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Scotland Island - Western Shores - Mackeral Beach
December 1, 2010
Newsletter for Offshore Residents of Pittwater, Australia - Volume 11, Issue 535


Well another amazing year packed with all sorts of wonderful community events and happenings has almost come to an end, and as usual, we finish off with a flurry. The famous Dog Race, Floating Choir, Carols at Carols, Gone Fishing Gallery opening, Self employed lunch celebrations and more, all happening in the next four weeks. Hopefully we have covered most of them here, however please don't hesitate to make contact if there is something you would like to add.

This year we are looking for a good number of photos to add to our online photo gallery. We would like to document all our local events leading up to and including Christmas and the New Year celebrations - so please take your camera with you and send in your photos in the new year.

Finally, a very Happy Christmas to all of you loyal PON readers, and thank you to all those who have provided assistance, contributions and encouragement during the year.


  • Gwyn's Calendar
  • Floating Choir
  • Dog Race
  • Carols at Carols
  • Self-employed Christmas Celebration
  • Scotland Island Mugs for Sale
  • Gone Fishing Gallery
  • Energy Aust Notice
  • Local Council Notices
  • Scotland Island on ABC Radio National
  • Indigenous Interest Group Report
  • Found
  • Missing
  • Wanted
  • For Sale
  • The Local Guide
  • Join SIRA
  • Archived Newsletters
  • Your subscription Information

  • Gwyn's December 2010 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
    December Calendar

    Floating Choir
    Tuesday December 21,  Frog Hollow at 7:00pm then on to
    Church Point around 8:30pm


    The performance is on Tuesday, December 21. The Laurel Mae will be anchored almost on-shore in Frog Hollow for a 7.00 p.m. start.

    If people would like to listen, they should pack a picnic, bring their bells to shake during jingle bells, fire up the tinny and make sure they've got a stern anchor or, if they are available,  they can raft up on any spare moorings. We're suggesting that everyone download the words to the carols from the WPCA website and bring them along to join in on the night.

    When we've completed the program at Frog Hollow, we will continue to Church Point, where we will tie up and do a repeat performance

    Penny from Church Point Ferry Service is happy to co-ordinate a ferry service for this as long as there are enough people interested - please contact her as soon as you can

    Penny Gleen
    Church Point Ferry Service
    0433 038 408


    Scotland Island Dog Race
    It's on again!
    Same time same place!
    Christmas Eve 6pm @ Church Point

    Register your Dog before 5:30pm
    Entry fee is 1 Longneck (Cold) and 1 x Large Tin Dog Food

    Official starting time 6pm (or thereabouts)

    Contact Rus from Pittwater Offshore Services on 0415-464-733 for information


    Carols at Carols
    Sunday, 19 December

    5-6pm  - Start, Harold Reserve, Carols wharf
    6.30pm  - Mystery Guest arrives
    8.00pm  - Carol singing accompanied by local musicians

    An evening for the whole family. Bring along a picnic blanket, drinks, food, torches & your best singing voices.

    To help our Mystery Guest, please bring a small gift with your child's name on it.
    Please keep gifts under $5.


    Self Employed Christmas Celebrations
    December 17,  Friday from midday at Church Point Cafe.

    For all those self employed people who don't get to have an Office Christmas party, come and join with other self employed folk celebrating at Church Point Cafe.  Bring along a present for under $10 for the chris cringle. No set menu or cost, choose whatever you want from the Cafe menu.
    Bookings are essential and must be lodged before the 12th December
    Contact Melanie or John at PMC Hill real Estate to reserve your spot.
    Phone 9999 4902

    Scotland Island MugsMugs
    Do you remember these beautiful mugs from the festival?

    Well we have a few left and think they would make lovely Christmas presents.  They cost $8 each.
    Sales on a first come, first served basis, so call now to reserve your mugs and arrange a collection point.  Barbara: 0400377056.

    All funds raised for your very own Scotland Island Kindy'

    Gone Fishing Gallery at Pasadena
    Opening Sunday 4 December 3-5pm



    Energy Australia-Private Service Wire Clearance

    EnergyAustralia have historically received sporadic requests from private residents on the island to clear private service wires. These requests are then referred to our company to action. In view of the fact that the island is a remote location it is not practical to send teams over to do one off jobs as they arise. In an attempt to make our operations more efficient, EnergyAustralia have authorised us to advise residents of the opportunity to have their private service wires cleared. In order for the process to be initiated the interested residents will be required to fill out the attached form. Included is a cover letter explaining the process with our contact details. Interested residents have the option to either e-mail, fax or mail their completed forms to the office.

    We are aiming to visit in January. Therefore we would require forms to be submitted prior to the 24th December to facilitate the authorisation of this work by Energy Australia. 
    Greg Narker
    Operations Manager
    Australian Urban Tree Services
    tel 9460 7044
    fax 9460 7055


    Request  form - download HERE


    Local Council Notices
    Intensive Blitz on Drink Driving
    The Northern Beaches Highway Patrol and other local police will be carrying out a comprehensive
    campaign against drink-driving in the lead-up to Christmas and throughout January.

    Senior Sergeant Rick Janssen said last year northern beaches drivers were Sydney’s worst for drink-driving, with 849 people charged with being over the limit between July 2009 and June 2010.

    As the holiday season gets underway, mobile random breath testing units (RBTs) will be stationed around Pittwater’s streets targeting drinkers who get behind the wheel of a car.

    Pittwater Council’s Road Safety Officer Michelle Carter said that pubs and clubs and other venues will be issued with free resources such as posters, coasters and T-shirts for bar staff promoting the You Won’t Know Where…You Won’t Know When campaign.

    Bottle shops will also be issued with paper containers for wine displaying the campaign message, as well as advertising placed in key locations such as on bus shelters.

    “If you are planning to go out and drink alcohol we suggest you plan in advance how you are going to get home. We urge you to leave your car at home,” said Ms Carter.

    “It’s also important to be aware that you can still be over the legal limit the next morning as alcohol can stay in your system for a long time. Sleep, coffee, water or food won’t change this - only time will, “ she said.

    “We’re not only targeting people who’ve been out to restaurants, pubs and clubs but also drivers going to private parties or dinners,” said Ms Carter.

    “Figures from last year show that while 41% of drink drivers had been to a licensed premises, 42% were detected after leaving a private residence.”

    TheYou Won’t Know Where. You Won’t Know When campaign will begin on Thursday 2 December and will run for two months up to the end of January.

    For more information about the campaign visit www.pittwater.nsw.gov.au/local services and click on road safety.

    Media contact: Michelle Carter, Pittwater Council Ph: 9970 1196

    Unclaimed Dinghies go on Sale

    Pittwater Council will hold a sale of unclaimed dinghies and other watercraft at its Warriewood depot on Saturday 4 December.

    All items can be viewed between 8.30am and 10am at Pittwater Council’s Depot at 1 Boondah Road Warriewood. The vessels have been held by the Council while attempts have been made to track down their owners.

    Steve Lawler from the Council said staff carried out a thorough search in an effort to locate the owners of the abandoned craft.

    “If the vessels are not claimed, we retain them for a further month before offering them for sale,” he said.

    Mr Lawler said that under the NSW Impounding Act, the Council could offer impounded water craft for sale if they remained unclaimed.

    “For residents who wish to keep a small boat or kayak near the water the Council provides a number of storage options,” he said.

    “For a small annual fee there are storage facilities at Avalon, Bayview, Church Point, Newport and Palm Beach.”

    The craft for sale on 4 December can be viewed up to10am, by which time sealed bids (in even dollar amounts) must be placed in a specially marked box. Bids will be announced from 10.30am and the highest offer will be accepted.

    Items can be purchased by cash, Visa or Mastercard (a 1% surcharge applies to credit card payments) or cheque. Items purchased at the sale must be taken away by 12 noon on the day.

    For enquiries about storage facilities or the sale contact Tanya Carmont on 9970 1353 during business hours.

    Steve Lawler, Pittwater Council Ph: 9970 1359

    Free Road Safety Calendar for Seniors

    Northern Sydney Councils will promote road safety for seniors by producing a Senior Road Safety Calendar full of local photos, useful tips and information for 2011.

    Research shows older road users are particularly vulnerable and are more likely to suffer serious injury from car accidents.

    Pedestrian crashes involving older road users are of particular concern in the Northern Sydney area. Data obtained from recent NSW Roads and Traffic Authority crash data reports that a high per cent of pedestrian crashes involved older road users.

    The free 2011 Senior Road Safety Calendar, produced by Pittwater, Warringah, Manly, Mosman, North Sydney, Lane Cove, City of Ryde, Hornsby and Willoughby councils, aims to prevent accidents and raise awareness of road safety issues important to seniors.

    A road safety message is displayed on each month of the calendar, along with a number of valuable hints that can help reduce risks. Topics include the risk of mixing fatigue and driving, safety tips at roundabouts, in driveways and when merging, blind spots, safe driving distances and changes to licensing conditions.

    The calendar also offers tips on keeping safe when out walking, particularly when walking at night or when using shared paths with cyclists.

    There is also a list of useful phone numbers such as police, medical, hospital, home nursing and community aid.

    The calendar will be available through local senior groups and centres, retirement villages and council facilities across the northern Sydney region.

    Michelle Carter, Pittwater Council Ph: 9970 1196


    Scotland Island features on ABC Radio National www.abc.net.au/rn/360

    Walking the Bridge has been developed for ABC Radio National's 360 programme from the exhibition of the same name, created for Scottish Year of Homecoming, by photographer, writer and sound artist Judith Parrott.

    Judith’s exhibition series, Place Matters, looks at the importance of community, cultural identity and connection to place. In this programme the focus is upon a group of Scottish immigrants to Australia, all of whom have been there now for around 20 to 30 years. We hear of how they have adapted and settled in their new home, and the challenges they face. Having returned to Scotland to live, Judith also reads from her letters back to Australia from Scotland, telling us of her impressions on returning home. The programme can be listened to on ABC Radio National's 360 programme which will be broadcast in Australia on Saturday 4 December at 2 pm and Wednesday 8 December at 1 pm.

    The programme can be listened to online at www.abc.net.au/rn/360 on or after 4 December.

    There will also be 2 slide shows of images for Walking the Bridge at the ABC web address, including a slide show of images and sounds from Scotland Island.


    Judith Parrott
    Telephone: 07 38443111 (Australia)
    01700 501875 (Scotland)
    Email: judyparrott@gmail.com
    Web: www.judithparrott.com


    Scotland Island and Western Shores
    Indigenous Interests Group

    Report for 2010

    1. Indigenous Education: Issues of Culture and Community, 2 March
    Dr Jennifer Barr, who was Indigenous Research Officer for the Australian Anglican Schools in 2008-09, talked about her now-completed project on how Independent schools might try to narrow the gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous educational achievement. Jenny gave us a very interesting follow-up talk to her talk last year and explained some of the major findings and recommendations in four key areas: 1) raising awareness of Indigenous issues in schools; 2) developing ‘sister school’ type arrangements; 3) scholarship programs, and 4) the development of Indigenous-specific educational programs/schools. All have plus and minuses but there is plenty of scope for schools to get involved.

    2. Traditional Aboriginal music in contemporary life, 17 June
    Dr Myf Turpin researches the relationship between language and music, Aboriginal songs and the Arandic languages of Central Australia. She has worked for many years on language and music maintenance projects. Myf’s talk focused on the contemporary role of traditional Aboriginal music. It gave us all a very good insight into how important music continues to be for members of aboriginal communities. We also discussed how to organise a workshop on cross-cultural awareness and communication (to be held in 2011) with an Aboriginal elder, MK Turner, from Alice Springs.

    3. Exploring traditional Aboriginal sites in Kur-ing-gai Chase, 5 September
    Marni Lachrymia is an Indigenous man from Katherine NT, who currently teaches science at Epping Boys’ High School. He took a small group to several sacred sites in the Brooklyn area and explained to them about the dreaming. It was a spiritual journey and involved short periods of meditation. We hope to repeat this experience next year for those who missed out.

    4. Yajilarra, Film and talk, 12 September, at the 200th Anniversary of Scotland Island, ' Looking at Ourselves -Past, Present and Future'.
    Melanie Hogan, one of the directors of the film, showed the film and discussed various aspects in the film tent. Yajilarra is about a group of Aboriginal women from Fitzroy Crossing in remote northern Western Australia. They are determined to save the town and their children from the scourge of alcohol abuse, domestic violence and foetal alcohol syndrome. The women in Yajilarra decided that enough was enough as their community had experienced 13 suicides in 13 months. Reports of family violence and child abuse were commonplace and alcohol consumption was rising at an alarming rate.

    Many of the Aboriginal women from across Fitzroy Valley came together and with the support of some men, they lobbied the West Australian government to impose a ban on the sale of anything but low alcohol beer in the town. The results are inspiring and have set the community on a path of healing. Halls Creek has followed suit. Melanie and her crew are now making a second film.

    Thanks to all who supported us this year and especially to those who helped on the Indigenous Tent at the SI Festival. We raised some money towards MK Turner’s visit.

    Robyn Iredale


    Navy blue padded jacket
    One navy blue padded jacket with hood, size 8 (8 yr old child presumably) found Thompson St, hanging on branch near corner of road going down to Carols Wharf.
    Please contact Rod or Jo Smith on 9979-1671.

    Gone Missing white kayak
    Trusty old white kayak from front lawn at 51 Richards Rd., gone missing sometime last week, would like the the kayak back as it is my dry ride to Church Point.
    Please return to 51 Richards Rd. or call Aran on 0412 007 952.

    Dave Wilkinson is looking for an old classmate from Epping public School and would like to make contact with the Fillery's who lived at Epping and then moved to Scotland Island.  
    Dave Wilkinson

    For Sale
    Ticket for Sale
    The Pretenders & Blondie
    Special guest ADALITA

    Tuesday 7 December 2010 @ 7.00pm
    Enmore Theatre, Newtown
    Lounge     Row G     Seat 26
    Original price $115.00    Will sell for $50.00
    Call Shirley 0411 540 674

    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/
    Century 21 Showcase Pittwater  - 9999 0155   http://www.c21pittwater.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 6017
    Justice of the Peace - Paul Burchall - 0414 975 793
    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

    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

    Gurdjieff / The Forth Way - Call John on 9979 5584, Marion on 9979 3993 or Anne on 9999 3478
    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

    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
    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

    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

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