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Scotland Island - Western Shores - Mackerel Beach

May 10 , 2015

Newsletter for Offshore Residents of Pittwater, Australia

Please be kind to our Catherine Park tracks    catherine park

My sons play sport at Council reserves and they are closed to kids in the wet.

I would never dream of driving a vehicle across it in dry conditions alone in wet conditions. I am saddened to think that driving on a community reserve seems to have become the norm for Catherine Park. I would love to see the drainage in the park improved and the grass restored, but how can we ask for help when we do not care for what we have.

Please if you have a buggy think of other park users by driving and parking so that you do not impact on our one and only community playing field and picnic area.

You might also like to contribute to park maintenance and issues by joining a SIRA subcommittee or Bushcare.  Many hands and minds will make a big difference and just think about the exercise opportunities.


Pygmy  Possum Grant for Western Shores

A resident-driven Pygmy Possum Project has attracted state funding to Pittwater’s offshore community.
The mini grant of $1500, awarded by Greater Sydney Local Land Services, will fund the purchase of 2 high quality wildlife cameras.

These cameras will support an ongoing monitoring program to establish data on the location, frequency and seasonal movements of the Eastern Pygmy Possum on the Lower Western Shores of Pittwater. Other visitors to the nesting boxes, such as Feather-tailed Gliders and Antechinus, will also be recorded.

The funding applicant, Rocky Point Bushcare, was backed by Pittwater Council, the Pittwater Natural Heritage Association (PNHR), and local state member Rob Stokes. 

Twenty-nine nesting boxes have already been purchased by residents and placed at the back of properties throughout Elvina Bay, Lovett Bay and Towlers Bay. The project team then visited the Strickland State Forest on the Central Coast to look at the nesting box program run by State Forest Ecology Supervisor and project mentor, Alf Britton, before commencing their pilot monitoring program back in Pittwater.

On May 11 Rocky Point Bushcare will be hosting a Wildlife Camera Workshop on site to enable wider local community use of the cameras. Pittwater Council’s Andrew Jennings will run participants through the settings, range, placement, image capture options, downloads and possible outcomes through the use of the cameras.

The cameras will support weekly visual observations at different locations through out the year and build community capacity in environmental data collection.

The Western Shores Pygmy Possum Project was kick-started by a local resident’s discovery of an Eastern Pygmy Possum in a Towlers Bay laundry basket. This was the first recorded sighting of an Eastern Pygmy Possum in Pittwater in European times. 2 weeks later Pygmy Possums were found in specially made nesting boxes placed along the Ingleside escarpment.

The project team is keen to involve as many residents as possible and is considering running a ‘Backyard Camera ‘ program for one month a year so that residents can record the nocturnal visitors to their gardens each night.

This is the third community project hosted by the Rocky Point Bushcare group. The group partnered with the Asparagus Fern Out committee to run a series of highly successful days at its bushcare site and last year partnered with the Elvina Bay Rural Fire Service in an asset protection and regenerative burn off, also on site.

For more information please contact:
Lesley Stevens T: 9979 9477   M: 0408623554   E: lesley.stevens@prismpix.com


3/130 Old Pittwater Rd Brookvale

Open to receive bikes on the 1st Sunday of every month from 9am to 12am - contacts are Chris & Sara

Bikes4Life is an organisation which collects unwanted bikes and sends them by the container load to countries like Cambodia, Uganda and also to Aboriginal communities in the N Territory.

Bikes4Life has now established a workshop in Sydney at 3/130 Old Pittwater Rd Brookvale and they are open to receive bikes on the 1st Sunday of every month from 9am to 12am - contacts are Chris & Sara.

Bikes should be in a useable condition so that they can be shipped without too much repair work being necessary.

Local Council Notice

Free canine workshop with pet expert

Pittwater’s dog owners are invited to a free workshop on training and behavioural issues.

The workshop, hosted by Animal behavioural expert Dr Kersti Seksel will provide owners with tips and techniques to assist you in managing your dog.

Dr Seksel graduated in Veterinary Science from Sydney University and became very interested in animal behaviour while working overseas.  She later furthered her knowledge graduating from Macquarie University with a BA in Behavioural Sciences with a major in psychology.

Principal of a specialist referral only practice for animal behaviour in Sydney, Dr Seksel has clients across Australia.

Dr Seksel will share information on topics including:
  • barking and aggression
  • fears and phobias
  • separation anxiety, and
  • obsessive compulsive disorders
  • learn how you can improve your pet’s behaviour.
The two-hour workshop allows for extra time to be set aside to address the tricky questions that individuals may have about their dog.

Pittwater Council’s Mayor Jacqui Townsend said “these events proved extremely popular with residents.”

“A large portion of Pittwater residents are dog owners and Pittwater Council is passionate about providing owners with access to information and education to help them to care for their canine companion,” added Cr Townsend.

The free workshop is on Wednesday 13 May at Pittwater Rugby Park, 1472 Pittwater Road, Warriewood.

Places are limited so please phone 9970 1194 or email us at eceducation_team@pittwater.nsw.gov.au to book your place and send in your questions.

Please note also that the workshop is for dog-owners only, please leave your pets at home.

Laying down the law at Mona Vale Library flyer

Have you thought about future planning?  Want to know what future planning is all about?  Why not visit Mona Vale Library during Law Week and learn more.

A representative for the NSW Trustee & Guardian will be at the library on Wednesday 13 May from 12noon until 12.45pm, presenting a free community talk about future planning.

The NSW Trustee & Guardian provides professional and independent advice on trustee services, writing Wills, acting as Executor in deceased estates, Powers of Attorney and writing Enduring Guardianships.

Future planning involves preparing a Will, making a Power of Attorney, appointing an enduring guardian and advance care planning.

Pittwater Council’s Mayor, Jacqui Townsend encouraged local residents to attend the free 45 minute talk.

“Ensuring your future plans and estate are legally enforceable gives you and your family peace of mind.” Cr Townsend said.

Law Week 2015 runs from 11 – 15 May and is a nationwide initiative to promote community awareness of the law, the legal system and the legal profession.

NSW Law Week is supported by a number of organisations including the Law Society of NSW and the Department of Justice.

Bookings are essential and can be made by calling 9970 1600 or book in person at the library, 1 Park Street, Mona Vale.

Contact: Community Relations
Phone: 9970 1114, 9970 1119, 9970 1172

Peninsula Music Club

Peninsula Music Club Concert Sunday 17th May 2.30pm


Juliet Holmes a Court Exhibition

Manly Art Gallery & Museum from  8 May - 28 June


To Let

Cottage to Let in Towlers Bay

Enjoy a spacious cottage overlooking the scenic Towlers Bay and national park. Recently renovated, the waterfront cottage has a dock, one bedroom, bathroom with laundry facilities, fireplace and sunny verandahs.  Suitable for 1-2 people, non smoker and available from 1st June.

Please call Suzanne on 9332 2611 or email info@walkabouttours.com.au

Office administrator / book keeper

Busy commercial cleaning business is looking for an office administrator / book keeper

Minimum 4 days per week - 4 hours a day.
Ideally 9 - 1300hrs each day
$26 / hour

Office location is Lovett Bay  - with private jetty access so own boat can be parked here.

Duties include: Accountedge for Mac / payroll processing / reconciliation / quotes / responding to emails / liaising with operational staff  and general day to day office activities such as data entry, filing and  bill paying.

Please contact Sarah if this may be of interest:  accounts@suspenderscleaning.com.au

Free Couch

Free couch to good home couch

Large red leather couch looking for a new home. Excellent quality leather/couch, just well used - see photos. Few scuff marks and needs a clean, that's all.

Free if picked up ASAP from Scotland Island, between Cargo and Bells.

(without cover/cushion).

Please call Nicole 0410701643

Boat for Sale


Missing Kayaks following the Storm

During the storm two kayaks, which we thought were securely tied, were washed from our jetty, one north of Eastern Wharf.

Both were sit on models. One was a double (basically yellow), the other was a single (basically blue).

We woulds be most appreciative if anyone finding, either or both, would ring John McDermott on (02) 9247 0800

Boat Parts Still Missing following the Storm

Still missing 1 triangular and 2 square hatch covers plus several life jackets, a paddle and a boat hook - still hoping covers at least turn up because Polycraft agents Enterprise Marine advise they can only be bought as a full set costing about $1500.

0419 432 626
John Thixton

Mummy Nanny Available

A mummy nanny is a great way to have your child cared for in your own home for a discounted rate. I bring my child with me and care for both children in your home.

I have an advanced diploma in Childcare and over 15 years experience working in centers both locally and abroad including Scotland Island Kindy.  I have also worked with families as a nanny with children from birth to 6 years old.

I am available any day during the week and live locally at Elvina Bay.
Please call Samantha on 0468718953 for more details.

For Sale recliner1

Electric Recliner 

Electric recliner in excellent condition

$1500 chair for $500. recliner 2

Can help with transport.

Graeme 0419460331

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Scotland Island - Western Shores - Mackerel Beach