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
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
most of them here, however please don't hesitate to
contact if there is something you would like to add.
we are looking for a good number of photos to add to our
photo gallery. We would like to document all
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
Carols at Carols
Scotland Island Mugs for Sale
Gone Fishing Gallery
Energy Aust Notice
Scotland Island on ABC Radio National
Indigenous Interest Group Report
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21, Frog Hollow at 7:00pm then on to
Church Point around 8:30pm
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.
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
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
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.
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)
Rus from Pittwater Offshore Services on 0415-464-733 for information
Sunday, 19 December
5-6pm - Start, Harold
Reserve, Carols wharf
6.30pm - Mystery Guest arrives
8.00pm - Carol singing accompanied by local musicians
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.
Employed Christmas Celebrations
Friday from midday at Church Point Cafe.
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
present for under $10 for the chris cringle. No set menu or
choose whatever you want from the Cafe menu.
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
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.
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'
Fishing Gallery at Pasadena
Opening Sunday 4
Energy Australia-Private Service Wire
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
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
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
Australian Urban Tree Services
tel 9460 7044
fax 9460 7055
Request form - download HERE
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
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
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
“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.
last year show that while 41% of drink drivers had been to a licensed
premises, 42% were detected after leaving a private residence.”
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.
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.
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.”
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
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.
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.
calendar also offers tips on keeping safe when out walking,
particularly when walking at night or when using shared paths with
There is also a list of useful phone numbers such as police, medical,
hospital, home nursing and community aid.
calendar will be available through local senior groups and centres,
retirement villages and council facilities across the northern Sydney
Michelle Carter, Pittwater Council Ph: 9970 1196
Island features on ABC Radio National www.abc.net.au/rn/360
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.
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.
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
Telephone: 07 38443111 (Australia)
01700 501875 (Scotland)
Scotland Island and Western Shores
Report for 2010
Education: Issues of Culture and Community, 2 March
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
Traditional Aboriginal music in contemporary life, 17 June
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.
traditional Aboriginal sites in Kur-ing-gai Chase, 5 September
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
and talk, 12 September, at the 200th Anniversary of Scotland Island, '
Looking at Ourselves -Past, Present and Future'.
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.
Navy blue padded
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
Please contact Rod or Jo Smith on 9979-1671.
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
who lived at Epping and then moved to Scotland
Ticket for Sale
The Pretenders & Blondie
Special guest ADALITA
Tuesday 7 December 2010 @ 7.00pm
Enmore Theatre, Newtown
G Seat 26
Original price $115.00 Will sell for
Call Shirley 0411 540 674
in Pittwater - Self Editing
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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
|West Pittwater Community
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) 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 Group Fitness with Patrice - 0406
483 036 email@example.com
- Thursdays - 0421762236 firstname.lastname@example.org
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
/ 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 Nila on 9999 2445
& Kids Groups Playgroup - Run by SIOCS
- email Emma email@example.com
|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
Thinking Group - Roy
Baker, 9999 6891, firstname.lastname@example.org
Buses and Railways
Moon phases, Sun rise & set
weather for Sydney (128k circle)
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Assistance Line & Information
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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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