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Scotland Island - Western Shores - Mackeral Beach
June 1, 2012
Newsletter for Offshore Residents of Pittwater, Australia - Volume 13, Issue 678

The wavelet of shimmering water gurgles as it splashes my toes. The incoming tide is stealthily edging over basking rock.
My skin glows with the balm of a caressing sun and a dragonfly wanders erratically. There is a cathedral quiet on the island shore except, perhaps, a sigh from the nor’easter sifting through the casuarina grove behind me. A spiritual comfort of peace here, an escape.
For so long, longer than the mind can comprehend, this water has stroked or, sometimes, even pounded this shore in a twice-daily rhythm of reliability. The aborigines were here, too, their middens stacked with giant shells. Before that it was a wildlife haven for millennia.
My eyes love the curving comfort of pretty Woody Point and the bulwark of hills behind the bays. They play a soothing symphony on my mind.
There is a wonder about these moments as I contemplate with gratitude.

Leicester Warburton

  • Gwyn's Drawing
  • Trivia Night
  • SI Fire Brigade Matters
  • SI Fire Shed Dinner
  • Pink Water Taxis Service
  • Pittwater Offshore directory (POD)
  • Letters to the Editor
  • WOE Free!
  • Red Shield Appeal Thankyou
  • Fireshed Dinner Photos by June Lahm
  • Author Talks
  • ArtSpace Rouge at the Rocks
  • Local Council Notices
  • Bimblebox makes it to Sydney
  • Bookkeeeper, Office Admin, Data Entry etc
  • Wanted
  • For Sale
  • The Local Contact Guide
  • Join SIRA
  • Archived Newsletters
  • Your subscription Information

  • Gwyn's Drawing
    Picking up the Mail !

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

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



    Bar open $20 includes nibbles. 

    Lots of prizes to be won from;
    • $100 Toni and Guy Voucher
    • Meal for two at Pittwater RSL
    • $50 Beauty Voucher
    • Massage
    • Ferry Tickets
    • $90 Glenworth Valley horse riding vocher
    • And many many more.

    Please contact Liz and staff at the Kindy  on 02 9979 7856 or 0405335499 to buy tickets or to buy a table of 8.

    Please help support the Kindy all money raised will go towards new resources and equipment.
    Look forward to seeing you all there.

    click image to load flyer                  


    Fire Brigade Matters

    This is the start, or restart, of a monthly inclusion in the newsletter talking about matters relating to the island brigade.

    Just to remind you, the brigade now has a Community First Response service with a number of trained members able to respond to and deal with medical emergencies on the island. Phone 000, this will put into process the response to the emergency including on site attention, the possible evacuation to the mainland and co-ordination with the mainland ambulance service.

    We have a new accredited member in Graham Crayford who is now a basic fire fighter.
    Wayne Gluyas is training for an advanced fire fighter accreditation and will continue on to qualify as a crew leader.
    To explain a little about your brigade on Scotland Island, to start with, this is the  heirachy of personnel; Captain, Senior Deputy Captain, and Deputy Captains who are also crew leaders, fire fighters. The officers are elected positions, elected annually.

    There is also a President,Secretary,Treasurer, and Social Secretary, Bruce is our Station Officer. All active members (fire fighters) are trained in bushfire and structure (house) fire fighting.
    The boat, (Scotland Island 15) attends boat fires, and bushfires or structure fires that can be reached from the boat fire pump. As well as Pittwater we respond to fires in the Hawkesbury River and Cowan Creek when we would probably be assisting a local brigade. The boat travels at 27 knots so we can be at Bar Point in say 40 minutes.
    We have three vehicles in the fireshed; a category 7 (cat 7) firetruck, fully equipped, carrying its own water supply (limited), also carrying CABA which is breathing  apparatus to allow an operator to enter a smoke inundated environment, to rescue a trapped person,  a smaller Category 9 or striker truck, also with its own water supply ( once again a limited supply). The PC or personnel carrier acts as an island ambulance,
    it is equipped with a defibrillator (heart starter) and oxyviva  ( oxygen resuscitation) as  well as comprehensive first aid equipment.
    All active members have ongoing training enabling us to offer the best in an emergency.
    Should you want to discuss any matters pertaining to fire safety, or if you feel you can make a commitment yourself to active membership you can ring or email, details below, or you can talk to any of the other members of the brigade.

    David Wardman
    9999 5944


    Scotland Island Winter Fire Shed Dinner
    Saturday June 9th, 7pm


    Scottish Dinner by 'the rob roys'
     Includes Dessert

    Adults $20
    Children under 12 $5


    Pink Water Taxis Service
    Change of Mobile Phone Carrier

    After two hours in the Telstra Business Centre and having signed away my first-born child on an entire
    Spotted Gum forest worth of paper, the Pink Water Taxi mobile phone is now with TELSTRA Business.

    We pray to any deity listening that this will, at the very least, improve on our previous carrier's woeful performance. 

    On advice from Telstra, the taxi phone is switched to the 2G (GSM/EDGE) network for now as it's less congested than 3G and should be more stable/reliable.  After all, we just want voice calls and SMS; no frilly bits.

    Any and all feedback welcome.

    Yours aye - Rod


    Pittwater Offshore Directory (POD)
    Last chance to get one...

    There are limited spare copies of the 2009 POD available to anyone who is new to the Island or if you have misplaced the copy distributed to all households.

    Please email cassgye@spin.net.au if you would like one.  A new POD will not be produced until next year, subject to volunteers giving their time to create the 5th edition of this valuable source of information.

    Cass Gye
    02 9979 5853
    0418 220 107
    P O Box 52
    Church Point  2105


    Letters to the Editor
    thank you all

    Dear friends,

    I have spent four nights trying to find sufficient words to say thank you to all my friends who made my 80th birthday such a great celebration.    The words still won’t fill the huge heartfelt thanks I wish to convey to everyone.     The great girls who made a feast, a mammoth cake, the firies who serviced the bar, the speechmakers and acapella singers, and all those present and presents which have brought such joyful hours of loving memory.

    From my heart, thanks to all our “village”.
    Old Auntie Marg.

    Runabout Rescue
    A big thank you to the person who rescued our aluminium runabout last Saturday in those very strong westerly winds.
    I don't know how it broke free from the big clip on the running line.
    If you pick up this message, I would love to hear the story.

    Thank you again
    Greg Roberts  9979 5228


    WAO access will be free
    Water Access Only

    After more than 12 years battling with the previous Government and the Crown Lands Dept, thanks to the efforts of a small group of WAO people, working through the Home Access Association (President Carl Joy, Lesley Stevens, Paul Purvis, Greg Roberts, and several committee members from the Hawkesbury River), we have won the 'fairness and equity' argument - why should we have to pay to access our homes across Public Land via our jetties, when no mainland home owner has to pay to access their homes across Public Land via their driveways.

    WAO access will be free.

    Visit IPART's website for the details - HERE

    or download the pdf report below....

    Media Release - Review of Rents for Domestic Waterfront Tenancies - May 2012


    Hi everyone,

    Island & Bay residents (and visitors) opened their hearts and wallets 2 weekends ago, with over $1300 raised for a wonderful cause-thanks so much to everyone who donated so generously.

    Special thanks to our enthusiastic and energetic on-land volunteers (Scott Frazer, Greg Roberts and Kath Anderson), together with fabulous support from Tim Byrne, Dave Brady & Alex Kelso on water.

    Special mention to Katie Brady from the Collaroy Centre for her encouragement and initiative, with plans next year for more opportunities for local businesses to expand fundraising support for the Salvos. Thanks to the Church Point Store, Church Point Ferries and Pink Water Taxis for leading the way this year.

    If we didn't make it to your place this time, it's not too late-you can still donate by calling 13 SALVOS (137258). Hopefully next year with an even bigger volunteer team, we'll be able to reach everyone and raise even more for those in need.

    Thanks again,
    Jenny Frazer :)


    SI Fireshed Dinner - French Feast Images
    By June Lahm

    Full size images can be seen at the Offshore Photo Gallery HERE

    FSDinner FSDinner
    FSDinner FSDinner FSDinner


    AUTHOR TALK AuthorTalk

    Childless. Reflections on LIfe’s Longing for Itself
    by Gillian Guthrie

    This book is the result of countless conversations with women who reveal the various reasons about why they failed to reproduce. With their insights and those of experts including Anne Summers and Hugh Mackay, Childless challenges many misconceptions about women who don’t have children. Not all women are grief-stricken.

    Author Talks 2012
    Date: Wednesday 6 June 2012
    Time: 6.30pm
    Venue: Mona Vale Library
    1 Park Street, Mona Vale
    Cost: $8.00 Adults
    $6.00 Concession - Pensioners and Students (passes must be shown)
    Phone: 9970 1600
    Bookings essential!
    Payment within 3 days of booking
    Click image to load  flyer


    ARTSPACE ROUGE at Sydney's Rock's Market
    Saturday 2nd June & Sunday 3rd June 10am-5pm



    Local Council Notices
    Free Film Screening for Guringai Festival

    A free screening of the movie The Tall Man will be held in celebration of the Guringai Festival on Wednesday 20 June at 10am at Collaroy Cinema.

    The Guringai Festival is a month-long celebration of Aboriginal and indigenous culture in northern Sydney, involving over ten councils.

    Based on Chloe Hooper’s award winning book, The Tall Man is the tragic and compelling story of the death of Cameron Doomadgee in the Palm Island police station in 2004 and the court cases that resulted from that death.

    Cameron’s crime was that he allegedly swore at a policeman. Forty minutes later, he lay dead in a watch-house cell.

    The ‘tall man’ of the film’s title is policeman Christopher Hurley who chose to work in one of the toughest and wildest places in Australia. The story follows the struggle to bring the circumstances of Cameron Doomadgee’s death to trial.

    The movie covers in luminous detail the two worlds clashing and the haunting moral puzzle that emerges.

    The Tall Man has been adapted to the screen by Tony Krawitz and brings the Palm Island community into vivid focus.

    Movie critic Margaret Pomeranz calls Krawitz ‘a fine filmmaker who has dealt with this tragic story with skill, delicacy and artistry’. She describes it as ‘an important story, an important book and an important film!’

    Collaroy Cinema is located at 1097 Pittwater Road, Collaroy.

    This free event is coordinated by the Aboriginal Support Group of Manly, Warringah and Pittwater. Bookings are not required. For further enquiries call Lizzie Landers on 9918 2594.

    Media contact: Vanessa Walsh, Aboriginal Support Group – Manly, Warringah, Pittwater
    Ph: 9970 5456


    Bimblebox makes it to Sydney
    The documentary Bimblebox is finally screening in Sydney!

    A documentary from the front lines of Australia's battle against coal and gas expansion

    At this critical time, when so much coal and coal seam gas expansion is planned in Australia, this film aims to win the hearts and minds of the people, exposing the destructiveness of this industry to our climate, communities and environment. It tells the stories of the people fighting for their homes and culture. Australia is the worlds largest exporter of coal, providing almost one third of the worlds supply.

    Tuesday 5th, 6pm
    Customs House, Circular Quay

    the Bimblebox team
    Click image to load  flyer


    Bookkeeping, Office Admin, Project Work, Data Entry, Internet Research......
    Stay on top of your office work

    Services Include; - Data Entry, MYOB Bookkeeping (including Invoicing, Statements, Debt Collecting) - Phone calls on behalf of your Business - Research -  Secretarial Support - anything else your business may need - Just Ask!

    I understand the importance of your time, my service allows you to allocate your time to the important tasks and to lighten your work load,  providing a reliable and flexible service that helps you keep your business stay on track. 

    Contact: Nikki Gibson

    Email nikkigibson22@gmail.com
    Mobile 0425 227792


    Anyone with Microsoft Access Experience??
    Help required to create invoice template in current database.
    If you have any experience with Microsoft Access would be grateful if you could share your knowledge.
    Call or email Cass Gye 0418 220 107 or cassgye@spin.net.au

    Want to Buy

    I'm wanting to buy a second hand Portacot in near new condition.
    Just wondering if anyone on the Island has one lying around that they wish to sell?

    Phone Kirsty  0405110564 or Antony 0415393676


    For Sale

    Boat for Saleboat
    (2YRS OLD)
    Motor has automatic trim and tilt and is still under 5 year warranty

    Boat comes with Canopy, Seat and Console, Rear Protection Bar, Lights, Bilge Pump, Battery, Floats

    Included is the main petrol tank and 3 petrol storage canisters, life jackets, anchor, ropes

    Rego till Dec ’12. Mooring rights at Tennis Wharf can be added.

    PHONE Geoff and Nila 99992445

    Putt-Putt For Sale

    Very attractive 15' fiberglass putt-putt launch. Lovely family boat.Putt-putt
    Twin cylinder Blaxland Chapman motor not running but a great winter project if you're a bit handy.
    In the meantime whack an outboard on the back & even use it as a commuter.

    Just antifouled.

    $1500 ono.

    Call Col Batt on 9997 4037 or 0414 514 254

    Dining Table
    Solid oregon dining table, seats 6-8, 2000cm x 1050cm, good condition
    Contact Jane Kirby 0414978793


    SpringFree Trampoline for Sale on the island - URGENT

    $300 (sells for $1385 new)
    8 x 11ft oval
    Located just above Cargo
    Mat and net are dismantled (the hardest part!) – frame needs to be dismantled (instruction
    provided to put trampoline back together)
    Netting has a small hole that could be stitched up

    Call 0450 334 565


    The Local Guide
    Community Information

    Scotland Island Web Site  www.scotlandisland.org.au
    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)  7.30am - 5.30pm (Tues, Weds, Thurs & Friday)
    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
    Justice of the Peace - Maureen Anderson - Morning Bay resident. - 02 9997-2659 or  0417-279-346
    Pittwater Community Arts Inc.  - Enquiries Lorrie Morgan 9997 8079  lorriemay@bigpond.com
    Peninsula Music Club - enquiries Janice Tuynman - 99991937 - jt@swift dsl.com.au
    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 
    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
    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
    Dru Yoga - Tuesday evenings - Phone Katya on 0414 187 916

    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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