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Scotland Island - Western Shores - Mackeral Beach

- December 2007 -

Newsletter for Offshore Residents of Pittwater, Australia Volume 9, Issue 278 December 2007     


It has been wonderful to watch the number of subscribers to this newsletter grow in number by another 10% this year. Although we have an automatic system in place that detects that you have changed your email address, we cannot find out your new address! So, please, if you are about to change your email address click the link at the very bottom of this newsletter to let me know!  And remember to tell that new neighbour of yours know about the newsletter. They can sign on at www.scotlandisland.org.au/signup



  • History Corner
  • Cartoon of the Month
  • Granny Transport on the Island Required
  • Rocky Horror - A review
  • Church Point Plan of Management
  • FOUND: Binoculars 
  • The Federal Election
  • The Fine Print - how did we vote?
  • Christmas Cocktails - Cosmopolitan Champagne
  • Asparagus Fern- Pittwater's Worst Weed
  • Boat Licences - Police and NSW Maritime now checking
  • The Scotland Island kindy needs more carers!
  • Public Meeting Mona Vale Community Hall
  • Cleaning Job at Youth Hostel Pittwater
  • Penguin Summit
  • Carols @ Carols
  • Local Guide
  • Archived Newsletters
  • Your Subscription Information
  • History Corner
    According to the pioneering historian Maybanke Anderson, Phillip was fascinated by the potential of Pittwater and the Hawkesbury. Three explorations of the latter revealed that the banks of the big river and its tributaries featured “good light soil and beautiful trees like almond trees”. He believed that “the noble river” was very suitable for settlement and, during the following months 70 settlers were sent there. One of the first pair was James Ruse, later to achieve fame as the first man to successfully grow wheat in Australia.

    For these early settlers, Pittwater became their port, since they could only reach Sydney by water. But this, of course, had limitations and a road was soon made to the banks of the river. The Green Hills was the apt name for the first settlement and it soon began to produce potatoes and other vegetables as well as wheat for the new colony. By 1803 it was found to be necessary to gazette stringent regulations concerning the carrying of produce in rowing or sailing boats which, at first, were the only conveyances operating.

    One regulation warned the settler that “any person sending grain to Sydney in an open boat, or in a boat not trustworthy, would expect no protection from the magistrate.” Another said “If the master should take more grain than he can carry in safety, he shall forfeit five pounds to the Orphan Fund!”

    These regulations, particularly designed for safety and to preserve the much needed produce from the danger of overloading, then led to the building of more stable and commodious sloops and, by the following year, 16 were employed. At least four of these were built locally, almost certainly in Pittwater where ship building was beginning to be established in several places, later including Scotland Island. Others were built at Coal Harbour, soon to be named Newcastle.

    Boats continued to be the regular transport for the smaller settlers though overland transport was opening up. Near the end of 1804 prizes were offered for those who kept their boats in good order. Boats had to be registered so they could qualify for inspection and were required to be locked up at night. The regulations were put to the test in 1808, according to the Sydney Gazette, when five bushrangers, who had been captured at Parramatta and were travelling down the Parramatta River by boat, overpowered their soldier guardians, landed at Lane Cove and walked to Pittwater and found employment there.

    Leicester Warburton
    NEXT MONTH: Mullet Island and the Hawkesbury Bridge
    Cartoon of the Month

    Gwyn Perkins

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

    Granny Transport on the Island Required

    We are looking to rent or borrow a wheelchair or golf buggy, or similar, to transport our 90 year- old granny to and fro between Tennis Court Wharf and the Scotland Island Lodge during her stay with us from Christmas to the 17th January.

    If you can assist, please ring Derry on 0416 206 546.


    The Rocky Horror Show - A Review

    The last time I saw Rocky Horror Reg Livermore was in the lead and it was so long ago I can't remember who else was in the cast. It was an extravagant and lavish production which well deserved its excellent reviews. The recent production by the Scotland Island Players, tightly directed by Barbara Labram was right up there with it.

    The story centres around Brad and Janet and the fantastic inhabitants of a Transylvanian castle. As their car breaks down and they go for help in a nearby castle, innocent Janet (Emmie Collins) and her recently engaged fiancé, naive Brad (Brian Frankel) go to the old castle for help. Here they encounter some weird and wonderful characters including Riff Raff (Larry Woods), Dr Frank-n-Furter (Karl Mallon), Magenta (Tracy Smith), Columbia (Justine Kirri), Dr Scott (Bob Bolton) and Rocky (Phil Meek). John Travers as the narrator, Ruth Tedder as the Usherette and Andy Moy, Denise Catt and Bec Erdman as Phantoms as well as Andrew Bain, Lizzie Brand and Leslie Woods as Time Warp Phantoms wrap up the cast.

    The casting was brilliant and each performer seemed eminently suited to their roles. They all gave excellent, tight and very professional performances. They were all so good it is hard to pick out particular performers, but with my word limit, I can't discuss the entire cast in detail. Just to say that  Phil Meek was an hilarious Rocky, Bob Bolton did a great German Dr Scott and certainly Karl stood out as an absolutely fantastic (and gorgeous) Frank-n-Furter.

    The costumes were fabulous (thanks Lizzy), and the music, directed by David Richards supported by Maddy Banfield, Petra Godfrey, Gordon Floyd, Jon Hazelwood and Matt Lakeman was, as expected, extremely professional. As too was the make-up by Kerry Borthwick and the choreography (Denis Catt) . All those others that worked behind the scenes did a fantastic job'

    And also a gold star has to go to the audience. On the night I went their costumes were great and they participated in great spirit as usual. And congratulations to all those guys who wore fishnet stockings!

    As usual the standard of the Scotland Island Players goes from strength to strength.


    Church Point Plan of Management

    Pittwater Council will hold a public meeting to discuss the draft plan of management for Church Point Reserve. The meeting will take place on Tuesday 4 December at 7pm at the Mona Vale Memorial Hall in Park Street, Mona Vale.

    The meeting is the third in a series of public meetings to discuss the future use of the Reserve, and follows refinement of a draft plan of management first developed in 2004.
    The draft plan of management is designed to resolve longstanding concerns about the future use of the reserve, especially in relation to parking.

    The Council’s landscape architect Mark Eriksson said the current plan incorporated the views of offshore residents and comments from the NSW Department of Lands.

    “The key issue is what proportion of the reserve should be used for parking by offshore residents and what proportion should be maintained as open space,” he said.

    Mr Eriksson said the meeting would include an overview of the current draft plan and outline the remaining steps for the plan to be presented to the Council and then placed on public exhibition.

    He said that representatives from the Scotland Island Residents Association, the Western Foreshores Association, the Bayview-Church Point Residents Association and the Church Point Reserve Association would attend the meeting.

    “If residents have any enquiries at this stage they can contact their local representative or the Council.”

    The contacts are Ian Souter on 0414 991 991 (Scotland Island); Michael Weaner on 0413 396 080 (Western Foreshores) and Frank Makin on 9999 2233 (Bayview and Church Point).

    FOUND: Binoculars 

    I found a pair of binoculars on Cargo Wharf on Saturday 17 November. If you have lost them, please contact Gordon on 9997 2035

    The Federal Election

    The Hon. Bronwyn Bishop MP was returned to the seat of Mackellar in the recent federal election. Residents of the offshore communities congratulate her on her re-election and wish her well in her most important role as our representative to the federal government. Mrs Bishop has always been a strong supporter of our community, with it's special needs and it's ambition to be an example to the rest of Australia in areas such as water conservation and sustainability.

    Each edition of this newsletter has her contact details in the summary below. You can always ring her office or email her if you have a problem that you think needs the help of our federal representative.

    The Fine Print - how did we vote?

    You may be interested in the way in which we, as a community, voted. The details below show the polling results from the booth on Scotland Island. The two links following the results will take you to the electoral web site and will give you results that are very up to date.





    Scotland Island Kindergarten, Tennis Wharf, SCOTLAND ISLAND NSW 2105




    New South Wales


    First Preferences





    Swing (%)

    BISHOP, BronwynPrevious





    McLELLAN, Matt





    SHARPE, Chris





    HUBBARD, Mike

    Christian Democratic Party (Fred Nile Group)




    ADAMS, John

    Climate Change Coalition




    McWHIRTER, Craige

    The Greens




    BARNES, Clinton






    Pauline Hanson's One Nation





    The Fishing Party





    Family First Party
























    Reps: http://vtr.aec.gov.au/HousePollingPlaceFirstPrefs-13745-1738.htm

    Senate: http://vtr.aec.gov.au/SenatePollingPlaceFirstPrefs-13745-1738.htm

    Christmas Cocktails - Cosmopolitan Champagne

    Ingredients (serves 6)
    * 250ml (1 cup) cranberry juice
    * 2 tbs Cointreau liqueur
    * 2 tbs fresh lime juice
    * 6 sugar cubes
    * 1 x 750ml bottle chilled pink Champagne or sparkling wine
    1. Place cranberry juice in a medium saucepan and bring to the boil over high heat. Cook, uncovered, for 10 minutes or until reduced by two-thirds. Remove from heat and set aside for 30 minutes to cool.
    2. Combine the cranberry juice, Cointreau and lime juice in a small jug. Place a sugar cube in each serving glass. Pour the cranberry mixture over the sugar. Top with Champagne or sparkling wine and serve immediately.
    Source: Australian Good Taste - December 2004 , Page 167

    Asparagus Fern

    - Pittwater's worst weed!

    Ken Hughes, secretary of the Northern Beaches Asparagus Fern Steering Committee, has emailed me thanking all Scotland Island residents who assisted in the anti - asparagus fern event held in October and apologising for the delay in collecting same. Inclement weather on the first two days that the boat had been booked was the initial problem and this was compounded by "Human Error" - a forgotten booking - the next time. Ken promises that they will do better next time!


    Boat Licences - Police & NSW Maritime checking

    The Broken Bay Water Police and NSW Maritime will be out on the water in the weeks leading to the holiday season, checking that the controller of a boat has a current licence and that the vessel is seaworthy. Here are the current requirements for boat licences:

    Boat Driver Licensing
    The speed at which a boat is driven determines whether a person needs to be licensed.
    Any person who drives a recreational powered vessel on NSW waters at a speed of 10 knots or more must have a boat driver’s licence.
    Ten knots is the speed at which most accelerating boats will start to plane – that is rise up and skim on top of the water instead of ploughing through it.
    The exception is anyone who drives a personal watercraft (PWC) at ANY speed must have a PWC Licence.

    General Licence
    A licence for people aged 16 years and over to drive any vessel, except a PWC at 10 knots or more.
    General Young Adult Licence
    A restricted licence for those aged from 12 to under 16 years. A Young Adult Licensee must:
    (i) be accompanied by the holder of a General Licence when travelling at 10 knots or more
    (ii) never exceed 20 knots

    (iii) never travel at 10 knots or more after sunset and before sunrise
    (iv) never travel at 10 knots or more when towing an aquaplaner
    (v) never tow a water skier or wake boarder
    (vi) not drive in any race, display, regatta or exhibition without prior consent from the NSW Maritime and
    (vii) never operate a PWC unless the holder of a Young Adult PWC Licence.

    The Scotland Island kindy needs more carers! 

    Are you interested in working with children in a Steiner based education environment?  We are looking for more people to join our team in caring for the offshore community’s next generation.  Our new Director has helped to create a loving and creative environment, and more staff are needed to allow the program to expand. Work hours are flexible, Tues – Thursday, minimum 4 hours per week.  Regular training workshops are provided.
    Working with children checks will be necessary. 
    For more information please call:
     Petra Godfrey Home: 9999 0562 Mobile: 0404 867 768

    Public Meeting Mona Vale Community Hall

    7 pm, Tuesday, December 4, 2007

    For the first time in over 20 years, a joint public meeting of Offshore and Onshore residents has been called to gauge public response to the FINAL draft version of the Management Plan for Church Point.  It is expected that Councillors and Council senior staff will be present.

    If you cannot attend, it would be very helpful if you could extend an apology to Mark Eriksson by emailing him at mark_eriksson@pittwater.nsw.gov.au

    Cleaning Job at Youth Hostel Pittwater
    Summer Time December 2007 - February 2008 Cleaning Job Available
     6-10 hours per week
    Contact Sarah
    Tel: 9999 5748 or pittwater@yhansw.org.au

    Penguin Summit

     The Council’s Coastal Environment Centre will host a special summit on penguins next week, with presentations from local experts on how to encourage penguin populations in urbanised marine environments. The summit, on Tuesday 4 December  between 7.30pm and 9pm at the Coastal Environment Centre, Lake Road Narrabeen coincides with Coastcare Week, with this year’s theme being the ‘unsung heroes of the coastline’.

     Guest speakers include ornithologist Ricki Coughlan, who recently conducted the northern beaches’ first ever audit of the fairy wren. Also present will be Angelica Treichler who is the coordinator of carers for the Manly fairy penguin colony.

     Peter Miller, head of the Reefcare volunteer group at Long Reef is the third speaker.

     Angelica Treichler said that the local penguin population faced a number of threats. “These include over-development affecting breeding grounds and injuries caused by aggressive dogs and powerboats."

     Ricki Coughlan said that even though penguins were more common on the northern beaches than was generally thought, they were also more vulnerable than other bird species.

     “This seminar will help residents get a better understanding of how we can protect them."

     For enquiries and bookings contact the Coastal Environment Centre on 9970 6905. Entry is by gold coin donation.

    Carols @ Carols

    Sunday, 16 December – please arrive between 5pm and 6pm – Mystery Guest arrives at 6.15pm
    If you have children, bring a Xmas present worth up to $5 or $10 - wrapped and labelled with your child’s name.
    BYO blankets, snacks or your family dinner, drinks and your best singing voice.

    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  
    Buy and Sell: Pittwater Trading Online or visit http://www.pittwatertradingonline.com.au  
    Local Real Estate Agents:  
    View Real Estate 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)  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 http://www.wirringulla.com
      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)

    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 publication of this newsletter began in 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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