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Scotland Island - Western Shores - Mackeral Beach
March 11,  2013
Newsletter for Offshore Residents of Pittwater, Australia


Australia's Largest Selling Wine Syndicate Newsletter
All the Wine that's fit to Drink :)

Greetings Wine Lovers

Oh wow! We have a remarkable list of great wines for our next tasting.
Even if you only drink red wine or white wine you will find something to please you I am sure :) A quick analysis of the list. From a white for only $6.75 to a super classy New Zealand Pinot Noir at $17 there is something for you. If this sounds like a sales pitch, it is not! All your committee would like is for you to turn up on the day and enjoy a moderate refreshment with your friends and neighbours.

Enough of the banter. The next tasting is due to be held at 3pm on Sunday 24th March 2013. This will the perfect time to prepare your cellar with wine suited to the dark and cold winer nights that, regrettably, are around the corner.

Where: Certainly the most appropriately named boatshed on Scotland Island - SHIRAZ - home to Alan and Ruth Gaines, 71 Florence Terrace, Scotland Island

What to Bring: Yourself, your friends and family, a glass and, as always, something tasty for us all to enjoy.

The Wine Syndicate is one of Australia's oldest not for profit tasting groups. Always quality, always great prices. Come along, no one asked to buy. We will send you the tasting notes and order form nearer the day.

And here are the tasting notes and prices for this wine tasting.
Please remember to print and bring a copy with you. And a pencil...

See you on Sunday 24th at 3pm

Friends signup http://pittwaterwine.net46.net/

Letter to the Editor
Departing for the City quite early on the last day of summer I thought I was suitable dressed for a hot (27c) and humid day as forecast- i.e. light (very light- ) sleeveless dress. and sandals.
Unfortunately due to delay I came back in the fiercest Southerly I've known, by public transport, drenched, teeth chattering, blue with cold.

So many thanks to the following- they know who they are.
The guy from the restaurant who wrapped me in a blanket til the ferry came.
The ferry driver who wrapped me in his own jacket till I got to Tennis.
My good friend who gave me a lift up the hill but also wrapped me in her jacket till I got home.

Cheers A Scotland Island resident.

Do You use Church Point Car Park?

Dear readers,
Please read the following, it concerns us all. Particularly those on the southern side of the island who may have an outdoor bar and cafe operating throughout the night!

Sam Collins


Local Council Notices


Pittwater Council will shortly embark on another round of community consultation to help finalise the community strategic plan Pittwater 2025.

Pittwater 2025 is a long term plan for the Council and community to take Pittwater into the next decade to the year 2025.

The plan will ultimately form the basis of all the Council’s operations in the coming ten years.

Mayor Jacqui Townsend said Council staff and Councillors had been talking to the community about the plan for the last six months.

“Consultation has ranged from meetings with target groups such as residents associations and the business community through to presentations at local shopping centres,” she said.

Mayor Townsend said that as a result, over 700 submissions and comments on Pittwater 2025 had been received.

“The diversity of communication will ensure the community strategic plan represents our community’s vision for Pittwater.”

Residents are being invited to take part in a final round of consultation on Pittwater 2025 during March and April. A workshop will be held on Wednesday 20 March between 6pm and 7.30pm at Mona Vale Golf Club. RSVPs are essential and a light supper will be provided.

The draft plan is also open for final comments until Wednesday 27 March. Pittwater 2025 can be viewed at www.pittwater.nsw.gov.au/pittwater2025 or at the Council’s customer service centres and libraries at 1 Park Street Mona Vale and 59 Old Barrenjoey Road Avalon.

To RSVP to the workshop email rsvp@pittwater.nsw.gov.au or call 9970 1224.

Paul Reid, Pittwater Council Ph: 9970 1102


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

The two-hour workshop, hosted by dog expert and elite dog trainer Steve Austin will provide owners with tips on dealing with aggressive pets, behavioural problems, excessive barking and the importance of training.

With each owner having individual needs, environmental education officer Emma Mackay said extra time would be set aside to deal with tricky questions.

“We’d like owners who register for the workshop to email us beforehand with questions about their pet,” she said.

“This allows our trainer and facilitator to address the participant’s needs individually and provide them with answers specifically for their situation,” added Ms Mackay.

The free workshop is on Tuesday 26 March at the Newport Community Centre, 11-13 The Boulevarde, Newport between 6.30pm and 8.30pm.

Topics covered in the workshop include dealing with aggressive dogs – avoidance and response, controlling barking; simple command training; exercising your dog, preventing roaming by dogs and how to be a responsible owner.

Places are limited so please phone 9970 1194 or email us at eceducation_team@pittwater.nsw.gov.au to book your place and send in your questions.

Please note also that the workshop is for dog-owners only, please leave your pets at home.

Emma Mackay, Pittwater Council


Pittwater’s young residents are being invited to take part in an innovative photo collaboration to celebrate National Youth Week in April.

The ‘100 Young People in Pittwater’ event will ask young people to document their experiences of living in Pittwater through images using Facebook. The event is open to any local resident between the ages of 15 and 24.

Images will be given a score through the number of ‘likes’ they obtain, putting them in the running to win a range of prizes including one of three iPad Minis.

Online registrations are open now and the event will take place on Saturday 6 & Sunday 7 April. Entrants must confirm their registration in person at Newport Community Centre between 5pm and 6pm on Friday 5 April. Once confirmed, entrants have the weekend of 6 & 7 April to upload their images and get as many
likes as possible!

Ms Hewitt said the event aimed to have at least 100 young people take part, hence its name.

“We want to capture what young residents really think and feel about the area they live in and we believe photos are the best and most immediate way to do that.”

Ms Hewitt said she would be seeking the support of local businesses and organisations as part of 100 Young People event and asking them to promote it through their own social media sites.

Students from Narrabeen Sports, Pittwater and Barrenjoey High Schools and Mater Maria Catholic College are also helping coordinate and promote the event.

To register as an entrant in the competition visit www.pittwater.nsw.gov.au/100ypp

Suzi Pawley, Pittwater Council Ph: 9970 1152


Relive some memorable moments from two classic movies at Mona Vale Library this autumn. Residents of all ages are invited to attend the free screenings during March and April.

Be entertained by Bogart and Bergman in the all-time classic “Casablanca” screening at 7pm on Wednesday 13 March.

This wartime romance filmed in 1942 centres around Rick’s Café and its owner Rick, played by Humphrey Bogart, in the small town of Casablanca, in French-held Morocco, where many are enroute, fleeing to Africa.

Trying to escape with safe passage is an old flame, Ilsa, played by Ingrid Bergman. Ilsa turns Rick’s world inside out and adds yet another complication to this wartime plot.

On April 17, the young and the young at heart can enjoy the original 1968 film about the musical car ‘Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” from 6.30pm.

This entertaining musical tells the story of a wacky professor who invents a musical car! When a foreign government becomes interested in it, they resort to underhanded tricks to get their hands on it.

Dick Van Dyke leads the cast as the weird inventor Caractacus, in this amusing tale adapted loosely from Ian Fleming’s book Chitty Chitty Bang-Bang: The Magical Car.

Mona Vale Library’s Manager, Cathy Howie said the movie nights are guaranteed entertainment. “They are also a great way of reminding residents of our extensive DVD collection that can be borrowed free-of-charge!”

“We held a number of film nights over the summer months that proved to be very popular with residents of all ages, so we decided to continue them,” said Ms Howie.

Ms Howie reminded residents that the library is more than just a place to borrow books. “It’s a community facility where people can go to learn, listen to authors, read, access the internet or simply meet and enjoy a movie together.”

Bookings for the movies can be made at the front desk at Mona Vale library or by phoning 9970 1600.

Refreshments will be available for purchase during the screening.

Sarah Thompson
Ph: 9970 1607

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