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Scotland Island - Western Shores - Mackeral Beach
October 1, 2013
Newsletter for Offshore Residents of Pittwater, Australia - Volume 14, Issue 720

  • Gwyn's Illustration
  • SIRA News
  • Pittwater Offshore Wine Syndicate Wine Tasting
  • Author Talks
  • WaterColour Workshop by David Wardman
  • Local Council Notices
  • Bodhasara in Music
  • Wooden Boat Building Classes
  • Rental Wanted
  • Lost
  • The Local Contact Guide
  • Join SIRA
  • Archived Newsletters
  • Your subscription Information

  • Gwyn's Illustration

    To download a full version  of this months image ready for printing,  just click on the  image.

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



    logo SIRA News


    After 14 years of service, Nathalie Muir has retired as Water Monitor of Line 1. Nathalie has carried out this task with the utmost efficiency and commitment and SIRA thanks her for the dedication she has given to this vital role.  Please give her a round of applause!

    Louisa Maxim, who lives on Richard Road, has taken on this demanding role.  She can be contacted on her mobile 0413 125 142 or by email louisamaxim@gmail.com  Please give her your support as she navigates her way through the world of water bookings!

    The same booking procedures apply, please read the updated Guidelines. (LINK)

    A dedicated Emergency Water Account has been established to facilitate online payments for all Lines.  It is essential that you identify your payment with your Name and Line No.  Payments via cheque or cash are to be made direct to your Water Monitor only.  An email will be sent, after you have reported your meter readings, giving details of your booking, the amount due and direct debit details.

    Scotland Island had no external water supply for the first 170 year of European settlement. Over 30 years ago, a water tank was installed at Bell (for fire fighting purposes) where the current meters are located. This tank was filled from the mainland and a tap was fitted.  A local resident with a water tanker would fill from this tank and deliver water to residents. 

    In 1988, Warringah Council set the charges for water on the basis the supply was for emergencies only.  In 1992 Pittwater Council formalised the arrangement, appointing Island Water Monitors as agents for Council and, in 1994, installed the current meters. The cost of water has remained as set by Warringah Council in 1988.  The full history can be viewed here (LINK)

    In 2004, to ensure the ongoing supply of emergency water, SIRA entered into discussions with Pittwater Council and Sydney Water. It was agreed that SIRA would take on the responsibility of managing, upgrading and maintaining the Emergency Water Line, subject to residents entering into an Agreement for Sale of Water (contract) to purchase emergency water.  SIRA sought legal advice on this contract and was advised to take out public liability insurance and, in addition, that each resident in the household would be required to be a member of SIRA to further mitigate liability.  Sydney Water classifies the emergency water as non-potable.

    SIRA reimburses Pittwater Council quarterly for the Sydney Water account and co-ordinates scheduled maintenance, repairs and upgrades to the pipeline. Any surplus funds are allocated for future upgrades.

    Demand for emergency water has increased and, as a result, it may be necessary to limit the number of hours for bookings for each purchaser. The summer season is shaping up to be dry, with little rainfall, so usage will continue to be heavy.  It is also important to keep tanks full for fire fighting purposes.

    We encourage residents to be mindful of their water consumption, keep roofs and gutters maintained and check tanks regularly to avoid running out.  Last minute requests inconvenience other residents and can be difficult to negotiate.  If everyone can please be diligent in checking the water level in their tanks this problem can be avoided


    Please follow the procedure for purchasing water, as set  out in detail in the Emergency Water Guidelines.
    The guidelines are available as a link in the  Pittwater Offshore Newsletter (PON), in the
    Pittwater Offshore Directory (POD) and on the website http://www.scotlandisland.org.au/sira

    In particular, we remind all residents that they are responsible for:
    • Connecting to your standpipe with a complying fitting to receive water
    • Water lost for any reason during booking period - check your flow regularly
    • Disconnecting non-permanent fitting from standpipe immediately after booking
    • Resetting all valves when booking is finished to make Line ready for next purchaser
    • Contacting next person if you finish early OR turning off Main Line valve at Bell
    Note:  The washer in the “nut and tail” that connects to the standpipe prevents leakage. Without it, the fitting can be over-tightened making it difficult to remove from the brass nipple.  If you are missing a washer contact Cass Gye for a replacement and a plug to keep it in place after use.

    If you have any queries, please call your Water Monitor who will be pleased to help.

    Happy Watering!!



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

    Greetings Wine Lovers

    We have the tasting notes for our next wine tasting on Sunday October 20th, 2013, 3 - 5pm.

    As promised, a good sparkling in time for Christmas and many of our old favourites. I have been promised a sparkling day to match the wine and would love your company. I know many of you have probably never travelled so far west, not even on your annual holiday, but now is the chance. The transportation costs are very low due to, err, the Australian dollar and a journey either by private vessel or ferry will add to your wine tasting experience. Plenty of parking on the jetty with the Aussie flag flying.

    Please remember to bring along your own tasting glass, tasting notes and a platter of nibbles as a contribution.

    Where:  Paul Purvis' sunny home, third jetty on the south side of Elvina Bay

    If coming by ferry, alight at Elvina South, head east on the fire trail until you smell the wine...

    If you are new to our totally not-for-profit wind syndicate it is lots of fun. Not only a chance to have a taste of fine wines but also the opportunity to meet your neighbours.

    Date: October 20th 2013 from 3pm.

    Download the tasting notes here.......tasting notes
    Friends signup http://pittwaterwine.net46.net



    Underneath the Southern Cross
    by Michael Hussey

    Cricketing great, Michael Hussey, popularly known as ‘Mr Cricket’ is one of the most loved Australian cricketers to have worn the baggy green. His autobiography details his journey from his childhood to the highs and lows of an
    extraordinary international cricket career playing alongside many of Australia’s star players. Michael Hussey was finally selected in the Test team at the age of 30. The title of the
    book is taken from the Australian Cricket team’s victory song which is apparently inspired by Henry Lawson’s 1887 poem. Michael Hussey took over leading the song
    from Justin Langer, until his retirement in January 2013.

    Date: Monday October 14 2013
    Time: 6.30pm
    1 Park Street, Mona Vale
    Cost: $FREE

    Phone: 9970 1600
    Bookings essential!


    W A T E R C O L O U R    W O R K S H O P
    w i t h
    D A V I D  W A R D M A N

    Saturday 12th October 2013
    Studio Dairy  Kangaroo Valley


    a one day workshop suitable for beginners and painters of all levels

    great company , wonderful place, great food (lunch provided), and of course great watercolour painting, with inspiration and guidance.

    see www.studiodairy.com.au for details or contact david@wardman.com.au

    Hello to friends on the island and bays; everything is going well here, studios emerging, workshop fitted out, fruit trees planted.


    Local Council Notices

    PWC Development Unit Meeting

    Agenda: Development Unit Meeting

    Notice is hereby given that a Development Unit Meeting of Pittwater Council will be held in the Conference Room, Mona Vale Customer Service Centre, Village Park, 1 Park Street,

    Mona Vale on 3 October 2013

    Commencing at 9.00am for the purpose of considering the items included on the Agenda including;
    • N0021/13 - 1858 Pittwater Road, Church Point (Lot 142 DP 752046) Alterations and additions for adaptive reuse of the existing building to include a cafe, restaurant, bar, shop and motel uses....
    Download Agenda HERE
    Download PWC Development Unit Meeting Pasadena Report 03.10.13 HERE

    Spring into Reading at Mona Vale Library

    Bookworms are invited to take part in Mona Vale Library’s Spring reading competition called Transformations during September and October, with the winner receiving a free Kobo glo e-book reader.

    Transformations invites library members to read three books of their choice, then comment on them by completing a mini-review form.

    Library Manager Cathy Howie said the competition gave readers the opportunity to share their thoughts on the books they had read with other readers.

    “Each review form will be made into a bookmark that will be placed in the reviewed books and then made available at the front desk”, said Ms Howie.

    Event Librarian Heather Thomson said many readers enjoy sharing their reading experiences.
    “We’ve designed easy to complete review forms, that are quite short,” said Mrs Thomson.
    “There are questions about the themes explored in the book and if the book was an enjoyable read.

    The reader is also asked to comment on whether they learned anything new and if they would recommend the book to another reader,” added Mrs Thomson.

    The competition will open on Monday 16 September and run until Friday 25 October.

    For more information about what’s happening at Mona Vale Library, visit www.pittwater.nsw.gov.au/library

    Media contact: Heather Thomson, Mona Vale Library Ph: 9970 1609
    10 September 2013


    Bodhasara in Music
    At the Seymour Centre Nov 1st & 2nd

    Bodhasara is an 18th century Sanskrit text by Narahari. We have translated it into fine English – and now Bodhasara is happening in music at the Seymour Centre on Nov 1st and 2nd. This is a special event not to be missed.

    Five talented young music composers have composed ‘new’ music for 5 sections of Bodhasara with Andrew Batt-Rawden at the helm. Andrew read our book, connected with it and gained a grant to make this production possible. Then, from our book, the composers each chose a section and responded to that section in music.

    Descriptions of their projects and why they chose their particular sections are on http://www.chronologyarts.net/

    We have heard parts of the music and are very impressed. The compositions are amazing and the musicians exceptional. There are 2 singers - soprano and baritone, cello, tabla and a variety of percussion….with lyrics in English and Sanskrit.

    …But this event will be more than 5 pieces of music. Andrew is expert at creating complete productions.

    It is also advertised on the New Music Network 

    Tickets will be available at the Seymour Centre soon http://www.seymourcentre.com/

    More information will also be on http://www.chronologyarts.net/

    Please put Nov 1st or 2nd in your diaries….you won’t be disappointed.
    …and please share this with your friends.

    Hope to see you there,
    Jenni & Grahame Cover


    Pittwater Wooden Boats
    Building Classes begin in October



    Rental Wanted

    A friend's father is looking to rent on the Island. Looking for a house or boatshed. Up to $300 a week.
    He's ready to move in now.

    Rachel Carter
    0406 239 946


    white and blue kayak from Lovett Bay. 

    Please call Tim on 0408 608628 if this happened to wash up on your beach.
    (modest reward offered!)


    The Local Guide
    Community Information

    Scotland Island Web Site  www.scotlandisland.org.au
    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 offshore gallery
    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
    Justice of the Peace - Maureen Anderson - Morning Bay resident. - 02 9997-2659 or  0417-279-346
    Pittwater Community Arts Inc.  - Enquiries Lorrie Morgan 9997 8079  lorriemay@bigpond.com
    Peninsula Music Club - enquiries Janice Tuynman - 99991937 - jt@swift dsl.com.au
    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 
    Pittwater Youth Hostel  - 02 9999 5748  www.yha.com.au/hostels/details.cfm?hostelid=31  
    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
    David Walsh - Graphic Design - Custom Made Sculpture - 0404 239 212 - ital2@optusnet.com.au

    Island Classes (Fitness, Dance, Art etc)
    Pilates, Meditation and Group Fitness with Patrice -  0406 483 036 patrice.corrie@gmail.com
    Art with Max - Watercolour classes. Phone Max on 9997 4527
    Art Classes- drawing and painting in oils, acrylics and mixed media- Marion 0431 457 431
    @ Nathalie's Table - Cooking Classes  - Nathalie - 9999 4449
    Dru Yoga - Tuesday 9.00 to 10.30 Tuesday morning - Phone Katya on 0414 187 916
    Dynamic Yoga  - Saturdays from 9am - 10.30am 0402 752465 nadineomara@gmail.com

    Gurdjieff / The Fourth Way - Call John on 9979 5584, Marion on 9979 3993 or Anne on 9999 3478
    Green Group For Catherine Park - Run by SIOCS - Emmie Collins on 0405 330 781
    WOW - Women on Water - meets 4 times a year - Jenny Frazer 0410533728 / 99994460.
    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 CB 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 Service  9999 4404
    Elvina Bay Rural Fire Service
    9997 3795
    Lovett Bay Rural Fire Service
    9979 1612
    Mackerl Beach Rural Fire Service
    9974 1162
    Headquarters Terrey Hills
    9450 3000
    NSW Fire Service General Information 9265 2999 9265 2999
    Rural Fire Service General information 9450 3000
    State Emergency Service, Warringah/Pittwater SES 13 25 00 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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