Scotland Island - Western Shores - Mackeral Beach

- June 2003 -

Newsletter for Offshore Residents of Pittwater, Australia  Volume 5, Issue 44 June 2003


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In this Issue:

  • Results of the Elections at the Scotland Island AGM
  • Scotland Island AGM Report
  • Catherine Park Draft Design Meeting
  • POP for Peace Report
  • Accommodation at Christmas
  • The Black and White Ball
  • Walking Maps for Older People
  • Bush Regeneration
  • First Sod Turned  
  • The Local Guide
  • Archived Newsletters
  • Your Subscription Information

    Results of the Scotland Island AGM Elections
    President:            Greg Roberts
    Vice Presidents:   Paul Purvis
                                Jennifer Knox
    Hon. Treasurer:    Deryn Vokins
    Hon. Secretary:    Pip Atkins


    John Aufmanis
    Trudi Engler
    Rosemary Haskell
    Adrienne Hunt
    Shar Jones
    Annette Ritchie
    Rod Smith
    Gillian Unwin


    Landcare/Stormwater Work Group:
    Sharon Kinnison

    Community Vehicle:
    Harriet Stacey

    David Wardman

    Public Officer:

    Kevin Stapley


    Scotland Island AGM Report


     #  Enhancement of Island assets of around $130,000 – Stormwater Grant for Catherine Park catchment, new Community Vehicle.

    Additional work by Council to repair and improve the Community Hall is not known, but would be a significant amount, additional to this figure.  It is very welcome, and appreciated.

    Council has also been carrying out further maintenance roadwork, the cost of which is significant,  This roadwork is always greatly appreciated.

    #  In addition, work carried out by volunteer groups (e.g. Tennis Wharf rockwork, construction and installation of the ‘Sunset Seat’, planting of natives etc), very significant in value, but hard to quantify.

    #  Residents becoming involved in improving other catchment areas on the Island.

    #  Church Point Precinct Master Plan being developed by the design group of 4 representatives (1 from each Association), working with Council, and funded by Council and DLAWC ($60,000).

    #  Emergency Water – Line 3 largely upgraded.  Flow rate increased substantially with the new ‘Sydney Water Approved’ pipeline.  Homes now getting water for the first time. 

    Estimated cost for the total replacement of the 3 Lines is around $60 – 70,000.  EW Committee working towards becoming a direct private customer of Sydney Water.  Public Liability insurance is a hurdle to overcome.

    Also working towards the long term water and sewerage for the Island in approx. 10 years.

    #  Public Wharves tie-up.  Work starting with Council to maximize and regularize the tie up of tinnies to the wharves.  Participation will be required by all the commuters with tinnies.

    #  Community Vehicle – now available 7 days a week, 9 am to 9 pm.  Forty families are using it on a regular basis, plus others on a casual basis.  Major aim – to reduce the number of vehicles on the Island.

    #  Catherine Park design now on display at all the wharves and at the Community Hall.  A public meeting is being held at the Community Hall on Sunday, June 8 at 10.00 am to handle questions and comments.  Submissions to go to Council by the end of the month.  All residents with an interest in this park are welcome to attend (and this includes of course, residents from all the offshore areas).

    Catherine Park Draft Design Meeting



    The draft design is now displayed at all the wharves and also at the Community Hall. Please study carefully and come to the meeting with any questions and comments.

    Pop for Peace Report

    Report on POP Peace Picnic Sunday 4th May

    We wish to thank all the people of whom there are many, who played a part in making the POP Peace Picnic such a success. The presence of the families and the Principals from Punchbowl and Newport Public Schools who braved the weather, made it a special day indeed. The Council gave us the keys to the community hall and so the day was saved by the fact that we were able to shelter from the rain if need be.

    There were children everywhere it seemed. Some were painting the wonderful Peace Painting and Peace Dove flags in the hall. These will be displayed at both schools and hopefully will be back again for the Spring Fair. There were kids playing games and running sack and three-legged races in between showers.

    After everyone had lunched and we were ready to have the talks, miraculously from all directions more and more of the community turned up, clad in raincoats and carrying umbrellas.  The informal speeches were from the heart and expressed support for not only the Iraqi Appeal, but for working for a Peaceful multicultural Australia and that is what it felt like, as I looked around at the faces of those who stood under umbrellas and under the veranda catching the odd drip as the rain fell gently.

    Most astounding of all, was the fact that at the end of the day we counted the donations and to our surprise we had reached our target of one thousand dollars, $1005 to be exact.

    This money will be going to Oxfam’s Iraqi Appeal. Emmie Collins did a great job filling in for the Oxfam representative, who was ill on the day. She explained that the Community Aid program was firstly to provide water for the refugees, now in camps along the Syrian border and that the long term aims would be to support community run projects utilising the expertise of the Iraqi’s themselves to rebuild Iraq.

    Karen Lambert took the opportunity to launch a UNICEF fund raising appeal and stay posted for more information about this.

    Once again, our thanks to Church Point Ferry service and to the many people who helped organise the picnic both before and on the day.

    Marion Edols

    Accommodation at Christmas Wanted

    Do you have a house you would like to let next Christmas? A previous tenant on Scotland Island would like to return for a few weeks to visit family and friends. If you can help please email the people by clicking here


    The Black and White Ball

    Everyone is invited to attend a fundraiser for the Scotland Island Preschool on
    Friday June 6th from 7.30pm at the Scotland Island Community Hall
     Featuring the ever entertaining John Brownrigg and ”The Blues Mekanics”
    For tickets please contact one of the following committee members…
    Cheryl: 9997 1703, Linda: 9979 4149, Grace: 9999 0608

    Hurry! Numbers are limited - no tickets will be available on the night

    Lucky door and raffle prizes will be drawn during the evening
    (see committee members for tickets - $2 each / 3 for $5)
    cost: $45 per person (includes finger food/alcohol available from the bar)

    Walking Maps for Older People
    Are you 55 years or older? Do you enjoy going for walks around Pittwater? Then you will be interested to know that our Social Planning and Community Development team has received funding from the Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing to develop walking maps and walking groups for older people in Pittwater.

    If you know about any interesting and stimulating walks suitable for older people in the Pittwater area, or would like to be involved in developing the walking maps, please contact Jennifer Moran on 9970 1199 or email

    Bush Regeneration

    The first Saturday each month.

    Saturday 7 June - I know it's the long weekend but I'm sure not everyone is going away. Why would you leave PARADISE ?

    Just bring gloves/water/hat. Tools and afternoon tea provided.

    If you are new to the Island, perhaps you might like to come along and speak to our professional Bush Regeneration Officer provided by Council.

    We meet on the top road in Elizabeth Park any time from 1pm - 4pm. Come for just an hour (or more) and see what progress we have made - you will be amazed.

    If you can't find us or would like more information please call Annette - 0418 434 453.

    First Sod Turned  

    Next Tuesday 3 June Pittwater Mayor Patricia Giles will turn the sod in the first stage of the exciting Village Park Mona Vale project. The official ceremony will be held near Mona Vale Library at 10am, with Pittwater Councillors and staff, builder Multiplex, architects Brewster Hjorth and representatives of relevant community groups in attendance. Pittwater MP John Brogden and Mackellar MP the Hon Bronwyn Bishop have also been invited.


  • The local guide

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    Local Real Estate Agents:

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

    Government Organisations:

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    Local Accommodation:

    Emergency Contact Numbers

    • NSW Police: 000, general information 9281 0000
    • 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: general information 9457 9322
    • Dept of Community Services: general information 9977 6011
    • Sydney Water: 132 090
    • Energy Australia: 131 388, (ah) 131 909

    Airlines, Buses and Railways

    Sydney Airport: Arrivals and Departures

    Qantas Information

    Sydney Buses information.

    Virgin Blue Information

    NSW Railway Timetables and Information.

    Northern Beaches Airport Shuttle (9913 9912)


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