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Scotland Island - Western Shores - Mackerel Beach

February 15, 2014

Newsletter for Offshore Residents of Pittwater, Australia

Local Council Notice

Exploring Mona Vale's future

Residents are invited to a series of events that will explore the future of the Mona Vale Town Centre.

General Manager Mark Ferguson said that Council will be running a number of urban talks, workshops and interactive activities around the Mona Vale Place Plan.

Mr Ferguson said a place plan is a holistic approach to designing places for people.

“The place planning process will develop a vision and plan that guides future improvements for the town centre.

“There is a great opportunity for Mona Vale to take advantage of predicted economic growth and position itself as the peninsula’s vibrant urban town centre,” he said.

“The place planning process will explore opportunities and challenges for the centre.

“We will look at issues such as the urban fabric (i.e. building types, open space and streetscapes); retail and economy; access and transport linkages; and the benefits of a night time economy.

Mr Ferguson said Council is keen for the community and businesses to have their say on the future of the town centre with themed events taking place over the next four months.

February events will kick off with the theme of ‘People & Destinations’ which will look at the future of Mona Vale and the importance of people when planning and designing centres.

An introductory session and Q&A with a panel of speakers will take place on Thursday 19 February at Mona Vale Memorial Hall from 6.30 to 8pm. Speakers include: Pittwater Mayor Jacqui Townsend, Canada Bay Mayor, Angelo Tsirekas, Marrickville’s Planning and Environmental Services Director, Tim Moore and Sydney architect & urban designer Tim Williams.

The Thursday session will be followed by open-houses at the hall on Friday and Saturday 20-21 February from 10am to 4pm. Residents will be able to provide input on the future of Mona Vale, either face-to-face with Council staff or through a series of facilitated workshops.

For more information on how you can have your say on the future of  Mona Vale

Contact: Community Relations
Phone: 9970 1172 / 9970 1119


Australia's Largest Selling Wine Syndicate

Sunday March 22nd, 3 - 5pm.


Can you feel the chill winds of winter? I certainly can't and it may be necessary to stock up the beverage cupboard (or room) for those delightful autumn barbecues and parties that we all look forward to.

The Wine Syndicate is holding its next tasting from 3pm on Sunday March 22nd. You and your offshore friends are cordially invited. It is likely to be at Greg and Louise Robert's home at Pittpoint at the North end of Scotland Island. But like the seasons, this location may change. Watch for updates!

As to the wines - I suspect they have yet to be chosen. But as always they will be of great quality and at an excellent price. We will let you have the tasting notes as soon as they come to hand.

See you there...

Western Shores Power Problems....

A letter from Piers.

I spoke to a senior operations manager at Ausgrid this morning who gave me a rundown on the problems we are having.

It is not entirely the same as the situation which knocked out Scotland Island for a month last November AND there is an opportunity for the Western Foreshore to gain a more secure power supply but it will require community input (pressure).

Our line is damaged underwater, SI's was damaged on the littoral and there were some issues with onshore power lines that presented themselves.

The current plan is to replace the Elvina generators with a larger (350Kv) generator to be sited at North Elvina.

That should help prevent further blackouts during the repair.

The blackouts experienced during the switch over to generators last week were largely due to the heavy load coming on all at once.

This was largely because we are an extremely power dependent community.

Not just refrigerators and water heaters but also water and poo pumps.

Because the power had been off for an appreciable period when the generators were brought in, the fridges were warm, the float switches on the water and poo tanks were ready to go, and the water heater storage tanks were cold.

Thus, when the generators did kick in, the power load was maximum and, bingo, the generators tripped.
Now, if the community wants a more reliable power source, another line should be run from SI to Hall's Wharf - completing the circuit, or providing a rough grid (as is standard on the mainland), so that if one line goes out, power can be restored with the flick of a switch.

There is a proposal before a cost benefit committee right now but Rob Stokes needs to be made aware that he should apply pressure to get it approved.

Cost for the SI repair ran over $1m and the Western foreshore operation is expected to run at least that.
The cost of the new line would be of the same order but would obviously save equal costs for maintenance and replacement in the long run.

Hope that helps our all our neighbours.

A note from Paul

I spoke to an Ausgrid engineer in Hornsby about my solar system and the current problem. He advised me that I was not feeding energy back into the grid (there being no connection to the rest of the country) and that I would not be paid for the duration of the current problem (months perhaps?).

More importantly, he suggested that I turn OFF my PV system altogether to avoid damage to the inverter caused by it continually trying to connect to the grid.

I have done so and others in a similar position may wish to follow his suggestion.

Elvina Bay

News.com.au - The real life Notebook story..

The Valentine Tree: An account of an imperishable 70 year romance


A wonderful and moving account of Leicester Warburton and his dear wife Florence.

Leicester, as many would know, edited the original Scotland Island Newsletter known as SINEWS for 28 years until 1995.

.......AFTER 70 inseparable years, last month Leicester Warburton had to put his darling wife Florence in a nursing home. Life apart is harder than he could ever have imagined. Here 94-year-old Leicester tells of their wonderful life:......

Click link to read The Valentine Tree:

Courtesy of News.com.au

Short Term Rental

Available for short term rental  (approximately a month ) from March 20th, a delightfully peaceful cottage on the Western Foreshores of Pittwater, recently completely renovated, in a beautiful waterfront setting just a short stroll from the ferry.

Fully furnished including all kitchen utensils, open plan downstairs, large bedroom upstairs, polished timber floors, ceiling fans, fire place and plenty of wood, two outdoor decks, flyscreens all around, a very private bushland retreat.

Enough space for a couple, or a small family.
$400 per week, dates negotiable

Call 0405 097 424


Furnished House to rent

We are a mature-aged couple (non-smokers) looking for a 3-bedroom furnished house to rent for a year in Pittwater.  

Please contact Carolyn 0411221051

Introducing...the amazing.... Josh!

Looking for Work

Hi all... Just putting out the word that Josh (age 23, backpacking, from London, plays lovely guitar, looks like Tom Hanks (when young)....is looking for work around the island/ pittwater/ northern beaches.... he is based here for a few months..

He is happy to do any kind of work.. especially good with gardening/landscaping/ moving stuff/  etc... general helping out... $25 per hour. Works very hard and is nice to have around. Comes with glowing references from me - Sophie !

He is also keen to do some sailing if anyone needs an extra body.

Phone Josh on 0424 620 970

For Sale

Estuary Kayak

I need to sell an estuary kayak as soon as possible due to a move abroad. I would like to sell it for around $350. It is in good condition and is located in Careel Bay.
I will include spray skirt and paddle.

My phone number is 0401 152 165.
Rachel Upton

Tinny tinny

3.3 m Quintrex tinny with 15hp Yamaha motor. About 5 years old. Good condition.
Well equipped: auto-bilge pump, fenders, life jackets, paddles etc.

$1700 ono.

Currently located Little Lovett Bay.

Contact Martin: martin.bayliss@me.com
0429 001404


Selling because we have bought a larger commuter boat.
Comes with some safety gear, nav lights & auto bilge pump.

We paid $9.5 & have added an engine crash bar.

Reliable Yahama engine recently serviced and hull just antifouled and ready to go.
Trailer also available.

Contact Luke on 0413 043 810

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Scotland Island - Western Shores - Mackerel Beach