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Scotland Island - Western Shores - Mackeral Beach
January 1, 2012
Newsletter for Offshore Residents of Pittwater, Australia - Volume 13, Issue 645

Welcome to 2012..

Didn't 2011 go by quickly! Like most of you, I feel the years seem to go by quicker and quicker. 2011 flew by so fast and seemed to be busier than ever, well at least for the PON it was. We reached a new height in notices published over this last 12 months.. 99 separate PON issues were sent out - this means an average of 2 notices published each week!!! (something tells me we wont be doing more than this !)  It seems the PON with its near 800 registered readers is being used more and more as a vehicle for getting messages out and about as well as general commentary on issues. Letters to the editor have increased notable over this last year, which I am very pleased about. I really encourage you all to view this as a way of expressing yourselves and getting views aired in our community.

Thank you all for your contributions throughout the year.  I do hope you all have a very happy 2012.


  • Gwyn's Calendar
  • Ferry Service Fare Schedule
  • Online Calendar
  • Letters to the Editor
  • Gone Fishing Gallery Jan. Newsletter
  • Give Away
  • The Local Contact Guide
  • Join SIRA
  • Archived Newsletters
  • Your subscription Information

  • Gwyn's January 2012 Calendar 

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

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

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



    Sunday, January 22, 2012
    Community Hall, Catherine Park
    9:30 a.m. Registration & Refreshments 10:00 a.m. Start




    Church Point Plan Of Management
    • Update on Commuter Wharf Stage 1
    • Mark Eriksson from Pittwater Council will report on Commuter Wharf progress and fees
    • Proposed additional parking next to hillside opposite Commuter Wharf and option of decked carpark
    Please note: Resident questions are requested in advance of the meeting to SIRA, PO Box 70, CP or sirapittwater@gmail.com


    Strategic Planning; Roads & Drainage; Parks & Reserves; Bush Regeneration; Community Hall; Community Vehicle; Water & Wastewater; Emergency Water; Recycling & Waste; Island Vision; Wharves & Marine Issues; Website; SIOCS



    **COMMITTEE MEMBERS for 2012-2013 will be elected.   New members are very welcome. To be eligible for election individuals must be financial members of SIRA and be present at the meeting or give written consent for nomination prior to the meeting.  Written consent may be posted or emailed to SIRA or given to a meeting attendee.

    Positions are:
    Vice Presidents (2)
    Ordinary Committee Members (max. 9)


    Church Point Ferry Service Notice
    FARE SCHEDULE 2012 logo

    The Ministry of Transport, in line with the recommendation from IPART (Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal), has increased fares by 4% that is 15₵ for children and concessions and by 30₵ for adults.

    As a result our new fare schedule, from 1st January 2011, is as follows:

    • Adult    Single $7.20    Return $13.50    13 Pass $59.00 ($4.54 per trip)
    • Concession/Child    Single $3.60    Return $6.90    13 Pass $42.00 ($3.08 per trip)
    • Child under 5    Free
    • PET    $2.50
    • Green 13 Pass $60.00 (Offset your carbon footprint)
    The Full notice is available to download HERE.


    Online Calendar - Add your function

    Just a reminder of the Scotland Island online calendar for readers of this newsletter. This facility allows you to enter details of any upcoming function that might be of interest to the offshore community. For example you might be having a BBQ to raise funds for the kindie. To let everyone know that you have "reserved" a particular day(s) simply find the date on the calendar and enter the detail. Then click submit at the bottom of the page. You can colour your entry, make an entry span over a number of days and much more.

    You will need a username and password. The username is 'island' (without the quotes) and the password is 'island' (without the quotes.) Clearly you should only add items that are of interest to all of our community. Please remember these username and password for the future!

    To add information about your function and to check what is happening in the offshore community, visit http://aus.calendars.net/sira or just click the link from the Scotland Island home page at www.scotlandisland.org.au


    Letters to the Editor
    Curlew at the Carols Evening
    May I say thank you to Penny and Simon for putting on Curlew for the carols on Pittwater last Thursday evening.    Just so kind, particularly at such a busy time of year.     We are an incredibly lucky community to have those two running our precious ferry service, it couldn't be in better hands.    The Crofts wish you all a happy trouble free New Year.                                    

    Gill Croft, Little Lovett Bay
    PS And another thank you to Paul for volunteering to drive her.

    Carols on Pittwater
    I was at the Waterfront Restaurant last night and thoroughly enjoyed the Christmas Carols again.  They all need to be congratulated.  I spoke with a few members after the show, and they advised me to contact you.
    Many of us took a lot of photos, but I also took a panoramic photo of the group and thought you may wish to have a copy; this is now attached.
    Floating Choir

    Kind regards, and best wishes for a Merry Christmas.
    Sandra May


    Gone Fishing Gallery January Newsletter
    One Year On: Gone Fishing Gallery Anniversary
    December marked the Gone Fishing Gallery’s 1st anniversary. A 100% artist run initiative, this has been a year of breaking new ground locally, and in the wider art community.

    As well as creating a beautiful space to browse and buy art, the gallery has been a hub for book launches, exhibitions and events now marked in Pittwater history. Who will forget dancing to music on the veranda, the art auction for Queensland flood victims, or the GFG’s farewell to the Curlew.

    Typically, the Gone Fishing Gallery celebrated its birthday with a community event. On the 10th & 11th of December the gallery veranda hosted an art sale and market fair, inviting artists, artisans and foodies of the area to sell their wares. 

    Our thanks to the Romeos…

    Paul Smith, Gone Fishing Gallery Director, and all the GFG artists would like to send a special thank you to the Romeos for the ongoing use of the Pasadena. Thank you Jo and Mary, and a very happy 2012.

    Download the gallery newsletter HERE or click the image above


    Give away
    2 single beds free to good home.
    We have 2 single beds to give away: white enamel painted curved steel ends and metal side rails, slatted timber bases and mattresses all in excellent condition, lightweight and dismantled for easy water transport. No longer needed as replaced by double bunks. Morning Bay.
    Call Danny Challis on 0410 698 639


    The Local Guide
    Community Information

    What's On in Pittwater - Self Editing Event Calendar 
    click to go to the Calendar
    Scotland Island Community Vehicle - 0404 103 700 Number, Usage & Charges
    Scotland Island Rural Fire Brigade - 9999 4404 http://www.sirfb.org.au
    West Pittwater Rural Fire Brigade - 9997-3795 www.westpittwater.rfsa.org.au
    Offshore Photo Gallery http://picasaweb.google.com/offshoregallery/
    Scotland Island Residents Association (SIRA) Membership Application - click here to download
    West Pittwater Community Association (WPCA) - http://www.wpca.org.au
    Scotland Island Water
    SI Emergency Water Contacts and Guidelines for water: click here for information and contacts
    Scotland Island 'Water Agreement' - click here to download
    Scotland Island Children's Centre - (SIOCS - Scotland Island & Offshore Childrens Services)
    Catherine Park (Long Day Care Service)  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
    Pittwater Community Arts Inc.  - Enquiries Lorrie Morgan 9997 8079  lorriemay@bigpond.com
    Woody Point Yacht Club -  http://www.wpyc.com.au   commodore@wpyc.com.au
    Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club - 02 9997 1022  http://www.rpayc.com.au/  
    Royal Motor Yacht Club - http://www.royalmotor.com.au/ 02 9997 5511
    Scotland Island Lodge - Bed & Breakfast - 02 9979 3301 or  http://www.scotlandislandlodge.com.au 
    Elvina Escape - B & B at Elvina Bay - Alison Newham 0423 598 760
    Treetops on Towlers Bay - 02 9332 2611  info@walkabouttours.com.au
    Pittwater Youth Hostel  - 02 9999 5748  www.yha.com.au/hostels/details.cfm?hostelid=31  
    Nila Chambers - Celebrant (marriages, funerals etc)  Discount for all offshore residents. 9999 2445
    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

    Island Classes (Fitness, Dance, Art etc)
    Pilates, Meditation and Group Fitness with Patrice -  0406 483 036 patrice.corrie@gmail.com
    Anusara Yoga -  Thursdays -  0421762236 dominiquemarill@gmail.com or floydcbg@ozemail.com.au
    Art with Max - Watercolour classes. Phone Max on 9997 4527
    Art Classes- drawing and painting in oils, acrylics and mixed media- Marion 9979 3993 or 0431 457 431
    @ Nathalie's Table - Cooking Classes - Mediterranean cooking fortnightly - Nathalie - 9999 4449

    Gurdjieff / The Forth Way - Call John on 9979 5584, Marion on 9979 3993 or Anne on 9999 3478
    Island Kinesiology Clinic - Mondays on SI   Phone Jen Cudmore 0425 212 849
    Green Group For Catherine Park - Run by SIOCS - Emmie Collins on 0405 330 781
    WOW - Women on Water - second Wednesday of the month - contact Nila on 9999 2445   
    Parents & Kids Groups Playgroup - Run by SIOCS - email Emma trysemz@tpg.com.au
    Scotland Island Players - contact Bob or Kez on 9999 4092
    Catherine Park Bush Care Group, 2nd Sunday @ 9.30am, Sharon Kinnison @ 9997 6017
    Elizabeth Park Bush Care Group, 1st Saturday @ 9 am, Bob Bolton @ 9999 4092
    Island Thinking Group - Roy Baker, 9999 6891, roybaker99@yahoo.com
    Offshore a capella choir –  Saturdays at 2:30 pm, SI Community Hall. Call Gordon 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 Brigade  9999 4404
    NSW Fire Service General Information 9265 2999 9265 2999
    Rural Fire Service General information 9450 3000
    State Emergency Service, Warringah/Pittwater SES 9486 3399
    National Parks & Wildlife Service: 000, general information 9457 9322
    Dept of Community Services: general information 9977 6011
    Sydney Water 132 090
    Energy Australia 131 388, (ah) 131 909
    Join SIRA
    You can now join the Scotland Island Residents Association by clicking here. Please print the page and return the completed form to SIRA at this address:
    The Treasurer, SIRA, PO Box 70, Church Point 2105.
    Please NO CASH.

    Contact SIRA at
    Join WPCA
    To join the Western Pittwater Community Association, contact Michael Wiener at

    Archived Newsletters
    A complete set of past electronic newsletters since May 2000 can be found and read at https://ymlp.com/archive_gesgjgm.php  or by clicking here or by visiting the Mona Vale Library.

    The Island website is at www.scotlandisland.org.au

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