What a hectic month for many? Especially those involved with
the dreadful fires in Victoria. A great effort was made by this
community to assist were possible and as usual the generous nature of
all of you meant an amazing amount of money was donated to the
Red Cross Bushfire Appeal. In addition to the amount raised by
the Cafe (see Lisa's report below), the Ferry Service also
collected $3318.30, with half of this coming from the local
Pittwater Rural Fire Brigades contribution of $2500 from their
funds brought the total public donations from this small
community to nearly
We understand Pittwater Life have been speaking with a number of people
about the efforts made around here to raise money and intend writing an
article for the next edition.
Last month we mentioned the up and coming article
in the(sydney)magazine about Scotland Island. It was due to
out in April, however due to a "thinning out of the magazine" it seems
the article will more than likely be in the June edition...
An Evening with the Blues Brothers was an absolute cracker, a full
house each night and yet another example of the extraordinary
talent we have in this community. The audiences could not contain
themselves and Tabetha "Murphy" brought the house down every
time she sang her Aretha Franklin numbers. Photos
show have been been posted on the Offshore Photo Gallery.
Speaking of the Photo Gallery, more photos have been added,
new albums such as the Cafe Bushfire Appeal and Elvina Fireshed Dinner
added this month. Visit the site using this link
We have been given the youtube link to most of the Ladies Sing
the Blues performances - kindly compiled by David ....Just go here and hope you enjoy them...
Island Cafe says Thankyou
Telstra Payphone Decision
Local Artist Wins Award
Invasive Seaweed in Pittwater
Wine Syndicate Wine Tasting
Local Council Notices
Women on Water IWD Celebration
POD Phone Numbers - Hurry closing days
Peninsula Music Club 2009 Series
Zonta Club Breakfast
Youth Choir on Island ?
SCOTLAND ISLAND CAFE SAYS 'THANKYOU'
TO THIS WONDERFUL COMMUNITY OF
On the 15th of February, the Offshore Community got together
and raised $7500 for the Victorian Bush Fire Appeal. It was an amazing
effort,wonderful morning and an occasion to remember. Thankyou to
everybody who helped this come true.
Whilst the weather was yuk, this did not stop the Community
from cramming into the Hall, to be greeted by Cathy and Jess, who
womaned the Crazy Cake Stall, where cakes were donated and
snapped up within seconds. Thankyou all cake/biscuit bakers
Once inside the Hall, the aroma of Maddy's coffee seduced one
and all, and a queue quickly formed which Per and Maisy dazzingly dealt
Whilst on stage, the Musos made music magically, thanks to
William the accordion player, Matt 'Elwood' Trapnell, the Saunders
Sisters and a quick jam by Emmy.
Meanwhile backstage Karl the Kook with his Assistant Ishbel,
performed Persian Omelettes and Pancakes
over 60 times and when the toasters began shorting the power,
Dishpig Mike swiftly stepped over to the 'Celebrity Chef'.
Front of House, Lisa and her team of Fairys and
Elves, Ella, Kayla, Alysha, Sorrin and Jaydden worked wonders
delivering and clearing.
"Prune Hands'; were experienced by Fiona , Louise,
Sandy, Mandy, Cher, and Marie.
Over at the Kindy.................books were bought thanks to Ruth, and
Art, was' Silently Auctioned', thanks to Paul,Tracey, Marion ,
Di, June, David, Jan, Emmy, Nettie and Carol.
Products and Services were also purchased thanks to Marie, Church Point
Ferry Services, Pittwater Marine, Tanya and Rob, Giles, Tanya and Dave.
Also silently working away were the Elvina Bay Magical Masseurs, Matt
and Michelle, making many people happier and relaxed.
The Towlers Bay Rowena donated all of the OrganicFruibies Ice Blocks.
Also thankyou to all of you who helped set up, work and clear up.
WHAT A GREAT COMMUNITY WE LIVE IN. THANKYOU.
IF WE HAVE FORGOTTEN ANYONE, WE THANKYOU .
WE LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOU AT THE SCOTLAND ISLAND CAFE ON THE FIRST
AND THIRD SUNDAY OF EVERY MONTH, FROM 9.30 TILL 12.00.
Telstra Public Payphones on Great
Mackerell Beach & Scotland Island.
A Letter from
Kindly provided by Bob Mitchell Mackeral Beach....
I am in receipt of your letter in which you express concerns with
Telstra's intention to recover the public payphones on the
After much discussion and investigation Telstra has come to the
decision to maintain one phone on Scotland Island probably the one at
Tennis Court Wharf and the phone on Great Mackerell Beach.
Both units will be replaced with "CARD ONLY" phones which
not hinder access to "000". Cards maybe purchased prior to
arrival at the Beach or reverse charged calls can be made if no card is
Telstra believes this action will retain the service but minimise the
costs to keep the service active.
It is envisaged that these change outs will occur late March early
Thank you again for your expression of concern.
Payphone Provisioning Manager
Artist Wins Prestigious Award.
night it was announced that local Northern Beaches artist Paul
Smith has won the Musswellbrook Works on Paper Prize with his
colloblock print titled "Samoan Skin" it is a luxurious print based
on tattoo designs from Samoa.
Paul was born in Fiji and has a strong affiliation with the islands.
Paul will be participating in an exhibition called Multiple Visions
with 2 other printmakers at the manly
Regional art Gallery in July this year.
This year the guest adjudicator, Ron Ramsey Director Newcastle Region
Art Gallery, selected the winners from entries from across Australia.
An acquisitive prize with monies totaling $23,000 across the three
sections of the prize, paintings, works on paper and ceramics, the
accompanying exhibition features work of the highest standard.
The Muswellbrook Open Art Prize has a long tradition of attracting the
best in Australian contemporary art with previous winners including
Fred Williams, David Aspen, Elwyn Lynn, Michael Bell, Sydney Ball, Ray
Taylor, Greg Daly, Dale Frank, Mike Parr, Angus Nivison and the 2007
winners Hanna Kay, Jane Lander and Gudrun Klix.
This year's prize has attracted several previous winners and with 171
works submitted including works by other Scotland Island residents
Rouge Hoffman, Carol Corrie and Tracy Smith.
Paul’s extensive resume includes;
2008 – 1983 Director eStudio Editions Pty Ltd.
1983 Set up Warringah Print Workshop now Warringah Printmakers Studio
2006 Retrospective. “25 Years as a Printmaker” Tarangua National Trust
2006 “Shape of Water” Exhibition and installation Scotland Island
2006 “Ebb and Flow” Newport Artworks Gallery Group Exhibition
2004 “Island H’arts” Tarrangaua Group
1999 Solo Exhibition TVH Gallery.
1998 “Art From Overseas” Group Exhibition
1983 Stadia Graphics Solo Exhibition
For further information: Karin Krueger 0419 991 267
Caulerpa Taxifolia Seaweed in
information on this invasive seaweed
reports the following;
I had to anchor the other day between the general store and
commuter wharf while I changed fuel tanks, and when I pulled up the
anchor there was some bright green frondy weed attached. I remembered
I'd noticed a brochure at Elvina Bay ferry wharf about an invasive
seaweed in Pittwater, so I did some research on the net, and sure
enough, this was 'Caulerpa Taxifolia'.
I may be totally out of touch and everybody else knows all about this,
but I thought it might be handy for others to have the attached
brochure so we can all identify the seaweed if we find it, and make
sure we dispose of it properly and tell the NSW Dept Primary Industry on ph
02 4916 3877
email firstname.lastname@example.org where it is.
the Image above to download the FULL brochure.
Pittwater Offshore Wine Syndicate
Next Wine Tasting - March Sunday 29
Dogs Dogs Dogs..
reminder of YOUR responsibility as a Dog Owner
An islander was treated in hospital today following a relatively
serious dog incident this morning, where the owner of one of the dogs
was bitten attempting to separate their dog during a fight.
It was a case of dogs not on leads and one dog being of an aggressive
nature. Also, last month we had impassioned appeal from a concerned
unleashed dogs scaring her children. Dogs are an integral part
this communities fabric. Managing them in a responsible way is
necessary to prevent any further incidents occurring.
For dog owners, there are very clear guidelines of your
responsibilities under the Companion Animals Act. Failure to comply can
be extremely costly should you be caught not following the
Here is a summary of the responsibilities of dog owners under the Act:
For further information download the guide here
- If your dog is in a public place it must be
under the effective control of a competent person by means of an
adequate chain, cord or leash. The exceptions to this are:
dogs exhibited at a show or engaging in obedience or agility trials or
a dog secured in a cage or vehicle or in an approved off-leash area;
- If your dog is being exercised in an approved
off-leash area it must always be under effective control of a competent
- You are not permitted to walk more than four
dogs at any one time in an on-leash area or an off-leash area;
- Greyhounds must be muzzled at all times when in
a public place;
- If your dog defecates in a public place it is
an offense not to remove the faeces;
- Dogs are prohibited in children’s play
areas, food preparation/consumption areas, recreation areas, public
bathing areas, school grounds, child care centres,
shopping areas and wildlife protection areas.
Local Council Notices
Macular Degeneration Information
Degeneration Foundation in conjunction with Mona Vale
Library invites you to attend a free information session on
Tuesday 17 March 2009 - 2pm to
Mona Vale Memorial Hall
1606 Pittwater Road
To RSVP phone the Macular Degeneration Foundation: 1800 111 709
Double click to download
First in Fridge Buyback Scheme
Pittwater is currently ranked first from a total of 38 NSW local
government areas that are taking part in the Fridge Buyback scheme.
A total of 325 old fridges have been collected from local residents in
the last three months to give Pittwater the top ranking in the scheme.
Supported by the NSW Government’s Climate Change Fund, the Fridge
Buyback scheme aims to collect and recycle more than 19,000 working
second fridges from metropolitan Sydney over the next three
years. This will collectively save more than $24 million in
electricity costs and 150,000 tonnes of greenhouse gases.
The Fridge Buyback scheme applies to a second household fridge that is
at least 10 years old, larger than 250 litres, plugged in and in
The scheme pays residents to save the environment and reduce
electricity bills by collecting and recycling working fridges in return
for a $35 cash rebate.
The Council’s General Manager Mark Ferguson said by handing in 325 old
fridges, Pittwater residents had effectively reduced greenhouse
emissions by a total of 2,854 tonnes and saved $435,000 worth of
“One of our key environmental goals for Pittwater by 2020 is to reduce
annual greenhouse gas emissions by 10%, and with this outstanding
response from our residents we are well on our way,” Mr Ferguson said.
“There are an estimated 6,074 eligible fridges in the Pittwater area,
so I’d encourage residents who have not yet taken advantage of the
scheme to participate.”
“Households who dispose of a second fridge save an average of $190 a
year in electricity bills and 8 tonnes of greenhouse gases“, added Mr
Collection of your fridge can be arranged free-of-charge from your home
providing the removal involves 20 stairs or less. Households with six
stairs or less will be eligible for a $35.00 rebate. If a
involves 21 or more stairs a fee will apply.
Residents can find out more about the scheme by calling Fridge Buyback
on 1800 709 401 during business hours or by visiting www
Media contact: Rennae
Projceski Ph: 9970 1216
and Organic Food sought for Palm Beach Market
After a successful trial late last year,
Council will hold a market at Palm Beach during March, May, October and
December this year.
The first Palm Beach Market of the year will be held at Governor
Phillip Park, close to the North Palm Beach Surf Club on Sunday 22
March between 9am and 3pm.
Organiser Nikki Griffith said the Council would be seeking stallholders
to participate in the March market, with applications accepted until
Friday 6 March.
“We’re looking to broaden the market’s appeal this year by including
fresh produce and organic food after surveying customers at last year’s
markets,” she said.
Ms Griffith said that she was also interested in stallholders with
unusual or unique products for sale.
To download an application form visit www.pittwater.nsw.gov.au or phone
9970 1355. Applications close at 5pm on Friday 6 March.
Media contact: Les Munn, Pittwater
Council, Ph: 9970 1354
Reference Group Appointed
The reference groups were created by the Council late last year as a
way of consulting the community more effectively on issues affecting
Pittwater residents. Read more here.....
Downturn in Income from Developers
Pittwater Council anticipates that income from developer contributions
– known as Section 94 funds – will reduce by up to 10% in the next ten
years. Read more here.....
Women on Water (WOW)
International Women's Day (IWD) Celebration
A reminder that BOOKINGS ARE ESSENTIAL for the IWD breakfast which will
take place at Bayview Kiosk on 6 March commencing at 7.30am.
To book please email email@example.com or ring Joy on 0431 660 416.
A small number of places are still available but are filling fast.
Speaker: Dr Robyn Iredale, Adjunct Associate Professor,
Australian Demographic and Social Research Institute, ANU, will speak
about the consequences of the Sex Discrimination Act, 25 years on.
Robyn worked at the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission in
the late 1980s with Quentin Bryce, the then Sex Discrimination
Friday 6th March 2009
1714 Pittwater Road, Bayview - (near Gibson’s Marina and the
Offshore Directory (POD)
days to get your advertisement, or phone number in the POD
Final date for placement of ads has been
extended to 10th March( Island Time!!).
Cass Gye ( Scotland Island) - firstname.lastname@example.org
Joy Purvis (Western Shore Contact) email@example.com
9979 9667 or 0431 660 416.
Peninsula Music Club Program
|Scheduled for Loquat Valley Anglican Prep
1977 Pittwater Road, Bayview
Join us in 2009!
Five fabulous concerts for only $55.00 annual membership
the Program here
Ticks and How to deal with them..
Marion came up with this great idea about a Tick Info Exchange. A place
where information, anecdotes and cures can be submitted on a regular
Here is her contribution to get the ball rolling.
Ticks seem to be upon us again and if you like me, suffer from tick
related allergies, perhaps you would like to share some knowledge,
information, handy hints with the rest of the community.
Personally I have received help through my doctor Lorna Scott, Avalon
who uses homeopathic remedies. Dr Glerum in Mona Vale was the first,
who alerted me to the fact that some people become sensitive to the
meta-bisulphites eg, preservatives, vinegar, mushrooms, processed
foods, olives etc. Apparently some people can be allergic to red meats.
Last week I attended a talk by someone from ASCIA who told us that
there is a lot of useful information on ticks on their website
www.allergy.org.au. She said that rather than pulling ticks out with
tweezers causing more proteins to be injected, you can instantly kill
the tick by spraying it with 'Auto Stop' another brand being 'Start you
bastard' available through auto suppliers (check this information at
At the beginning of this year my husband Michael contracted 'Spotted
Fever' from a tick bite and discovered that there were about 10 other
people who had had it in both Lovett and Elvina Bays. He said it felt
like having Malaria and even though he took the antibiotics straight
away it took him a couple of weeks before he felt anywhere near normal.
Luckily once you have had it you seem to build up a resistance to it,
unlike people who suffer from allergies, who become more sensitive the
more tick bites you have.
Women’s Day Breakfast
is the flyer for our International Women’s Day Breakfast which will be
held on Friday 6th March. Those of you who were there last
know what a great morning it was.
This year, our guest speaker will be Barbara Williams AO (a short bio
is on the flyer). For those of you who receive a copy of the
Pittwater Life, there will be an article about Barbara in the February
edition. There will also be a short article on the Newsletter
accompanying the Pittwater Rate Notices.
Please post your booking early as places are limited and the Breakfast
is usually booked out some weeks before the day. We would be
disappointed if you could not be accommodated.
If you know of anyone else who may be interested to come, please feel
free to send on this flyer.
Zonta Club of Northern Beaches
Download the Program here
Youth Choir on the Island !!!
"If the king
loves music there is little wrong in the land" Chinese proverb
FOR SINGERS ON THE ISLAND
Luisa (02) 9999.4885
As soon as we get a certain number of committed singers, we will start
rehearsals. The conductor is waiting for you. If you have any
questions, please contact us.
Free Intro Night
Wednesday 11th March. 7:30pm.
- Feel Inspired
- Unleash your Imagination
- Increase your productivity
- Build confidence
- Overcome fears
- Eliminate self-criticism
- Move past procrastination
- Eradicate Limiting Beliefs
This course will be held IN ELVINA BAY!
Limited Seats Reserve Your Space Now! CALL - 0430 300 964
If you have something for sale that
you think locals would like - let us know and we will put a
SINGLE line entry in the PON at the beginning of each month...
The Local Guide
in Pittwater - Self Editing
Event Calendar Click
| Scotland Island
Traders - On-line shopping
from your computer, through your door on Scotland Island. Contact
Graeme on 0419460331 or click
here for full details
Island Children's Centre,
Catherine Park (Long Day Care Service) 7.30am - 5.30pm (Tues,
Weds & Thurs)
Playgroup @ Children's Centre every Monday, 10.00am - 12 midday
Other services include: School Holiday Programme / Facility &
For information please call 02 9979 7856 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
LOCAL REAL ESTATE AGENTS:
|ALL EMERGENCIES (Police - Fire - Ambulance)
Assistance Line & Information
1444 or 9281 0000
Bay Water Police
7899 or 0412 162 093
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
Membership of SIRA,
Emergency Scotland Island Water Contacts and
Application for Water + Guidelines for water, in one document: click
here for information (while online) Download the
Scotland Island 'Water Agreement' by clicking
BUSES and RAILWAYS:
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
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found and read at https://www.ymlp.com/pubarchive.php?sira
or by clicking
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