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Scotland Island - Western Shores - Mackerel Beach

August 19, 2018

Newsletter for Offshore Residents of Pittwater

Congratulation to Gwyn Perkins


Never too old: First time picture book writer wins award at 76

Excerpt from The Sydney Morning Herald Article

When Gwyn Perkins sat down to write and illustrate his own children's picture book, his inspiration was four-year-old granddaughter Sabene, but he was also thinking about his own mortality and legacy.

"I've lost my hearing, I've had three pairs of glasses, I had a situation where I lost my balance and couldn't get up and down the stairs and my wife's fears were happening in front of her, and I had to be evacuated off [northern Sydney's Scotland Island, where he lives] because they thought maybe I had a stroke.

"I realised I'm not going to be here forever, and one of the reasons I wanted to do things like this book, as opposed to animation, is I didn't want to die thinking I had done a few good ads. I wanted to leave something behind that people would remember."

Perkins' first picture book as author-illustrator, A Walk in the Bush, was named Picture Book of the Year by the Children's Book Council of Australia. The award was announced in Brisbane on Friday ahead of Book Week.

His story of a patient and perky grandfather who encourages his reluctant grandchild to stroll the Australian bush beat Freya Blackwood's The Great Rabbit Chase and Philip Bunting's tale of a peace-seeking owl, Mopoke.
Judges admired Perkins' soft treatment of colour and the way the rich detail of his illustrations enhanced the text, which subtly demonstrated the different "nature cultures of the domestic garden and the bush and valuing experiences in the natural environment".

Author-illustrator Gwyn Perkins' first picture book, A Walk in the Bush, has been named Picture Book of the Year.
Photo: Louise Kennerley

It was a joyous story that would have the reader wondering about how integral the bush was to our Australian identity, they said.

With no formal arts training and unsure of his own abilities, Perkins, 76, came to book writing and illustration via being a cartoonist with pop music newspaper Go-Set, and working at the studios of Hanna-Barbera, which in turn took him into the realm of advertising.

It was Perkins who directed the iconic KFC television advertisement in the '70s featuring a jaunty jingle and two cartoon children Hugo and Holly, a series of children's community service ads for Nine in Perth, and an award-winning World Series Cricket promotion featuring Dennis Lillee and Jeff Thompson.

Retired on Scotland Island, Perkins would travel with his wife drawing himself in cities they visited. "I'm a terrible photographer," he said. "I draw the body language and characters in silhouette, keeping it simple."

He has illustrated five children's books, but never created one on his own until A Walk in the Bush. A friend and mentor, author Susan Duncan, advised him: "Never miss the deadlines, darling."

"I never have. I worked midnight shifts to get there."
At the end of his grandson's visit one Christmas, Perkins produced a journal of Zasch's visit illustrated as if a cat had done it. "He wanted it read over and over and over again. I thought, 'Great, I can do jokes for four-year-olds'. That's where my subject matter came from. By the time I got around to start it he was eight and his sister Sabene, she was four, and I imagined at all times I was talking to her."

Illustrations by Gwyn Perkins from his award winning picture book, A Walk in the Bush.
Photo: Gwyn Perkins

The award came as a surprise. "It took me ages to say I am an artist," he said. "I used to say I'm an illustrator who works in animation. It took years to work that out. Now author ... " he shakes his head in disbelief.

Top honours for Older Readers went to Take Three Girls, a collaboration by three Australian YA authors, Cath Crowley, Simmone Howell and Fiona Wood. The Eve Pownall Award for Information Books was won by Do Not Lick this Book, Idan Ben-Barak and Julian Frost's interactive picture book about microbes.

The prize-winning books were chosen from a pool of 444 entries and 36 shortlisted entries.

Chair of the CBCA national board, Professor Margot Hillel, said the 2018 winning and honour books entertained, challenged and informed their readers through powerful narratives, vibrant language, vivid characters and in the case of picture books, stunning illustrations in a broad variety of style and media.........................

Excerpt from The Sydney Morning Herald Article
By Linda Morris
17 August 2018 — 12:00pm





It is that time of the year again. Payment for Church Point Parking Permits is due during August.

The Council does not send reminders about this. A new 2018-19 sticker should be displayed on your car by 1st September to avoid fines. The cost of a permit this year is $500.

SIRA made a submission to Northern Beaches Council in June, arguing that the permit cost remain at $316 but this proposal was rejected by Council.


Please note that the Scotland Island Community Website Calendar and a small number of other sections are not fully up to date and some are not accessible at the moment due to an issue with updating the software. We hope to have the website fully operational soon.

Church Point Carpark and Boardwalk Nominated

Timber Design Award


Church Point carpark and boardwalk has been nominated for the Timber Design Awards, mostly off the back of the work of Church Point Aesthetics Group (mixture of onshore and offshore representatives)
If you would like to vote please follow the attached instructions and follow the link below.


There is a short registration process which then takes you to a list on nominations. The CP wharf & car park in on page 4 of the list of nominee sites/structures.

Art & Soul Exhibition Invitation

Including works from well know Islander Eunice McAllister

Opening Night Friday 31st August 6-8pm


For Rent:

Bright spacious upstairs level of house for rent $400 per week.

  • Furnished.
  • Includes electricity and water.
  • One large bedroom, office, bathroom and separate cooking area.
  • Totally private from downstairs.
  • Water glimpses and near Tennis wharf.

Looking for quiet person, non smoker, no pets.
Will consider short or long term.

Please contact Jane 0478454116.

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RRP $7,790
For sale $4,500
Call Ryan for details 0413 365 410..

Short-term House Rental on Scotland Island

Family home available for 4 week rental from 9 Sept - 8 Oct

Our family home is available for short-term rental while we are on holiday. One to three bedrooms can be made available, including a kids room.

Fully furnished.

Includes electricity, water and internet.

Includes spacious kitchen, BBQ area, two decks, grassy backyard and heaps of kids toys/activities (swings, sandpit, cubby house, toys, books, etc)

House will be shared with 3 friendly resident chooks and a very cuddly cat!

Water glimpses and near Carols wharf on Thompson Street

Looking for quiet person/couple or small family. No smokers or pets.
Rent is negotiable, depending on the number of rooms required and possible help around the house while we are away.

Please contact Tina 0413547376.

Garden Shed Wanted

A small demountable garden shed for sale or take away?

Near Eastern wharf, Florence Trc
0408 689 733

Looking for rental on Scotland island

Looking for a private 1 or 2 bed accommodation with own bathroom and kitchen on Scotland island / Western Foreshores.

Ideally somewhere with a deck and some sun and close to the water 😊

For a single 36 year old guy with no pets.
I’m happy to negotiate length of lease an sign for 6 months.

Contact Andy on 0466404083.


You can now join the Scotland Island Residents’ Association through the online Self-Service Portal at sira.org.au

Alternatively, there are offline methods of joining, read more here or contact  secretary@sira.org.au

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