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Scotland Island - Western Shores - Mackeral Beach
September 11,  2012
Newsletter for Offshore Residents of Pittwater, Australia

Offshore Community Response

Survey Short Summary

Main Results Different Individuals Households (where everybody agrees) Surveys done without names
Option 1 (Ground Level) 159 112 14
Option 2 (Two level) 154
Total 313

  • Households with split views (not included in count of households above) = 13
  • Households where only one person submitted a response = 157
  • Households where more than one person submitted a response = 72
  • Total Households that completed the survey = 229

Supplementary Questions   
Individuals (who completed survey) who use CP as main access route 277
Households that use Church Point as their main access route 
Cars parked at Church Point  
CP Parking Permits  
Cars parked at other locations  
Commuter boats moored at Church Point  
Will you lease an undercover space
Those already parking at CP wishing to lease a space  55

Island Different Individuals Households (where everyone agrees)
Option 1 (Ground Level) 114
Option 2 (Two level) 119
Total 233

  • Households with split views (not included in count of households above) = 9

Bays Different Individuals Households (where everyone agrees)
Option 1 (Ground Level)  45 31
Option 2 (Two level) 35
  • Households with split views (not included in count of households above) = 4
This survey was conducted using Survey Monkey with the link distributed via email using databases compiled by the Scotland Island Residents' Association and West Pittwater Community Association
Hard copies of the survey were also forwarded to those residents without email access                 

Click the following to view complete results Church Point Survey Results Notice and Short Summary.

Playgroup on the Island
Mondays 10am-12  - Catherine Park


For more info contact Tracy Smith 0400 311 157

Guitar Lessons


Curlew ferry finds new home
Farewell Curlew. For over a year residents of offshore Pittwater, many regular ferry passengers, have known the day was coming. Their much-loved timber Curlew was semi-retired in early 2011, only running when one of the main ferries needed repair.

Last Ride

Before the Curlew is placed in new hands, Pittwater will have an opportunity for one last ride on Friday September 28th from 3.20-7.00pm and on Saturday the 29th of September from 10.30am to 2.30 pm

This spring Church Point Ferry owners, Penny Gleen and Simon Wastell will donate the Curlew for training on the Central Coast. Greg Flanders from Break Thru People Solutions, a not for profit organisation offering specialist training programs, will use the ferry to prepare Indigenous youths for careers in the maritime industry. Training ranges from repairing and restoring boats such as the Curlew, to skippering.

Penny says, “We are pleased the Curlew will again play an important role in a community, especially one focused on learning and opportunities.” Still, decommissioning the 57-passenger timber vessel was difficult. The ferry has a long history in the area, and residents consider her an important part of Pittwater.

Now youths in need of skills and direction will refurbish and care for the 90-year old ferry. Greg Flanders hopes in years to come the Curlew will continue as a training vessel on Brisbane Water. It is an opportunity for Aboriginal youths to gain valuable skills and their deckhand tickets. In future years Greg says he would like to see the Elders on the Curlew, men’s and women’s groups, as well as events such as weddings and cultural tours.

According to Greg, “All Aboriginal communities on the Central Coast are linked through different ways, by Land Council, by blood, through community services, youths, the Elders. The boat will be a nice link in that chain.”

“Keeping the ferry in Pittwater was simply not tenable, so this is a great alternative,” says Penny Gleen. “She needs rebuilding and the cost was prohibitive.” Funding to rebuild the Curlew was not an option, so Penny and Simon found a future worthy of the vessel.


100 years

This Saturday, 15th September, 2012, Mona Vale Public School will mark 100 years of classes at its Waratah Street site with a Festival Day.

Current and former students and teachers, VIPs and the wider community have been invited to mark the anniversary celebration, which will include historical displays, entertainment, vintage motor show and official ceremony & cake cutting.

WHAT:      MVPS Centenary Festival Day

WHEN:      10am – 3pm, Saturday 15 December, 2012

WHERE:    School grounds, Waratah St. Mona Vale                 

WHO:        MVPS students & teachers including Principal Greg Jones
  • high profile former students including Johnny Gibbs (Australian radio personality and former rugby league footballer), Jodi Winter (Olympian), Colin Beashel (Olympian), Alyse Saxby (Special Olympian) and Jim Longley, former Member of State Parliament
  • VIPS including Cr Harvey Rose Mayor, The Hon Rob Stokes MP, the Hon Bronwyn Bishop MP
  • birthday cake cutting by the youngest current student and oldest former student
  • unveiling of the contents of a 1975 time capsule found last week
  • vintage motor show
  • memorial pathway with family named pavers
  • old school bell
  • ands & other entertainment

PARKING:       Limited on-site parking is available for media, please call Lisa to request

MEDIA CONTACT:     Lisa Ratcliff m. 0418 428 511 e. lisa@occ.net.au 

Centenary website: http://www.mvps100.org/

Lisa Ratcliff
event management | public relations | journalist
OCC - On Course Communications
m. + 61 (0) 418 428 511
e. lisa@occ.net.au
w. www.occ.net.au
fb. OCC - Lisa Ratcliff

by Jan Murray

Jan Murray debut novel, “Goodbye Lullaby”, (MIRA Harlequin) was released this week and is available in bookstores or as an ebook from Amazon, Booktopia, etc.



In September 1971, 181 numbered marbles roll around in a barrel while Australia holds its breath. The last number drawn will shatter two women’s lives, and bring them together again …

Sixteen-year-old Caroline ‘Miki’ Patrick confides to her best friend, the outspoken, smart-mouthed Jude, that she’s pregnant. Miki’s parents place her in the iron embrace of St Anthony’s, a home for wayward girls, with the scheming Sister Angela pressuring her to give up her baby. But Jude convinces Miki they can raise the child, and together they make a pact and take to the road.

But the teenagers are ill-prepared for the hardships they face, and after one particularly difficult night, fate separates them. Alone, poor and scared for her baby’s welfare, Miki ultimately surrenders Dominic to the home.

Two decades later, Miki is a dangerous woman, and she’s on the run. A vocal anti-war activist who assists draft dodgers, Miki is hiding from the Federal Police and never stays in one place very long. That is, until Dominic’s birthday is drawn in the conscription lottery, and Jude steps back into her life.
Now Miki and Jude will stop at nothing to find him …

Piano Tuner on Island this Thursday

I have a piano tuner of 40 years experience coming to tune our piano on this Thursday at 10.00 am. While he is on the Island he is interested if there is anybody who needs their pianos tuned.

Mike Molloy
+61 409121112   


Samsung Mobile Found
We have found a Samsung, touch screen mobile phone in the bow of our boat, covered in lifejackets etc.  We only noticed it as the light/torch function was on.  Unfortunately we haven’t been able to work out how to turn it on to help identify the owner.
Please contact Karen on 0409 501656.

Reading Glasses  Found
Reading glasses I found in the carpark...
They are  2.0 in strength and caramel + black in colour.
My number is 0421842221
Annette Palmer

Wanted to Rent
Share accommodation on Scotland Island or the Western Shores. Neat and tidy single male. Has lived locally for many years.
Please ring Matt on 0422 525 391

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