Something really special happened on Pittwater, the evening of
December 22nd. A group of offshore residence came together with nothing
other than a desire to create something incredibly beautiful
specifically for our community.
Nearly 40 people had spent
considerable time rehearsing and refining their voice for a carols
recital aboard one of our working barges at Frog Hollow, then at Church
Point. To say it was fantastic understates the magical atmosphere that
was created by the calm waters – the incredible colours - the sweet
voice of the choir, the camaraderie and the genuine sense that
and memorable was happening before our very eyes and ears.
amazing success of this evening has prompted many discussions
comments, such as; ”… so amazing that it has got to happen next year”
and “maybe it will become another offshore institution, just like the
dog race“. Whatever happens is in the hands of those involved, but you
can be assured that if it does happen next year, there will be a bigger
and even more appreciative crowd than there was this year, because the
word is already out – the Offshore Floating Christmas Choir is
something really worth seeing!
To all those involved; the
organisers, the singers, the assistants, the choirmaster, everyone, you
have done this community proud. We thank you for your commitment and
the selfless spirit with which you gave up your time to create
something so wonderful for all of us.
Wishing you all a very Happy New Year.
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The Illustrated Journal Workshops
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World Match Racing Champ Nicky Souter
Michael McDonnel on Scotland Island
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of smaller craft that generally tie up in front of the car
park have been stolen and used by someone to get across to the
island. This has happened on a couple of occasions and usually happens
very late at night. The offender, who has been seen, and a description
has been given to the police, usually abandons the boat, damaged, on
the south side of the island.
Most of us have a fair idea
of who comes and goes around our part of the island, so if you do see
anything unusual - a boat floating untethered - somebody using a boat
other than the usual owner, especially at unusual hours, please let
you local police know. Likewise if you see someone unfamiliar
fiddling with a boat and you know the owner, take note of some
details and let the owner know. No harm in letting them know and you
might just be able to give some pertinent information that may assist
the apprehension of a thief.
The Emerging Artist Show
From 8 to 17 January 2010, the Avalon Recreation Centre at 59a Old
Barrenjoey Road, Avalon, will be transformed into a
ArtZpace, The Emerging Artist Show.
15 talented artists of diverse backgrounds, ages and art practices will
come together to put on the third in the series of hugely successful
annual shows under the aegis of Pittwater Council. In the
the event has attracted an enormous response from the Peninsula and
visiting holidaymakers alike, as the place to find new work by some of
the best young and older artists before they're too famous to be
affordable. The work is diverse as well, ranging from
edgy in a variety of media: painting, ceramics, printmaking,
photography, drawing and collage. Because the show has been
popular, it has been extended an extra weekend this year.
Gallery owners and museum directors also attend the show and a place in
ArtZpace offers its artists the possibility of gallery
Opening night is Friday, 8 January 2010 from 6-9pm and wine will be
served. After that, the show is open daily from 10am to 5pm
closes on the afternoon of the 17th.
Home Sustainability Assessments available on Scotland Island
Australian Government’s Green Loans Program is providing free home
sustainability assessments and interest-free Green Loans for
The assessments (valued at over
$ 250) recommend tailored energy and water saving options. These may
range from simple actions like switching to energy efficient lights and
replacing showerheads, to larger scale changes such as solar panels.
Step 1 - Book your Free home sustainability assessment.
Step 2 - Receive your free tailored home sustainability report.
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Book your free home sustainability assessment.
no cost a qualified assessor will visit your home and will advise you
of the best actions to reduce your energy use, increase the comfort of
your home and reduce environmental pollution.
are now available on Scotland Island.
Call Ueli on 0414 088 999 (or e-mail to Barbara.email@example.com) to
get more information and book your assessment.
You can also visit www.environment.gov.au/greenloans
The Illustrated Journal Workshops
Workshop Jan 9th 2010
Creative Illustration and Writing Techniques
We are delighted to announce our first "Pittwater Illustrated Journal
Workshop" to be held on January 9th from 10 am till 4pm at " Art Space
Rouge" a roomy artists studio just a short stroll from the ferry which
connects to picturesque Elvina and Lovett Bay's from Church Point.
Faye and Netty will be working together to bring you a varied and
highly practical workshop which introduces you to techniques in both
creative writing and illustrating, as well as general information about
artist materials and how to combine them. You will even learn how to
make your own bamboo ink drawing pen. There will be studio activities
as well some short excursions into the beautiful, lush surroundings of
Elvina and Lovett Bay - so bring your walking shoes, camera, hats and
The cost of the full day workshop is $230 and includes
all artists materials and a quality, hard cover, bound artists journal
for you to begin your journaling adventure. A non refundable deposit is
required to secure your place for this course as numbers are limited to
Bring your own lunch or book a delicious catered lunch for an
additional $35 p.p. Booked lunches need to be paid for when making your
booking so that catering arrangements can be made.
Group size is strictly limited and places are filling fast, so don't
miss out on this inspirational workshop.
Details at www.illustratedjournalworkshops.com
Faye on 0438 824 690 firstname.lastname@example.org
or Nettie Lodge on 9997 8429
Recreation Centre will be showcasing works from emerging and local
young artists as part of the yearly ArtZpace project, as well as a
photographic exhibition and a display of handmade textiles during the
month of January 2010.
Pittwater Council has been setting
aside space at the centre since 2008 for established and emerging young
artists to display and sell their work in a professional
Artists displaying their work include Christine Mackinnon, Sarah
Johnson, Liz Dunn, Tess Barnard, Donna Ravenscroft, Eunice McAllister,
Frederic Veniere, Guy Hawson, Caroline Munro, Julia Sample, Liz
Macdonald, Elli Mundell, Jimi May, Jack Shanahan and Kate Dutch.
Community Development Manager Lindsay Godfrey said that the ArtZpace
project forms part of Pittwater Council’s five year cultural plan and
helps artists promote their work to a wider audience.
The photographic exhibition running along side ArtZpace is called the
‘Elements of Nature Series’ and is by Malcom Walsh.
exhibition includes beautiful images of the northern beaches taken over
the last two years and is Malcom’s first exhibition.
handmade textiles on display are designed by Sally Campbell. Working
with villagers in different areas of India, Sally’s aim is to keep
alive the disappearing art of handmade textiles.
for ArtZpace, along with the photographic works and textile display,
takes place on Friday 8 January 2010 from 6pm at the Avalon Recreation
Centre, 59a Old Barrenjoey Road, Avalon.
ArtZpace runs from
Saturday 9 to Sunday 17 January 2010 from 10am to 5pm and all artworks
are for sale. The photographic exhibition and the textile display will
run from 10am to 5pm from Saturday 9 to Thursday 14 January 2010.
Community Centre will also feature artwork from local artist Simon
Barlow whose work includes distinctive floral pieces, seascapes and
landscapes. The exhibition opens on Friday 8 January 2010 from 6pm and
will run from Saturday 9 January to Sunday 17 January from 10am to 6pm
daily. Newport Community Centre is located at 11-13 The Boulevarde,
To find out more information about activities at Council’s community
centres in 2010 visit: www.pittwater.nsw.gov.au
Media contact: Pat Rudgley, Community Facilities
Ph: 9970 1156 or 0417 218 884
Mona Vale Library
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Champ Nicky Souter
Division with a World Champ
World Match Racing Champ, Nicky Souter, the long of it has been the
many years that it has taken to be an overnight sensation. The short of
it, is that there are just three places on the Australian 2012 Olympic
Women's Match Racing Team. Fifteen of them started in the squad over a
year ago and already there are just nine!
'Out on the
water - winning. © LG Womens Match Racing
Championships' John Curnow
Nicky got to be that sensation by working her way from her first boat,
a Manly Junior to Ynglings and then went on to win the Flying Eleven
Nationals. She is the only women ever to do so, by the way. I asked her
recently about her dinghy origins and the learning curve contained
therein. 'Definitely small boat sailing teaches you so much. After
moving on from my Flying 11 in 2000, I spent five years in the RPAYC
Youth Development program, which is designed to introduce you to yacht
racing and match racing as a pathway out of the smaller dinghies.'
Clearly already a talent in the making, she was handpicked from the
youth squad to travel to the UK with Bob Oatley's 66 Foot ‘Wild Oats X'
team to compete in the 2003 Admirals Cup with the crew. This was the
year Australia won the Admirals Cup again after a very long hiatus.
'What a tremendous trip and I really got a taste of what International
sailing at the elite level is all about. Afterwards my Match Racing and
big boat sailing took off', Nicky commented. Fortunate maybe, but the
wisdom of that choice was very sage indeed. After the many years of
dedication to the task, today she is the reigning Women's World Match
Gold suits you Nicky. © LG Womens
Match Racing Championships - John Curnow
Bob Oatley has always been good to me. I got such a thrill in 2005 when
Mark Richards and the rest of us crew took ‘Wild Oats XI' on to win the
treble of Line Honours, Handicap and Race Record for the Sydney to
Hobart', she added. I would think that just may be a little understated
when it comes to discussion of their achievements with that McConaghy
built, Reichel-Pugh speedster.
Always happy and polite (just like her Mum Louise), Nicky is one
focused athlete, thrilled to be at the top of her game. For example,
when I asked Nicky about her thoughts on being in canvassed as a
possible Australian Female Sailor of the Year, she replied, 'For sure
it would be a great honour, but I know that there are some very
talented girls in that group. You have my fellow squad mate Katie
Spithill and of course, there's Elise and Tess with their Beijing
Gold!' Now that Elise Rechichi and Tessa Parkinson have been awarded
that title, Nicky was just as quick to applaud them. 'They worked hard
and won Gold in some pretty interesting conditions. It is fantastic and
they're thoroughly deserving winners', she added.
It is fair to say that Nicky definitely has her eye on London and the
2012 Games. As mentioned, there are just three spots for that journey
and the squad of the original 15 was cut back to 12 in March this year
and is currently standing at nine since they got home from Nicky's win
in Europe. By March 2010, it will be down to just six or seven. Make
that cut and you're at least a 50/50 bet, but then somehow I would not
think Nicky is going to rest there. 'To make the team for the Olympics,
you have to have a lot of determination and drive, especially seeing
that there is only room for three girls on the plane! If I make it, it
will show that all the hard work over years have paid off. With so many
girls going for just three places, it's very competitive on the water,
but thankfully, we all get along really well.' Phew is all I can say.
Presently, the road to 2012 involves three days a week with
on-the-water training in Sydney and a stint in Canberra at the
Australian Institute of Sport for intense fitness testing and training.
'After that, our Summer racing kicks off with a very busy schedule,
including a massive line up of international regattas both for the
World Cup events and Grade 1 & 2 Regattas, which are mainly in
Europe', Nicky informed me. They start with Miami in January and then a
busy nine months of activity to follow, so her only large craft
activity this time around was aboard ‘Wild Oats XI' for the SOLAS Big
Nicky won the World Match Racing title at Lysekil, Sweden and also the
Australian Women's Match Racing Championship on Sydney Harbour recently
in the Elliott 6. The later, she has done six out of the last seven
years, in fact. I asked her what it's like to sail the new McConaghy
built Elliott 6m at Kieler Woche in Germany, when they will be getting
their own McConaghy Elliott 6m's back here in Australia and how they
any different to the original ones.
'We recently received Yachting Australia's brand new Elliott 6m's,
fresh from McConaghy's in China. Incidentally, I did a stint on
reception at McConaghy's Mona Vale facility, as well as sailing on the
two ‘Wild Oats' that they built, so it is kind of a bit like coming
home with the new McConaghy Elliott 6m. Anyway, in the middle of
October we took the plastic wrapping off and set them both up. I loved
racing them at Kiel. They're very similar to the original Elliott 6
fleet here in Sydney and NZ, with changes to the hull shape and keel
and come with carbon rigs and smaller sail areas etc. These boats are
very dinghy like - very quick and responsive for Match Racing. Let's
hope the umpires can keep up!' Nicky mused.
Simply put, Nicky draws her motivation from 'Winning!' Her biggest goal
right now is to survive the next cut in Feb/March 2010, so she can keep
on campaigning towards 2012. You would have to be motivated, because
unlike other professional sports, she has to work a normal day, as well
A week looks a little bit like this:
I had the opportunity to ask McConaghy owners Jono Morris and Mark
Evans about building these strict class boats. 'We're thrilled to be
working with Greg Elliott and ISAF to provide these fantastic yachts
for the London 2012 Olympic Games. It speaks volumes about McConaghy's
versatility, dependability and quality. Not only do we make the
winningest Maxi's in the world but through our China facility we're
able to produce these strict one design yachts quickly, efficiently and
on budget!' All very important when you need to have a level playing
field for all the countries concerned.
- Monday there are weights after work,
- Tuesday is cardio before work and sailing
- Wednesday there are weights after work again,
- Thursday is cardio before work and sailing
- Friday there are weights before work,
- Saturday morning is cardio before hitting the
water in the afternoon and
- Sunday is a day off
Smile on the dial factor was my next question for Nicky. Is it all just
training now or is there still a buzz?
'I definitely do get a buzz from it, especially when we won the Worlds
a few months back. It's also great that we have a massive support base
here in Australia and it showed on October 10, when RPAYC held a
celebration for us at our club in recognition of the things we (Nicky
and fellow squad members) have been able to do because of their support
and backing. The clubhouse was packed with family, members, employers,
sponsors and supporters. This really showed how many people back at
home are supporting our squad. We are doing a lot of training, but you
need to put the hours on the water in to make results.' No disputing
that. Good miles makes good champions, as my rowing coach used to say.
All those miles make it a long road for sure. Hopefully for Nicky, the
answer will be a very short ‘YES!' (you're going to London) and unlike
those umpires she mentioned, we will definitely be keeping up with your
Sometimes there’s even enough time
for a laugh. © LG Womens Match Racing Championships - John
by John Curnow 9:35 PM Wed 16 Dec 2009 GMT
Caught up in Xmas madness?
- Wondering what the New Year will bring?
- Worried about something?
- Take time out in Jan (Wed 6th & Thurs
- Make an appointment to see Michael McDonnell
- Clairvoyant Extraordinaire visiting Scotland
Michael tours Australia giving readings.
His last visit to the island in September was sold out several times
so this time he is here for two days.
Book now to avoid disappointment: 0410 574 531
For more information, background, pricing etc open the poster.
What to do
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Island Cafe will be opening again in 2010 and I am looking for people
who are interested in helping out with either making coffee, serving
food or making cakes and biscuits.
If you would like more information, please contact Maddy as per the
(m) 0421 742 049
camera at Church Point at the Scotland Island Dog Race on Xmas Eve -
Canon IXUS 970 Digital Camera in small blue/black case.
If found please contact Iain or Tracy at email@example.com or 9999
are thinking of going away for the month of February and are looking
for a responsible person/couple to look after the house and feed the
pets - an old lab, 2 cats & some fish. We are on the
waterfront on the east side of the Island with jetty & pontoon.
Rent free but you need to be very reliable with references.
Phone Col & Marjolyn Batt 9997 4037
am searching for a family member on behalf of my mother. Simon Anderson
has a sister (name unknown) who lives on Scotland Island. Are there any
women who live there that have a brother called Simon Anderson? This is
just a possible lead I have. Simon's wife Kerry is my mothers half
sister. They know each other but have lost contact as Simon &
moved from their house at Arcadia Vale.
Contact Virginia Casimatis - firstname.lastname@example.org
If you have something for sale that
you think locals would like - let us know and we will put an
entry in the PON at the beginning of each month...
Sale 9 January 2010
12 Thompson St, SCOTLAND ISLAND
Enquiries welcome now 9979 4709
Huge list of items for sale - just click the image to load the flyer...
Opportunity to Secure Your Own Commuter Berth and Parking for 25 years.
Tony West from Quays Mariner is currently offering a limited number of
transferable 25 year Sub-leases for seven metre commuter berths at The
Quays Marina, Church Point.
Of the six to be sold, there are two remaining. These will be sold on a
first come first served basis.
A single car space will be included in the reserved car park.
For details or to register your interest please contact Tony West on
9997 2800 or Claudio on 0418 460 345.
The Local Guide
Island Residents Association
Membership Application - click
here to download
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) 8.30am - 4.30pm (Tues,
Weds & Thurs)
Playgroup @ Children's Centre every Monday, 10.00am - 12 midday
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 &
Dance, Art etc)
Meditation and Fitness with Patrice - 0408 707 679 email@example.com
Training with Samantha Moore at Inspire PT
- 0415 543 131 InspirePittwater@gmail.com
& Modern Dance Classes for children with Sophia
Holland - 0412 851 890
with Max - Watercolour classes. Phone Max on 9997 4527
/ The Forth Way - Call John on 9979 5584, Marion on 9979
3993 or Anne on 9999 3478
Group For Catherine Park - Run by SIOCS - Emmie Collins
on 0405 330 781
|WOW - Women on Water
- second Wednesday of the month - contact Kerry on 9999 4092
& Kids Groups Playgroup - Run by SIOCS
0328 or email Emma firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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
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