The RTA have/are initially installing 50 new digital technology SAFETY
CAMERAS across Sydney at traffic lights.
Safety cameras use digital technology that is capable of detecting both red-light and
speeding offences and will be replacing the current
outdated wet film red-light cameras that began operating in 1988.
Safety cameras will be installed at 200 locations over four years. They
began officially operating on 24th December 2009.
They check your speed AND if you've driven through the red light. So
you can be booked for speeding, or driving through the red, or both at
the same time. The practice of speeding up to get through a traffic
light is therefore probably not a good idea.
Check the attached list of locations (available on public website), as
there are quite a lot in and around Sydney. These cameras DO NOT have
to have three warning signs as per fixed speed cameras.
If you sped through a red light at 71km/h (in a 60km/h zone) that would
be half your licence (and over $650) gone. If you did it on one of the
many double demerit weekends that are coming up, you would instantly
lose your licence.
Read more about them here http://www.rta.nsw.gov.au/roadsafety/speedandspeedcameras/safetycameras
Just a reminder that next Sunday is Cleanup Australia Day. We
always looking for volunteers to help clean up around the island.
Please contact Cass at the address below if you are keen to get
Clean Up Australia Day
Hot Day Photo
Junk or Treasure
Interests Group Report
Mona Vale Library Author Talks
Boat Insurance Correction
The Sun, A Ranger and a Disability Card
March 2010 Calendar
a full version (A4 size) of this months calendar, ready for
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Clean Up Australia on Scotland Island
Sunday, March 7
registered Scotland Island to participate once again.
If you would like to help out, either by grabbing a bag and filling it,
or helping to supervise activities, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
put your name on the list.
Come down to your nearest Wharf to collect a bag between the hours of
9am and 12.00pm. Bring gloves, sunscreen, hat, sensible
clothes and footwear – and don’t forget to bring some water too!
Toby will be out on the Laurel Mae to collect material.
Here is a link to the Clean Up Australia website:
Business Clean Up Day –Tuesday, March 2, 2010
Schools Clean Up Day – Friday, March 5, 2010
Offshore Community Breakfast
to Celebrate International Woman's Day
Numbers limited so please book early and don’t miss this special event
||Monday 8th March
|1714 Pittwater Rd
|| Roze Noble
||Who will speak
about her experiences
working with disadvantaged children in Vietnam
- 9.00 am
|Profits to the
Day at Woody Point
by Paolo Totaro
Junk or Treasure?
moving to the
Island I have observed the common practice of used bits and pieces
being recycled at the ferry wharves. I find this to be an endearing
characteristic of a community that can re-use and share amongst itself
and would like to see more communities do the same.
Last weekend, when leaving a small pile of good kitchenware at Bells
Wharf, I was taken to task by some fellow residents who were audibly
against the practice. I walked away feeling judged and humiliated,
furthermore, confused. Over the last few years I have not left many
items at the wharf, however, I did understand this to be the common law
and did believed that what I was leaving was not junk and would be
wanted by somebody. Those residents claimed to have been throwing
'junk' in the bin on a daily basis.
Is this recycling a wanted community practice? If not, fine, I don't
believe people's motivation to be born out of laziness. There are
charity bins close by. If people like it and use it, perhaps a more
efficient system would be a good way to please all...a box or a bin at
the wharf plus a time limit for items?
To the self-appointed judges of what is and what isn't junk that felt
the need to publicly rebuke me; as members of the community, this could
be your chance to have a say by way of a non-condescending, collective
Indigenous Interests Group
and Western Shores
2009 Report of
1. How to
Narrow the Gap in Education?
Dr Jennifer Barr, who was Indigenous Research Officer in Australian
Anglican Schools at the time, gave a very interesting talk about how
schools are working to try and narrow the gap in Indigenous and
non-Indigenous educational achievement. She was on a 12-month project
and was traveling all over Australia to conduct her research. She
presented four main areas in which they were working: Indigenous
scholarships; internal changes in schools; visits to Aboriginal areas
and visits to the schools by selected speakers, and separate Indigenous
school arrangements. There was a great deal of intense debate and we
acknowledged that Jenny faced a significant challenge in developing her
recommendations. We hope to get a follow up talk from her on completion
of the project.
landowners and mining in Central Australia: Finding equitable
1st July at
Rodger Barnes, a geologist who has worked for over 16 years with the
Central Land Council in Alice Springs, was their chief negotiator on
mining leases. He has been instrumental in forging agreements between
traditional landowners and mining companies. He has been writing up
this work up as a Masters Thesis at the Centre for Social
Responsibility in Mining, part of the Sustainable Minerals Institute at
the University of Queensland. In his talk Rodger focused on employment
and environmental outcomes in one gold mining agreement in Central
communication and relationships between Aborigines and British
interlopers and colonists on the Northern Beaches’
at 7.30 pm
Ian Jacobs taught history for 30 years at Killarney Heights High
School. Ian is the author of a number of books and his talk provided us
with fascinating insights. It was very interesting for all of us to
learn about the local Indigenous and early European history of our
4. Toy Drive
for Indigenous Children in NSW
One of our members, Carol Floyd, organized for people to bring toys and
books to the Ferry Wharf Park as part of a Macquarie University
project. Thanks to all the people who so generously contributed to this
– the response was overwhelming.
Thanks to all those who helped and we look forward to another
NEW LAWS ON CHILD RESTRAINTS IN CARS
New state government laws aimed at increasing the safety of children in
cars will come into effect from 1 March this year.
Under the new laws, children younger than six months must be secured in
a rear-facing restraint and those between six months and four years of
age must be secured in a restraint which can be forward or
Children aged between four and seven years must be seated in a forward
facing restraint or booster seat.
Other changes include a requirement that children under the age of
seven should not be seated in the front seat of vehicles, where there
are two rows of seating or more.
Pittwater Council’s Road Safety Officer Michelle Carter said the
Council would give out a limited number of free restraint checking
vouchers worth $35 each to enable parents or guardians to have
restraints in vehicles checked.
“The vouchers entitle the holder to have a free check of child
restraints in their vehicle by an authorized company,” she said.
Ms Carter said the free check of car restraints did not include the
cost of any new equipment required to make restraints safe and only
direct guardians or parents of children were eligible to receive the
The free vouchers are limited to one voucher for one vehicle per
family; phone 9970 1196 during business hours. For more information on
the new child restraint laws visit www.rta.nsw.gov.au
Media contact: Michelle Carter, Pittwater Council Ph: 9970
CREATING INSPIRATION: SHAPING
SUSTAINABLE BEHAVIOUR THROUGH THE ARTS
Pittwater Council’s Coastal Environment Centre (CEC) will host an
inspiring talk about how art can shape a more sustainable environment
with ecology and sociology academic David Curtis.
The talk will take place at the CEC at Lake Road North Narrabeen on
Thursday 11 March at 6:30pm. This inspirational workshop will
focus on the role of visual and performing arts in shaping behaviour to
be more environmentally sustainable.
The workshop will help participants such as artists, scientists,
community workers, funding representatives, academics and teachers in
utilising fun, creative means for promoting their sustainability
Pittwater Mayor Harvey Rose said that the Council was looking at new
ways of engaging residents with the sustainability message.
“We’re fortunate to live in a community that has a high interest in the
arts and the environment,” he said.
CEC Executive Management Consultant Gary Jackson said that David Curtis
would demonstrate through his research how art can influence
sustainable behaviour. “Art events play an important role in mobilising
and empowering a community,” he said.
The audience will have the opportunity to see a screening of ‘The
Plague and the Moonflower,’ a production presented by the Armidale
community. This production demonstrates the need to transform
industrial humanity through direct encounters, with the natural
environment and art.
David Curtis has worked on community cultural development around NSW
for many years and has completed a PHD on how art influences attitudes
Limited bookings include light refreshments at $30 p.p. For bookings or
further information call Katherine Keighran on 9970 1366 or email
Media contact: Tina Demetriou, Event Manager, CEC Ph: 9970
Occasional Life Drawing
An Occasional Life Drawing group is in its infancy, we have a
model lined up for Wed 10 March 11am/ or Thursday 11 March 9.30 this
will be on Western Foreshores $10.
If your interested in drawing or modeling please email
Author Talks at
Mona Vale Library
Diggers and Greeks: The Australian
Campaigns in Greece and Crete
By Maria Hill
Click image to
This provides the first major comprehensive study of Australian
soldiers and the interaction with the Greek people during the Second
Did you know?
Dr Maria Hill is a military historian and the first Greek-Australian to
write about the campaigns in Greece and Crete.
- 83 % of the Australian soldiers captured by the
Italians and Germans came from the Greek and Crete campaigns?
- That the Australians who fought on the Greek
mainland were the only ‘Anzac Corp’ to fight in World War Two?
- That the campaign in Greece is regarded as the
‘Second Gallipoli’, yet is rarely discussed and often
- The Diggers who fought in Greece and Crete were
never issued with a campaign medal?
- The soldiers were forbidden for many years to
wear the medal issued to them by the Greek government on Anzac
- The Aussies endured some of the worse aerial
bombardment of World War Two, causing many to suffer from war neurosis
or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder?
- That Greece was rife with ‘fifth columnists’ or
traitors who did not want to fight the Germans?
- The relationship they developed with the Greek
people during the war, saved over one thousand Australian lives?
She is currently visiting Fellow at the Australian Defence Force
Academy and has taught in secondary schools, TAFE and at
Tuesday 30 March 2010
Mona Vale Library
Park Street, Mona Vale
Concession / Pensioner or
of Mona Vale Library (passes must be shown)
within 3 days of booking
Events & Promotions Librarian
tel 9970 1600 or 9970 1605 fax 9979 1465
Notice of Annual General Meeting
Rural Fire Brigade
March 2010 - 2.00pm
Island Rural Fire Brigade Station
Park, Scotland Island
All members are invited to attend.
At the meeting, all current officers will stand down and nominations
are invited for positions in the Brigade. All current
are eligible to stand for re-election. All Financial Members
eligible for nomination as an Administrative or Other Officer of the
Brigade. Nominations for Field Officer positions are
Active Financial Members only, with appropriate pre-requisite training
Nominations for positions within the Brigade must be received by the
Secretary at least seven (7) days prior to the Annual General Meeting,
ie by 21 March 2010 at latest. Nomination Forms (attached)
be signed by the nominee and by two (2) members of the
Each financial member present at the meeting, with the exception of
probationary members, shall be entitled to one vote.
The positions open for election are:
The final list of nominations will be posted on the noticeboard at the
Fire Station after all nominations have been received.
|| Equipment Officer
|Deputy Captain 2
||Equipment Officer 2
|Deputy Captain 3
|| First Aid Officer
|Deputy Captain 5
|| RFSA Delegate
If you have any queries, please contact either the Station on 9999 4404
or Kerry Borthwick on 9999 4092.
Membership subscriptions ($10/member GST free) are due and payable at
Scotland Island Presents
Island Community Hall at 7.30pm
Tickets $15.00 available from PMC HILL Real Estate Church Point
by Nettie Lodge
New Weekend Fitness and Pilates classes
As well as the weekday classes, there will be a new Group Fitness class
at 8am in Catherine Park
and Pilates in the Island Hall at 9:30am.
Term 2 starts Monday April 12th, so first Saturday classes will be the
All classes 1 hour and suitable for all fitness levels.
$20 casual class or $15 if you pay by term.
For more information call Patrice on 0406 483 036 or email
Correction on commuter boat insurance
I previously stated that GIO doesn’t offer commuter boat insurance.
I’ve since found out that this is incorrect. They do, provided it’s for
It seems that the call centre reps tend to assume that a commuter boat
means a charter boat or commercial commuter boat (which they almost did
again when I rang them the second time).
The premium for GIO seems to be a bit cheaper than CGU/AON, but the
terms of the policy are a bit harsher (especially with respect to
Sun, a Ranger and a Disability Card
was really in the air last Sunday the 14th
when the Pittwater Council Ranger found that our disability card on the
windscreen was sun damaged, so as they couldn't QUITE read it clearly
they decided to give us an Infringement notice for $422 claiming the
card was out of date! The expiry date, incidentally, is the 4th. May
So to the other drivers with Disability cards make sure to check yours.
A new card now sits on our windscreen, after having to fill in 3 forms
and at least an hour at the RTA.
Are you 15years or more?
Do you want up to 3.5 hour a week permanent part time work on the
We have 2 spots available to join Scotland Island Traders helping to
deliver groceries on a Saturday morning. We start at 7.30am and usually
finish around 10 to 10.30am.
This will allow you to still enjoy the bulk of your weekend, with cash!
If you are interested. either email me at
email@example.com or phone me any time on 0419460331.
We look forward to hearing from you.
Available in July
Would you like to have your house and pets looked after while away on
holiday in July?
Call Carolyn Andrew, currently living in Elvina Bay, on
Wanted - Piano
Looking for a
Piano teacher on the island.
I am looking to learn basic piano for my autistic daughter Felicity so
that I can play the host of songs and rhymes she sings.
I have never played a piano and so am looking for someone who would
like to take on the challenge of teaching me.
Call Tanya on 0418 209 956
Free to a good
Kitchen Dresser free,( apart from
delivery cost) to good home.
Has some cracking paint on cupboard door, but is solid &
in reasonable condition.
Height - 200 cm
Width - 140 cm
Depth - 56 cm
Contact Amber on 9997 3078
If you have something for sale that
you think locals would like - let us know and we will put an
entry in the PON at the beginning of each month...
Quintrex Cartopper 3.55lts in good condition. Reg till June 2010.
Dunbir trailer. Reg till June 2010. In very good
Mercury 15Hp electric start motor
Includes: oars, anchor, life jackets and battery (not sold separately)
Phone William: 9973 2679
Business for Sale
Swimming Pool Franchise - Manly, Allambie
Don and Bev Dwyer
92 regular customers Est. 10 yrs
Pool care and maintenance.
Suit early retiree.
Please contact don 0413 614 515
Large TV cabinet with storage for CDs/DVDs, shelfing for DVD player and
cupboards. One of the doors needs some repair or can be taken
off to create open shelving. FREE
Three piece sofa, very comfy and supportive but needs new
Wooden chest with wheels, can be used for toys, manchester or other
storage. Great condition only $30
Sunbeam electric wok, good condition, $20
Shelving unit – 3 shelves. Good condition $20
Dresser – 3 large drawers and 2 small. Good condition, $30
2 adult Raleigh bikes, $100 each
Contact Katy and Justin on 9997 1287 . Lookout for our garage
sale later in March, with books, toys and kitchen bits to sell.
The Local Guide
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
|West Pittwater Community
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) 8.30am - 4.30pm (Tues,
Weds & Thurs)
Playgroup @ Children's Centre every Monday, 10.00am - 12 midday
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 - 0408 707 679 firstname.lastname@example.org
Training with Samantha Moore at Inspire PT
- 0415 543 131 InspirePittwater@gmail.com
& Modern Dance Classes for children with Sophia
Holland - 0412 851 890
- Thursdays - 0421762236 email@example.com
with Max - Watercolour classes. Phone Max on 9997 4527
/ 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
|WOW - Women on Water
- second Wednesday of the month - contact Kerry on 9999 4092
& Kids Groups Playgroup - Run by SIOCS
- email Emma firstname.lastname@example.org
|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
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
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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