Scotland Island - Western Shores - Mackeral Beach

-August 2003 -

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


What a wonderful community we live in! Not just the geography, not just the climate, but the wonderful relationships we all share. Where else can we enjoy the comradeship experienced by many of our country brothers and sisters together with the benefits of living in a metropolis. Country meets culture! I had the pleasure recently of visiting FNQ to enjoy a little warmth in my bones. But - where was the Opera House when you needed it!

In this Issue:

  • Art Workshops on Scotland Island
  • Come for a walk on the WILDflowerside
  • Films on Scotland Island
  • Marine Dreaming
  • Monthly Bush Regeneration
  • Pittwater 21 Draft Development Control Plan -Have Your Say!
  • Catherine Park Playground Meeting
  • The Local Guide
  • Archived Newsletters
  • Your Subscription Information
    Saturdays from August 16th to September 20th 2003
    For adults or kids 10 years and over


    Drawing 1 with Marion van den Driesschen
    Saturday August 16th, 2-5 pm

    Nearly all children love to draw until at about the age of 7or 8. Somewhere along the way the thought, ‘I can’t draw’ begins to creep in and eventually the ‘doing’ stops. Whilst we can’t all be Leonardo, we can learn to love drawing again.

    Suitable for beginners, this will be an exploration of the use of the pencil, the varied techniques of handling it and its tonal qualities. We will also look at form, composition and how to develop an idea from sketches into a final work.

    Over the two workshops we will be drawing found objects, still lifes, and using images from books, magazines and photographs.

    Drawing 2 with Marion van den Driesschen
    Saturday August 23rd, 2-5 pm

    Continuation of Drawing 1. All welcome. (Previous attendance of Drawing 1 is not compulsory.)

    Calligraphy 1 with Jessica McGowan
    Saturday August 30th, 2-5 pm

    For Beginners. Defy the computer age and explore a traditional art form. It’s easier than it looks and it’s fun! Learn to hold and use a calligraphy pen for pattern-making, drawing, and some lettering. Try out different types of pen, brushes and coloured inks. At the end of the session, you will have made some bookmarks and learned to write your name in gorgeous letters.

    Calligraphy 2 / Card Making with Jessica McGowan
    Saturday September 6th, 2-5 pm

    For those who have done Calligraphy 1 or have some experience with a calligraphy pen, we will advance from pattern-making to different lettering styles. Which lettering is more ‘you’? Which papers and inks make good cards? Learn techniques for designing and making your own cards and invitations.
    Mixed Media/ Collage with Marion van den Driesschen
    Saturday September 13th, 2-5 pm

    Explore and experiment using a variety of media: paint, ink, crayons, chalks and collage. The aim of this workshop is to get the creative juices flowing and to push beyond the boundaries we often set for ourselves. Being creative is a process. By learning to play with different media, we can free ourselves from the limitations of having to produce a ‘work of art’.

    Mandalas in the Western tradition with Marion van den Driesschen
    Saturday September 20th, 2-5 pm

    A mandala in the Western tradition is a personal expression of one’s inner being or state. Jung made use of them as a tool for self-discovery and healing. Based upon the universal pattern of a circle, mandalas are found through out the world and throughout time. We will be looking at a variety of examples of mandalas and then creating our own.


    Cost $30 per class ($20 concession, or $15 for under 18s) if you pay by August 14th.
    It will cost you an extra $10 if you only pay on the day.
    Please register and pay by August 14th to ensure a place.

    For more information contact Jessica on 9999 2054, or Marion on 9979 3993
    Or email to be emailed a copy of the programme and registration form

    continues Monday nights, 7.20-9.30.
    For more information contact Jessica on 9999 2054,
    Or email

    Come for a Walk on the Wildflower Side

    Sunday 17 August 2003 – 11.00am

    Many of you enjoyed the wonderful walk late last year across the top of the Island through Elizabeth Park – our precious Spotted Gum Forest.  So we’ve decided to do it again.

    Under the expert guidance of Allan Yuile and Allan Hill, Polly Thompson and Lisa Atkins (all long time residents of Elvina Bay, along with numerous other qualifications) we will travel from Elvina Bay up the fire trail to the top of the Lovett Bay waterfall and down again.

    Whilst taking in the view we will pass through Spotted Gum forest, the Open Heath of Kuringai National Park; learn about the geology of the area as well as how bushfires affect vegetation.

    This walk is for moderately fit adults

    Wear your walking shoes, bring water bottle and aerogard.

    We thought it would be nice to join up again down at the bottom near the fire shed and have a little lunch, maybe a wine or two, and chat about our intrepid expedition.  It is expected the walk will take about 2 hours (there’s a 12.55pm and 1.55pm ferry out)

    So BYO eats and drinks (you can leave cold things in the fire shed fridge) 

    Coffee and tea will be available.

    Meet at the Elvina Bay South Wharf at about 11.00am (10.30am ferry from Church Point with pickups around the Island)

    If the weather is doubtful on the day please call me on 9979 7122 or 0418 434 453 – Annette Ritchie


    Films on Scotland Island

    On Saturday August 2nd will be a screening of the Walt Disney animated classic, 'The Jungle Book' at 4.00pm in the fire shed on Scotland Island. The film is $5.00 including free popcorn and a sausage sizzle afterwards.

    Yes we know it's cold out there but all the heaters will be blazing and the fire shed will be toasty warm.

    In the past months we've had a double billing with a screening for kids followed by one for adults. The kids have been very enthusiastic but unfortunately the adults films have had a very poor turnout. So we've decided to suspend the adults film this month until we can garner better enthusiasm!

    So please reply to if you would like to see further adult billings (normally 7.00pm) and feel free to make any suggestions on films you'd like us to screen in the future.

    All proceeds go towards the Scotland Island Fire Brigade

    Marine Dreaming

    Come along to celebrate the International Day of Indigenous People in a 2-hour cultural event involving Dreamtime legends of the Northern Beaches, Didgeridoo Playing, Creative Activities and much more! 2-4pm on Saturday, 9 August at the Coastal Environment Centre, Lake Park Road, North Narrabeen. Please book with the CEC on 9970 6905.

    Monthly Bush Regeneration

    Monthly Bush Regeneration is on again this Saturday, 2nd August – join us at the top of the Island in Elizabeth Park and help eradicate the dreadful asparagus fern which is gradually taking over the Park.  Come any time from 1.00pm to 4.00pm

    Council kindly provides tools and expert advice from a qualified Bush Regenerator who will not only guide you on the day but will gladly chat about what to plant and what not to plant in your own garden.  Just bring gloves.

    We are working on the track up the top on the northern side of the Island.  If you get lost just call me on 0418 434 453 for directions.

    This small but determined group meets every month on the 1st Saturday so if you can’t make it in August, then maybe next time.

    Pittwater 21 Draft Development Control Plan
    Have Your Say!

    We need your feedback on a new development control plan (DCP) for Pittwater. The Pittwater 21 Draft DCP contains development controls for the design and construction of buildings and development of land in Pittwater. Controls for building height, car parking, biodiversity protection and others are contained in the draft DCP. The draft DCP is an amalgamation of almost all of Council's existing DCPs, locality plans, and other planning policies.
    Read the draft DCP! The draft DCP and background information is available on the Pittwater website and at Council offices and libraries. It can be purchased in hard-copy or CD Rom.
    Have your say! Locality workshops are being held in late July/early August. Contact us for details, then email, fax, post or hand-deliver written submissions to Council no later than 5th September 2003.
    Want to know more? Attend a locality workshop - check the Pittwater website or contact the Pittwater 21 Team on 9970 1111 or

    Catherine Park Playground Meeting

    Saturday 9 August 2003   3.00pm

    You are invited to attend a meeting in Catherine Park (Tennis Wharf) to present the culmination of the 9 June SIRA Meeting and the Playground Committee’s 18 month consultation.

    Come and view photographs of the proposed equipment and its location.

    If you would like any further information, please call Annette on 9942 2545 (b) or write to Roberta McLeod at PO Box 435, Church Point.

    The local guide

    As our newsletter continues to grow (nearly 600 readers) we are including some links to other nearby organisations and events that may be of interest. If you would like to contribute, please send a message to the editor by clicking here.

    Local Real Estate Agents:

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

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    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: 000, 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.



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