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Scotland Island - Western Shores - Mackeral Beach
October 1, 2009
Newsletter for Offshore Residents of Pittwater, Australia - Volume 10, Issue 429
October 2009

By all accounts Watermarks Open Studios was a resounding success...Approximately 1000 visitors per day attended the inaugural event making it one of the most successful events this community has undertaken. This number of visitors taxed our transportation systems somewhat, however the overall feedback has been nothing but glowing comments about the community and the extraordinary variety of art works displayed in some amazing environments. Jeanne Villani sent us an email from an acquaintance that pretty well sums up the overall feeling visitors left with following their visit to our shores.

We are also collecting photographs of this event and have started an album in the online gallery, so if anyone has any photos that they wish to contribute please send them to me - more on Watermarks below.

Just a reminder that following the dust storm the other day, residents should consider water collection options so that their tanks do not become contaminated, or ensure that they clean their roofs before the next rains. A tank full of contaminated water can be costly to rectify...

Also please take note of the Pink Water Taxi Notice, as this may well affect you.. 


  • Cartoon of the Month
  • Fire risk in National Park
  • Water Monitors Message
  • Indigenous Interest Group Meeting
  • Watermarks Wrap up
  • Kindy News
  • Latin Dancing Classes
  • Wine Tasting
  • POD Advertisers
  • Local Council Notices
  • Go Get Car Share Update
  • Mental Health Week
  • Author Talk@ Mona Vale Library
  • Pink Ribbon Month
  • Personal Training
  • You Asked...
  • For Sale
  • The Local Guide
  • Join SIRA
  • Archived Newsletters
  • Your subscription Information

  • Cartoon of the Month

    Gwyn Perkins

    Download a full version of this months calendar, ready for printing - click the calendar image to the right →


    Pink Water Taxis - After Midnight Service Changes
    To comply with Occupational Health & Safety, including the NSW Maritime regulation of watch-keeping hours for the Masters of commercial passenger vessels, the provision of service by the Pink Water Taxis is amended as follows:

    The main Water Taxi phone will be switched off between midnight and 0600hrs.

    Trips between midnight and 0600hrs must be booked prior to 2300hrs on the night in question.  A booking is for a definite time; nebulous or open-ended timings will not be accepted.  If deemed appropriate, the operator may provide the passenger making the booking with an alternate mobile phone number to ring when they arrive at their pick-up point.  The alternate number provided will be for ‘one-off’ use and will change from night to night.

    The following offshore residents will necessarily be provided with an emergency phone number: Rural Fire Service watch-keepers on Scotland Island, Elvina Bay and Great Mackerel Beach, Broken Bay Water Police, other emergency services workers on call (police, fire, medical), pregnant ladies (The Pudding Club) and shift-workers known to regularly return from work in the silent hours.

    Residents needing medical evacuation in the silent hours should contact the Scotland Island Rural Fire Service in the first instance.  SIRFS will determine the appropriate chain of evacuation and the Pink Water Taxis will provide water transport as directed.

    Yours aye
    Rod Smith
    Partner, Pink Water Taxis

    To all Residents
    FIrebug in National Park?
    The West Pittwater Rural Fire Brigade crew on Saturday found evidence of someone lighting small fires using matches in the National Park on the North side of Lovett Bay.  Investigations at this stage believe it to be children playing with matches (Woolworths brand left at scene)  The authorities have been notified and have expressed their concern that we may have an arsonist (even an unintentional one) who could set the whole of the National Park alight given the right conditions.
    We are asking parents to keep matches and lighters out of the way from children, and to let their children and teenagers know the consequences of what could and will happen if they play with fire and it gets out of control.  We also would like people (parents and children) to let us know if they see anyone lighting fires or anyone playing with matches either in the National Park or on private land.
    The devastation and destruction of the Victorian Fires are still fresh in everyone's memory.  We do not want Lovett, Morning and Elvina Bays to be the Ash Saturday of Sydney.  We are heading for possibly the worst fire season since 1994 and would like to be "FIRE FREE" until winter.
    The penalties for arson are now jail terms combined with very hefty fines.  And if someone is found lighting a fire in the National Park, the Rural Fire Service and the Police will prosecute to the full extent of the law.

    Kylie Stackhouse
    Senior Deputy Captain
    West Pittwater Rural Fire Brigade
    0409 936 281

    A Plea from your Water Monitors!
    Dear Water users,

    We would like to advise that water bookings are starting to get very full, and as we are looking forward to a very dry summer, we are recommending that you check the water level of your tanks regularly.

    Make your booking well in advance.
    Please try not to book at the last moment or when your tanks are empty as the waiting the lists are getting longer by the day !

    We do our best to try to fit everybody in, but sometimes it does get very difficult to accomodate everyone with the limited times each line is allocated per week.

    We would like to thank you in advance for your understanding.

    You can contact us on:

    Line 1 - Nathalie Muir : 9999 4449   or   0419 432 460
    Line 2 & 3 - Cass Gye: 9997 5853   or   0418 220 107

    Indigenous Interests Group - 2009 Third Meeting
    Early Communication and Relationships between Aborigines and British interlopers and colonists on the Northern Beaches'

    Talk by Ian Jacobs who says:

    ‘In my youth I wondered where the original Aboriginal tribe had gone. I have taught history for 30 years at Killarney Heights High School and local history holds a fascination for me’. Ian is the author of a number of books on the local history of our region and his talk promises to provide us with fascinating insights!

    Friday 9th October, 7.30pm

    Venue: Robyn and Tim’s house – between Bell and Cargo wharves, on the waterfront. House with green chook shed and curved mud brick wall.

    Please bring: Something to eat and drink.
    Tea and Coffee will be provided.

    These meetings are open to anybody interested in learning and talking about Indigenous issues.

    Watermarks Open Studios Wrap up

    All Photos can viewed at our online Gallery here

    Studio Rouge Report
    Studio Rouge in Lovett Bay, represented the following artists Rouge, Nettie Lodge, Marion von den Driesschen, Michael Greve, Nick Creech, Dean Hollander, Michelle Ball, Matt Penfold.  Showcasing paintings, sculptural works, photography, ceramics & textiles and film by Michael Edols.

    Matt Trapnell entertained the visitors by playing his eclectic style of music.  
    Chef Kath Anderson together with our volunteers prepared and served culinary delights on both days.

    For our visitors, we presented both a gallery space showcasing the artists main body of work and Rouge's working studio where artists could display additional work and portfolios etc

    Half of Rouge's studio was used by Kath Anderson, to coordinate the Cafe with help from our great volunteers, as they had generously donated a cake or two to be served with a cuppa. While on Sunday, Kath and her team prepared delicious BBQ treats.

    Our visitors came from far and wide and locally, they were all lovely, happy to come to a tranquil place, sit & sip their cuppa & view either the artwork or the spotted gums - really an interesting experience & a successful one, considering it was our first attempt.

    We the artists, have only just finished celebrating our Watermarks event, by having a 'thank you' dinner to acknowledge the efforts of our Studio Rouge volunteers, as we really could not have coped without their generous help.

    A visitors comment
    Dear Jeanne,

    An enormous thank you to you for being so kind as to e-mail me the details pertaining to last weekend’s Watermark Festival.  Michael and I most thoroughly enjoyed our day on Sunday starting at Church Point and first visiting the wonderful home, “Tarrangaua”, then visiting Sturdy Lane Studio, Studio Rouge, right at the top of the headland between Lovett Bay and Elvina Bay and finally walking to the top of Scotland Island to discover Elizabeth Park Studio on Thompson.  Three more contrasting architectural buildings it would be hard to find, but then the huge scope of exhibited works was unbelievable.

    Would you believe that chatting over the fence with our next-door neighbour it transpires they have a home on the same peninsula as Sturdy Lane Studio and a week or so ago he saw a fellow carving a burl into the form of a fish.  We wonder if it was the fish that had pride of place downstairs at this studio?

    Without your kindness there was little chance we would have heard about these wonderful homes to visit and artwork to admire.

    What a magnificent day to remember for ever!!!  Would such an event ever be repeated as Sally, our eldest granddaughter, from Tumut, would just love to have seen the huge array of artworks?  And of course we would love to have the pleasure all over again!   Greedy aren’t we?
    The very best of good wishes to you,

    Kindy News
    Watermarks Report
    The Children’s Centre (aka The Kindy) had a huge couple of days on the Watermarks Weekend.  Through the assistance of many wonderful people we opened the island café to all those exploring Watermarks.  A relaxing atmosphere was created with comfy couches under the trees and the café tables in beautiful Catherine Park.  People were able to enjoy Fair Trade coffee, home baked cakes, cool drinks and our lunch menu of gourmet sausage with caramelized onions, Turkish bread and salad or vegetarian antipasto on Turkish bread whilst listening to the sounds of our local talented musicians.

    Behind the café the Centre was open for Children’s art activities and traditional fair games of sponge throwing, apple bobbing and tin can alley.  As well as a wonderful display of our upcoming artists of the island.

    A huge thanks to our dedicated team of coordinators, who spent many days and hours leading up to the weekend coordinating the various events, as well as our families who volunteered their time in preparation and assisting on the days.  Also to those members of the community (without children at the centre!) who volunteered their time serving and cooking on the weekend too.  And all our generous and very good cake bakers who donated various cakes which were devoured and sold out.  Along with our talented musicians who entertained us all throughout the weekend. We had over 50 volunteers who we could not have done without and for that we say thank you.

    A wonderful event such as this highlights the unique and fortunate community we live in and the generosity of all our neighbours and friends.

    Also a huge thanks to the invaluable support of the following local businesses who donated the produce and supplies for our event.

    Harris Farm, Pittwater Place, Mona Vale
    Mona Vale Quality  Butchers, Bungan Street, Mona Vale
    Thompsons Meats, Pittwater Road, Mona Vale
    Russo’s Fruit and Vegetable Market, Mona Vale
    Fenners, Waratah St, Mona Vale
    Bob & Petes, 100% Yum Bakery, Tempe

    All proceeds went to the Children’s Centre; which assists in the general upkeep and maintenance of the centre as well as the purchase of children’s learning resources and play equipment.

    Kind Regards
    The SIOCS Committee
    All Photos can viewed at our online Gallery here


    Tango Argentino & Latin Dancing Classes
    For ALL Ages
    WHEN:   Saturdays   2 - 3.30 pm. starting next school term
    WHERE:   Scotland Island Community Hall
    PRICE:   $15 per hour

    If interested please contact Luisa on 9999.4885
    or, better, email me on weasonaus@hotmail.com

    Note - there will no answer on the phone from 2nd October to 18th October (so please send an email during this time).

    Wine Tasting

    Sunday Oct. 18 - 3pm
    We're all set for 3 pm SUN Oct 18 wine tasting - to be held at the Purvis Boatshed in Elvina Bay

    Remember this is a great opportunity for you to buy quality wine at a remarkable price, also, that the significant thing about the Wine Syndicate is that only the grower and the wine maker make any profit from the sale of the wine - there are no middlemen!!

    Please bring a plate of nibblies to share and a tasting glass. And maybe a printed copy of the order form so that you can make some notes. There is no need to rsvp - just turn up!

    You can download the tasting list (with pricing) here.....

    We look forward to having a tasting with you

    POD Advertisers
    Payment is Now Due...
    Calling all those unpaid POD advertisers please can payment now be sent either by cheque payable to the Scotland Island Residents Association  C/- PO Box 222, Church Point or by direct deposit (with names please) to SIRAs bank account BSB 112-879 Account Number 161070923.

    If you have misplaced your invoice please contact Deryn 0412-616152
    Local Council Notices
    Coastal Holiday Fun for the Kids
    There are still some places available for the October school holiday’s “Kids on the Coast” program to be held at Pittwater Council’s newly refurbished Coastal Environment Centre at North Narrabeen.

    The program which runs from Tuesday 6 to Friday 16 October offers primary school aged children a broad range of activities to entertain and stimulate their young minds.  

    Pittwater Council’s Natural Environment and Education Manager Mia Dalby-Ball said the diverse program offers something for everyone and is run by enthusiastic and experienced educators.

    “There is a mix of fun outdoor, craft and cinema activities available with the focus on learning about the wide variety of plants, animals and sea creatures that are abundant in Pittwater’s coastal environment,” said Ms Dalby-Ball.

    “We will be holding the popular Junior Fishing Clinic again that provides an introduction to fishing. Kids receive facts and tips about fishing as well as some free gear!”

    Other activities include “Reptiles Galore” - learning about these incredible animals; “Fantastic Frogs” - how to look after the many species of frogs in Pittwater and “Coastal Capers” - an excursion to Turimetta Beach looking at signs of life and treasures washed up on the seashore.  

    The “Kids on the Coast” program runs every day throughout the school holidays (though some sessions in the second week are already booked out).  There are two-hour activities available between 10am-12 noon and 1pm-3pm for $20 per child per session.  For children wishing to attend a full day (10am-3pm) the cost is $55, which includes care between sessions.

    The Coastal Environment Centre is located at Lake Park Road, North Narrabeen. 

    For more information or to book a place visit www.pittwater.nsw.gov.au/cec or call the Coastal Environment Centre on 9970 1675.
    Media Contact:  Sonja Elwood  Ph: 9970 1675
    New Pittwater Mayor Announced
    Pittwater Councillors elected a new Mayor and Deputy Mayor at its Council meeting on Monday 21 September.

    The meeting saw the election of Cr Harvey Rose as Mayor and Cr Jacqueline Townsend as Deputy Mayor. 

    Cr Rose replaces Cr David James who has acted as Mayor for the last two years with Cr Townsend replacing Cr Patricia Giles who has been Deputy for the past five years.

    As Mayor, Cr Rose’s key role is to act as leader in the community and spokesperson for the Council.
    Cr Rose has lived in Avalon since 1971 and has recently retired from permanent teaching after 39 years working in the high schools of Manly Warringah.

    Cr Rose describes himself as a passionate member of the community, dedicated to maintaining and improving the essential character of Pittwater. He was also the recipient of the Pittwater Citizen of the Year award for outstanding service to the Pittwater Community in 2005.

    General Manager Mark Ferguson said he was looking forward to working collaboratively with Cr Rose, Cr Townsend and the other Councillors over the next year.

    “I would also like to acknowledge the outstanding contribution from the former Mayor, Cr David James and Deputy Mayor Cr Patricia Giles for their term of office.
    Mark Ferguson said all the staff are committed to working with the new Mayor and Councillors to implement the objectives of Pittwater’s strategic plan.

    Cr Harvey also thanked Cr David James and Cr Giles for their fine work over many years. “It is a privilege to be elected Mayor of a Council which has a strong tradition of constructive work for our community. 

    “I undertake to work hard to keep Pittwater one of the best places in the world to live in,” added Cr Rose.
    Harvey Rose and Jacqueline Townsend will work with familiar faces on the Council which were elected by Pittwater residents at elections in September 2008. These include Northern Ward of Pittwater, Bob Grace and Peter Hock, Central Ward, Bob Dunbar, Patricia Giles and Ian White, and for Southern Ward David James and Julie Hegarty.

    Media contact:  Mark Ferguson Ph: 9970 1105
    Pittwater Opposes Council Amalgamations
    Pittwater Council has voted to oppose any moves towards amalgamation of councils on the northern beaches.
    Councillors at the 7 September meeting were unanimous in their support of a motion that resists amalgamation, but backs moves for Pittwater to continue to work cooperatively with neighbouring councils. 

    Mayor David James said that the Council motion followed recent comments in the media that explored the possibility of merging Manly, Warringah and Pittwater into one ‘super council’.
    “There is a view held by some in the community that amalgamation offers greater efficiencies for ratepayers,” said Cr James.

    “However my fellow councillors and I believe that Pittwater has shown we can work effectively with other Councils and maintain efficient service levels to our own community.”
    “A recent example of this is our partnership with Warringah, Manly and Mosman Councils to corporatise the Kimbriki Waste Facility at Terrey Hills,” Cr James said.
     “This will generate new sources of income for local Councils through alternative waste technologies and commercial activities at the facility.”

    Cr James said that differing priorities between local communities meant that the case for amalgamation was not a strong one on the northern beaches.

    “I believe that residents of Pittwater value their Council giving particular attention to the area’s unique environmental issues,” he said.

    “We also have to manage an influx of new residents over the next ten years in the Warriewood land release area, unlike Manly Council for example.”

    Cr James said that Pittwater would continue to work with its northern beaches neighbours through the SHOROC organisation, which is a regional group set up by Mosman, Manly, Warringah and Pittwater Councils to look at sharing arrangements and cost efficiencies such as bulk purchasing.

    Media contact:  David James, Pittwater Council Ph: 9970 1104
    Pittwater Wins State Award for Disaster Planning
    Pittwater Council has won a NSW Government award for its disaster management plan.

    In one of his first duties as new Mayor, Cr Harvey Rose accepted the award at a presentation at Parliament House in Sydney this week by the Emergency Services Minister Steve Whan.

    Pittwater received a ‘highly commended’ award in the 2009 Safer Communities Awards for its disaster management plan which was revised by the Council in August this year.

    The Safer Communities Awards are sponsored by the state government and recognise ‘outstanding practice and innovation by organisations involved in emergency management and protecting the community.’

    Out of 13 recipients, Pittwater and the Hills District were the only local government areas recognised in this year’s awards. Other recipients included Surf Life Saving Australia, the NSW Police, the Australian Red Cross and the University of NSW.

    Pittwater’s highly commended award was for its revised disaster management plan, which would ‘enable an effective response to disaster and emergencies’, according to the award citation.

    General Manager Mark Ferguson said the plan had been revised this year in the light of the bushfire disaster in Victoria in January and to ensure that a coordinated response would be put into action in the event of any large-scale emergency in Pittwater.

    “We have a number of naturally occurring hazards such as landslip, bushfire and flooding and this is the reason for prioritising our disaster planning,” he said.

    Speaking after receiving the award, Mayor Rose said while he was honoured that Pittwater had received recognition for its disaster planning, he hoped it was one plan the Council never had to enact.

    “I’d like to take this opportunity to remind residents that with summer approaching, it’s time to ensure your properties are ready to withstand the threat of bushfire.”

    Media contact:  James Payne, Pittwater Council Ph: 9970 1188

    Go Get Car Share Update
    $50 offer for new members
    After a year of Go Get car share at Church Point we have 31 drivers, in 25 households. 
    Four have sold cars, one more intends to sell one, and at least 5 have deferred buying another car. That’s a significant contribution to reducing the pressure on the car park and the overflow into surrounding streets.
    Many members use car share as their ‘second car’.

    Paul Purvis, Elvina Bay: “We gave our 20 year old gas-guzzler four wheel drive the flick. With car sharing, people have got to get over the shock of thinking ‘this trip might cost me $30’. But if you add it up over a year, our old second car was probably costing us about $150 a week, especially with the maintenance. We haven’t needed to use Go Get much, so we’re on the lowest membership plan. But it’s good to know it’s there if we need it.”

    Lisa Atkins, Elvina Bay: “We’ve sold our second car and having Go Get at Church Point means there hasn’t been any inconvenience at all.”

    Caroline Adams, Towlers Bay: “A two-hour trip into Mona Vale costs me about $12. We’re on the highest membership plan and the car is nearly always available when I need it, and if not, I juggle my schedule. I’ve never even had to fill it with petrol. (You have to fill it only if it’s less than ¼ full – and Go Get pays for petrol). All up for the year Go Get has cost me $731—that’s less than our insurance and CTP green slip on our own car (total $787), let alone rego, maintenance, petrol…It’s miles cheaper and easier than owning a second car.

    Of the 25 current households, 21 have been members for more than 6 months.

    It hasn’t worked for everyone, of course, and 7 households have tried it during the year and resigned or not renewed their membership.

    With only one Go Get car at Church Point, it can be frustrating if it’s booked out when you want to use it. (Members should let Go Get know any time that happens so they know the full demand). Once we get a second Go Get car back here, and hopefully more over time, we’re confident the service will be much more flexible. We’re apparently close to that threshold, and we want to encourage more usage so we achieve it.
    You can try the Go Starter plan with no upfront deposit if you want to see if it works for you. At the Church Point ferry and commuter wharves there are postcards with a $50 driving credit offer for new members, so grab one while they last and give it a try.

    There have been occasional problems with people parking in the designated Go Get spot in the car park, especially late at night, and we’re working on ways to stop this. We ask locals to respect the dedicated spot and never park there. Go Get really DOES help reduce the pressure on the car park by giving people a viable option to keeping a car (or buying another one) which is seldom used.

    For further information please contact Go Get on 1 300 769 389 or www.goget.com.au.
    Or locally: Caroline Adams (Towlers Bay) on ph 9979 6390 or email caroline@davidadams.com.au or Lisa Atkins (Elvina Bay) on ph 9997 5466 or Alan Hill (Elvina Bay) on ph 9997 6973 or 0419 012 640 or email: hillyuille@bigpond.com.

    Mental Health Week (4 - 10th October 2009)
    at Mona Vale Library
    Free Meditation Class for Beginners
    Benefit from the relaxation, clarity and rejuvenation
    that meditation can bring.

    Come and enjoy the peace and calm of meditation with a local experienced instructor.

    Especially beneficial for HSC students.

    Date: Wednesday 7 October
    Time: 11am
    Meet: Mona Vale Library
    1 Park Street Mona Vale

    click image to download flyer

    Can Your Passion Become Your Volunteering Opportunity
    Shopping - Music - Art - Crafts - Gardening - Food - People - Environment - Animals - Community

    Find out about the many volunteering opportunities in our community

    Join our FREE  information session
    11:00pm – 12:30 pm
    Friday 9th October 2009

    For more information and to book your free seat
    CALL   9931 7777 

    click image to download flyer

    Note : There is a misprint on the Volunteering Session flyer it should be 11am rather than 11pm!

    Author Talk@ Mona Vale Library
    Forthcoming Events September - November 2009
    Thursday 8 October – Author - John Robson “Captain Cook's War and Peace”

    John Robson born in Country Durham, England in 1949, is the pre-eminent Cook scholar who was the historical consultant for the James Cook – obsession and discovery documentary shown on the ABC in 2008. He moved to New Zealand in 1981 and is now the Map Librarian at the University of Waikato in Hamilton.

    Other books include Captain Cook’s world, 2000 and The Captain Cook Encyclopaedia,

    Tuesday 17 November – Author – Susan Duncan “A Life on Pittwater” to be published in November

    Bookings essential on 9970 1600 and payment within 3 days required to confirm bookings.
    Cost $7.50, $5.50 – concession (Friends of Mona Vale Library/ Pensioner/student cards must be shown. Friends’  subscription needs to have been paid. Light refreshments provided.
    All talks will be held at Mona Vale Library, Park Street, Mona Vale at 6.30pm, WITH THE EXCEPTION OF KELSANG DORNYING ON THURS 17 SEPT AT 7PM

    October is Pink Ribbon Month

    Every October the world joins to celebrate the courage and spirit of those touched by breast cancer, present and past - and to raise awareness of the disease and the need for early detection.

    The Sydney Breast Cancer Foundation supports breast cancer patients through their journey in very practical ways.

    Support Her During Chemotherapy - for $19 you can give a Chemo Package to a woman starting treatment including a digital thermometer, notebook and pen; we've even added organic peppermint tea to help ease nausea.

    Support Her Through Surgery - this October, and every month, many women will face breast surgery, including mastectomy. Make it a little less traumatic for one of them, for only $41. The In-patient Welcome Package contains toiletries, pink ribbon hand towel, sleep eye mask and shirt from Blue Illusion, designed to be gentle on the painful wounds after surgery.

    Support When Her Hair is Lost - For $125, the cost of one of our Wig Packages, you can give a woman much more than just hair... you can give her back her self esteem. The package also includes an under-cap, wig stand and wig care products.

    Help Us Save Lives in the Future - early detection is the key to survival. Our Breast Check Shower Hanger encourages women to be "Breast Aware" and take the action that could save a life... or a breast. We distribute tens of thousands every year to encourage early detection and save lives. You can sponsor 500 for only $200.

    DONATE NOW to these and other initiatives including our Breast Care Nurses.

    For more information or to donate by phone mail or fax, download the full version of the Pink Ribbon Appeal or call us on 02 9515 6045.

    I know times are tough right now. But just imagine how much tougher they are for women with breast cancer.

    Even if you can't donate right now, please forward this to to as many people as possible who may be willing to help breast cancer patients.

    Send a message of hope to our breast cancer patients and we will print it inside one of our special Hope Cards and display it in the waiting rooms and wards at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital.

    Sincerely yours
    Deborah West, President
    P.S. All donations over $2 are tax deductible. We will send you a receipt.

    Personal Training
    Expressions of Interest  
    Samantha and I have recently Joined Scotland island and having a fantastic time.
    Due to the relocation Samantha had to finish up with her last role as senior trainer at a personal training studio in Norwest.

    We have recently put up dome flyers (attached) for expressions of interest in relation to residents (all around the Pittwater area) that would be interested in personal training or group sessions locally  or even in the privacy of their own home. These flyers where put up at all the wharfs & Church point however although some people have put their names down it appears the registration boards in some instances have gone missing and we don’t want those who put their names down to miss out.

    Anyone that may be interested can contact Samantha on 0415543131 or via email at Sammy.moore11@gmail.com
    Click the flyer to download

    You Asked..
    House Sit over Xmas
    My father and his wife are interested in a house-sit on the island or in the bays over the Christmas period
    from 20 December until 2nd Jan. (can be just part of that time if needed)

    A very house-proud couple they would be willing to water plants, or look after pets over that time.


    • 3 Bedroom home with 2 bathrooms, 2 lounges, dining room, kitchen/bar facility.
    • Located in Cambridge one of the most picturesque towns in NZ in the heart of the North Island.
    • Close to Lake Karapero,  it is ideal for swimming and summer family fun.
    • A beautiful area renown for its green pastures, it is home to 13 Melbourne Cup winning horses.
    • 20 mins from Hamilton and international airport
    • Just 1 hour from Rotorua, the tourist and cultural capital of NZ
    • 3/4 hour to Raglan Surf Beach on the West Coast, one of the best surf beaches on the globe.
    • 1 1/4 hours to  pristine Mount Manganui for white sands and surf
    • 1 3/4 hours to Auckland.
    It's a great time to holiday in NZ with airfares so cheap and free accommodation!!



    Please contact Jen Cudmore for more information.
    PHONE 0425 212 849 OR 9999 4605

    For Sale 
    If you have something for sale that you think locals would like - let us know and we will put a SINGLE line entry in the PON at the beginning of each month...

    Please call Maria on 99797678 for;
    • For free – children’s bunk bed, white wood, able to detach into single beds.
    • 2 x Phillips coffee percolators in good condition.
    • For sale $50  – fish tank with filter and light, only 1 year old

    Phone Nathalie Muir on 9999 4449 for;
    • Two seater sofa bed with new spring mattress. Converts into a very comfortable double bed. $350.00

    Phone Nigel on 9999 4885  for;
    • Cello 3/4 size Skylark  made in China, good condition  $350 with soft case and bow
    • Violin 3/4 size Hoeffner made in china with hard case good condition $150
    • Violin full size made in Germany $ 450

    The Local Guide
    What's On in Pittwater - Self Editing Event Calendar click here to go to the Calendar
    Scotland Island Community Vehicle: 0404 103 700 click here for Number, Usage & Charges
    Scotland Island Rural Fire Brigade:   9999 4404  http://www.sirfb.org.au 
    Offshore Photo Gallery - http://picasaweb.google.com/offshoregallery/ 
    Scotland Island Residents Association Membership Application - clicking here.
    Scotland Island Water:
    SI Emergency Water Contacts and Guidelines for water: click here for information and contacts
    Scotland Island 'Water Agreement' - click here download
    Scotland Island Traders - On-line shopping from your computer, through your door on Scotland Island. Contact Graeme on 0419460331 or click here for full details
    Scotland Island Children's Centre
    Catherine Park (Long Day Care Service)  8.30am - 4.30pm (Tues, Weds & Thurs)
    Playgroup @ Children's Centre every Monday, 10.00am - 12 midday
    Other services include: School Holiday Programme / Facility & Equipment Hire
    For information please call 02 9979 7856 or email:  siocs@comcen.com.au
    Scotland Island Community Hall Bookings:  Kez on 9999 4092 or kezborthwickbolton@gmail.com
    Local Transport:
    Scotland Island Community Vehicle: Info: click here. Phone (0404 103 700)
    Church Point Ferries (0408296997) Church Point Ferry Timetable click here
    Pink Water Taxi (0428238190)
    Manly Warringah Cabs (0299725600)
    Palm Beach Cruises (0299974815)
    Local Real Estate Agents:
    Century 21 Showcase Pittwater (click for property news)
    PMC Hill (subscribe to their newsletter here)
    Pittwater Real Estate
    L.J.Hooker Mona Vale
    Pittwater Community Arts Inc.
    Membership $20.00
    Enquiries....Lorrie Morgan 99978079 lorriemay@bigpond.com
    Government Organisations:
    Local Pittwater Council, or email them at Pittwater_council@pittwater.nsw.gov.au  or by clicking here
    Federal: Bronwyn Bishop, Member for Mackellar by clicking here or Bronwyn.Bishop.MP@aph.gov.au
    State: Rob Stokes, Member for Pittwater, at pittwater@parliament.nsw.gov.au or by clicking here
    Local Accommodation:
    Bed & Breakfast: Scotland Island Lodge: or http://www.scotlandislandlodge.com.au (0299793301)
    Yacht Clubs: Woody Point Yacht Club  or http://www.wpyc.com.au 
      Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club or http://www.rpayc.com.au/
    Short Term Holiday} Accommodation    }
    Wiringulla Retreat (0299718375) or here
    Treetops on Towlers Bay' (0293322611) info@walkabouttours.com.au
    Budget Accommodation: On the doorstep of the Ku-ring-gai Chase N P: Pittwater YHA, Ph 0299995748 www.yha.com.au/hostels/details.cfm?hostelid=31 
    Local Pittwater Studies Website: http://www.pittlink.net/ls

    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
    Scotland Island Rural Fire Brigade  9999 4404
    NSW Fire Service General Information 9265 2999 9265 2999
    Rural Fire Service 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
    Virgin Blue:

    Sydney Buses: Information.

    Sydney Ferries:
    City Rail:
    Timetables & Information.
    Country Link Rail:
    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 sirapittwater@gmail.com Join WPCA To join the Western Pittwater Community Association, contact Michael Wiener at m2wiener@bigpond.net.au

    Archived Newsletters:
    A complete set of past electronic newsletters since May 2000 can be found and read at https://www.ymlp.com/pubarchive.php?sira or by clicking here or by visiting the Mona Vale Library.
    The Island website is at www.scotlandisland.org.au

    If you would like to contribute to this newsletter it's easy!. Send an e-mail to the editor by clicking here. Type your short contribution (100 words would be fine) and assuming it is of general interest to the community, does not include matter of a political nature and is not offensive to your neighbours, it will appear next month.

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