a wedding while they are being filmed. Can you help?
She needs a film crew and still has some vacancies for main actors. The
filming will take place on Sunday Oct 4th arriving 9.30 for a 10.00
Sandwiches, cake, tea and coffee will be provided afterwards.
All offshore residents who take key roles will be offered reduced rates
on a future Wedding, Wedding Anniversary, Funeral, Pet Funeral,
Welcoming/Naming Ceremony, Commitment Ceremony or 18th Birthday Coming
of Age ceremony.
Please ring Nila on 99992445 if you can help.
A Rare Opportunity to Secure Your Own Commuter Berth and Parking for 25
Tony West from Quays Mariner is currently offering a limited number of
transferable 25 year Sub-leases for seven metre commuter berths at The
Quays Marina, Church Point.
Of the six to be sold, there are two remaining. These will be sold on a
first come first served basis.
A single car space will be included in the reserved car park.
For details or to register your interest please contact Tony West on
9997 2800 or Claudio on 0418 460 345.
A Note to Dog
I would appreciate if the people who walk their dogs on Scotland Island
without leads would be aware of some of the impacts of this. We
repeatedly have dogs coming into our yard and chasing whatever is
around. This sometimes includes our chickens — which we let out of
their yard late on some afternoons.
Two chickens have been savaged recently by dogs - one died and the
other was found by a neighbour, with a lot of feathers missing. Other
times the dogs come down to the house and frighten my young
grandchildren who are visiting.
I know two of the dogs, a fluffy white one and a black one, and I have
heard the owners calling them - so they are aware of what is happening.
They know we have chickens as the shed and yard are quite visible from
Please show some consideration for others when walking your dogs as it
would be a shame if this matter had to be taken further.
Waterfront house between Bell and Cargo Wharves
If you have something for sale that
you think locals would like - let us know and we will put a
SINGLE line entry in the PON at the beginning of each month...
The Local Guide
Emergency Contact Numbers:
|ALL EMERGENCIES (Police - Fire - Ambulance)
Assistance Line & Information
1444 or 9281 0000
Bay Water Police
7899 or 0412 162 093
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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