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.
SI Fire Brigade Matters
Fire Shed Dinner
Water Taxis Service
Pittwater Offshore directory (POD)
Dinner Photos by June Lahm
Rouge at the Rocks
makes it to Sydney
Office Admin, Data Entry etc
Local Contact Guide
TRIVIA NIGHT SATURDAY 16th
SCOTLAND ISLAND COMMUNITY HALL
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
- 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.
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SCOTLAND ISLAND RURAL
Fire Brigade Matters
This is the start, or restart, of a monthly inclusion in the newsletter
talking about matters relating to the island brigade. cal
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
We have a new accredited member in Graham Crayford who is now a basic
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
it is equipped with a defibrillator (heart starter) and oxyviva (
oxygen resuscitation) as well as comprehensive first aid
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.
Island Winter Fire Shed Dinner
June 9th, 7pm
Dinner by 'the rob roys'
Children under 12 $5
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
Any and all feedback welcome.
Yours aye - Rod
Offshore Directory (POD)
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 email@example.com 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
02 9979 5853
0418 220 107
P O Box 52
Church Point 2105
to the Editor
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
From my heart, thanks to all our “village”.
Old Auntie Marg.
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
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....
Release - Review of Rents for Domestic Waterfront Tenancies - May 2012
SALVATION ARMY RED SHIELD
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.
Jenny Frazer :)
SI Fireshed Dinner - French Feast
Full size images can be seen at the Offshore
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.
Date: Wednesday 6
1 Park Street, Mona Vale
$6.00 Concession - Pensioners and Students (passes must be shown)
Payment within 3 days of booking
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ARTSPACE ROUGE at
Sydney's Rock's Market
2nd June & Sunday 3rd June 10am-5pm
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
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
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
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,
Ph: 9970 5456
Bimblebox makes it to
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
the Bimblebox team
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Admin, Project Work, Data Entry, Internet Research......
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
Mobile 0425 227792
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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
4.1 METRE POLYCRAFT
40HP 2 STROKE MERCURY OUTBOARD
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
Very attractive 15' fiberglass putt-putt launch. Lovely family boat.
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
Call Col Batt on 9997 4037 or 0414 514 254
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
provided to put trampoline back together)
Netting has a small hole that could be stitched up
Call 0450 334 565
|Scotland Island Web Site
in Pittwater - Self Editing
go to the Calendar
Island Community Vehicle - 0404 103 700
||Number, Usage & Charges
Island Rural Fire Brigade - 9999 4404
Pittwater Rural Fire Brigade - 9997-3795
Island Residents Association
(SIRA) Membership Application - click
here to download
Association (WPCA) - http://www.wpca.org.au
SI Emergency Water Contacts and Guidelines for water: click
here for information and contacts
Scotland Island 'Water Agreement' - click
here to download
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 &
For information call 02 9979 7856 or email: email@example.com
Island Community Hall
Bookings: Kez on 9999 4092 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Services, Clubs &
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
of the Peace
- Bob Bolton - 9999 4092
of the Peace
- Paul Purvis - 9979 9667
of the Peace
- Paul Burchall - 0414 975 793
of the Peace
- Bob Mitchell (Mackeral Beach) - 0419 745 628
the Peace - Maureen Anderson - Morning Bay resident. - 02
9997-2659 or 0417-279-346
Community Arts Inc. - Enquiries Lorrie Morgan
9997 8079 email@example.com
- enquiries Janice Tuynman - 99991937 - jt@swift dsl.com.au
Point Yacht Club - http://www.wpyc.com.au
Prince Alfred Yacht Club - 02
Motor Yacht Club - http://www.royalmotor.com.au/
02 9997 5511
Island Lodge - Bed
Breakfast - 02 9979 3301 or
Youth Hostel - 02 9999 5748 www.yha.com.au/hostels/details.cfm?hostelid=31
Chambers - Celebrant (marriages, funerals etc)
Discount for all offshore residents. 9999 2445
Service - "No
job too small" - Call Alan 0447 775 541
Scotland Island 0418 229 277 - offshore community
sparky - www.sparky.com.au
Dance, Art etc)
Meditation and Group Fitness with Patrice - 0406
483 036 firstname.lastname@example.org
- Thursdays - 0421762236 email@example.com
with Max - Watercolour classes. Phone Max on 9997 4527
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
Yoga - Tuesday evenings - Phone Katya on 0414 187 916
/ The Forth Way - Call John on 9979 5584, Marion on 9979
3993 or Anne on 9999 3478
- Mondays on SI Phone Jen Cudmore 0425 212 849
Group For Catherine Park - Run by SIOCS - Emmie Collins
on 0405 330 781
- Women on Water
- second Wednesday of the month - contact Nila on 9999 2445
& Kids Groups Playgroup - Run by SIOCS
- email Emma firstname.lastname@example.org
- contact Bob or Kez on 9999 4092
Park Bush Care Group,
2nd Sunday @ 9.30am, Sharon Kinnison @ 9997 6017
Park Bush Care Group,
1st Saturday @ 9 am, Bob Bolton @ 9999 4092
Thinking Group - Roy
Baker, 9999 6891, email@example.com
a capella choir
– Saturdays at 2:30 pm, SI Community Hall. Call Gordon on
Buses and Railways
Moon phases, Sun rise & set
weather for Sydney (128k circle)
|ALL EMERGENCIES (Police - Fire - Ambulance)
Assistance Line & Information
1444 or 9281 0000
Bay Water Police
7899 or 0412 162 093
Bay - Weekend
9999 3554 -
(02) 8411 1121
Bay - VHF Radio channel
Radio Channel: VHF 16
27MHz Radio Channel: 86 or 88
Island Rural Fire Brigade
Fire Service General Information 9265 2999
Fire Service General information
Emergency Service, Warringah/Pittwater SES
Parks & Wildlife Service: 000, general information
of Community Services: general information
388, (ah) 131 909
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Scotland Island Residents Association by clicking
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SIRA at this address:
The Treasurer, SIRA, PO Box 70, Church Point
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Contact SIRA at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Association, contact Michael Wiener at email@example.com
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