Scotland Island - Western Shores - Mackeral Beach

- April 2003 -

Newsletter for Offshore Residents of Pittwater, Australia  Volume 5, Issue 39; April 2003


The NSW state election has been decided and we congratulate John Brogden on his re-election as Member for Pittwater. We wish him well for the next four years. It is important that we, as a marginalised community, maintain strong connections with our elected representatives at all levels of government. Our water supply, our roads, our children's education and our security depend on the strength of our relationships with our political leaders.

John Brogden can be contacted using email by clicking here

In this Issue:

  • POP for Peace
  • Update from SIRA
  • Yoga and Meditation
  • Talks well worth Attending
  • Share a berth
  • Art Workshops on Scotland Island
  • Missing your POD?
  • Asparagus Fern OUT - Collection Weekend
  • The Local Guide
  • Archived Newsletters
  • Your Subscription Information

    POP for PEACE
    Pittwater Offshore People for Peace
    After our first Sunday Candle Light Peace vigil, it was felt that we, as Pittwater Offshore People, could follow the advice of MoveOn, an organization supported by Archbishop Tutu, to support Oxfam, one of the charities that will be responsible for the enormous task of rebuilding Iraq after the war.
    Come to our Peace Picnic On a Sunday in April In Catherine Park on Scotland Island At 1:00pm. Bring your family and friends and a picnic lunch.
    We will let you know by SPECIAL email as soon as we know the date.
    Art materials provided for the kids to paint a large Peace Painting with the assistance of local artists, poetry readings, music and more.
    We shall be inviting people from Muslim communities to join us in our support for Peace.
    We aim to raise at least $1000 for the Oxfam Iraqi Appeal.
    A spokesperson from Oxfam will talk to us about the Iraqi Appeal and the work they are doing. We also stand for a Peaceful Multicultural Australia.
    Please bring a donation!
    (Tax Deductible)

    POP for Peace meet Sunday evenings in Catherine Park at 6:00pm
    For further information or if you wish to give your support,
    Contact: Marion van den Driesschen 9979 3993 or Emmi Collins 9997 7506

    Read more about POP for PEACE by clicking here

    Update from SIRA

    Church Point Precinct

    The design team continues to work with Mark Eriksson from Council to develop plans to draft stage for the CP Precinct. The team includes Ian Souter and Larry Eastwood representing the Offshore community. The 'Pasadena' hearing at the Land and Environment Court will be initially on the legal argument of 'existing use', and is meant , we understand, to happen in May. Will report further. Church Point Store/PO, the DA having been rejected by Council, will be incorporated into the plans in a way that will be acceptable to the community. Again, we will await the results of the design team's planning.

    Roads and Drainage

    Sharon Kinnison, Jennifer Knox and Greg Roberts recently met with Paul Davies from Council, following an original meeting with James Payne and Col Mathison to do with developing a long term plan to maintain and upgrade the roads and drainage on SI. We submitted a 'Maintenance Plan' of moderate cost (keeping drains and gutters clear), which will need some participation by residents. Paul is looking at this and we will be meeting again shortly. We also discussed the steps to develop a 5 year upgrading plan. This will take some months to bring to a draft document stage, ready to put before the community. We will keep you posted.

    Pittwater Offshore Directory

    All households (SI, the Bays, Mackerel Beach, Coasters Retreat) should all have received by now a POD. Please let Greg Roberts know if you haven't received yours (99799599)

    Yoga and Meditation

    Yoga: Back-safe yoga for male and female. 7-8pm.

    Meditation: 8-9pm.

    You are welcome to attend either sessions or both - the yoga is preparation for meditation. No experience necessary. Experienced IYTA teacher qualified 1997.
    $10 per class or $15 for both (paid 4 weekly in advance) or $15 per casual class
    Bring mat or rug and cushion.
    Please call Pip on 9979 2409 to book

    Talks well worth attending.
    Swami Dayananda Saraswati, a traditional teacher of Vedanta, is coming to Australia in April this year and is well worth listening to - he is an exceptional speaker with a great depth of knowledge accompanied by an exceptional sense of humour. It is a rare treat to hear someone like this speaking. We have arranged a special talk/enquiry at Chatswood on Monday 21st April with questions and answers following. It will suit those who know nothing about the subject as well as those who have been studying for some time. This is not about religion but knowledge - anyone interested in expanding their minds will find it very illuminating as well as entertaining

    Monday April 21st Dougherty Community Centre, 7 Victor Street, Chatswood 7.00pm – 9.30pm
    (Please arrive early and be seated by 6.45pm in the hall)
    What is Advaita Vedanta? Is it practical and beneficial to Australian society?
    Talk followed by Questions and Answers Admission FREE

    April 22 (Tuesday) to April 24 (Thursday) 7.15pm Strathfield Town Hall
    Please be seated by 7.15pm for 7.30pm start (finish by 9.30pm).
    Essence of the Vedic Teachings (as found in the first mantra of the Ishavasya Upanishad). FREE

    April 25th (Friday) 11am to April 27th 3 pm (Times may change) Retreat with Swami Dayananda
    Yerrinbool Bahai Centre of Learning.

    Satsangs, Lectures, Chanting and other activities throughout the day.
    Admission: By Booking only, as the capacity is limited to max 70 persons.
    Cost: $100 per adult (for all 3 days, including stay & food). Children (4-11) $60 (for all 3 days)
    Children below 4 yrs of age Free.
    For more information please contact Jenni/Grahame 9997 8724, or Sudha/Murali 9428 2314 after 7pm.

    Share a berth

    Paolo Writes: "We have a berth at a local marina, used so far only on weekends, to keep our runabout.

    We have now sold the runabout but would like to keep the berth, using only the car parking facility at weekends.
    We wonder whether you, dear reader, would like to go halves with us. You would use the full time berth, we would use it when we needed the parking spot."

    If you can help, please ring: 9997 7002 or 9810 0067 Mobile 0413 489 148

    Art Workshops on Scotland Island


    We have been going for 18 months but always welcome new members! We meet every second Tuesday at a studio near Carol's wharf. We are introducing occasional classes with Marion van den Driesschen to improve our technique. Upcoming Dates: April 1(class), April 15, April 29, May 13(class). 7.30-9.30pm, $12 for studio / $15 class. To get on the email list, contact Jessica at or ring her on 9999 2054/ 0422 474 279.


    • MIXED MEDIA with Marion van den Driesschen
    • Mixed media or let's stretch our imagination!
    • Using more than one medium together on the same work
    • The origins of mixed media- Braque, Picasso and others
    • What goes with what? - have some fun playing with paint, chalks, collage etc. Saturday April 12th, 2-5pm $35 / $25 concession


    Using a calligraphy pen for pattern-making and lettering Exploring different lettering styles - which is more 'you'? Using calligraphy to make beautiful cards and invitations Saturday May 3rd, 2-5pm $35 / $25 concession

    All groups will be held at a studio near Carol's wharf. Afternoon tea will be provided. For more information, or to get on the email list, contact Jessica on 9999 2054 / 0422 474 279 or email

    Missing Your POD?

    Haven't received your POD? The Scotland Island Directory deliverer has run out of steam. If you haven't yet received a copy of the directory, you can get one by walking UP the hill to Tamerlane Lodge - (previously known as ' Richard the Bricks House' ) at the top of the Island on Thompson Street.

    I have plenty to give away: call Harriet on 99792809.

    Asparagus Fern Out – Collection weekend
    Do your gardens have Asparagus Fern?
    Help us rid Pittwater of our worst noxious bush invader.
    Join in the fight against weeds on Sunday 30 March 2003.

    Free white weed bags and information kits are now available from the following sites:
    Coastal Environment Centre - Lake Park Road, North Narrabeen
    Pittwater Council Offices - 11/5 Vuko Place, Warriewood
    Avalon Recreation Centre - Old Barrenjoey Road, Avalon
    Sharon Kinnison - 1 Kevin St, Scotland Island
    Mona Vale Library - 10am – 2pm Saturday 29 March 2003
    Avalon Library 10am – 1pm Saturday March 2003

    Drop off full bags of Asparagus Fern in the skips available at:
    * Hitchcock Park, Careel Bay
    * Rowland Reserve, Bayview
    * Porter Reserve, Newport
    * Catherine Park Foreshore, Scotland Island

    For more information, contact Pittwater Council on (02) 9970 1111.


  • The local guide

    As our newsletter continues to grow (nearly 600 readers) we are including some links to other nearby organisations and events that may be of interest. If you would like to contribute, please send a message to the editor by clicking here.

    Local Real Estate Agents:

    Botham Real Estate L.J.Hooker Mona Vale
    PMC Hill (subscribe to their newsletter here) Pittwater Real Estate

    Government Organisations:

    Local Transport:

    Local Accommodation:

    Emergency Contact Numbers

    • NSW Police: 000, general information 9281 0000
    • NSW Fire Service: 000, general information 9265 2999
    • NSW Ambulance Service: 000, general information 9320 7777
    • Rural Fire Service: 000, 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

    Airlines, Buses and Railways

    Sydney Airport: Arrivals and Departures

    Qantas Information

    Sydney Buses information.

    Virgin Blue Information

    NSW Railway Timetables and Information.



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