Scotland Island - Western Shores - Mackeral Beach

- March 2003 -

Newsletter for Offshore Residents of Pittwater, Australia  Volume 5, Issue 38; March 2003


A little rain has fallen these last few days and our wonderful local environment is looking a lot better for the moisture. Now we really must make every effort to retain the moisture for our native plants and to store the rain for our own requirements. We cannot rely on Pittwater Council to continue to supply us with 'emergency' water. It might be many years before Sydney Water even consider a town supply. The message of the month is: 'Look to your Tanks!'

In this Issue:

  • Missing your POD?
  • Bigger and Better than Ever
  • Correct Boating Safety Equipment
  • Manly Warringah Pittwater Community Aid Service
  • Scotland Island Possum Check!
  • WIRES - correction to phone number
  • 2003 Pittwater Women's Forum
  • The Community Vehicle is a Gas!
  • Art Workshops on Scotland Island
  • SIRFB Annual General Meeting
  • EcoGarden Workshop with Peter Rutherford
  • The Local Guide
  • Archived Newsletters
  • Your Subscription Information

    Bigger and Better than Ever!

    Pittwater Food Fair

    Pittwater Council has taken over the management of the Friday night food fair. Come and join us every Friday night from 5.30pm at Village Park, Mona Vale. International cuisine  -  Free live entertainment  - Fun for all the family!

    Correct Boating Safety Equipment

    It is also important that boaters have the correct safety equipment which includes; lifejackets, distress signals and a map or chart. These are some of the additional safety requirements when boating in open waters.

    An anchor of appropriate size and a long, strong anchor rope or chain is of much more importance in coastal conditions than inland waters.

    A lifejacket is perhaps the most important piece of safety equipment and it is the skippers responsibility to ensure there are enough for all people on board, they are in good condition and easily accessible."

    For more information or maps on local waterways, safety equipment or local conditions call the Waterways Authority Info Line 13 12 56 or visit

    Scotland Island Possum Check!

    Jutta writes:

    I am back at uni and I had a good time on Scotland Island. All people were really helpful, I got a lot of information - and I trapped about 30 possums, that are hopefully still well doing, when I come back in half a year. I intend to come twice a year to the island, try to recapture the microchipped once and have a look at them. For information about the project please click here., I hope that's what you need for your newsletter (I just subscribed). If you need more, just tell me. The reason to come to the island was, that there are so many people and possums "living together" and also that maybe the possum population might be (genetically) different from the one of the mainland because of years of isolation. And it is a small closed area that makes it ideal for population studies...

    If any "Scotland Islander" has any question concerning the possums, they are welcome to contact me. Just would like to thank all the volunteers very much! 

  • Pittwater Community Aid Service

    Manly Warringah Pittwater Community Aid Service helps frail, aged and younger people with disabilities to remain in their own homes by providing services such as transport, shopping and social support. We need more volunteers as it is becoming increasingly difficult to meet the numbers of requests for assistance from clients. Could you give a small amount of time either weekly or fortnightly to provide assistance with transport, shopping or office administration? Be part of creating a better life for members of our community. To receive more information about joining our team please call Christine on 0299133244

    WIRES - Correction to Phone Number

    We have recently been notified of an incorrect number listed in the Pittwater Offshore Directory. POD) The contact number is for WIRES, the native animal rescue group. The number is apparently listed as 8966 3333. This number belongs to a music distributor in the city.

    Please amend your records to read 8977 3333 as the correct WIRES rescue phone number.

    2003 Pittwater Women's Forum

    Pittwater Council will hold its fifth Women Forum, titled “Peace Among Women” from 12 noon until 2pm on Tuesday 4 March at Mona Vale Golf Club.

    The Women’s Forum is a wonderful opportunity to network and socialise with other women living on the northern beaches. As a lead-up to International Women’s Day on 8 March, Forum guests can listen to speakers with interesting and topical stories to inspire understanding and peace in the community. Guest speakers include Sunita Kotnala, Ethnic Communities Liaison Officer with Northern Beaches Police. Sunita will speak of the history of women in times of war and their role as peacemakers. She will also give an overview of her new role on the northernIslam beaches. A representative from the Muslim Women Association will speak on experiences of Islamic women living in Australia today. The Forum will also launch T@lk W@ll - Pittwater International Women’s Group, a support network for women from other countries now living on the northern beaches.

    A light two-course lunch and coffee is included in the cost of $16 – book now with Susan Turner on 9970 1171. Updated service information is also available at the Forum, which is sponsored by Pittwater Council and Mona Vale Golf Club.

    The Community Vehicle is a Gas!

    The Community Vehicle would like to enter into an arrangement with willing hands on the Island. With the increasing use of the new vehicle our casual methods of obtaining fuel are no longer working for us. We would like to offer the opportunity for someone on the Island to get paid for collecting fuel for the vehicle on a regular basis. We need roughly 60 litres of unleaded fuel each fortnight, a task that would take approximately two hours. If you are interested in earning some extra money, and helping the community too, please contact Harriet Stacey. 99792809

    Held every second Tuesday at a studio near Carol's wharf, this group has been going for 18 months but always welcomes new members! Upcoming Dates: March 4, March 18, April 1. 7.30-9.30pm, $10.
    To get on the email list, contact Jessica at or ring her on 9999 2054.
    LIFE DRAWING with Marion van den Driesschen
     Looking at the bones of ‘life drawing’ 
    To ‘see’ or not to ‘see’, that is the question  
    Balancing the positives and the negatives.
    Saturday March 1st, 2-5pm, $40 / $30 concession
    INAUGURAL 'WILD ART' PICNIC- to Towler's Bay
    Calling all artists and those interested in getting out into nature! Based on a group that runs down the far South Coast, we will go to a different nearby natural spot every few months and draw, paint and have a picnic. Just bring yourselves, your art materials and some delicious food to share!
    Sunday March 16th, meet at 10am at Tennis Wharf, no charge.
    Learn basic watercolour techniques in a relaxed atmosphere.
    Explore the effects of different brushes, washes, tones and colours
    It's easy and fun!
    Saturday March 22nd, 2-5pm $35 / $25 concession
    MIXED MEDIA with Marion van den Driesschen
    Mixed media or let's stretch our imagination!
    Using more than one medium together on the same work
    The origins of mixed media- Braque, Picasso and others
    What goes with what? - have some fun playing with paint, chalks, collage etc.
    Saturday April 12th, 2-5pm $35 / $25 concession
    Using a calligraphy pen for pattern-making and lettering
    Exploring different lettering styles - which is more 'you'?
    Using calligraphy to make beautiful cards and invitations
    Saturday May 3rd, 2-5pm $35 / $25 concession
    All groups (except Wild Art) will be held at a studio near Carol's wharf.
    For more information, or to get on the email list, contact
    Jessica on 9999 2054
    or email

    SIRFB Annual General Meeting

    Scotland Island Rural Fire Brigade invites members and friends to attend the Annual General Meeting to be held on Sunday 9 March 2003, commencing at 2.00pm in the Fire Station, Catherine Park.  At the meeting, elections will be held for all positions within the Brigade and reports on the Brigade’s activities during 2002 will be presented.  Membership subscriptions will be due and payable at the AGM and remain at just $10 per year (no GST).  If you’ve ever thought about visiting the Station, this is a great opportunity to meet the members and have a look around.  New members are always welcome.

    EcoGarden Workshop with Peter Rutherford
    Sunday March 30 9.AM to 1PM
    No 23 Richard Road
    An opportunity to learn about:
    • Healthy soils, a link to the health of people, plants, animals and waterways
    • Using compost in your garden to manage organic waste, to improve soil water-holding capacity and water quality
    • Making a no dig garden
    To book call Annabelle Kristevic home: 9997 2610 or wk: 99180070. Cost assisted by NSW Government Stormwater Trust and by a donation of $5/person
    Interested in concept plans for the roads in your catchment???
    Stage 2 of the Stormwater Trust Grant, Keeping the Soil on the Island, involves planning for additional selected catchments on the island. The aim is to develop concept plans for future works targeting sediment pollution and erosion. Such plans have been a guide for recent works and grant applications.

    If you can suggest a catchment and identify persons willing to assist please call:
    Sharon Kinnison (ah 9997 6017), Jennifer Knox (9979 9815) or Annette Ritchie (9979 7122)

    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:

    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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