Scotland Island - Western Shores - Mackeral Beach

-June 2004 -

Newsletter for Offshore Residents of Pittwater, Australia  Volume 6, Issue 56; June 2004


This edition marks four years since the first copy of the PON hit the byteway. Counting a number of 'specials' this brings us to 56 editions, and you have contributed much wonderful material all now archived for posterity. Various Pittwater communities are holding their resident's associations AGM's at this time and it would be a wonderful opportunity for you to voice your comments on our future direction. The Church Point Precinct matter, in particular, is going to affect us all, and it would be good to make yourself aware of all it's implications.

In this Issue:

  • HISTORY CORNER with Leicester Warburton

  • Exciting news about ADSL (Broadband) for offshore residents

  • Foxtel Digital Upgrade

  • A Walk in Our Own Backyard

  • Wanted - keyboard operator for an hour!

  • Scotland Island Residents Association Annual General Meeting

  • Island Psychologist now in Mona Vale

  • Envirofund Application Succeeds

  • Recipe of the Month

  • Hazard Reduction Burns

  • The Local Guide
  • Archived Newsletters
  • Your Subscription Information

    HISTORY CORNER with Leicester Warburton
    Scotland Island will forever be associated with the name Andrew Thompson although his ownership lasted a little under nine months.

    Thompson, born in 1773, was the son of poor parents and, when he was 16, was transported for the heinous crime of burning down a haystack.

    According to the noted historian, Maybanke Anderson, through dint of hard work and shrewd business acumen, Thompson soon began to make his mark on the colony and first caught the eye of Governor King. With the arrival of convicts sentenced for their part in the Irish Rebellion of 1798 the fears and prejudices of the Protestant settlers were aroused.

    Governor King described the Irish as "ruthless, violent and turbulent characters". To control order, William Balmain, a surgeon on the First Fleet, was appointed commandant of armed men in Sydney and Andrew Thompson as emancipist commandant in Parramatta. When fears subsided they were disbanded only to be recalled for a week in 1802 when more Irish arrived.

    King's successor, Governor Lachlan Macquarie, also came to notice the ambitious and energetic Thompson. Macquarie lauded the "rehabilitation of successful men who had been originally sent as convicts." In particular, he named Mr. D'Arcy Wentworth, principal surgeon; Mr. William Redfern, assistant surgeon, Mr. Andrew Thompson, described as "opulent farmer and proprietor of land", and Mr. Simeon Lord, merchant. He appointed Andrew Thompson a Justice of the Peace and a magistrate for the Hawkesbury area. Later, Thompson was appointed a trustee and commissioner for the turnpike road to be built between Sydney and the Hawkesbury.
    NEXT MONTH: Thompson's link with the Island.

    Exciting news about ADSL

    Following a high level meeting with Telstra executives and staff of Pittwater Council, I am pleased to be able to tell you that some great news is in the offing for offshore residents. You will be receiving another special PONL within 14 days asking you to contribute to an ADSL Demand Register organised by SIRA that will go straight to the top of the pile of applicants for ADSL in NSW.

    This is a major breakthrough. You should have received a hard copy survey asking you to complete and return showing your interest. It is in your very best interest to return same to PO Box 70, Church Point. I can say no more at this stage, but - stay tuned! To all of those who have already replied to the previous electronic survey: you will get another email itemising what is going to happen.

    Foxtel Digital Upgrade

    Hi, I have been trying to get Foxtel to upgrade my service to the digital service. However they tell me because we are on an island they need a minimum number of requests before they can book in a day to do the upgrade . I would like to hear from anyone who would like this service so we can try and get this upgrade ASAP.

    If you can help my email address is

    A Walk in Our Own Backyard

    Last Sunday, 23 May, 40 intrepid walkers from the Island, the Bays and Maindlanders met at Lovett Bay Wharf for a climb up Flagstaff Hill and along Salvation Creek.

    Our intrepid guides were once again Lisa Atkins and Allan Yuille from Lovett Bay. Our other guide, Mr Paul Catts, was noticeable by his absence. He was last seen the evening before at the Royal Motor soaking up the Rugby. Good one Cattsy.

    We were met with dense rainforest at the base of the Hill and began our climb up a man made track. The track was built in the late 1800’s by the equivalent of todays ‘work for the dole’. It was originally constructed wide enough to allow two ladies and their dresses to walk side by side. One of the more interesting rainforest features was Cissus antartica - a nifty little vine which drapes itself over trees to create it’s own moist rainforest environment.

    As we climbed higher we notice the vegetation changed to heath-like plants and trees. Their leaves were spiky to prevent loss of precious water and the trees stunted due to the poorer soils and exposed position.

    We climbed through a cave complete with chairs and table and then burst out onto a flat rock to be presented with a most spectacular view. We overlooked Lovett Bay below past Church Point and Scotland Island, down Pittwater and out to the Ocean. Next time someone asks you why on earth do you live over here – take them for a walk to Flagstaff Hill.

    After a breather back down the track and up into Salvation Creek to view the water gardens. What a beautiful, peaceful part of the world.

    Back to the Lovett Bay Boatshed for a well earned rest, a bite to eat and a drink or two.

    We all agreed it was worth the climb – thanks Allan and Lisa.

    Our next Walk in Our Own Backyard will be to the Youth Hostel where will have lunch and learn about this Heritage Building.

    Annette Ritchie

    Our apologies for the small photo size, but we did not want to make this newsletter too big! Thanks to Brian Donohoe for providing these images.

    If you would like to see bigger images, please contact Brian here

    Wanted - keyboard operator for an hour!

    SIRA is collecting data for a survey from Scotland Island residents and would like a volunteer to help type in a little data into a database. It should only take an hour or so, and you will probably already have the software. All help provided!

    If you have an hour or so to spare, could you email the editor by clicking here.

    Scotland Island Residents Association (SIRA) AGM

    Sunday June 6th 2004
    9.30 am in the Community Hall
    9.30 Tea/Coffee + Registration + New Members
    10.0 Welcome, Previous Minutes, Treasurer’s Report, Other Business

     Emergency Water – Important Changes and Responsibilities to access water. Progress on upgrade of lines.
    Water and Sewerage program progress.

     Roads and Drainage – Report on Catherine Park Stormwater Drainage Grant work. Results of the Bill Rooney commissioned Report on the next major area – Carols to Bell.
     Communication – Report on our new Website, and the PO Electronic N/Letter. Also exciting new pilot project with Council to put high speed broadband on the Island.
     Public Wharves SI – Changes to tinnie tie-ups at wharves by Council
     Community Vehicle – Report on usage. Is the new CV meeting the Island’s needs?
     Waste Management – getting rid of green waste before the next Summer bushfires
     Catherine Park – Update on – Playground/Facilities/Infrastructure.
     Bush Regeneration - Report
     Church Point Precinct – Finalisation of Draft Masterplan of Precinct, Public Wharf and ‘Pasadena’ progress, Store/Post Office position, Car Park position(Cost/Leasing/Availability).

    Election of Office Bearers for 2003/2004
    President Vice Presidents (2)
    Secretary Treasurer
    Committee Members RFS Representative
    Land Care Representative Community Vehicle Rep.
    12.15 Close
    Island Psychologist Now in Mona Vale

    Michael MacDonald is a Clinical Psychologist, and Island resident, who specialises in helping kids and adolescents with all kinds of anxiety and depression. He has had great success with everything from a 5-year-old too scared to go to the doctor, to teenagers with serious
    depression and drug use.
    He’s even happy to see those ‘reluctant’ clients who walk in, cross their arms and grunt “Mum made me come!” After a year of ‘commuting’ to his office at Macquarie Uni, Michael now has new rooms in Mona Vale and is looking forward to helping local kids and their families. For more info, or to make an appointment, call 9999 6216.

    Envirofund Application Succeeds

    The great news is we have been granted $10,000! The community and local government will work together to regenerate the bush under the guidance of professional bush regenerators

    There will be community workshops and field days. 1500 plants will be available and tools will be offered for residents to use.

    Soil erosion will also be reduced by formalising existing tracks and steps

    Recipe of the month

    INDIVIDUAL LEMON FRANGIPANE TARTS (makes 12 small tarts)


    Pastry: 675g Plain Flour, 450g Butter, 3 eggs, 285g Sugar.

    Frangipane: 100g Butter, 50g Ground Almonds, 2 Eggs, 100g Castor Sugar, 100g Plain Flour, Zest of 2 lemons (rind)


    Rub the butter into the flour, until it resembles breadcrumbs, add the sugar & the eggs one at a time & gently knead until all is combined. (TIP: Be careful not to over work the pastry as it will become tough & shrink during cooking) Put in the fridge for about half an hour to firm up, then roll and cut into individual tart cases. This pastry recipe is very short & delicate so use your fingers to press into the cases & repair any breaks. Prick the bottom of the pastry with a fork to prevent rising. Bake at 180’c until slightly golden. (Do not over cook as they will be re cooked when filling goes in)

    With a hand blender or mixer cream the butter & sugar, until soft & creamy. Add the lemon zest, gradually beat in the eggs (one at a time), beat in the almonds & flour, mix until combined.

    Put mix into each tart case, fill to the top. (During cooking the mix will rise slightly & curve over the top of the case.)

    Bake at 180c until firm and golden and still a little moist.

    Hazard Reduction Burns

    Over the past few weekends, you may have noticed some smoke in the air. Volunteers from local Rural Fire Brigades have been conducting a number of Hazard Reduction burns all over the Warringah-Pittwater area, including around our offshore communities. A Hazard Reduction (HR) is designed to do exactly what it says – reduce hazards.

    HR’s are carefully planned to reduce built-up undergrowth and ground fuels in bushfire prone areas, increasing chances of controlling wildfires during bushfire season.

    More HR’s are planned for winter and spring. For more information about the RFS and HR’s, visit or telephone Scotland Island Rural Fire Brigade on 9999 4404.

    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

    Government Organisations:

    Local Transport:

    Local Accommodation:       

    Bed & Breakfast:Scotland Island Lodge:         (9979 3301)
    Short Term Holiday Accommodation:Pittpoint Cottage:                  (9997 8382)

    Local Pittwater Studies Website:

    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

    Emergency Scotland Island Water Contacts: click here for information (while online)

    Airlines, Buses and Railways

    Sydney Airport: Arrivals and Departures

    Qantas Information

    Sydney Buses information.

    Virgin Blue Information

    NSW Railway Timetables and Information.



    Join SIRA You can now join the Scotland Island Residents Association by clicking here. Please print the page you see and return the completed form to SIRA at this address: The Treasurer, SIRA, PO Box 70, Church Point 2105. Please NO CASH. Join WPCA To join the Western Pittwater Community Association, contact Larry at or click here or phone 02-9979-5026 for more information.


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