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Scotland Island - Western Shores - Mackeral Beach
July 1, 2013
Newsletter for Offshore Residents of Pittwater, Australia - Volume 14, Issue 759

  • Gwyn's Illustration
  • SI Motor Vehicle Rego Day
  • School Holiday Day Care
  • POD Updates
  • Letters to the Editor
  • SI Vehicle Rego Day
  • Pink Floyd Dog Side of the Moon Encore
  • WPYC Commodore's Cocktail Party
  • Local Council Notices
  • Author Talk
  • Free Free
  • The Local Contact Guide
  • Join SIRA
  • Archived Newsletters
  • Your subscription Information

  • Gwyn's Illustration 'Old Times'

    To download a full version  of this months image ready for printing,  just click on the  image.

    You can contact Gwyn Perkins by email at g.perkins@gwyn.com.au



    Scotland Island Motor Vehicle Registration Day
    9am to 3pm on Saturday, July 6th, 2013

    I will be attending Scotland Island Rural Fire Station to examine all registered motor vehicles. As usual, my mate Bruce Healey should be there depending on how well he is.
    As I have done this since 1995-96, with the help of Bruce Healey and Cass Gye as well as Graeme Richmond, I thought it only fair to notify you well in advance.
    For further information, please contact Cass BUT....make sure you car looks at least presentable for the occasion because if it looks like junk, it will be treated as such.
    Proceeds go to the Rural Fire Service on the Island.

    COST:    $60.00  PER VEHICLE $10.00  S.I.R.F.B. $70.00 TOTAL

    Please note abandoned or wrecked vehicles around the island will be photographed be marked with a sticker for removal.

    Brian "Friendly" Friend


    School Holiday Day Care on the Island


    Need child care during preschool holidays?

    Scotland Island Kindy is open during the winter holidays for casual enrollments.


    Please enquire at SIOCS@outlook.com or call 0413 724 113

    Opening hours are 7.30am - 5.30pm

    Maximum age: 5 years old

    Book your place NOW!


    POD 2013 Pittwater Offshore Directory
    Errors and Omissions in the Directory
    Please update your recently delivered directory with the following details.
    • Broken Bay Lighterage page 109 email address should be victoby@bigpond.net.au
    • Michael Doherty 0414 983 488
    • Sarah Polomka  0420 926 289
    • Marion van der Driesschen 0431 45743

    Letters to the Editor

    Open letter to Chris Brown
    Dear Mr Brown I was interested to read your letter on the amalgamation of Pittwater Manly and Warringah. However I am not sure that your support based on "economies of scale theories" such as 1 GM instead of 3 etc., would actually work. Ask the employees at ANZ or Holden?

    In addition with an off-shore community of around 1000 we represent 2% of Pittwaters pop. of 57,000. Therefore a reasonable loud voice in support of our own affairs. If amalgamation were to happen this voice would shrink to .02%. Believe me as someone who worked for many years for Local Councils in London any requirements of such a minute local group would be totally ignored - (economies of scale definitely would be at  work here).

    Historically Pittwater has a (reasonably) good record for management altho not perfect I agree. Alas other councils have not been so lucky. It is a matter of record that one Council lost quite a few million of ratepayers money on a "sure thing" stock market investment while others have been sacked twice in the last few years and a Government Administrator installed. Hmmm - not a good sign I think.

    I think a nice riotous debate would be good here but if that doesn't appeal  please  feel free to phone me and/or we can arrange  afternoon tea at my house (I'm in the PON) and explore the issues further.

    Yours sincerely
    Teresa Valenti


    Pink Floyd - Dog Side of the Moon
    Encore for our Friend

    Coming soon
    23-24, 30-31 August from 7:30pm


     New videos, new songs, special guest stars: Tina Harrod, Lachlan ‘flip’ Hamilton, Rick Faulkner

     Scotland Island Community Hall
     23-24, 30-31 Aug 7:30pm
     Tickets $20 on the door

     If you missed it last time, don't miss it this time. If you saw it last time, you'll want to see it again.


    Woody Point Yacht Club
    The Commodore's Cocktail Party, August 10

    You have been invited to the Palace
    to dine with the Queen

    Join the rich and famous

    Woody Point Yacht Club presents

    To be held at B.Y.R.A. on August 10th

    Theme for the evening
    “The Great Gatsby”

    More details to follow. 
    Watch this space…

    Local Council Notices
    Holiday Fun at Mona Vale Library

    School Children are invited to take part in some fun activities at Mona Vale Library these holidays,
    with two movie afternoons planned and a cultural event celebrating the Guringai Festival.

    There will be two free screenings of the ever popular Walt Disney children’s classic The Jungle
    Book at 2pm on Wednesday 3 and 10 July at Mona Vale Library.

    First produced in 1967, this colourful musical tale is loosely based on Rudyard Kipling’s stories and
    traces the adventurous steps of young ‘Mowgli’ from his infancy to boyhood.

    Set in the wilds of the Indian Jungle, this engaging tale will entertain youngsters with life lessons
    from Baloo the bear, the scoundrel tiger Shere Kahn and Kaa the predatory python.

    The main character Mowgli enjoys a journey of discovery, overcoming fear, the true value of
    friendship and earning trust - all with help from his jungle friends!

    The movies are free; however bookings are essential and can be made by calling: 9970 1600.
    A cultural experience all children are sure to enjoy is the Aboriginal Cultural Connection, being held
    as part of the Guringai Festival.

    Mona Vale Library Manager, Cathy Howie said event highlights included a didgeridoo show,
    traditional Ochre face painting as well as a song and dance performance.

    “Children will also have an opportunity to take part in an Aboriginal art session and enjoy traditional
    storytelling,” Ms Howie added.

    The Aboriginal Cultural Connection is suitable for children aged between five and 12, however
    children under the age of seven will require parental supervision.

    The event will take place on Wednesday 10 July from 11am until 12.15pm, in the Pelican Room at
    Mona Vale library.

    As places are limited please book early to avoid disappointment. Bookings can be made by calling
    9970 1600 or at the library’s front desk. The cost for this event is $10.00 per child.

    Media contact: Rebeccah Vick Ph: 9970 1608

    Fun winter Holiday Activities for Kids

    Pittwater Council’s Coastal Environment Centre (CEC) has announced the release of an exciting winter holiday program for kids.

    Kids on the Coast is offering healthy and fun outdoor activities for 5 to 12 year olds on 1, 4,5, 9, 11, and 12 July.

    There will be a mix of activities including Deep sea discovery where kids can learn about the beautiful and bizarre creatures that live deep in the ocean depths.

    Alternatively they can become a Rock platform investigator by discovering the amazing creatures that call rock platforms home. Or enter the Nutty Professor’s Lab by getting involved in fun scientific experiments.

    Natural Environment & Education Manager Mark Beharrell said the program encouraged children to explore beaches, rock platforms, headlands, bushland, wetlands and the Narrabeen Lagoon foreshore.

    “Kids on the Coast is the ideal school holiday experience. The program gives children the chance to learn about our natural environment in a fun and interactive way,” said Mr Beharrell.

    Two hour sessions are held from 10am to 12pm and 1pm to 3pm. The cost is $22 per child per session, with full-day sessions available from 10am to 3pm at $55 per child, (for standard activities) which includes supervision between sessions (BYO lunch).

    The Kids on the Coast program was awarded top prize in the 2011 Northern Beaches Local Business Awards for ‘Outstanding Education Service’.

    The CEC is located at Pelican Path, Lake Park Road, North Narrabeen, only 300m from the North Narrabeen beach entrance.

    Book online at www.pittwater.nsw.gov.au/ceckids or for more information call 1300 000 CEC (232).

    Mark Beharrell, Coastal Environment Centre   Ph: 9970 136

    Warriewood Valley Review Adopted
    Pittwater Council adopted the Warriewood Valley Strategic Review Report at a special Council meeting held last week.

    The review was carried out during 2011 and 2012 in a partnership between Pittwater Council and the NSW Department of Planning and Infrastructure. The review has examined the development potential of all undeveloped land remaining in the Warriewood Valley.

    Independent consultants took into account flooding issues, urban design, transport and traffic scenarios and the economic viability of undeveloped sites in the Valley for the strategic review.

    The review report has recommended 32 dwellings per hectare for most undeveloped sites, up from the current 25 per hectare.

    However the Council has rejected a call from the Director-General of NSW Planning Sam Haddad for flexibility on densities in the future.

    Mayor Jacqui Townsend said while she was pleased that there was now a clear way forward for development in the Valley, the Council was against any suggestion that densities could be increased.

    “We must give residents certainty that development in the area will not be unrestrained.”
    “The strategic review report as it stands provides Council with a clear framework within which it can make informed decisions on future development applications and at densities the community can
    Mayor Townsend said future housing types in the Valley would include a mix of small lot housing, low-level apartment buildings, townhouses and terraced houses and would allow properties in Fern Creek Road and Orchard Street to be rezoned to residential.
    No changes were proposed however for the area known as the Southern Buffer, which extends from Boondah Road to Jacksons Road up the perimeter of Warriewood Centro.

    Mayor Townsend said that landowners in the Southern Buffer would need to investigate future redevelopment opportunities for their land, with development applications to be assessed by the

    The Mayor said she was heartened to see many residents and landowners being part of the consultative process during the review and at the meeting last night. “Over 300 community members attended public meetings and over 350 formal submissions were received. It was a tremendous concession the community made last night by acknowledging that the review was the only way to have trust in future development in the Valley.”

    To view the Warriewood Valley Strategic Review visit www.pittwater.nsw.gov.au

    Media contact:  Mayor Jacqui Townsend  Pittwater Council Ph: 9970 1104



    A History of Antarctica
    By Stephen Martin

    This publication has been completely revised and rewritten with new information, maps and illustrations, bringing the fascinating story of people in Antarctica up to date. The book also reveals the importance of this continent to
    international science, environmental change,tourism and politics.

    Stephen Martin is a writer and Antarctic historian who has travelled south since 1994as a history lecturer, tourist and sailor. reworked for many years with the Antarctic collections of the State Library of New South Wales and the Antarctic collection of Kerry Stokes.

    Other publications include The whales journey and Penguin.

    The talk will begin at 3pm at Mona Vale Library
    1 Park Street, Mona Vale.

    Bookings are essential;
    to book phone 9970 1600.

    Following the talk there will be book signings and light refreshments.

    Admission is $5.


    Introduction to Vinyasa Flow Yoga


    Awaken your body and mind!
    Learn how to integrate your breath with flowing yoga poses.
    Forms a great introduction to dynamic yoga as practiced
    on the Island on Saturday morning.

    Small classes with Island local teacher, Nadine

    10 week course from
    Thursday 4th July at 6 – 7.15pm

    At Health Space
    Mona Vale

    Bookings recommended
    Ph (02) 9979 8887


    Free Freecouch

    Jarvi/Jacobean style Lounge Suite.
    • 3 Seater Couch and 2 single Chairs
    • Solid Hardwood Frame, Cane Lattice Sides
    • One back cushion missing,
    • Some damage, super comfy
    • On Island:

    Call Shona: 0401798869
    Or Boyd: 0417991499


    The Local Guide
    Community Information

    Scotland Island Web Site  www.scotlandisland.org.au
    What's On in Pittwater - Self Editing Event Calendar 
    click to go to the Calendar
    Scotland Island Community Vehicle - 0404 103 700 Number, Usage & Charges
    Scotland Island Rural Fire Brigade - 9999 4404 http://www.sirfb.org.au
    West Pittwater Rural Fire Brigade - 9997-3795 www.westpittwater.rfsa.org.au
    Offshore Photo Gallery offshore gallery
    Scotland Island Residents Association (SIRA) Membership Application - click here to download
    West Pittwater Community Association (WPCA) - http://www.wpca.org.au
    Scotland Island Water
    SI Emergency Water Contacts and Guidelines for water: click here for information and contacts
    Scotland Island 'Water Agreement' - click here to download
    Scotland Island Children's Centre - (SIOCS - Scotland Island & Offshore Childrens Services)
    Catherine Park (Long Day Care Service)  7.30am - 5.30pm (Tues, Weds, Thurs & Friday)
    Other services include: School Holiday Programme / Facility & Equipment Hire
    For information call 02 9979 7856 or email:  siocs@comcen.com.au
    Scotland Island Community Hall Bookings:  Kez on 9999 4092 or kezborthwickbolton@gmail.com

    Scotland Island Community Vehicle - 0404 103 700 - Number, Usage & Charges
    Church Point Ferries - 0408 296 997  Ferry Timetable click here
    Pink Water Taxi - 0428 238 190
    Pittwater Offshore Services - Contact Rus on 0415-464-733
    Manly Warringah Cabs   - 02 9972 5600
    Palm Beach Cruises  - 02 9997 4815

    Real Estate
    PMC Hill  - 9999 4902   http://www.pmchill.com.au/
    Tanya Mottl at Residential Real Estate Agents – 9999 4499 www.residentialagents.com.au
    L.J.Hooker Mona Vale - 9979 8000   http://www.ljhooker.com.au/monavale

    Services, Clubs & Accommodation
    Scotland Island Traders - On-line shopping from your computer, through your door on Scotland Island. Contact Graeme on 0419 460 331 or click here for full details
    Justice of the Peace - Bob Bolton - 9999 4092
    Justice of the Peace - Paul Purvis - 9979 9667
    Justice of the Peace - Paul Burchall - 0414 975 793
    Justice of the Peace - Bob Mitchell (Mackeral Beach) - 0419 745 628
    Justice of the Peace - Maureen Anderson - Morning Bay resident. - 02 9997-2659 or  0417-279-346
    Pittwater Community Arts Inc.  - Enquiries Lorrie Morgan 9997 8079  lorriemay@bigpond.com
    Peninsula Music Club - enquiries Janice Tuynman - 99991937 - jt@swift dsl.com.au
    Woody Point Yacht Club -  http://www.wpyc.com.au   commodore@wpyc.com.au
    Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club - 02 9997 1022  http://www.rpayc.com.au/  
    Royal Motor Yacht Club - http://www.royalmotor.com.au/ 02 9997 5511
    Scotland Island Lodge - Bed & Breakfast - 02 9979 3301 or  http://www.scotlandislandlodge.com.au 
    Pittwater Youth Hostel  - 02 9999 5748  www.yha.com.au/hostels/details.cfm?hostelid=31  
    Handy Service - "No job too small"  - Call Alan 0447 775 541
    Electrician Wayne on Scotland Island 0418 229 277 - offshore community sparky - www.sparky.com.au
    David Walsh - Graphic Design - Custom Made Sculpture - 0404 239 212 - ital2@optusnet.com.au

    Island Classes (Fitness, Dance, Art etc)
    Pilates, Meditation and Group Fitness with Patrice -  0406 483 036 patrice.corrie@gmail.com
    Art with Max - Watercolour classes. Phone Max on 9997 4527
    Art Classes- drawing and painting in oils, acrylics and mixed media- Marion 9979 3993 or 0431 457 431
    @ Nathalie's Table - Cooking Classes - Mediterranean cooking - Nathalie - 9999 4449
    Dru Yoga - Tuesday 9.00 to 10.30 Tuesday morning - Phone Katya on 0414 187 916
    Dynamic Yoga  - Saturdays from 9am - 10.30am 0402 752465 nadineomara@gmail.com

    Gurdjieff / The Forth Way - Call John on 9979 5584, Marion on 9979 3993 or Anne on 9999 3478
    Green Group For Catherine Park - Run by SIOCS - Emmie Collins on 0405 330 781
    WOW - Women on Water - meets 4 times a year - Jenny Frazer 0410533728 / 99994460.
    Parents & Kids Groups Playgroup - Run by SIOCS - email Emma trysemz@tpg.com.au
    Scotland Island Players - contact Bob or Kez on 9999 4092
    Catherine Park Bush Care Group, 2nd Sunday @ 9.30am, Sharon Kinnison @ 9997 6017
    Elizabeth Park Bush Care Group, 1st Saturday @ 9 am, Bob Bolton @ 9999 4092
    Island Thinking Group - Roy Baker, 9999 6891, roybaker99@yahoo.com
    Offshore a capella choir –  Saturdays at 2:30 pm, SI Community Hall. Call CB on 9997 2035.

    Government Organisations
    Pittwater Council - 9970 1111  - email  pittwater_council@pittwater.nsw.gov.au  Web site click here
    Member for Mackellar Bronwyn Bishop, email clicking here or Bronwyn.Bishop.MP@aph.gov.au
    Member for Pittwater  Rob Stokes,  email pittwater@parliament.nsw.gov.au

    Airlines, Buses and Railways
    Sydney Airport:
    Arrivals and Departures
    Virgin Blue:

    Sydney Buses: Information.

    Sydney Ferries:
    City Rail:
    Timetables & Information.
    Country Link Rail:

    Scotland Island Tides, Moon phases, Sun rise & set
    Local Weather Forecasttop
    Radar weather for Sydney (128k circle)
    Emergency Contact Numbers   
    ALL EMERGENCIES (Police - Fire - Ambulance) 000
    Police Assistance Line & Information 13 1444 or 9281 0000
    Broken Bay Water Police 9910 7899 or 0412 162 093
    Marine Rescue Broken Bay - Weekend
    (02) 9999 3554 - (02) 8411 1121
    Marine Rescue Broken Bay - VHF Radio channel
    VHF Radio Channel: VHF 16
    27MHz Radio Channel: 86 or 88
    Scotland Island Rural Fire Service  9999 4404
    Elvina Bay Rural Fire Service
    9997 3795
    Lovett Bay Rural Fire Service
    9979 1612
    Mackerl Beach Rural Fire Service
    9974 1162
    Headquarters Terrey Hills
    9450 3000
    NSW Fire Service General Information 9265 2999 9265 2999
    Rural Fire Service General information 9450 3000
    State Emergency Service, Warringah/Pittwater SES 13 25 00 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
    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
    Join WPCA
    To join the Western Pittwater Community Association, contact Michael Wiener at

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