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Scotland Island - Western Shores - Mackeral Beach
April 1, 2013
Newsletter for Offshore Residents of Pittwater, Australia - Volume 14, Issue 744

  • Gwyn's Illustration
  • Road Reopens - One way
  • Special Team
  • Local Council Notices
  • Pittwater Offshore Directory
  • Dinner Music & Song at Elvina Bay
  • Jazz Supper
  • Author Talk
  • Asparagus Out Weekend
  • Blue Dragon Trivia Night
  • Free
  • For Sale
  • The Local Contact Guide
  • Join SIRA
  • Archived Newsletters
  • Your subscription Information

  • Gwyn's Illustration

    To download a full version  of this months image ready for printing,  just click on the  image.

    You can contact Gwyn Perkins by email at g.perkins@gwyn.com.au



    Notice of Road Opening

    Thompson Street between Hilda Avenue and Cecil Street

    This section of road is now open to traffic following a period of closure to allow the surface to cure and harden after recent road and drainage works.

    All contractors and residents with vehicles of all types are requested that they use this road as a one-way system due to the steep uphill gradient to avoid destabilisation of the road surface.

    Traffic should travel UP HILDA AVENUE AND DOWN THOMPSON STREET TO CECIL STREET to prolong the longevity of the road.

    Thank you for your co-operation


    Special Team

    I wonder how many of my fellow Islanders are aware of our Special Team ? !!

    Thursday last my near 90 year old husband began having severe chest pains.
    With his history of heart problems I never hesitate.
    000 Ambulance… as soon as they know it is Scotland Island the wheels are set in motion.
    The Special Team is called as well as the Para Medics and the Water Police.

    Usually our Special Team is first to arrive…. Questions, comfort to both of us and then what treatment
    they can give.

    I know the Para Medics are always impressed by what our Team has carried out.
    I can never sing their praises high enough.

    Thank-you again Special Team .
    Jan S.H.


    Local Council Notices
    Church Point Commuter Wharf
    Council has sent out a number of Temporary Licence Agreements together with invoices for the use of the Commuter Wharf at Church Point.

    To date a number of agreements and payments for the use of the Commuter Wharf are still outstanding. 
    Please note that the original agreement has been amended and the insurance clause has been deleted. Those who received the original agreement can cross out this clause, initial and return to Council.  This agreement remains a legal document.

    Please also refer to the Information Sheet recently sent out to residents and published in the Pittwater Offshore Newsletter. (LINK)

    We wish to advise that Council will be enforcing the non-compliance of the wharf usage in the very near future and failure to display a valid sticker on your boat could result in an infringement being issued.

    To avoid any problems in this regard, users are reminded to please forward signed temporary licence agreements and payments to Council as a matter of urgency.

    Enforcement will commence shortly and will be notified through the Pittwater Offshore Newsletter.

    Should residents have any further queries, please email pittwater_council@pittwater.nsw.gov.au

    Fun Autumn Holiday Activities for Kids
    Pittwater Council’s Coastal Environment Centre (CEC) has announced the release of an exciting autumn holiday program for kids.

    Kids on the Coast offers healthy and fun outdoor activities for 5 to 12 year olds from Monday 15 to Friday 26 April 2013.

    A new activity includes Underwater Gardens where kids will have the chance to explore the wonderful world of sea plants by viewing them on the rock platform, then examining them under a microscope.

    Alternatively become a Marine biologist for a day by discovering the fascinating creatures inhabiting our oceans and shores. Or become an Eco ranger by getting involved in fun environmental projects such as bush regeneration and water quality testing.

    Council’s Natural Environment & Education Manager Mark Beharrell said the program encouraged children to explore beaches, rock platforms, headlands, bushland, wetlands and the Narrabeen Lagoon foreshore.

    “Kids on the Coast is the ideal school holiday experience. The program gives children the chance to learn about our natural environment in a fun and interactive way,” said Mr Beharrell.

    Two hour sessions are held from 10am to 12pm and 1pm to 3pm. The cost is $22 per child per session, with full-day sessions available from 10am to 3pm at $55 per child, (for standard activities) which includes supervision between sessions (BYO lunch).

    The Kids on the Coast program was awarded top prize in the 2011 Northern Beaches Local Business Awards for ‘Outstanding Education Service’.

    The CEC is located at Pelican Path, Lake Park Road, North Narrabeen, only 300m from the North Narrabeen beach entrance.

    Book online at www.pittwater.nsw.gov.au/ceckids or for more information call 1300 000 CEC (232).

    Mark Beharrell, Coastal Environment Centre   Ph: 9970 1368

    Technology Drop in Sessions

    Mona Vale library will be hosting a number of free technology drop-in sessions on Monday nights throughout the year during school terms.

    The sessions, being run from 5pm – 6pm will provide insight and answer nagging questions users may have on using iPads, mobile / smart phones and Kindles. The drop-in sessions are suitable for residents of any age.

    “They’re ideal for people who may have a question about their device and just didn’t know who to ask,” said Council’s event coordinator Sarah Thompson.

    The drop-in sessions will be run by volunteers from the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme, who will be on hand to give expert advice.

    Mona Vale Library has supported The Duke of Edinburgh program for over five years, and in recent years the number of volunteers from the scheme assisting at the library has grown substantially.

    Ms Thompson said the idea behind the drop-in technology sessions was to provide accessible learning opportunities to everyone in the Pittwater community.

    “Previously we’ve run the drop-in days and they were very popular. The one hour sessions provides a quick opportunity for people come along and have their questions answered.”

    Participants should bring along their devices and their questions to the sessions.

    Participants should call the library on 9970 1600 to confirm their place at a session.

    Sarah Thompson on 9970 1608


    coverPittwater Offshore Directory 2013

    We would like to thank all our advertisers and all those contributors for their support, patience and hard work.

    The Pittwater Offshore Directory 2013 will be at the printers next week and we think that the wait will be worthwhile. The presentation and detail is beautiful and we are very proud of our new local manual.

    The Directory Team.


    Dinner, music and song at Elvina Bay
    Saturday 6 April -  6.30 pm

    We have a great bunch of locals coming to jam including Ron Theissen from Uncanny X-men and Jackie Marshall from the island who will be belting out a few songs. Then Scott will probably play a bit of serious classical and sing a bit of serious opera

    Colin and Scott's house behind Maritana at the entrance to Elvina Bay - next door to Paul Purvis
    Jetty tie-up available
    Lasagne, pastas, salads and dessert
    BYO wine and a glass

    Proceeds to go to an education centre in Burundi in Africa and to the Elvina Bay fundraising group's Kenyan women project

    Numbers strictly limited so bookings essential by Wednesday 3 April to:

    Michelle at michelle.elvina@gmail.com


    Jazz Supper

    Flip jazz quartet featuring  Rhys Daher (drums),  Lachlan Hamilton (sax),  Harry Morrison (bass)  and William Morrison  (guitar) as well as Pittwater High School  Senior Stage Band are playing at  Harvest restaurant in Newport for a jazz supper on Friday, 5 April from 6 to 10pm.


    Tickets at Pittwater High School office, Harvest restaurant Newport  or call Karin on 0419 991 267 or karin@kdkmedia.com.au



    Francis Birtle.
    Australian Adventurer

    By Warren Brown

    Francis Birtles was a bushman, cyclist, motorist, soldier, sailor, photographer, author and movie maker. He was also one of Australia’s greatest adventurers and one of our most daring rogues! In the late 1920s he became the first person to drive a motor car overland from London to Melbourne with many adventures along the way.

    Author Talks 2013
    Date: Tuesday 9 April 2013
    Time: 6.30pm
    Venue: Mona Vale Library
    1 Park Street, Mona Vale
    Cost: $8.00 Adults
    $6.00 Concession - Pensioners and Students (passes must be shown)
    Phone: 9970 1600
    Bookings essential!
    Payment within 3 days of booking

    Lancaster MenAuthorTalk
    by Peter Rees

    Over 10,000 Australians served with Bomber Command, a highly trained band of elite flyers who undertook some of the most dangerous operations of World War II. Stretched to breaking point, nearly 3500 died in the air. Their bravery in extreme circumstances has barely been recognised.

    Author Talks 2013
    Date: Tuesday 30 April 2013
    Time: 6.30pm
    Venue: Mona Vale Library
    1 Park Street, Mona Vale
    Cost: $8.00 Adults
    $6.00 Concession - Pensioners and Students (passes must be shown)
    Phone: 9970 1600
    Bookings essential!
    Payment within 3 days of booking


    Asparagus Out weekend
    Everyone is invited to join the “Asparagus Out weekend” working on the mornings of 6 and 7 April at Morning Bay in areas nearby the Pittwater YHA.

    Offshore persons can meet at the hostel at 8 am. Remember the usual long pants, long sleeve shirt, gardening gloves, insect repellent etc – bush regeneration equipment provided.

    Morning tea and bbq lunch also provided each day
    Call Michael or Sarah at the hostel for further information  - phone number on attached flyer.
    Please spread the word to mainlanders that they can stay overnight at the hostel as per the details in the colour flyer.

    Hope to see you there,
    Sarah and Michael


    Blue Dragon Trivia Night
    Saturday 18 May - 7pm, Randwick


    Fish Tank & Stand

    I have down-sized my fish tank and would like to give the big one away.
    It is approximately 122 cms long, 35 cms wide and 44 cms high (48" X 14" X 18".
    The timber stand on which it sits is 127 cms by 40 cms by 63 cms high.
    It has a full glass top and has no leaks or cracks.
    It includes pebbles etc, but I would rather not part with the aerator or the brand-new $90 filter, but if you really need them, perhaps we could make an arrangement.

    On the Island.

    Liz Braand

    Kitchen Chairs
    Two kitchen chairs. 

    Fish Tank
    Somehow a largish fish tank landed in my front yard and I'd like to give it to someone.

    1120 long
    355 high
    300 wide

    It has all sorts of pipes and rocks and gravel and pumpy looking things with it.  Not sure what works and what doesn't but it's worth a look if you are in the market.

    Just pop by and have a look at it.  Give me a call if you are interested.

    Annette Ritchie
    Come up the hill past the fireshed.
    Past the John Travers Dunny and into the next driveway on your left.


    For Saleimage
    Manly Junior - ‘FAST N FURIOUS’ 2742

    Dinghy Sports Hull OCT 2002

    2 Mains
    3 Jibs ( one DEC 2012 TRUFLO)
    3 Spinakers ( one MARCH 2012 CHPS)

    Good Condition $2400.00

    Tracey Rowe 0409 500 544

    Two Azul Argon Kayaks
    Rudder Steering
    Adjustable pedals
    Adjustable Seating
    Carbon shafted paddles for each kayak

    Excellent Condition. Recently replaced all adjusters and straps.

    These are $2,000 kayaks and are perfect for Pittwater. Very stable and fast. Easy to handle.

    $650 each or $1200 the pair

    Call Graham Earl on 0419 448 477

    Polycraft 4.55 Frontrunner Commuter Boat
    50 hp 4-Stroke Suzuki Engine
    Nav Lights
    Stainless Steel Engine Guard
    Bilge Pump
    Boarding Ladder
    Ski Hooks
    Oar / Boat Hook
    New Bimini
    Anchor & Ropes
    Fire Extinguisher / Fire Blanket
    50 litre inboard fuel tank
    Excellent Condition. Regularly serviced to schedule (with records to prove it).

    $10,000 ono

    Call Graham Earl on 0419 448 477


    The Local Guide
    Community Information

    Scotland Island Web Site  www.scotlandisland.org.au
    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 offshore gallery
    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)  7.30am - 5.30pm (Tues, Weds, Thurs & Friday)
    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/
    Tanya Mottl at Residential Real Estate Agents – 9999 4499 www.residentialagents.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 9667
    Justice of the Peace - Paul Burchall - 0414 975 793
    Justice of the Peace - Bob Mitchell (Mackeral Beach) - 0419 745 628
    Justice of the Peace - Maureen Anderson - Morning Bay resident. - 02 9997-2659 or  0417-279-346
    Pittwater Community Arts Inc.  - Enquiries Lorrie Morgan 9997 8079  lorriemay@bigpond.com
    Peninsula Music Club - enquiries Janice Tuynman - 99991937 - jt@swift dsl.com.au
    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 
    Pittwater Youth Hostel  - 02 9999 5748  www.yha.com.au/hostels/details.cfm?hostelid=31  
    Handy Service - "No job too small"  - Call Alan 0447 775 541
    Electrician Wayne on Scotland Island 0418 229 277 - offshore community sparky - www.sparky.com.au
    David Walsh - Graphic Design - Custom Made Sculpture - 0404 239 212 - ital2@optusnet.com.au

    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 - Nathalie - 9999 4449
    Dru Yoga - Tuesday 9.00 to 10.30 Tuesday morning - Phone Katya on 0414 187 916
    Dynamic Yoga  - Saturdays from 9am - 10.30am 0402 752465 nadineomara@gmail.com

    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 - meets 4 times a year - Jenny Frazer 0410533728 / 99994460.
    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 CB 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
    Marine Rescue Broken Bay - Weekend
    (02) 9999 3554 - (02) 8411 1121
    Marine Rescue Broken Bay - VHF Radio channel
    VHF Radio Channel: VHF 16
    27MHz Radio Channel: 86 or 88
    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.

    The Island website is at www.scotlandisland.org.au

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