Annual General Meeting - SIRA
The Annual General Meeting of the Scotland Island Residents’
will be held:
ON: Sunday 6 April 2008
IN: The Scotland Island Community Hall,
Catherine Park, Scotland Island
All residents are invited to attend. VOTING is restricted to financial
of SIRA. Current members are eligible to vote. Membership for the
2008-2009 ($20) may be paid prior to commencement of the meeting. New
financial members are also eligible to vote.
Order of Business:
9:30am Morning Tea and Registration
Election of Office Bearers
Reports (Roads and Drainage (Sharon Kinnison); Waste Management (Shar
Water & Sewerage (Greg Roberts); IT & Communication (Lisa
Vehicle & Other Vehicles (Gordon Floyd); Community Hall (Kerry
& Reserves (Shar Jones); Wharves, Boats & Marine Issues (Kerry
Future Vision (Greg Roberts); Recycling & Waste Disposal (Lisa
Finance & Insurance (Deryn Vokins); Emergency Water (Cass Gye);
Community Events (Lisa Macdonald); Kindergarten Liaison (Jon Hazelwood);
liaison (John Marshall); Media & Public Relations (Shar Jones); Church
(Ian Souter); Bush Regeneration
OFFICE BEARERS for 2008-2009 will be elected. To be eligible for election
individual must be a financial member of SIRA. Individuals must also be
at the meeting or have given written consent for nomination prior to the
meeting. Written consent may be posted or emailed to SIRA or given to a
President, Vice Presidents (2), Secretary, Treasurer, Ordinary Committee
(9) including the position of Rural Fire Service Representative on the
which is filled by the nominee of the SIRFS.
NOTE that all Ordinary Committee members are required to take
the coordination and management of at least one particular area of
activities. Relevant activities include: Emergency Water & Sewerage,
Drainage, Community Vehicle, Wharves, Church Point Plan of Management,
Waste, Community Hall, Communications, Island Vision, Finance &
Meetings & Community Events etc.
For further information: Email SIRA at
current Secretary (Kerry Borthwick) on 9999 4092 or write to SIRA at PO
Church Point, 2105
Island Thinking -
on an island
Nothing highlights the value of a good
reputation more than living in a
tight-knit community. But what does a person’s reputation depend on?
of behaviour are likely to give us a bad name? And what no longer matters
our friends and neighbours see us?
Roy Baker has spent the last six years studying personal reputation in
Australia. His specialism is in defamation law, the legal protection of
reputation. But how successful is the law in understanding contemporary
How well do judges, lawyers and jurors relate to what ‘ordinary
people’ think? And do you think you could do any better?
This talk will summarise the results, as yet largely unpublished, of
research into attitudes across Australia. Using phone surveys and focus
as well as interviews with judges and lawyers, Roy believes he can
some surprising facts about how modern-day Australians think, as well as
worrying failings in the law. The repercussions of these are both
major: they affect everyday perceptions of ourselves and our relationships
those around us, as well as our hopes for a freer and more enlightened
‘Research that puts a cat among the legal and media pigeons’
was how this work
was described by ABC Radio National’s ‘Media Report’.
And, according to a Senior
Counsel, it is a ‘bombshell … it shows that one of the
upon which defamation law has been built is misconceived. … There
will be a lot
of interest in this. The law can’t ignore it.’
When? Saturday, 15 March 2008, 7.30 for 8.00
Where? 10 Thompson Street (Lot 332), Scotland Island.
Directions: this house, which used to belong to Jim Hinckley, is on the
the island, looking north-east. It lies between the house that used to
Trudi (to the north) and the one where Claire and Luke Atkins live (to the
south). As you go up the fire track that starts just behind the fire shed
the second house on the left after the first hairpin bend. (There is
be a white Suzuki Vitara parked outside by the fire track.) Note that the
access is from the fire track: there is no access direct from Thompson
Please also be careful of trip hazards on our path leading from the fire
Contact no. in case of difficulty (eg in finding house): 9999 6891
Please bring either a bottle or something edible (light finger food only
Syringes at Cargo
I am so disappointed to
the child who found the syringe and needle at Cargo Beach.
My own young children also
to play there as it is the closest place to our home for a quick dip on a
Prior to Scotland island
family lived in Africa for 7 years where many people all around us –
colleagues, neighbours, the boy in the corner shop, the girl selling
the street - were HIV positive. In such a devastating situation you learn
live with caution and a heightened awareness for health and safety. I
own house staff to understand the tragedy of HIV and explained to them
practices which could prevent them from catching this deadly infection. I
remember as a mother and school teacher, at home and school, we would all
our children about ‘clean’ and ‘dirty’ blood and
that they must never touch
someone else’s blood or any objects with blood on them.
Coming to live on Scotland
I think it took my husband and I at least 6 months to ‘relax’
and no longer lock
all the car doors automatically upon entering or always be watching our
for unexpected hostilities. Since I live here I have not felt the need to
discuss the concept of ‘clean’ and ‘dirty’ blood
as regularly with my children.
Just as I am finally considering myself to be reasonably ‘chilled
out’ in this
little patch of paradise we call home, I am saddened and disillusioned to
discover that even here I will now need to limit the freedom of my
playful spirits because of the selfish, thoughtless and dangerous actions
In addition to this, we
disappointed last week to discover that the picnic table someone had
at Cargo for community use had been damaged to the point where it is no
useful. It seems such a shameful waste. Now, instead of sitting around a
recycled table enjoying the beach with friends, we sit amongst its’
remains. Please, please everyone – young and old – take time
to stop and think
of the impact your actions have on others. There is no need for any more
hurt or destruction in this world. We should all be working together to
the beauty of what we still have and try to support the healing of our
environment damaged through our own society’s selfish actions. I
know this is a
deep and big idea but it starts right here at home.
I love this place. I choose
live here for the tranquillity of the bush and water, the people around me
all understand this and finally, because it seems safer, friendlier and
complicated than the suburbs. I really want it to stay that way –
all of our children.
Scotland Island Rural Fire Brigade cordially invites all members and
their Annual General Meeting, commencing at 2.00pm on Sunday, 9 March
the Station. Annual membership dues of $10 payable at the meeting. New
Want to do some local
Marion Grundy at 71 Robertson Road (next west of Catherine Park) owners
last 25 years are seeking a permanent part time helper for 2 days a week
enjoy the fruits of gardening , including mowing ,trimming ,building
heap etc. etc . and maintaining the house .
Please call on 94186871 or Email
Mobile Massage in Elvina Bay
Finally, there is a convenient way to pamper yourself off shore.
Sydney Remedial Therapies (www.sydneyremedialtherapies.com)
has opened its second clinic in Elvina Bay. Leave your car keys at home
in the boat or ferry for a short ride to Elvina Bay South jetty. Upon
take a stroll through the park and you can relax among the gum trees with
Or for those who would rather relax in the comfort of your own home we
offer jetty-to-jetty massage at your doorstep.
Take care of yourself and we will work out some of those sore muscles from
lugging the groceries, fending off the rain, and hoping over boats at the
commuter wharf. Relieve the stresses of work, the kids, the dogs, and LIFE
enjoying a relaxing treatment.
What can you expect from a treatment?
After filling out consultation details on your current state of health,
short discussion about any affects your lifestyle would have on your well
the appropriate therapy that best suits your needs will be developed.
your posture and structural tests will pinpoint causes of your pain,
imbalance. From here you can lay back, relax and listen to soothing music
we do all the hard work.
Health Fund rebates are available with most health funds
Elvina Bay Clinic Rates – 30 min $40, 1hr $70, 90 min $90 and 2hrs
Mobile Service 1 hr $105, 90mins $125 and 2hrs $155
Call to Schedule Your Appointment – 9999-5223 (Available 7 days a
GIFT VOUCHERS ARE ALSO AVAILABLE
Church Point Ferries
Point Ferry Service is pleased to announce concession tickets for
In addition to the concessions granted for Centrelink, War Widowers,
Concession card holders, we are also offering concessions to those holding
South Wales Student Identification card for full time University or TAFE
students, apprentices holding a 1st/2nd/3rd year Indentured Apprentice
we are resurrecting the 13 trip Concession card which should be available
the 14th of February.
For more information please contact your Ferry Master or Penny on 0433 038
Peninsula Music Club
Australia’s most exciting new Piano Trio
Featuring: Kathryn Selby Piano, Niki Vasilakis Violin, Emma-Jane Murphy
Performing works by Ross Edwards, Mendelssohn and Schubert
Friday 7th March 2008 at 8pm
Loquat Valley Prep School Hall
1977 Pittwater Road Bayview
Subscription to 5 concerts for 2008 $55 or $20 for single concert tickets.
Includes Sparkling Wine Supper
Ph Janice Tuynman 9999-1937 David Howe 9918-0550
local artists at Avalon Recreation Centre
Pittwater Council has set aside space at Avalon Recreation Centre for
established and emerging artists to exhibit during January each year
– and is
now looking for artists to exhibit in 2009.
Known as ‘ArtZpace’, the new project opened with an inaugural
3 and 9 January this year at the Recreation Centre, containing works by
professional artists and twelve emerging or young artists.
Artzpace was developed as a result of the Council’s five year
prepared in 2006. One of its key goals is for the Council to find ways to
encourage artistic expression in the local community.
The Council’s community development officer Susan Winter said last
exhibition had been so successful the Council was now looking to book the
for January 2009.
“The idea behind ArtZpace is to encourage local artists to express
in a professional space at affordable rates at a time when there are
visitors in the local area to appreciate their work,” she said.
Ms Winter said ArtZpace 2009 would provide two applicants the opportunity
hire the whole of Avalon Recreation Centre and coordinate an exhibition of
professional and emerging artists during the peak holiday period from
January to Thursday 8 January 2009.
Ms Winter said the Recreation Centre was fully equipped with hanging
art screens to assist artists display their work to optimum effect.
Applications to book Artzpace in January 2009 open on Monday 25 February
close on Tuesday 25 March. Contact Susan Winter on 9970 1171 or Judi
9970 1273 during business hours to obtain an application form and
Dowse Your House
Author and international geomancer Alanna Moore will present a practical,
hands-on workshop day where participants will learn about environmental
such as Earth energies, Electro-Stress and Building Biology, and find out
these can effect our wellbeing.
Is yours a healthy home and what to do if it's not. Techniques of pendulum
dowsing will be practised, including map dowsing for remote assessments
house plan). Eco-architect Peter Cowman will also explain 'living
and the tyranny of the box.
Fee: $85/$75 conc.
email - email@example.com
hm: 9979 2296
mble: 0425 277 596
Enquiries: email - firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information: www.geomantica.com
Jon and Lizzie Hazelwood of Scotland Island -
daughter Jessica, sister for Megan. Congratulations!
Temporary Closure of Carols
Following earlier advice as to the closure of
wharf on Scotland Island, we have received this kind offer that may be of
interest to you. If you ring, ask for Alan!
If boat owners at Carols feel A temp tie up
Tennis Wharf on the western side of Catherine would be useful please call
94186871 to set up a procedure
NSW Waterways User
As a person who enjoys recreational boating, you may like to consider
participating in important research into the introduction and spread of
pests in NSW waterways. So, if you are a boat owner you can help by
10 minute anonymous survey being conducted by Sydney Metropolitan
Management Authority and NSW Department of Primary Industries. The results
the survey will help determine how marine pests could be transported into
among NSW waterways. There is no information being collected that will
you to be personally identified.
To participate in the survey, please go to
www.asr5.com/boating . Further details and contact information are
on the website. The last day to access and participate in the survey is
March 2008. You are thanked for participating in research that aims to
the health and vitality of our waterways.
New Web Page for Pittwater
After eighteen months in the making, Pittwater’s libraries have a
presence that library staff say will help make using library services
The new library services web page will formally be unveiled to library
Wednesday 5 March.
Technology Services Librarian Marketa Vacek said the new web page
features such as the ability to locate and reserve books or other items
as well as renew items already borrowed.
“Users can log on at home and browse the libraries’ catalogue
approximately 90,000 items for loan,”
Ms Vacek said that borrowers could tap into the collections of Mona Vale
and Avalon Community Library, and members of both libraries could access
features of the website.
Other features in the new online service include an ‘ask a
where users can get help from library staff to locate information on
The new web page contains links to the Council’s community
contains contact details for community organisations and services, a local
history page, reader’s advice, a What’s On section, as well as
HSC resources for
students among others.
Library Manager Cathy Howie said the main improvement to the new site was
ability to find all library services online in the one place.
“It’s a much more user-friendly site all round,” she
The new library web page can be found at
Scotland Island Kindy
Greetings and welcome
the new year. With all the kids installed happily in school / kindy
hope to have time each month to update you on SIOCS activities. Scotland
Kindy has had a big 12 months and we thought you might like to hear about
of our victories for last year and exciting plans for the year
BUT: Due to the immense
of interesting news, the editor of this esteemed newsletter has agreed to
special edition in 4 days time that will give you all the news! Stay
in April @ the Pittwater YHA
Friday 18th & Saturday 19th April
Come to the Pittwater YHA and join Sydney wildlife photographer Ken
photo walks & talks. The course is aimed at beginners through to
level of photography. The emphasis will be on digital photography but
still using film and are ready to take the digital plunge will benefit
from this course.
Cost: YHA Members $ 120 includes 2 night accommodation, Sat night meal,
Sun breakfast, workshops.
Bookings: phone Michael or Sarah 9999 5748 (8-11 am and 5-8pm)
(BYO camera, questions and walking boots)
Sarah Polomka, Michael Doherty Pittwater YHA
Ph 9999 5748 (8-11 am and 5-8 pm)
View Hostel details, travel information and book on-line via
Rain Delays Carols Wharf
The contractor performing the work at Carols
has been held up to due to weather and other issues outside his control.
information is that it should remain open until Wednesday the 5th of
However there may be further change due to weather.
By prior arrangement Church Point Ferry Service will be able to pick up
children from Carols Wharf at 8.55 am on Wednesday the 5th of March but
guarantee that we can drop them back to Carols, however, Bells and Eastern
be used as alternatives.
Penny Gleen Church Point Ferry Service
email@example.com 0433 038 408