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Scotland Island - Western Shores - Mackeral Beach

- April 2005 -

Newsletter for Offshore Residents of Pittwater, Australia  Volume 7, Issue 76; April 2005     


Welcome to autumn! As usual, our community is buzzing with local issues and concerns. The new 'temporary' jetty at Church Point is nearly complete and we await with interest to see when (if ever) the old jetty is rebuilt. Pardon my scepticism. Waterfront only access landholders in all our offshore areas are battling the Minister of Lands,Tony Kelly MLC and his bureaucracy for a resolution to the equity issue of free access to their homes, just like the rest of Sydney's landholders. Angus Gordon, general manager of Pittwater Council is retiring and we await with great interest the appointment of a new GM. With all this happening, we hardly get time to spare a day for a sail.

In this Issue:

  • History Corner

  • Pittwater General Manager Retires

  • The plain Truth

  • Thought for the day

  • House Wanted

  • Jetty tie-up wanted!

  • Scotland Island Players “Secession Revue”

  • Crime Prevention Project for Pittwater

  • SIRA Issues

  • Kashmir woven Sale on Florence Terrace!

  • The Local Guide
  • Archived Newsletters
  • Your Subscription Information
  • History Corner

    In 1804, Broken Bay was again carefully surveyed, this time on the order of Governor Hunter, who had succeeded Phillip. The number of settlers had greatly increased and the natives, in an interview with the Governor complained "most ingenuously" as he reported, that they were being driven back from the river and the shore by the settlers. They asked that a certain portion of the shore might be assigned to them as their own. The Governor promised that no more settlement should be made on the lower portion of the river or bay, and that this part should be their own.

    It seems probable that after this they congregated in Pittwater for some years. Old inhabitants have recorded the great number of "blackfellows" who lived on the shores of the inlet. They also told of their middens which may still be found from time to time which show shells of oysters, whelks and cockles which they must have eaten in enormous quantities. These middens or aboriginal refuse dumps have been found far up the hillsides as well as near the shore and some caves were found full to the roof with shells and the wood ash of long burnt-out fires. (My wife and I can remember erosion of the sea wall near Catherine Park which revealed just such a midden with huge shells, much larger than those seen today. L.W.)

    The survey of the inlet carried out by Governor Hunter probably gave impetus to the naming of the different Pittwater localities. From the time of Phillip the south head of the bay had been called Barrenjuee, with the final syllable pronounced and each one equally accented as the natives did. Barenjuee has, since those early days, been spelt Barranjo, Barenja and Barrenjee, with other possible variations and has only been permanently accepted as Barrenjoey in the last hundred years. Many may regret that the use of native names should be altered or vulgarised to save a little trouble in pronunciation..

    The only other name that can be definitely attributed to Phillip besides Pittwater is the first identification of Lion Island. He called the rock, which stands at the entrance to Broken Bay, Mount Elliott ,because he thought that it resembled Gibraltar. Gibraltar was where his friend, General Elliott, had inflicted a tremendous defeat of the united fleets of France and Spain, then at war with England, in 1781 and again in 1782. The island was shown as Mount Elliott on many early maps and was remembered as this by many early residents. But it is now accepted as Lion Island and it certainly does resembled a lion couchant gazing like a guardian through the heads to the Pacific.

    Next month: What was the Hundred of Packenham?

    Leicester Warburton

    Pittwater General Manager Retires
    Angus Gordon, Pittwater Council’s General Manager, will retire on 1 May 2005, after serving at the helm of the young council for nine years. He achieved the council’s top administrative role just four years after it was formed on 1 May 1992.

    At its meeting on Monday 28 February, Pittwater Council granted Mr Gordon’s request to retire due to ill health, and released him from his current employment contractual obligations. Mr Gordon’s contract was due to expire in October 2006.

    In the nine years that Mr Gordon has served Pittwater Council as General Manager, he has achieved significant change and has raised the council’s profile to be that of one of the best councils in New South Wales. Under his leadership Pittwater Council has won numerous awards in a wide range of fields, including the most prestigious in local government – the Bluett Award – in 2003, which rated Pittwater as the most progressive council in the State.

    Pittwater Councillors voted to acknowledge the outstanding contribution of Mr Gordon to Pittwater with the presentation of the Pittwater Medal at a dinner to be held in his honour.

    Mr Gordon said: “It has been a great honour to serve the community of Pittwater, to have worked with the Councillors in a team effort to improve the area and to have had the pleasure of heading up such a magnificent staff.”

    Pittwater Mayor Lynne Czinner said: “It was with great regret that Pittwater Council accepted the request by Angus Gordon for early retirement. It is through Angus’ expertise and guidance that Pittwater Council has flourished and become a leader of local government in various areas in New South Wales. The General Manager and staff had visions of what they wanted to achieve for Pittwater, and it is with pride that we saw those visions become realities. The acquisition of the Warriewood Wetlands, the Greenhouse Park at Winnererremy Bay, the innovative designs of new community facilities such as Mona Vale Library, Avalon Recreation Centre and the Northern Beaches Indoor Sports Centre, and partnerships with our community are prime examples of how Angus led the way to success. Council, General Manager and staff have been a really cohesive team, and we are very sorry to see Angus go. With his departure we will all lose a good friend”.


    Church Point Ferries - Good News!
    It's not very often we can offer any good news re fares but this is one of them. After protracted (read: time consuming, frustrating and sometimes outright infuriating) negotiations with the MoT (by all private ferry operators) we are pleased to be able to announce the availability of a limited PET. The basic effect is that the cost per trip for those eligible will drop from $2.46 (blue 13 trip ticket) to $1.25 - plus most other public transport becomes free for the day.
    The limitations, forced upon us by the MoT, are:

    • It is only available to offshore residents.
    • Until 29th May 2005 you must fill out a voucher every time you buy a PET.
    It could have been a lot more onerous - contact Jack if you want all the gory details.
    To ensure the residency condition is met you have to apply to us for a "PET pass". To do this:
    Make sure you have either a Pensioner Concession, NSW Seniors or War Widower Concession card with you.
    • Make sure you have proof of local residency with you (e.g.. drivers license, rate notice, telephone bill etc. that has your name and address on it).
    • Make sure the address on the proof of residency is on Scotland Island or in Elvina, Lovett or Morning /Towlers Bay.
    • Contact Alan (mobile 0419 946 566) and arrange to meet him to fill out an application for a PET pass.
    • Fill out the application on the spot, Alan will help you where necessary.
    • Alan will issue a "PET pass" to you on the spot and give you a book of vouchers.
    To buy a PET:

    • Sign and date a voucher.
    • Show your "PET pass" to the ferry master. Be prepared to show the ferry master your concession card if he asks for it.
    • Give the ferry master $2.50 and the signed and dated voucher.
    • The ferry master will give you a date stamped PET, good for the rest of the day.
    To use a PET on the ferry that you have bought earlier in the day:
    • Show your "PET pass" to the ferry master.
    • Be prepared to show the ferry master your concession card if he asks for it.
    • Show the PET to the ferry master who will check the date and punch it (not on mag strip).
    Jack Kirkpatrick Alan McGrath

    The plain Truth

    You may be interested in knowing how much data (approximately) you use when surfing the net. This can be useful to know when choosing a broadband plan. The figures below are typical per month usage.

    500 plain text E-mails =2.5MB 500 HTML E-mails =12.5MB
    60 E-mails attachments= 6MB 20 photo E-mails =20MB
    1000 Web pages= 10MB
    20 Music downloads= 60MB
    4 Movie trailers= 88MB 4 hours Online Games= 200MB
    Routine antivirus and windows updates for protecting your computer= 100MB

    Thought For The Day
    “It takes 72 muscles to frown and only 14 to smile.”
    Are you burning energy, or conserving it, while you read your emails?

    House Wanted

    We are looking for a liveable waterfront island home for ourselves and three children. We are an interested buyer with finance approved, seeking motivated private seller. Please call Peter on 0417 062 061 or email details to option3@bigpond.com

    Jetty Tie-Up wanted

    HELP! I am looking for a kindly soul who has a water front property near Cargo or Bells Warf who would be interested in allowing my wife to use their Warf to tie up her tinnie. She finishes work after the last ferry and the cab costs are escalating so we are happy to pay for use of a Wharf. It is only a little boat so won't take up much room. Anyone interested please contact Richard on 0400 311 531.

    Scotland Island Players “Secession Revue”

    Calling all Actors, Singers and Dancers

    The Players are going ahead with the Revue. We have had two meetings and there is plenty of interest.

    If you attended one of the meetings or if you missed out but would still like to be in the Revue, we are having two nights of sorting out who will do what – these are not really auditions (so you don’t have to be nervous) but just a sorting out, as everyone will have a chance to do something! Everyone is welcome, you don’t have to have any experience just a willingness to join in.

    We are having one night for Guys and one for Gals.

    Guys are called for Monday 4 April at 7:30pm at Bob and Kerry’s home on Top of the Island, corner of Fitzpatrick and Thompson directly above Cargo.

    Gals are called for Tuesday 5 April at 7:30 at Bob and Kerry’s.

    Phone Kerry or Bob on 9999 4092 with questions or for directions on finding our home.
    Please contact Kerry on 9999 4092 or Sharon 9997 6017 if you have any questions

    Crime Prevention Project for Pittwater

    Pittwater Council is working with local Police and its community to prevent crime through a new project, Community Engagement – Crime Prevention Through Education.

    The Council has received $40,000 funding from the Attorney-General’s Department to implement the program over the next 12 months. During this time, it will conduct three education campaigns focusing on Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault; Break Enter and Theft; and Reporting Crime/Personal Safety.

    Through these campaigns, Pittwater Council hopes to:

    • Increase community awareness of crime prevention principles and strategies through an extensive media and communication strategy.
    • Reduce the level of fear of crime in the community via the promotion of positive messages about crime prevention and safety in Pittwater.
    • Encourage residents to adopt protective strategies to reduce their rates of victimisation and to implement crime prevention practices.

    Mr Tony Van Den Hurk, Project Co-ordinator, said: “We believe that this innovative project will help to prevent crime in Pittwater. We ask that all local community organisations who distribute regular newsletters or circulars to their members please contact us, with a view to participating in this project. We need the assistance of our community to help get the message across that crime CAN be prevented.”

    Mr Van Den Hurk can be contacted on 9913 2522 or 0419 683 699 or email: tony_vandenhurk@pittwater.nsw.gov.au

    SIRA Issues      March 2005

    1.. Water Supply
    Main waterline to the island has been secured by a padlock
    New water line: Quote more expensive than expected. Short deferment so that more of work can be completed at one time (cost saving).

    2. Waste Strategy
    Clean Up Australia Day was very successful. Thanks to Colin Haskell and area coordinators, as well as Toby Jay for collecting and removing waste with his barge

    3. Community Vehicle
    Concern re cost greater than grant
    SIRA to explore ways to increase grant for new lease and economise on vehicle management costs
    1800 number cost is currently in excess of $200/month. Decision made to change free call arrangement to user pays. 1800 number to be discontinued and a new prepaid mobile telephone established. Estimated cost reduction in excess of $2000 year.

    4. Church Point Precinct Master Plan
    Requests have been made to Pittwater Council by SIRA, Western Shores and On Shore residents to separate car parking from Master Plan. PWC unlikely to agree.

    5, Car parking at Church Point
    SIRA still waiting on ‘pro bono’ legal advice re car parking at Church Point. Additional ‘pro bono’ opinion being sought.
    Special General Meeting of island and offshore residents to be called to discuss offshore strategy to fight potential car parking losses once legal advice received.
    Need to raise money for General Funds towards future legal fees to fight car park proposal.

    6. Roads and Drainage
    Fitzpatrick Avenue run off working be scheduled for Saturday 23 April starting at 0900. Sleepers are on site and heavy work being done by contractor, however help needed from users, “locals” and anyone else who is willing to lend a hand
    SIRA is taking action to arrest runoff damage down Fitzpatrick Avenue.

    7. Public wharves
    Date of Special General Meeting to be determined at April SIRA Committee Meeting. Aim of SGM: To facilitate consensus on residents’ needs and desires for inclusion in the consultation process with PWC.

    8. Pittwater Offshore Directory (POD) 2005
    A number of requests for full page ads have been received.
    Ads will also be listed in the Pittwater Offshore Newsletter.

    Still looking for volunteers to assist with the new POD.

    9. Master Plan for Sewage and Water
    First meeting of the sub-committee was held on Saturday 19 March. A major workshop is planned to inform and consult with stakeholders.

    10. Hall Management
    The hall management sub-committee met and agreed that there is a need to increase involvement in managing the SI Community Hall. Initial step would be to have a key on the island. A plan is being developed with the aim of increasing local “control”; investigating ways of increasing use and improving the facilities.

    11. Historic Photos
    A grant application has been lodged to assist in establishing this exhibit.

    12. SIRA Committee Meetings:
    Committee meetings are held the second Monday evening of each month except January. The next meeting will be held on Monday 11 April 2005.

    13 SIRA Committee 2004-2005
    Shar Jones (President)
    Greg Roberts (Vice President)
    Paul Purvis (Vice President)
    Kerry Borthwick (Secretary)
    Deryn Vokins (Treasurer)
    General members: Claire Atkins, Pam Bradbury, Trudy Engler, Rosemary Haskell, Sharon Kinnison, Jennifer Knox, Colin Monger, Annette Ritchie, Guyren Smith, Gillian Unwin, David Wardman

    Apologies to Jennifer Knox who was left off the list last month!

    14. Contacting SIRA
    Email address: SIRAPittwater@hotmail.com
    Postal address: PO Box 70, Church Point, NSW, 2105

    Kashmir woven Sale on Florence Terrace!

    Bed linen, home accessories, (cushions and tablecloths, serviettes, etc) all woven in Kashmir by a woman who's work is stocked by the London Tate modern art gallery and the New York Met.  Really beautiful fabrics, of course lots of hand spun/woven/dyed and embroidered cloth.  Linen, cotton glorious colours.These products are sold to exclusive retail shops all over Australia.

    Come along to the Sale this Saturday at Michael Hall's house, 58 Florence Terrace, Scotland Island (Top of Carols Hill or Top of Eastern Wharf steps - pink ribbons on trees outside).

    The local guide

    As our newsletter continues to grow (nearly 800 readers) we are including some links to other nearby organisations and events that may be of interest. If you would like to contribute, please send a message to the editor by clicking here.

    Local Real Estate Agents:

    Botham Real Estate L.J.Hooker Mona Vale
    PMC Hill (subscribe to their newsletter here) Pittwater Real Estate

    Government Organisations:

    Local Pittwater Council, or email them at pittwater_council@pittwater.nsw.gov.au  or by clicking here.
    State: John Brogden, Member for Pittwater, or email him at jbrogden@nswcoalition.com or  by clicking here
    Federal: Bronwyn Bishop, Member for Mackellar, or email her by clicking here or Bronwyn.Bishop.MP@aph.gov.au or
    Local Transport:

    Church Point Ferries (02-9999-3492)  Manly Warringah Cabs (02-9997-9111) Palm Beach Cruises (02-9997-4815) Pink Water Taxi (0428-238-190) Scotland Island Community Vehicle (1800-069-592)

    Bed & Breakfast: Scotland Island Lodge: or http://www.scotlandislandlodge.com.au         (9979 3301)
    Yacht Clubs Woody Point Yacht Club  or http://www.wpyc.com.au 
    Short Term Holiday Accommodation: Pittpoint Cottage:  (9997 8382)

    Local Pittwater Studies Website: http://www.pittlink.net/ls/index.html

    Emergency Contact Numbers

    • NSW Police: 000, general information 9281 0000
    • Broken Bay Water Police 9979 4944 or 0412 162 093
    • NSW Fire Service: 000, general information 9265 2999
    • NSW Ambulance Service: 000, general information 9320 7777
    • Rural Fire Service: 000, 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

    Emergency Scotland Island Water Contacts: click here for information (while online)

    Airlines, Buses and Railways

    Sydney Airport: Arrivals and Departures Qantas Information                   Jetstar Information
    Sydney Buses information. Virgin Blue Information
    City Rail Timetables and Information. Country Link Rail Timetable


    Join SIRA You can now join the Scotland Island Residents Association by clicking here. Please print the page you see 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 sirapittwater@hotmail.com Join WPCA To join the Western Pittwater Community Association, contact Larry at larrye@aftrs.edu.au or click here or phone 02-9979-5026 for more information.

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