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Scotland Island - Western Shores - Mackerel Beach

November 1, 2022

Newsletter for the Offshore Residents of Pittwater, Australia - Volume 23, Issue 1187

We acknowledge and pay our respects to the Traditional Custodians of Pittwater, as well as our Indigenous readers


'The Authentic You' Masterclass

Scotland Island

5 & 6 November

Mandy Nolan and George Catsi are coming to the island for a weekend workshop: 'The Authentic You'.

This workshop is about your story. It’s about how your narrative intersects with everything you do. It’s the ‘why’ of you. It’s about your purpose, about what drives you and it’s about the courage to stand in your truth.

Performance coach, presenter, comedian, writer and former Greens candidate Mandy Nolan teams up with creative producer, social entrepreneur and doctor in persuasive performance, Dr George Catsi to present this unique and empowering masterclass ’The Authentic You’. It's dynamic. It's deep. It's fun. It's a game changer!

This could be the workshop that changes the way you tell the story of what you do and who you are!  It has been just that for the hundreds of people from all over the country who have participated in this two-day transformative workshop.

Running over two days, 5 & 6 November, Mandy and George will share performance techniques they utilise to create quick rapport and real connection with their audience. 

Drawing from more than three decades of live performance experience, Mandy Nolan brings a wealth of practical knowledge of working with audiences of all shapes and sizes, while national award-winning writer and academic Catsi brings the profound insights that will transform your idea of standing in front of an audience!

Mandy and George will be there to guide you to the triumph of stepping into your most authentic you!

Regards, George and Mandy

For further information, and to book, click here.


Creative Drawing Weekend

Scotland Island Recreation Centre

12 & 13 November, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Sydney Art Space is very excited to be hosting a Creative Drawing Weekend Immersion on beautiful Scotland Island. This workshop will be tutored by Sydney Art Space Director and artist Christine Simpson. It will focus on the figure on day 1, with the life model, and abstraction of the figure on day 2.
Only a limited number of places remain available.

6B, 2B and HB lead pencils
Graphite stick
Willow charcoal
Putty erasure
A3 drawing pad
Drawing paper, sizes Drawing pad A3, 2 sheets A2 & 1 sheet A1
PVA Glue
Black Indian ink
Various brushes for ink and wash
2 Small plastic containers

For enrolment and accommodation options please click here.


The Tuesday Discussion Group

Scotland Island Recreation Centre

Tuesday 15 November, 11 am - 12.30 pm

The Recreation Club runs a discussion group, meeting on the third Tuesday of each month, from 11 am to 12.30 pm in the Recreation Centre. Everyone is welcome.

Members take it in turn to design a session. In October Sarah Polomka led a discussion based around political cartoons, inviting each member to bring along an example of the genre. 

For the November meeting, Kathy James will be asking 'should Australia re-examine its policies on asylum seekers?' 

Listen to The Philosopher's Zone, ABC Radio National, in which author Serena Parek suggests innovative reforms.

Listen to 'Revisited: How the Tampa Affair Changed Australia's Stance on Asylum Seekers' in which David Marr and Abbas Nazari trace current refugee policies back to the 2001 Tampa incident. Nazari, then a seven-year-old boy, was among those rescued by the Tampa.

‎A summary of current Labor policy can be found here. For a comparison of the policies of different political parties, click here.

The group is administered via a WhatsApp group, which will be used to distribute further information about this and future discussions.If you would like to be added to the group, send your mobile phone number to editor@scotlandisland.org.au.

Alternatively, contact Jane Rich (janebalmain@hotmail.com) for more information or to express your interest in participating. 


Jazz Concert

Scotland Island Community Hall

Saturday 19 November, 7:30 - 9:30 pm

To book tickets, click here.



Scotland Island Community Hall

Sunday 20 November, 10:00 am - 12:00 noon

The annual general meeting of Scotland Island's residents’ association is coming up in November. All residents are invited to attend. At the meeting, brief reports about SIRA activities over the last year will be provided, and members will elect a new committee.

The committee needs new people to join! If you feel you can contribute to the volunteer work that the Committee undertakes each year, we strongly encourage you to seek nomination. Meetings are held about once every six weeks.

Nominations are invited for officers (president, vice-presidents (2), secretary, treasurer) and for ordinary committee members (5-10 people). Nominations must be sent to the secretary at secretary@SIRA.org.au at least 7 days before the AGM (ie by 13 November for the AGM on 20 November).

Nominations must be in writing, signed by two members of the association and accompanied by the written consent of the candidate (which can be on the nomination form or provided separately).

To download the nomination form, click here.


International Folk Dancing

Scotland Island Community Hall

Saturday 26 November, 7 - 9 pm

The Recreation Club asks for $5 per person per attendance to defray expenses.


Scotland Island Café

Catherine Park, Scotland Island

Sunday 27 November, 10 am - 1 pm


Christmas Market

Catherine Park, Scotland Island

Sunday 27 November, 10 am - 1 pm

Prospective storeholders, click here.


Newcomers' Welcome

Catherine Park, Scotland Island

Sunday 27 November, 10 am - 1 pm

As part of the Christmas market there will be opportunities for residents new to Scotland Island to collect information on essential services and offshore activities.

There will be a special table offering information on services, (eg water, fire, community vehicle, bush care, communications etc), as well as various island recreational events.

Any provider who would like to be included in this please contact me. Anyone new to the island will find this very useful and we look forward to meeting you at the Christmas Market.

Rosemary (0410500704)


Art Exhibition: 'Rewilding'

Curl Curl Creative Space, 105 Abbott Rd, North Curl Curl

Exhibition: 7 - 18 December (open Wed - Sun, 10am - 4pm)

Artists' talks: Saturday, 10 December, 11 am

Elvina Bay residents Michelle Ball and Lisa Atkins, both keen bush regenerators, will be exhibiting their artworks at Curl Curl Creative Space for two weeks in December.

Their paintings and sculptures explore the beauty of a disappearing environment. Although the exhibition is centred around the destruction of native flora and fauna, it manages to share the artists' joy in what remains of the bush, as well as their hopes for its future.

'Rewilding is what bush regeneration is all about', explains Michelle, a former creative director in the publishing industry. Lisa and I spend hours removing the weeds that are taking over the beautiful bush surrounding us around Pittwater. As we worked, we both thought about our artistic practices. And so the idea for the exhibition was born.'

From the spotted pardalote (Pardalotus punctatus) flying high in the canopy, to the majestic soaring trunks of the eucalyptus (Corymbia maculata), Michelle has focussed on documenting species that Northern Beaches Council has listed as endangered. In the work shown to the left, Michelle, using oil on cotton, has placed a branch of the endangered spotted gum in an 18th century vase, while tiny pardalotes, who are also under threat of extinction, sit on the branch.

Lisa's focus is the flora surrounding her home. With her awareness of the native landscape and its capacity for regrowth, she forages and recycles, turning what she finds into sculptures.


Western Foreshores Ball

Elvina Bay fire shed and park

Saturday 21 January 2023, 6:30 pm onwards

We're going to have a ball!

Join us for cocktails and finger food, and support your favourite charity by purchasing an outlandish frock (or whatever takes your fancy) for this quirky event — “The Second Hand Ball”.

Dress is strictly black tie. At least one item of your attire must be second hand — so start looking in your favourite charity shop to find that prize winning stunner, be it a glamorous frock or a small accessory. (Remember the premise of this event is to raise funds for charity as well as the WPCA.)

There will be games and prizes. Live entertainment by some of our local musical heroes will be sure to have everyone dancing the night away. This event promises to be a fun night.

Book now as tables are limited.

To help with catering, we ask that you RSVP and prepay via EFT, then email the organisers with a list of who is attending (see instructions below).

BYO: Bring your favourite tipple and main meal. (Cocktails and finger food will be provided on arrival.)
RSVP: by Sunday 15 January. 

COST:  Adults       $40 per person.
             Families   $80 (2 adults + children under 16)
GROUP BOOKINGS: 8 or 10 people per table
INDIVIDUAL BOOKINGS: You will be allocated a table.

EFT details: West Pittwater Community Association
BSB: 062205
Account: 10184991
Ref: Add your group name or surname as reference.
Then email: treasurer@westpittwater.com.au with a list of the adults and children attending and indicating if there is a 'family' group in the booking.

If you are booking a table of 8 or 10 people, please make ONE payment for your group and then seek reimbursement from the individuals in your group.

We would like to stress that this is a NO DOG event.
Please leave pets at home for the evening.


Wanted: used tubestock pots and trays

If you have tubestock pots or trays that you don't want, please call or SMS me.

In terms of pots, I can make use of either the standard tubestock pots or the shorter kind, even the round ones (see photo, bottom left).

As for trays, I can use either the taller kind with slots for 50 tubestock pots (see photo, upper right) or the shorter trays which hold 70 pots (see photo, upper left).

I also need trays for growing seedlings (see photo, lower right).

Hazel 0428 062 398


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