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Scotland Island - Western Shores - Mackeral Beach
April 1, 2011
Newsletter for Offshore Residents of Pittwater, Australia - Volume 12, Issue 569


As you all know our much loved commuter ferry Curlew is to be retired soon. See the PON on February 23 with Penny & Simon's notice about her retirement. She has had such a long history in this community it was felt that to have an online photographic record of her time servicing our waterways was well worth having.

To kick off the online gallery we have managed to get some great historic photos of the Curlew (and the Elvina) from Graeme Andres' collection.
We currently have nearly 70 photos in the gallery, however there must be others out there, so, if you (and there must be many of you) have any interesting, or great photos of the Curlew, we would very much like to see them and possibly put them in the gallery.

Please send your photos (preferably not reduced in size) to editor@scotlandisland.org.au

To see the gallery follow the links below.
Scotland Island Ferries - Curlew and Elvina   
Play sideshow

Also remember you can always see the latest newsletter on the new Scotland Island website - the link to it is on the first screen so you can't miss it.   www.scotlandisland.org.au


  • Gwyn's Calendar
  • Weekend Bush Regeneration
  • Permaculture Workshop
  • NSW Election 2011
  • Gallery Exhibition Invitation
  • Local Council Notices
  • Letters to the Editor
  • Alyse Saxby Fundraiser
  • Author Talks
  • Pittwater Online News
  • Rally for Climate Action
  • Car Air conditioning
  • Part Time Work
  • For Sale
  • The Local Contact Guide
  • Join SIRA
  • Archived Newsletters
  • Your subscription Information

  • Gwyn's April 2011 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
    April 2011 Calendar


    Weekend Bush Regeneration Event 2, 3 April
    "Asparagus Out"
    Plus Author's Talk on the 2nd
    Morning Bay.
    All are invited to join in for either - or both - of 2 mornings of bush regeneration at Morning Bay.
    Meet at the hostel at 8 to 8.30 am  on the Saturday and Sunday. If you are a bush regenerator, please bring your tool kit.
    Work is a full morning with morning tea provided followed by a bbq lunch up at the hostel. Please call the hostel to arrange complementary ferry ride to and from the event, if you require.
    An added bonus for thise who have worked on the Saturday mornings,  is an Author Talk by Ian Jacobs immediately after the bbq. Ian is the author of  A History of the Aboriginal Clans of Sydney's Northern Beaches. For over 20 years Ian has been collecting various sources and links on local Aboriginal history, which he will share with us on Saturday.
    Hope to see you on the weekend,
    Michael and Sarah
    Pittwater YHA.
    A Pittwater Natural Heritage Association activity in partnership with Pittwater YHA, NP&WS, Pittwater Council & sponsored by the Hawkesbury-Nepean catchment Authority with funding from the Australian Government's Caring for our Community Protects.


    Permaculture Workshop in Avalon,
    Pittwater Community Gardens

    There’s a workshop called “Getting Started with Permaculture” happening at the new Pittwater Community Gardens (which is on the grounds of Barrenjoey High School, Avalon)

    Sunday, 17 April 2011 from 9am to 4pm.

    It’s an introductory workshop that will cover many aspects of how to turn your house and your backyard into places that are energy and water efficient, and can produce food all year round. They will also look at the role that a community garden can fill, in being places of intensive food production, repositories of seed, knowledge banks and meeting places – all making for a more resilient community.

    Workshop will include; permaculture.jpg
    • permaculture ‘ethics’ and principles
    • eco-efficient homes
    • eco-efficient gardens
    • assessing your site
    • design considerations
    • fruit, vegies & herbs
    • chickens and other animals in the system
    • other inclusions for garden sustainability
    • sustainable home food production
    • prioritising garden design wishlists
    • permaculture in your local community
    Cost is $90 with concessions available. Bookings essential, call Cameron Little on 0414 385 644 or email info@sustainabilitysystems.com.au


    NSW Election 2011 - Pittwater Snapshot
    Below is a link to the results from Saturday's election detailing a booth by booth snapshot of results from Pittwater.
    I understand that this website may be of interest to Pittwater's offshore community.
    Kind regards,
    Andrew Johnston
    Office of Rob Stokes MP
    Member for Pittwater
    Phone: 9999 3599
    Fax: 9999 0922


    Charles Hewitt Gallery Exhibition Invitation
    Sophie Haythornthwaite - Still Life and Sea
    Opening 6 – 8pm Thursday 31st March 2011 to 18th April

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    Opening 6 – 8pm Thursday 31st March 2011
    The exhibition continues until 18th April 2011
    To be opened by the artist and designer Bruce Goold.

    335 South Dowling Street, Darlinghurst NSW 2010
    Hours Mon - Sat 10am - 6pm
    www.charleshewitt.com.au    (02) 9331 4988   gallery@charleshewitt.com.au

    Local Council Notices
    Fun Easter holiday Activities for Kids
    Pittwater Council’s Coastal Environment Centre (CEC) is launching six exciting NEW programs and running 18 environment education activities daily from Monday 11 April to Thursday 21 April 2011.

    Gary Jackson from the CEC said, ‘Holiday environment education in our professional, fun and friendly atmosphere is a safe and inspirational experience for our kids, parents and carers.  Field based activities explore above and below the waterline in beautiful local natural environments.’ 

    ‘Experienced community educators take care of your children, leaving you free to explore our coastal, wetland and rainforest regions’, said Mr Jackson.

    Activities such as Rockplatform Investigators, Underwater Lagoon Mysteries, Rainforests of the Sea, Coastal Capers, Shell Discovery and Secrets of the Sand will complement the ever-popular animal interactive Reptile Romp. 

    Other discovery experiences include The Nutty Professor’s Lab, Whale of a Time, The Not So Scary World of Sharks, Turtle Power, Creepy Crawlies, Lava Lovers, Flying High with Kites, Home Sweet Home, King Neptune & His Mermaids and of course our Easter Bandicoot Bushtucker Hunt!
    In an expansion of the Kids on the Coast program, the CEC is partnering the Australian Tourist Park Management and Sydney Lakeside Holiday Park to provide a wide range of accommodation, education and fun activities during the April school holidays

    Jennifer Scott, Manager of the Sydney Lakeside Holiday Park said “Kids on the Coast at Sydney Lakeside is a great opportunity to stay, play and learn about the amazing natural environment.”

    “We can host couples or the whole family.  This Easter school holidays will be another fun filled and rewarding experience for our guests’.
    Kids on the Coast activities are suitable for the recommended ages of 5 to 12. All-day events run from 10am to 3pm at $55. You can also choose morning sessions from 10am to 12 noon or afternoon sessions from 1pm to 3pm, at $22 per session.
    The CEC is located on Pelican Path, in the foreshore grounds of Sydney Lakeside Holiday Park, off Lake Park Road, North Narrabeen.  It is 300m from North Narrabeen Beach Entrance.
    For more information or to book a place visit www.pittwater.nsw.gov.au/ceckids
    email cec@pittwater.nsw.gov.au
    call the CEC on 1300 000 CEC (232) or (02) 9970 1675.

    Media Contact:      Bianca Smith, Senior Community Educator (02) 9970 1313 or bianca_smith@pittwater.nsw.gov.au


    Helping Learner Drivers become Safer Drivers
    A free workshop for parents and supervisors of learner drivers will be held by the NSW Roads and Traffic Authority (RTA) in conjunction with Pittwater Council at Mona Vale library on Wednesday 6 April 2011.

    The course, ‘Helping Learner Drivers Become Safer Drivers’, will offer parents and supervisors hands-on advice on how to provide the most effective driving practice for learner drivers.

    Council’s Road Safety Officer, Michelle Carter said licence conditions for learner drivers mean there is a minimum of one year on ‘L’ plates and 120 hours of supervised driving, including a mandatory 20 hours of night-time driving.

    “A more rigorous driving test has also been introduced, focusing on hazard perception and driver reactions.

    “Parents and supervisors of novice drivers have a crucial role to play in making our roads safer, and that is why the RTA has developed a course to better support them.

    “The course will cover topics such as:
    • laws for learner and P-plate drivers
    • how to use the Learner Driver Log Book
    • how to plan on-road driving sessions
    Parents and supervisors who have attended this course found it boosted their confidence, helped them better plan driving sessions and allowed them to share experiences with other parents and supervisors,” added Ms Carter.

    Bookings for the Helping Learner Drivers Become Safe Drivers course are essential and can be made by calling Michelle Carter from Pittwater Council on 9970 1196 or by email at  michelle_carter@pittwater.nsw.gov.au

    Michelle Carter, Pittwater Council
    Ph: 9970 1196

    Local Artists Invited to Apply for ArtZpace 2012
    Pittwater Council is inviting emerging local artists to apply for ArtZpace 2012.

    Held in January, ArtZpace is an annual project in which artists get to plan and present a professional exhibition. The show is staged at the Avalon Recreation Centre.

    Council’s social and community development coordinator Melinda Hewitt said ArtZpace offers young and emerging artists the chance to display and sell their work in a professional setting, while also building their networks and skills as practising artists.

    “Artists can draw upon the expertise of an art show coordinator during the planning, hanging and marketing of their work,” said Ms Hewitt.

    “In 2011, 11 artists of a high standard were chosen to exhibit their work over the ten day exhibition,” said Ms Hewitt.

    “The group was highly successful in making sales and promoting their works to a wider audience. Many artists were also approached by private galleries and to undertake further commissions,” she said.

    Applications for ArtZpace 2012 are now open and will close on Friday 20 May 2011. Exhibition space will be available from Friday 6 January to Sunday 16 January 2012.

    “We are encouraging applications from all artists working within the media of sculpture, painting, photography, ceramics and drawing,” Ms Hewitt added.

    Application packs and further information on the ArtZpace 2011 project can be obtained from Council’s customer service centres and libraries or at www.pittwater.nsw.gov.au/artzpace

    For more information call Susan Machar, Community Development Officer at Pittwater Council on 9970 1169.

    Susan Machar, Pittwater Council, Ph: 9970 1169


    Applications Invited for Community Funding
    Pittwater community groups are invited to apply for funding from the Community Development & Support Expenditure (CDSE) program.

    CDSE is a statewide initiative where financial support is provided by RSL Clubs for projects and services for the community.

    The program means that clubs earning more than $1million annually in gaming machine revenue provide funding for community projects and services and in turn receive dollar-for-dollar gaming tax deductions.

    Council’s Community, Library and Economic Development Manager Lindsay Godfrey said the program is an important source of funding for community-based organisations to help them carry out community projects.

    “The funding can also be put towards purchasing equipment to assist with their activities,” said Mr Godfrey.

    Participating clubs in Pittwater include Avalon Beach RSL Club, Palm Beach RSL Sub-branch and Pittwater RSL Club.

    Organisations can apply for funding from one of the following categories:

    • Category one - community welfare and social services, community development, community health services and employment assistance activities or;
    • Category two - community development and support services eg. support for sport and recreation groups.
    Funding application forms are available from the clubs or can be downloaded from www.clubsnsw.com.au

    Completed applications forms should be submitted to your local club by 30 April 2011.
    Susan Machar, Pittwater Council Ph: 9970 1169


    Letters to the Editor
    Missing Totem
    It saddened me to hear that someone has removed the wonderful Aboriginal Totem from Tennis wharf:

    Noticed this explanation of the Importance of Totems from the website :www.convictcreations.com.

    “The Dreaming- In Jewish, Christian and Islamic culture, the snake is a bad guy who tempted Eve in the Garden of Eden. But in Aboriginal cultures, the Rainbow Serpent is the creator of life. The serpent emerged from beneath the earth and as she moved, winding from side to side, she forced her way through soil and rocks, making the great rivers flow from her path. From her body sprang the tribes, the animals and the birds of Australia. “

    “In some myths, a woman can't conceive unless the Rainbow Serpent enters her body. In other myths, the Serpent is vengeful upon those who damage the land. “


    Regards Local Resident

    Mooring Damaged
    Dear Editor
    I am wondering if anyone saw a boat, I am assuming a fairly big motor cruiser, who got caught up in my mooring (without boat on it) at the north end of the Island?

    It happened on Saturday afternoon somewhere between midday and 5pm.

    Whoever it was got it into a huge tangle and then cut the rope completely and in the process destroyed my buoy--thank god it floated enough for me to find it.

    I would dearly love to find out who it was so I can send them a bill for the repairs to my mooring.

    I'd also like to thank whoever it was who tied a fender onto the mess so that it did not sink...Thank you, heaps I hope you've got it back OK.


    Cane Toads             
    I read your newsletters with great interest.   Having moved to Brisbane from Beecroft in 1993 I still feel homesick for Sydney and especially the northern waterways where I spent a lot of time as member of the KMYC and AVCG Cottage Point.   One day maybe we'll get back.   It is sad to hear that cane toads are down as far south as the northern parts of Sydney.   They are nocturnal menace in Queensland and every garden is visited frequently throughout summer especially when it is wet and mainly at night; they are nocturnal.  Terriers are particularly at risk because of their tendency to chase whatever moves. 

    Any animals that have a go at them, e.g., dogs, risk death from their toxin; a milky white secretion.   The best thing to do is to wash the dog's mouth, initially with hose water (don't spray it down their throat and drown them)  and then give their mouth a good wash with a wet cloth as the water alone wont remove all the toxin.  Watch the dog for the next hour or so.   The signs of poisoning are profuse salivation soon after mouthing the toad.   This may be followed by vomiting, weakness and then convulsions which are frequently fatal.   There gums tend to turn a bluish colour.   If you haven't got to the dog very quickly then expert veterinary help is needed.   Many people in Queensland simply won't let their dogs out of the house after dusk in summer because of the cane toad risk.

    To catch toads its easiest to do by picking them up with your hand in a plastic supermarket bag.   Tie the top, put them in the freezer and they go to sleep as they get cold and die.

    All the best.
    Alex Crandon                      


    Alyse Saxby Special Olympics Fundraiser
    Saturday 9, April, 7.30pm
    Pittwater High School

    AlyseSaxby flyer

    Author Talks at Mona Vale Library
    Three Australian Female Writers, One event
    Liane Moriarty, Dianne Blacklock, Ber Carroll

    Meet three talented Australian authors making a splash in the world of fiction. They will speak about female fiction, life as an author and how
    they got started.

    Ber Carroll’s Irish-Australian novels focus on modern-day women, their relationships and ambitions. “The Better Woman”, “High Potential” and “Less Than Perfect”

    Click Flyer to download PDF version
    Dianne Blacklock’s novels include “Almost Perfect”, “False Advertising” and “The Right Time”.

    Liane Moriarty’s novels include “Three Wishes”,“The Last Anniversary” and “What Alice Forgot” as well as a junior science fiction.

    Wednesday 27 April 2011
    Time: 6.30pm

    Venue: Mona Vale Library
    1 Park Street, Mona Vale

    Cost: $7.50 Adults, $5.50 Concession - Pensioner and Students
    (passes must be shown)

    Phone: 9970 1600
    Bookings essential!
    Payment within 3 days of booking


    Pittwater Online News

    Contributors sought !

    Pittwater Online News, a website dedicated to the Pittwater region of Sydney, NSW, Australia, will be an Independent point of contact for all who live in this beautiful place. From April 10th, 2011 Pittwater Online News will be updated weekly with articles on topics concentrating on all aspects of local and national news that effect us. Information on subjects ranging from current local happenings, to Environment, Health and local Events will be addressed. Pages dedicated to Food, DIY projects, the Arts, local Groups, Clubs, Community organisations and Sports will be part of this online news magazine. A Historical page focusing on buildings, people, past events and all the hidden nooks within each suburb will share knowledge of all things Pittwater.

    Children, Youth, Boomers and the Aged interests, with news forum interaction capabilities on their separate pages, will be a point of contact and discussion place for all.

    Our “Park Bench Philosophers” page will be a weekly opportunity for any resident  to share anecdotes, gripes, opinions or just a great old tale.

    We welcome you to Pittwater Online News and invite you to let us know what you'd like to hear about or let us know what you have coming up that you’d like everyone else to know about !
    If you have an item you’d like to contribute to any page please contact us at:

    Site’s will be at; http://pittwateronlinenews.yolasite.com/

    Rally for Climate Action

    What: Family-friendly rally for climate action (there will be great music and face-painting for kids)
    Where: Belmore Park (next to Central Station, behind the Eddy Avenue bus stops)
    When: Next Saturday, April 2, 11am-12noon

    Numbers talk, and we need to get the numbers to this rally to get the message out loud and clear that Australians support a price on pollution and demand that it's a strong one.

    Across town there will be an Anti-Carbon tax rally happening at the same time with the Climate Deniers, the talkback shock-jocks and the fear-mongering politicians. By contrast our rally will be peaceful, positive and family friendly.

    A fortnight ago, when an anti-climate-action rally came to Melbourne, over 8,000 locals joined the rally for climate action. They turned a bad media story on its head - into a positive national story about how many Australians showed up in support for climate action.

    On Saturday April 2nd the shock-jocks and Climate Deniers will be in Sydney  and we need to be sure that the message is loud and clear that NSW wants real action now  on Climate Change. For too long polluters have been given free rein to pollute. It's time that the future of all Australians is put first.

    For many, this will be their first 'rally' so we will celebrate our movement for a clean energy future in a safe, family friendly and positive environment. Most importantly, we'll show the strength of numbers. We're uniting with our friends in the Climate Action Network,  Australian Youth Climate Coalition, Get Up, Greenpeace, 350.org, the NSW Conservation Council, and the Australian Conservation  Foundation - among others -  to get as many people together as possible.
    We're working hard to make Saturday's event a success - but ultimately it comes down to you. We need a big turnout to get this message out unequivocally - so please forward this to your networks, your friends and family.

    Check out this video showing what we achieved in Melbourne, and what we can do  here in Sydney if we come together!

    More details and map - click here.
    P.S. Share this Facebook event with your friends!

    From the CAP team
    Linda, Tony, Sally, Ian
    Come along to our next meeting – every third Wednesday at the Coastal Environment Centre.
    Let us know you’re coming, contact us on: linda@atelierhaefeli.com.au


    Car Air conditioning

    I normally, when I get into a hot car, wind the windows down and then put the Air on.

    My car book says to roll down the windows to let out all the hot air before turning on A/C.

    WHY ?

    No wonder more folks are dying from cancer than ever before. We wonder where this stuff comes from but here is an example that explains a lot of the cancer causing incidents. 
    Many people are in their cars first thing in the morning and the last thing at night, 7 days a week.
    Please do NOT turn on A/C as soon as you enter the car.
    Open the windows after you enter your car and then turn ON the AC after a couple of minutes.
    Here's why:   According to research, the car dashboard, seats, air freshener emit Benzene, a Cancer causing toxin (carcinogen - take time to observe the smell of heated plastic in your car).
    In addition to causing cancer, Benzene poisons your bones, causes anemia and reduces white blood cells. Prolonged exposure will cause Leukemia, increasing the risk of cancer. Can also cause miscarriage.
    Acceptable Benzene level indoors is 50 mg per sq. ft. A car parked indoors with windows closed will contain 400-800 mg of Benzene.

    If parked outdoors under the sun at a temperature above 60 degrees F, the Benzene level goes up to 2000-4000 mg, 40 times the acceptable level.

    People who get into the car, keeping windows closed will inevitably inhale, in quick succession, excessive amounts of the toxin.

    Benzene is a toxin that affects your kidney and liver. What's worse, it is extremely difficult for your body to expel this toxic stuff.
    So friends, please open the windows and door of your car - give time for interior to air out -dispel the deadly stuff - before you enter.
    This is what  snopes.com  says.  It is not the air conditioning in the car but the Benzene producing agents that cause cancer. http://www.snopes.com/medical/toxins/benzene.asp


    Part Time Work
    Part time PA
    Looking for someone who could give me a few hours a week as a PA for my home office.
    I run a small management consulting business and the admin is killing me.

    The work would include:
    •     liaising with clients around appointments etc
    •     Managing email enquiries
    •     helping organise training programs,
    •     designing and printing notes and handouts
    •     helping get articles/blogs etc written
    •     keeping the website up to date
    •     managing the filing system
    •     organising and generally bossing me about!
    Oh and if you have knowledge of MYOB that would be great as well.

    I'm pretty flexible re hours etc and happy to work around school hours etc.

    Philip Pryor
    Contact number is 99974702
    Mobile is 0411 882064

    Sewing ?
    Is there anybody out there that does simple mending & alterations....because

    1. I don't own a sewing machine &
    2. I wouldn't know what to do with one if I did!

    Let me know if you're interested....
    Rachel 9997 8955


    For Sale
    Sails for Sale
    Fully battened Mainsail off a 22' cat -- OK condition
    Genoa off 22' cat -- sort of OK condition
    Mainsail, mast and boom off a Sabot sailing dinghy -- old but OK.
    Open to all offers.

    Philip Pryor
    Contact number is 99974702
    Mobile is 0411 882064


    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
    Justice of the Peace - Bob Mitchell (Mackeral Beach) - 0419 745 628
    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
    Handy Service - "No job too small"  - Call Alan 0447 775 541

    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

    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
    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
    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://ymlp.com/archive_gesgjgm.php  or by clicking here or by visiting the Mona Vale Library.

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