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Scotland Island - Western Shores - Mackeral Beach
- March 2009 -
Newsletter for Offshore Residents of Pittwater, Australia - Volume 10, Issue 373
March 2009


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 businesses. West Pittwater Rural Fire Brigades contribution of $2500 from their funds brought the total public donations from this small community to nearly $14000.00 !

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 come 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 from the show have been been posted on the Offshore Photo Gallery.

Speaking of the Photo Gallery, more photos have been added, with 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...


  • Cartoon of the Month
  • Island Cafe says Thankyou
  • Telstra Payphone Decision
  • Local Artist Wins Award
  • Invasive Seaweed in Pittwater
  • Wine Syndicate Wine Tasting
  • Island Dogs
  • Local Council Notices
  • Women on Water IWD Celebration
  • POD Phone Numbers - Hurry closing days
  • Peninsula Music Club 2009 Series
  • Tick Exchange
  • Zonta Club Breakfast
  • Youth Choir on Island ?
  • Creativity Workshop
  • For Sale
  • The Local Guide
  • Join SIRA
  • Archived Newsletters
  • Your subscription Information

  • Cartoon of the Month

    Gwyn Perkins

    Download a full version of this months calendar, ready for printing - click the calendar image to the right →


    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 and buyers.

    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 with.

    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 Rob.

    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.





    Telstra Public Payphones on Great Mackerell Beach & Scotland Island.
    A Letter from Telstra
    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 abovementioned locations.

    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 will 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 available.

    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 April 2009.

    Thank you again for your expression of concern.
    Payphone Provisioning Manager
    Payphone Solutions

    Local Artist Wins Prestigious Award.
    Paul Smith (MASTER PRINTMAKER) Scotland Island

    Last 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

    Selected exhibitions
    2006 Retrospective. “25 Years as a Printmaker” Tarangua National Trust Homes
    2006 “Shape of Water” Exhibition and installation Scotland Island Festival
    2006 “Ebb and Flow” Newport Artworks Gallery Group Exhibition
    2004  “Island H’arts”  Tarrangaua  Group Exhibition
    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 Pittwater

    Valuable information on this invasive seaweed

    Caroline Adams 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 or email aquatic.pests@dpi.nsw.gov.au where it is.

     Click the Image above to download the FULL brochure.


    Pittwater Offshore Wine Syndicate
    Next Wine Tasting - March Sunday 29


    Dogs Dogs Dogs..
    A timely 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 mother about unleashed dogs scaring her children. Dogs are an integral part of 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 guidelines. 

    Here is a summary of the responsibilities of dog owners under the Act:
    • 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 person;
    • 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.
    For further information download the guide here


    Local Council Notices  

    Macular Degeneration Information Session
    The Macular Degeneration Foundation in conjunction with Mona Vale Library invites you to attend a free information session on Macular Degeneration.
    Tuesday 17 March 2009 - 2pm to 4pm
    Mona Vale Memorial Hall
    1606 Pittwater Road
    Mona Vale

    To RSVP phone the Macular Degeneration Foundation: 1800 111 709

    Double click to download

    Pittwater Ranks 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 working order. 

    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 electricity use.

    “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 Ferguson.

    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 removal 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 www.fridgebuyback.com.au   

    Media contact:     Rennae Projceski  Ph: 9970 1216

    Fresh Produce and Organic Food sought for Palm Beach Market
    After a successful trial late last year, Pittwater 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

    Community 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.....

    Council Expects 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)
    Reminder – 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 joy.purvis@gmail.com or ring Joy on 0431 660 416.

    A small number of places are still available but are filling fast.

    Guest 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 Commissioner.

    Date:         Friday 6th March 2009
    Venue:      Bayview Kiosk
                    1714 Pittwater Road, Bayview - (near Gibson’s Marina and the Green Pearl)


    Pittwater Offshore Directory (POD)
    Final 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) - cassgye@spin.net.au

    Joy Purvis (Western Shore Contact) joy.purvis@gmail.com
    9979 9667 or 0431 660 416.


    Peninsula Music Club Program
    2009 Concert Series Program
    Scheduled for Loquat Valley Anglican Prep School Bayview
    1977 Pittwater Road, Bayview

    Join us in 2009!
    Five fabulous concerts for only $55.00 annual membership

    Download the Program here


    Tick Exchange...
    Information regarding 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 basis.

    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 above link)

    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.


    Zonta Club
     International Women’s Day Breakfast

    Attached 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 year 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.
    Tricia Haines
    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

    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.




    Creativity Workshop 
    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

    Download  here


    For Sale 
    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

    What's On in Pittwater - Self Editing Event Calendar
    Click Here
    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
    Scotland 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 & Equipment Hire
    For information please call 02 9979 7856 or email:  siocs@comcen.com.au

    Century 21 Showcase Pittwater (click for property news) L.J.Hooker Mona Vale
    PMC Hill (subscribe to their newsletter here) Pittwater Real Estate

    Local Pittwater Council, or email them at Pittwater_council@pittwater.nsw.gov.au  or by clicking here
    Federal: Bronwyn Bishop, Member for Mackellar by clicking here or Bronwyn.Bishop.MP@aph.gov.au
    State: Rob Stokes, Member for Pittwater, at pittwater@parliament.nsw.gov.au or by clicking here

    Scotland Island Community Vehicle: Info: click here. Phone (0404103700)    Church Point Ferries (0408296997) Church Point Ferry Timetable click here  Manly Warringah Cabs (0299725600) Palm Beach Cruises (0299974815) Pink Water Taxi (0428238190)

    Bed & Breakfast: Scotland Island Lodge: or http://www.scotlandislandlodge.com.au (0299793301)
    Yacht Clubs Woody Point Yacht Club  or http://www.wpyc.com.au 
      Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club or http://www.rpayc.com.au/
    Short Term Holiday Accommodation: ) Wiringulla Retreat (0299718375) or here
      Treetops on Towlers Bay' (0293322611) info@walkabouttours.com.au
    Budget Accommodation:

    On the doorstep of the Ku-ring-gai Chase N P: Pittwater YHA, Ph 0299995748 www.yha.com.au/hostels/details.cfm?hostelid=31 

    Local Pittwater Studies Website: http://www.pittlink.net/ls
    Scotland Island Rural Fire Brigade: http://www.sirfb.org.au

    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
    NSW Fire Service General Information 9265 2999 9265 2999
    Rural Fire Service 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

    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 here (while online)

    Sydney Airport:
    Arrivals and Departures
    Virgin Blue:

    Sydney Buses: Information.

    Sydney Ferries:
    City Rail:
    Timetables & Information.
    Country Link Rail:

    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 sirapittwater@hotmail.com
    Join WPCA To join the Western Pittwater Community Association, contact Michael Wiener at m2wiener@bigpond.net.au

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