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Scotland Island - Western Shores - Mackeral Beach

- July 2008 -

Newsletter for Offshore Residents of Pittwater, Australia Volume 9, Issue 328 July 2008     


Greetings from Central Australia. What an amazing country we live in. So golden, its countryside, its mineral wealth, its people. The assistant editor and I have travelled more than 8000km this month just to convince ourselves that we really do live in the best spot in Australia. You know my answer!

My apologies for the brevity of this edition. Back to full strength next month.


  • Cartoon of the Month
  • Pittwater Offshore Archival Pictures
  • Coastal Environment Centre goes Solar!
  • Christmas in July
  • The “Pantsdownpanto” is coming
  • Unveiling of interpretive signage
  • Membership of SIRA
  • A Winter Warming Recipe
  • A New Feature - For Sale
  • Local Guide
  • 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



    Pittwater Offshore Archival Pictures

    This is one of a series of old photographs collected, scanned and presented by Leicester Warburton. You will remember Leicester as the author of 'History Corner', now in retirement! We look forward to a wonderful image each month. More information about these photos can be made by contacting Leicester at leicesterw2@bigpond.com

    Coastal Environment Centre goes Solar!

    Pittwater Council’s Coastal Environment Centre at Narrabeen will be the beneficiary of seven solar panels after successfully applying for a federal government rebate of nearly $8000 from the Australian Greenhouse Office to install them.

    The panels will be installed early next week and once operational, will supply the Centre with around 30% of its energy needs. Currently, the Centre uses 94% coal fired power and also purchases 6% of its electricity from the Green Power Scheme.

    The panels will be grid connected, which means the Coastal Environment Centre will be eligible to claim rebates in the future on its electricity bills. The system installed will generate up to 1400 watts of power and save approximately $500 on annual power bills.

    Jo Tulau from the Centre said she hoped the installation of the solar panels would encourage local residents to think about renewable energy closer to home.

    “There are still generous rebates available for solar panel installation in residential homes,” she said.

    She said the Centre would be used as a demonstration site for solar power through a community education program to be launched later this year.

    “The money we’re saving on our electricity bills will be put towards the education program,” Ms Tulau said. She said the education program would include a monitoring system which would show real-time and historical data on electricity usage and savings generated by the solar panels.

    Jo Tulau, Coastal Environment Centre Ph: 9970 6905

    Christmas in July

    The Scotland Island Rural Fire Brigade is delighted to invite members & friends to join us for our famous, traditional, home cooked "Christmas in July" dinner.

    Date: Saturday, 19 July
    Time: 7.00pm
    Cost: $45
    Tickets: from PMC Hill Real Estate or www.sirfb.org.au

    There will be loads of prizes up for grabs in the raffles and a fully licensed bar. Santa is due to drop in too! Then we'll boogie the night away with Joes Garage.

    The “Pantsdownpanto” is coming.

    'Mark your Diaries!  The “Pantsdownpanto” is coming. 

    Scotland Island Players' next production is up and running on Friday 25th, Saturday 26 July, Friday 1st August and Saturday 2nd August at 8pm; and a “G” rated kids matinee on Sunday 27th July at 3pm.

     Is it a “fractured fairy tale”, a “panti-drama”, 'musical mayhem' or 'off (shore) colour'?    Come see for yourself whether Mother’s Goose is cooked or Mother Gooses the island.  You may even find out Wee Willie Winkie’s dark secret and see what Pussy in Boots gets up to.  As for Simply Simon and his 'teddy'.........

    Keep watching for info on ticket sales.'

    Unveiling of interepretive signage

    The Plateau Park Bushcare Group will be host on Saturday 5th July to local residents and friends for the unveiling of interpretive signage by David James, Mayor of Pittwater.
    Plateau Park is at 132A Plateau Rd Bilgola Plateau (just north of the school) and is home to the endangered Duffys Forest ecological community.
    Proceedings commence at 10am and will be followed by short tours of the Park and morning tea.
    We do hope you and your friends can attend.
    Can you please send this on to anyone you think may be interested?

    Ken Hughes
    02 9918 9170

    A Chilling Author Talk

    One of society’s greatest taboo subjects – a mother who cannot love her children – will be discussed by debut novelist Camilla Noli at Mona Vale Library on Tuesday 1 July 2008.

    Camilla Noli is a graduate of the Varuna Writing Program and will talk about her first book Still Waters, a chilling novel about a woman who has children and probably never should have.

    In the book Noli explores the idea that not all women are naturally maternal or nurturing. She also discusses the long-held view that sees mothers as second-class citizens and thereby diminished in status.

    Through the voice of an anonymous narrator, the book’s main character, the reader is privy to innermost secrets that are a distorted echo of the emotions of every woman as a mother, lover, friend and daughter.

    Book reviewer Lucy Clark of the Sunday Telegraph described the narrator of Still Waters as ‘a compelling and disturbing character’ and said the book is ‘hard to put down’.

    The Author Talk will begin at 6.30pm at Mona Vale library, 1 Park Street, Mona Vale on 1 July. Bookings are essential and admission is $7.50 ($5.50 concession) which includes light refreshments will be served. To book phone 9970 1605.

    Renewal of Membership of SIRA

    Renewal of your membership to SIRA, (Scotland Island Residents Association) may be due now.The application form can be downloaded by clicking here. Membership is an important part of the financial Support that your residents association needs to maintain the valuable services it offers to island residents. Membership is essentialif you plan to use the emergency water system.

    A Winter Warming Recipe

    Corn Beef and Cabbage Tarts

    • 2 crust pastry recipe

    • 2 Tbsp. olive oil

    • 1 red onion, chopped

    • 1/2 large head red cabbage, chopped

    • 3 cloves garlic, minced

    • 3 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar

    • 1 tsp. sugar

    • 1/2 cup water

    • 1/2 cup cooked cubed corned beef or ham

    • 1 cup cubed Gruyere or Swiss cheese

    • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

    Prepare pie crust and divide dough into four pieces. Roll out each between waxed paper into 12cm rounds. Fit each into a 6cm tart ring, or simply put the crusts on two cookie sheets. Set aside.

    Preheat oven to 200 degrees. Sauté onion in olive oil in a large skillet until soft. Then add cabbage, vinegar, sugar, and 1/2 cup water. Cover pan and simmer for 10 minutes, until cabbage is soft, stirring frequently. Then uncover pan and cook for 5-8 minutes longer on medium high heat, stirring frequently, until liquid is absorbed.

    Divide half of the cabbage mixture evenly among the pastry circles. If you aren't using the tart rings, just mound the mixture in the centre of the circles of pastry. Divide the corned beef evenly onto the cabbage mixture. Sprinkle with Gruyere cheese cubes and grated Parmesan cheese, and top with remaining cabbage mixture. Fold crust edges over the top of the cabbage mixture, pleating to form a ruffled edge. Bake tarts at 425 degrees for 20-30 minutes. Remove tart rings and serve. Serves 4

    A New Feaure - For Sale

    Each month, your editor will choose an item for sale from the many requests that are made and to start the ball rolling, here is the first:

    Basically, we have for sale  - an Oval  Bronze Glass table top ,  L- 6 ft. (1830 metric) by W - 4 ft. (1220 m)  It is 12mm thick, toughened glass. in excellent condition, and we are asking $280.00 ono. Reason for sale - we have just replaced it with a larger version (8 seater) which cost $1500 plus.  Picture attached.   Contact Audrey or Brian Cross, 59 Florence Tce. Scotland Island. Tel 02 9997 8820 or bacross2@optusnet.com.au

    The local guide

    What's On in Pittwater - Self Editing Event Diary 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  
    Local Real Estate Agents:  
    Century 21 Showcase Pittwater 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.
    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
    Local Transport: 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)
    Local Accommodation
    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

    Emergency Contact Numbers

    • NSW Police: 000, Police Assistance Line: 13 1444, 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

    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)

    Airlines, Buses and Railways

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


    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

    Archived Newsletters A complete set of past electronic newsletters since May 2000 can be found and read at https://www.ymlp.com/pubarchive.php?sira or by clicking here or by visiting the Mona Vale Library. The Island website is at www.scotlandisland.org.au


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