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Scotland Island - Western Shores - Mackeral Beach
December 1, 2011
Newsletter for Offshore Residents of Pittwater, Australia - Volume 12, Issue 635

  • Gwyn's Calendar
  • Dogs Night Out
  • Christmas in Elvina Bay
  • Woody Point Yacht Club Christmas
  • Carols at Tennis
  • Electricity Outage Claim Form
  • Letters to the Editor
  • Tennis Pontoon Story
  • Offshore Art Raffle
  • Local Council Notices
  • New Coal Seam Gas Site
  • Pilates on SI
  • Missing !
  • Moving Sale
  • Mooring Wanted
  • Wanted
  • Looking for Work
  • Position Vacant
  • Berth to Rent
  • For Sale
  • Boat for Sale
  • Give Away
  • Wanted
  • The Local Contact Guide
  • Join SIRA
  • Archived Newsletters
  • Your subscription Information

  • Gwyn's December 2011 Calendar 

    To download a full version (A4 size) of this months calendar, ready for printing,  just click on the calendar image.

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

    The file is quite large and in PDF format. To view PDF documents you will need the Adobe Acrobat Reader installed on your computer.
    To download Acrobat Reader please click here


    A Brilliant Dogs Night Out
    (1:30am Sunday morning)

    Rule number one, “Don’t write emails while emotional”. Rule number two,”Don’t write emails while slightly intoxicated”, Rule number three, “Occasionally break your own rules”.

    So with that in mind let me say that the “Hard Dogs Night” (the Beatles) was bloody fantastic! Of course, familiarity with the music greatly helps. Like two racing locomotives on parallel train tracks, memory and input matched each other all the way; or let me say that the alignment of recollection and readily was like two old lovers meeting and holding hands, all age and imperfections forgiven.

    From “Love Me Do” to the “Last Love You Make” (end of Seargent Pepper’s) the enthusiasm, hard work, joy in presentation and talent was brimming. Not only did most of those present know the songs; most of us know the people playing for us and their individual stories, and in moments like these the admiration and affection is real, witness an hour of hugs, handshakes and kind words afterwards before most people were ready to part company.

    In any quarter the musicianship was of a high standard. The familiar tracks rolled on one after the other, the crowd swayed and sang each song and the end of each number was met with rapturous applause.  The time and work this has taken, not just to put this together, but to accumulate the underlying competencies required, deserves hats off, OMG respect for the 1,000’s of hours invested.

    While Jill “We know It’s Your Birthday”, John and Chuck kept it going in the background, the Fab Four David, Gordon, Matt and Basil, were, well, fab! Tim on the keyboard, cello and vocals was a great fifth Beatle. The trumpeting from Tom (watch this space) and the blond bombshell Derry hit the vocal high spots. The saxophonist was straight out of wonderland and I am sure Petra’s soul is gradually being possessed by a black musician from a blues club in Memphis.

    Thanks guys, bla bla the usual clichés about being in a great community, but in this case the clichés are very true!

    Don’t miss next week’s final performances!

    Bill Gye


    Christmas at Elvina Bay Fire Shed
    Come One, Come All ! - Saturday December 3

    This is an invitation to all offshore, Island and Bays residents and their close friends and family to come celebrate Christmas together at the  Elvina Fire Shed on December 3rd.

    A fabulous Christmas feast will be prepared Santa's elves, the menu including Brown Sugar Glazed Free Range Ham, Rolled and Stuffed Free Range Turkey with pistachios and cranberries, a filo Bonbon of Roasted Vegetables, mustardy potatoes, spiced baby beetroots, and a festive salad of many colours.

    There will be a delicious Frozen Christmas Pudding covered with warm chocolate for dessert.

    The world famous Elvina Bar will be well stocked and open from 6pm, with a special Mojito cocktail available by the jug.

    Children's Meals $5
    Adults $20

    Pre-booking of tickets would be great so the Elves know how many to cater for - call Therese on 0438 279 766.
    Or just turn up and buy tickets on the night.

    Children's meals will be served at 6.30, and adults meals begin at 7.30. A mystery guest may make an appearance, so come prepared for a surprise.

    Woody Point Yacht Club
    History of the club began back in the early 1980’s, with the original charter enshrining the philosophy of the  members. It states that "Primary motivation was and is the enjoyment of Pittwater"  the original charter is still the soul of the Club. www.wpyc.com.au  and in the spirit of the charter I would like to invite all off-shore people to join us in our Christmas celebration.
    The Deck That Rocks
    Saturday 10th December 7pm

    fab covers band
    festive food and open bar

    $45 (free to members and one guest)

    Bookings essential
    Sally 0407554028 or Ian 0432576942 Betsi 0466540987


    Carols at Tennis
    Sunday 18 December from 5pm



    Electricity Outage Last Week
    Here is information and a claim form to apply for an $80.00 rebate due to the electricity outage experienced Island-wide from 9pm Friday, November 18, 2011 until 1pm Saturday, November 19, 2011

    Ausgrid Customer Service Standards Brochure
    Ausgrid Customer Service Standards Claim Form


    Letters to the Editor
    Re Thinking about the future

    Dear Sharon,

    I know you mean well  and have the community at heart ,but we have listened to you on the issues of roads, drainage and walking tracks and what has it cost us and what have we got ?
    Sometimes the cheapest option is not allways the best.
    Remember we are all entitled to an opinion.

    Bev Dwyer


    The Story of the new pontoon at Tennis – Your island community in action


    The installation of the new pontoon at Tennis is an example of a community working together to achieve a successful outcome.

    Good places to moor your commuter boat on the Island are always difficult to find and Tennis Wharf was no exception in 2010. The existing commuter pontoon was run down, disintegrating, overcrowded and just plain unsafe.  So when an opportunity to secure some second hand pontoons in good shape came up, the enterprising Colin Haskell, Paul Kinnison, John Travers, Jennifer Knox (Tennis Wharf Coordinator) and Ian Souter jumped at the chance to get them for Tennis and perhaps for other future Island wharves.

    Ok, now what? We had some good replacement pontoons, but how could we get them installed at Tennis, and who in Council do we have to talk to for permission to do this? And, most of all, how much would it cost and who was going to pay?

    So the first port of call was a meeting with Pittwater Council in August 2010. They had to get back to us before any work could begin on our proposal to build, pay for, and manage the pontoon ourselves.

    In September 2010 Colin Haskell organised a meeting of the users of the pontoon and the group was called “TUG” as in the Tennis (Wharf) Users Group. This first meeting of TUG (which consisted of 35 boat owners) was held to tell everyone about the meeting with Council and get its approval for the proposal.

    After many weeks of phone calls, a letter was sent to Council in December asking for a written response. In January 2011, we received a letter giving in principle support for the project, subject to certain conditions.

    A second meeting was held with TUG members in January 2011 and it was agreed that we repair the second-hand pontoons and get quotes for the installation. The TUG members also agreed to fund the cost of the refurbishment and installation of the pontoon (pilings and ramp) out of their own pockets including a yearly fee for maintenance and insurance. SIRA also kicked in funds in support of the venture.

    In February 2011, a team of TUG members spent many hours fixing up the second-hand pontoon to get it ready for installation.
    After a meeting with Council staff in March 2011, Council agreed to our proposal. We would sign a license agreement, with Council as Reserve Trust Managers,that covered management, maintenance standards and insurance requirements for the pontoon. However, Council required that an incorporated body enter into the license agreement and take out the required public liability insurance.
    TUG then approached SIRA to be involved as the incorporated body, and SIRA agreed. This was a major win because it had been agreed that the community could install and operate the pontoon independently from Council! YAY! It meant that the community could run this on an informal and consultative basis to suit user’s needs.

    The license agreement between Council and SIRA was signed and the work started on the installation of the pilings and the pontoon in September 2011.  In October it was ready for use!

    The new, safer and larger pontoon is a major achievement and demonstrates that when a community is motivated to reach an outcome it can happen with teamwork and some enthusiastic individuals to drive it. Of course there were some challenges along the way, e.g.:
    • Persuading Council to allow a piece of infrastructure to be completely run by the community
    • Collecting funds from everyone
    • Overcoming scepticism and keeping members informed on all issues
    Well done and many thanks to all those who put so many hours of work and effort to achieve this outcome, including Colin Haskell, Paul Kinnison, John Travers, Ian Souter, Mark Kirby, Gordon Floyd, Michael Chapman for legal advice, the SIRA Committee members and especially the TUG members who now enjoy their lovely new commuter pontoon.

    Judy Readman
    SIRA Wharves Project Team Leader


    Offshore Art Raffle
    Win a beautiful unframed artwork by local artists including:
    Nettie Lodge, David Wardman, Marion van den Driesschen, Michelle Macdonald, Paul Smith, Tracy Smith, Gwyn Perkins, June Lahm, Carole Corrie, Penelope Wise, Anne Willman…RafflePoster
    To view the artworks visit: http://watermarks.net.au/offshore-art-raffle/

    Just $5 per ticket, or 3 for $10, or 6 for $15, or 15 lucky tickets for $30!

    Tickets on sale from The Gone Fishing Gallery and PMC Hill at Church Point or buy online (minimum purchase $15) via: http://www.stickytickets.com.au/7146

    The draw will be at the Dog Race on Xmas Eve at Church Point.

    All proceeds go towards recovering the costs of the WaterMarks Open Studios event which was held during the wettest 48 hours in September since records began (42 years ago!).

    Thank you and good luck!


    Local Council Notices

    Nominations are now open for Pittwater’s 2012 Australia Day Awards to be announced at next year’s Australia Day celebrations at Bert Payne Reserve, Newport.

    Residents are encouraged to nominate outstanding citizens who have contributed to their community in one of five categories: Pittwater Citizen of the Year, Australia Day Award, Young Citizen of the Year, Community Event of the Year and Sportsperson of the Year.

    Pittwater Mayor Harvey Rose applauded the many volunteers who give their time generously for the benefit of others.

    “These people are often considered experts in their fields which cover bushcare, aged care, lifesaving, emergency services, coastal patrol and youth and community services to name just a few,” he said.

    “Australia Day is a fitting time to recognise these residents who work tirelessly behind the scenes making a significant contribution to their community,” added Cr Rose.

    Nomination forms for the Awards can be completed online at www.pittwater.nsw.gov.au Printed copies are available from the Council’s customer service centres and libraries at Avalon and Mona Vale.

    Entries for the Awards close on Friday 16 December 2012. Nominations can be mailed to: Community Relations Team, Pittwater Council, PO Box 882 Mona Vale, NSW 1660 or emailed to Pittwater_council@pittwater.nsw.gov.au.

    Enquiries relating to the Awards or Pittwater’s Australia Day event can be directed to the Community Relations Team on 9970 1119.

    Community Relations Team, Pittwater Council Ph: 9970 1119


    NEW Online site of Coal Seam Gas - ABC
    A couple of months ago there seemed to be quite a lot of interest in relation to the screening of an Amercian documentary of the coal seam gas industry in the US.  Of more interest is what is happening locally.
    The ABC has launched a site today which looks into the coal seam gas industry and it’s impact and potential impact in Australia.


    Pilates and Group Fitness
    With Just a few weeks till Christmas come along and give your body a boost!
    All Fitness levels welcome.
    Outdoor Group Fitness at Catherine Park
    Tuesday and Thursdays 8am.
    NEW CLASS Wednesdays 9:30am.
    Mondays 9am.
    Casual class $22
    Class term finishes Thursday the 22nd December. Starting back January
    Call Patrice on 0406 483 036 for more info. or email patrice.corrie@gmail.com


    Gone Missing !
    If anybody knows the whereabouts or has any information to the BLACK PLASTIC LEGS, upside down amongst the coleas, and the SUN FACE, which was wired to thewhich stood palm tree in my garden.

    Could they please return them or contact me.

    I would like very much to have them back.......
    thank you.......Phillippa Thomas....0407 244 677


    Moving Sale
    "Skye" Cottage 61 Florence Terrace.
    Saturday December 10th.  9AM-3PM
    Features. antiques, furniture, new woodstove, household,books
    Cash only

    For Sale:
    Last chance to buy 6M punt with 15HP four stroke Yamaha and 5M cruise craft with 90HP 2 stroke Yamaha 300hours
    Make an offer
    Boats will go on consignment to Ray Phillips by December 3rd.
    Contact Mary 0438 632 855

    Wanted Mooring for commuter boat

    A young family that is expecting a baby is looking for a spot to moor a boat not very far from Bells wharf. The boat is a 3-meter long Polycraft. As you all know there is no space with relatively easy access at the public wharf. If you're ready to rent out a spare spot at your jetty please let us know on 0415877795. Cheers. Denis and Lana.

    Looking for Work
    Hello, my name is Per Tinberg. I’ve just finished my first year of university and am available for work over summer.
    I’m 19 years old, strong, reliable and enthusiastic.
    Looking for labouring, house/ block maintenance and anything else that needs doing.

    Grown up offshore- have boat- $20 / hr
    My mobile number is:  0433 807 479

    Position Vacant
    For further information email Michael and Sarah at pittwateryha@bigpond.com and include you background details / resume.

    Michael and Sarah

    Marina Berth to Rent
    Former residents of the island have a berth in a private marina in Newport.
    It will take a 20’ -26’ boat, has underground private parking and security gated access.

    $390 per Month and it has secured parking, water and electricity at the berth. It is also the 1st berth and closest to the car park.
    Thank you
    Mark 0414 430 677

    For Sale
    Cast Iron cot
    $100, needs painting
    Mike 0409 121 112

    Bunk Bed, Cupboard units and Lego
    Wooden bunk bed with a pull out desk underneath and quality mattress. 2 matching high cupboard units.
    All in excellent condition. $600 ono. Will sell separately.
    Storage box with drawers full of Lego. $50.
    Contact Melanie on 0415 440 662


    Boat for Sale
    Keep the kids/shopping dry! We are selling our much loved, very reliable boat (FREEDOM 4.9m Angler,  built 2004) as we're moving from one beautiful island, Scotland Island to another, Singapore!
    Has been on the beloved Pittwater for 2.5 years (on jetty at Bangalla or at Quays Marina) and before that mostly garaged by weekend angler with little time to fish.
     70 HP Yamaha 2 stroke, approx 450 hrs, bimini top, all weather fibreglass commuter with front & side clears, antifouled, GME 27mhz radio & antenna, navman depth sounder/fish finder,12 v power outlet, compass,new auto bilge pump,nav lights,life jackets,rod holders, underfloor 70 litre fuel tank, Sea Link braked roller trailer with alloy wheels.

     $14,900. Call David: 0411282589

    Give away
    Bunks to give away
    I have two sets of bunks and mattresses to give away.  One set is in very good shape with two very good mattresses, they are wood, 5 years old and can also work as two single bunks.
    The second set is older, one good mattress and one not so good, can also work as single beds.
    If no one wants them I'll send to Vinnies.

    Call Philip 0411 882 064

    Do you have a kayak or paddle/surf ski (in good condition) that you don't use and would be willing to sell in time for Christmas?
    If so, please call Lea on 9979 7064 or 0410 680 825.


    The Local Guide
    Community Information

    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 http://picasaweb.google.com/offshoregallery/
    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)  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 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
    Pittwater Community Arts Inc.  - Enquiries Lorrie Morgan 9997 8079  lorriemay@bigpond.com
    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 
    Elvina Escape - B & B at Elvina Bay - Alison Newham 0423 598 760
    Treetops on Towlers Bay - 02 9332 2611  info@walkabouttours.com.au
    Pittwater Youth Hostel  - 02 9999 5748  www.yha.com.au/hostels/details.cfm?hostelid=31  
    Nila Chambers - Celebrant (marriages, funerals etc)  Discount for all offshore residents. 9999 2445
    Offshore IT Computer Services  - Contact Robert  0427 890 357 or 9999 2942
    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

    Island Classes (Fitness, Dance, Art etc)
    Pilates, Meditation and Group Fitness with Patrice -  0406 483 036 patrice.corrie@gmail.com
    Anusara Yoga -  Thursdays -  0421762236 dominiquemarill@gmail.com or floydcbg@ozemail.com.au
    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 fortnightly - Nathalie - 9999 4449

    Gurdjieff / The Forth Way - Call John on 9979 5584, Marion on 9979 3993 or Anne on 9999 3478
    Island Kinesiology Clinic - Mondays on SI   Phone Jen Cudmore 0425 212 849
    Green Group For Catherine Park - Run by SIOCS - Emmie Collins on 0405 330 781
    WOW - Women on Water - second Wednesday of the month - contact Nila on 9999 2445   
    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 Gordon 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 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
    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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