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Scotland Island - Western Shores - Mackerel Beach
February 1, 2014
Newsletter for Offshore Residents of Pittwater, Australia - Volume 15, Issue 751

  • Gwyn's Illustration
  • John Bryson -  Member of the Order of Australia
  • SIRA Notices
  • SI General Clear Out
  • Thank You Everyone
  • Clean Up Australia
  • The Great Offshore Shave
  • Local Council Notices
  • Dru Yoga
  • Zonta Club - IWD
  • Author Talks
  • Wharf Sale
  • Want to Rent a House
  • House Wanted
  • To Let
  • Share Accommodation Wanted
  • Private Tutoring
  • Free Baby Items
  • 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




    Congratulations John BRYSON,
    Lovett Bay NSW 2105

    John Bryson, of Lovett Bay, has been appointed a Member of the Order of Australia for significant service to Australian literature, particularly as an author, through contributions to indigenous youth and to the community.
    • Author, Whoring Around, 1981.
    • Author, Evil Angels, 1985.
    • Author, Backstage At The Revolution, and Twelve Other Reports, 1988.
    • Author, To the Death, Amic, 1994.
    • Script Consultant, Evil Angels (A Cry in the Dark), directed by Fred Schepisi, 1988.
    • Originator, Writer and Assistant Producer, Secrets of the Jury Room, SBSTV, 2004.
    • Deputy Chair, Literature Board, Australia Council, in the late 1970s;
    • Literature Board Member, 1973-1986;
    • Member, Prime Minister's Advisory Panel, Artists Creative Fellowships, 1993-1994.
    • Committee Member, Victorian Premier's Literary Awards, 1989-1992.
    • Member, Board of Directors, Australian Society of Authors, until 1991.
    • Writer in Residence, University of Tasmania, 1987.
    • Member, Judges Panel, National Book Council, 1986.
    • Chair, Federal Short Story Competition for Children, 1983.
    • Chair, The Age Book Award, 1982.
    • Board Member, Commonwealth Scholarships for Aboriginal Students, Melbourne University, 1990-1992;
    • Committee Member, Truganini Scholarships for Aboriginal Students, 1992-1998.
    • Participated in establishment of Aboriginal Legal Aid Service, Fitzroy, in the 1970s.
    • Honorary Secretary, Australian Performing Group, in the 1970s.
    • Board Member, 3RRR Melbourne, in the 1970s.
    • Barrister, from the 1960s to the early 1970s.
    • Advocate for the full acquittal of Lindy Chamberlain-Creighton and Michael Chamberlain,1980 – 2012


    logo SIRA

    Scotland Island Residents’ Association
    Notice of Annual General Meeting

    Notice is given that the Annual General Meeting
    of the Scotland Island Residents’ Association
    will be held on Sunday, March 2, 2014 at 3PM
    at the Scotland Island Community Hall

    The Ordinary Business of the meeting will be:
    1. To confirm the minutes of the previous Annual General Meeting and of any General Meeting held since that meeting
    2. To receive from the Committee Reports of the Association during the preceding year
    3. To receive and approve the audited Financial Statement submitted by the Association to members
    4. To elect Officer Bearers of the Association and Ordinary Members of the Committee
      (Refer email advice on nominations or contact communications@sira.org.au
      Nominations must be received by 6pm 23rd February, 2014)

    The Special Business of the meeting will be:
    1. Scotland Island Draft Traffic Management Plan – Information Session presented by Paul Davies, Principal Engineer Strategy, Investigations & Design, Pittwater Council
    2. Other Business
    Download PDF Meeting agenda HERE


    Scotland Island General Clear Out - February 3

    General, Whitegoods & Metals


    The total quantity per household should not to exceed 3 cubic metres (3m x 1m x 1m)

    • Asbestos, batteries and household chemicals
    • Building materials – wall linings, gyprock, studs, timber beams, tiles, concrete
    • Car, motor and boat parts, rubber tyres – rims are accepted
    • Food, full gas bottles (open valve), glass including windows, panes, mirrors, panels, shower screens, picture frames, liquid paints, oils, fuel, soil, earth, fill, bricks
    • Recyclable materials – paper and cardboard, soiled wrappings, vegetation, plants
    Unacceptable Items will not be collected – please remove from roadside

    • Appliances such as stoves and fridges – remove doors; frames with glass removed – break glass into newspaper, wrap securely and put in household garbage
    • Paint tins and fuel containers – with the lid off and no liquid
    • Manageable quantities of: delivery pallets, wooden stairs, decking, gates, fencing, guttering, down piping, iron sheets and water tanks – cut down to 1.2 metre lengths and able to be lifted by one person; nails must not stick out – please hammer down; hot water systems – emptied
    • Metals to be kept separate, where possible, to be taken to Kimbriki Recycling & Waste Facility for re-processing and re-use
    Place metals in a separate pile to other general clean up materials

    Download Flyer Here


    Thank You Everyone!!
    I would like thank everyone for their many congratulations and messages of support.   And a big thank you to those who nominated me!  I would also like to acknowledge the efforts of the many community members I have worked alongside over the years, both on the Island and the Western Foreshores, who have been very generous with their time and skills.   I must particularly thank Cass for her invaluable support and encouragement. This award is a great honour and I hope to provide ongoing volunteer services to our wonderful community.
    Bill Gye



    Clean Up Australia Day is here again
    Sunday, March 2, 2014

    SIRAC has registered Scotland Island to participate once again! 

    This event encourages and inspires thousands of Australians to take to their local park, beach, bushland and streets and really help make a difference to their local environment

    If you would like to help out, either by grabbing a bag and filling it, or helping to supervise activities, please email cassgye@spin.net.au to put your name on the list.

    Come down to your nearest Wharf to collect a bag between the hours of 9am and 12.00pm.
    Bring gloves, sunscreen, hat, sensible clothes and footwear – and don’t forget to bring some water too!  Toby and his crew will be out on the Laurel Mae to collect material.

    Here is a link to the Clean Up Australia Day website if you want to know more:

    Mission and vision - Clean Up Australia Day

    2307 Clean Up Sites registered as @ January 31!


    The Great OffShore Shave at Church Point!

    It may come as a shock to some but I am hosting a fundraiser for the “World’s Greatest Shave”, Leukaemia Foundation at Church Point on the Friday 14th March!!

    Knowing friends and their loved ones who have battled a  type of cancer, I wanted to help in some way.
    There will be a BBQ, a raffle and live music...., not to mention the shaving of my head and am inviting anyone to join me, donate or volunteer on the day!

    I have created a Team Name - "Offshore Shave", hoping that our Offshore residents will join me to raise money for Leukaemia Foundation. You can join or donate by going straight to http://my.leukaemiafoundation.org.au/OffshoreShave or the Website http://www.worldsgreatestshave.com/ and typing in: "Offshore shave" or "Amy Roberts".

    I was also thinking if any of the artists could donate a art piece for the raffle on the day as a prize.
    The offshore community are the most giving, supportive group of people I have come across and it will be an amazing afternoon of shaving fun. People have a choice of either shaving their head, legs, chest or even just dying your hair a funky colour. I’m sure we will be very successful.
    The donations are tax deductible and I have a tax receipt I can out to anyone if needed.
    Whoever digs deep should know that the donations will go toward research to find better treatments and cures for leukaemia, lymphoma and myeloma, as well as supporting families when they need it most.
    We are trying to raise $3000 so I hope to hear from you soon.

    What is the best way to notify and ask the community for their support?

    Can you also inform me if there is any other event that may clash with this fundraiser.
    Amy Matilda Roberts

    PO Box 597
    Church Point 2105


    Local Council Notices



    Pittwater Council has scheduled to commence works on:

    Tuesday 28th January 2014 for approximately 2 – 3 weeks

    The works will be carried out on Robertson Road (between No. 30 and 44) and Thompson Street (commencing at No. 73) and will include road reconstruction, installation of water bars and levelling of pot holes.

    Works are likely to take up to 2-3 weeks, between the hours of 7am and 5pm.

    Works to follow will be to install the drainage lintels/pits - as per the Strategic Plan.

    While there will be appropriate traffic control and possible detours in place, Council will endeavour to accommodate emergency vehicles and public transport whenever possible.

    Residents are advised to avoid these areas where possible in case of road closures

    Please note that inclement weather may require deferment of the work.

    If you have any queries, please contact:
    James Phan
    Senior Works Engineer
    Ph:  (02) 9970 1346



    Pittwater Council’s award-winning Coastal Ambassador program will be on again this year during the weekend of 29 to 30 March.

    Pittwater Mayor Jacqui Townsend said the Coastal Ambassadors program was started by the Council’s Coastal Environment Centre in 2005.

    “Every year since then, the program has trained volunteers from surf clubs and other community groups to become ‘ambassadors’ for the local marine environment,” she said.

    Natural Environment & Education Manager Mark Beharrell said surf club members across the northern beaches were invited to come and learn more about their coastal environment.

    “It is a great way to learn about our coastline and how global changes may affect it,” he said.

    “Our hope is that participants will feel motivated to share the conservation message with other members of their club and the wider community.”

    Mr Beharrell said the program was a great way for club members to be a part of ‘creating positive solutions to keeping our coastline clean and beautiful’.

    The Coastal Ambassadors course will be held at the Coastal Environment Centre on Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 March.

    All interested participants must be members of a northern beaches surf lifesaving club or members of a registered community group within Pittwater.

    To complete an expression of interest form. The closing date for applications is Monday 10 March 2014.

    The Coastal Ambassador program is supported by Surf Lifesaving Sydney Northern Beaches.

    For all enquiries please contact David Lowery on 9970 1259 or email david.lowery@pittwater.nsw.gov.au

    Contact: Mark Beharrell
    Phone: 9970 1368


    C o m e   a n d   E n j o y

    D R U   Y O G A

    The Community Hall, Scotland Island

    Tuesdays, 9.00 to 10.30 am
    $ 20 per class, $70 for 4 classes.

    Through graceful sequences of movement, pranayama asanas, relaxation and meditation,
    you can release tension and experience the full joy of life.

    Suitable for all fitness levels and ages.
    Bring a mat, blanket and a bottle of water

    Ring Katya on 0414 187 916


    Zonta Club
    Northern Beaches Annual Pittwater International Women’s Day Breakfast

    Dear Zonta Supporters,

    The Zonta Club of Northern Beaches Annual Pittwater International Women’s Day Breakfast will be held on Tuesday 11th March 2014.  Those of you who have attended in the past know what a great morning it is. This year the breakfast will be held at a new venue – the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club, Mitala St. Newport.  There is adequate parking in the club grounds and the setting is spacious and quite beautiful.

    Our guest speaker will be Lindsay Caine (a short bio is on the flyer).  For those of you who receive a copy of Pittwater Life, there will be an article about Lindsay in the February edition.  There will also be a short article in the Newsletter accompanying the Pittwater Council Rate Notices and on Pittwater Online News.

    Please book early as places are limited and the Breakfast is usually booked out some time before the day - it would be a pity to miss out. The morning runs to time so it will finish by or at 9am – if you need to get to work.

    Please click HERE to open the IWD 2014 flyer.  Details concerning booking and payment are on the flyer.

    I hope you can join us.

    Susie Lough
    Zonta Club of Northern Beaches
    If you wish to unsubscribe from the Zonta mailing list, please send an email to pittwateriwdbreakfast@gmail.com with the word "UNSUBSCRIBE" in the subject and the body of the email with no additional text.



    My Mother, My Father.
    on losing a parent

    edited by Susan Wyndham

    Susan Wyndham collected a series of powerful memoirs from 14 leading Australian authors on the universal experience of losing a parent and the experiences and memories that create the image of our parents. Authors include Tom Keneally, Helen
    Garner, David Marr, Susan Duncan and Susan Wyndham herself.
    Susan Wyndham is a journalist, writer and is currently literary editor of the Sydney Morning Herald. She has also been editor of Good Weekend magazine, New York correspondent
    for The Australian and a deputy editor of the Herald.

    She is the author of Life In His Hands: The True Story of a Neurosurgeon and a Pianist, and has edited and contributed to several other books.

    Date: Thursday 13 Feb. 2014
    Time: 6.30pm
    Venue: Mona Vale Library
    1 Park Street, Mona Vale
    Cost: $8 Adults, $6 Concession - Pensioner and Students (passes must be shown)
    Phone: 9970 1600
    Bookings essential!


    All Roads Led to Shanghai

    by Clio Calodoukas

    A memoir set against the backdrop of China after WW1 as dynasties fall and revolutions erupt. The author had a Greek father and White Russian mother and she relates the excitement of living in Shanghai where each day presented a different spectacle, until the family was forced to depart in a
    hurry, abandoning their possessions as communist forces took control of China.

    Clio Calodoukas was born in 1933 and arrived in Sydney in 1949. Her working career was in administration, including twenty years at Opera Australia, which brought her into contact with many international artists with whom she formed many friendships.

    All Roads Led to Shanghai won a prize in 2013 for nonfiction in the Biennial Book awards, presented by the Society of Women Writers.

    Clio now lives on the northern beaches. several other books.

    Date: Tuesday 25 Feb. 2014
    Time: 6.30pm
    Venue: Mona Vale Library
    1 Park Street, Mona Vale
    Cost: $8 Adults, $6 Concession - Pensioner and Students (passes must be shown)
    Phone: 9970 1600
    Bookings essential!



    Wharf Sale
    Saturday 1st February
    10:00am till 2:00pm

    Jude and Ian James'
    North Elvina Bay

    Ian James


    Looking for 2-3 Br. House to Rent

    Preferably waterfront on SI from late June/ mid-July til late November this year.

    We are renovating and need to move out for a while. Building is meant to start sometime between the 1/7 and 15/7/2014 and the worst should be over by end October, so we are a bit flexible with the dates.

    The house can be furnished, part furnished or even unfurnished, although a washing machine and fridge would be nice.

    We have no pets, are non-smokers and have 2 daughters of which 1 is in Canberra most of the time.

    Please call Andrea on 99995828/ 0414922199.


    House Wanted
    Are you thinking of selling?

    Hello, we are a family of 4 (including 2 very active, lovely boys - 3 and 6 years old) who are very keen to find a special place in the Offshore Community.

    We’ve been looking at properties, and talking to whoever we can for a while now and our preference is for something on the northern side of Scotland Island, but we are open to other options.

    We have pre-approval for finance and are keen to settle on something this year. We can be flexible with settlement date (being early or later this year).

    If you are thinking of selling, please have your preferred real estate agent contact us, or call us direct:
    Ian on 0404 833 674, or email Ian and Robyn at ijrj@tpg.com.au.


    To Let
    Studio/Granny Flat 

    Studio/Granny Flat $225 p.w.
    Suitable for single person only
    Unfurnished altho some basic items available
    Close to Tennis Wharf
    Phone 9999 2258 pm only


    Share Accommodation Wanted

    Professional male looking for share accommodation either on SI or western foreshores.

    References available.

    Please contact Tony on 0433 911 476.


    Private Tutoring

    Do you want to boost your academic grades and confidence?

    Private tutoring could really help you get ahead!

    I am an accredited English Tutor as well as a student currently in my third year of a Bachelor of Psychology and Bachelor of Health Studies.

    I offer tutoring services in the following areas:
    • Primary, secondary and HSC English (up to ext 1)
    • Secondary and HSC Biology
    • IB Psychology/1st year Uni Psychology (esp. competent with Biopsychology)
    • General help planning, constructing and writing persuasive and well argued essays, as well as scientific reports and general assignment help
    Hourly Rate: $60 p.h., $100 for 2 hrs

    We can arrange to meet at either the library, my house or yours

    Interested or have any questions? Contact Sophie Peet at:
    sophie.peet@students.mq.edu.au or send a text/ call 0435 269 877


    FREE Baby items!

    Standard cot
    Change table
    Ergo (sport edition)

    Please call- Betsi 0466 540 987


    For Saleoven

    S/S Double Oven for Sale

    A$ 150 ONO

    Come and check it out at 53 ROBERTSON RD/ SCOTLAND ISLAND
    It is fully functioning and in good overall condition.

    ANDREA ON 99995828/ 0414922199


    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 Tim Byrne on 0416 003 205
    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
    Art with Max - Watercolour classes. Phone Max on 9997 4527
    Art Classes- drawing and painting in oils, acrylics and mixed media- Marion 0431 457 431
    @ Nathalie's Table - Cooking Classes  - Nathalie - 9999 4449
    Dru Yoga - Tuesday 9.00 to 10.30 Tuesday morning - Phone Katya on 0414 187 916
    Dynamic Yoga  - Tuesday PM. & Saturday AM. Phone nadine 0402 752465 nadineomara@gmail.com

    Gurdjieff / The Fourth 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 Service  9999 4404
    Elvina Bay Rural Fire Service
    9997 3795
    Lovett Bay Rural Fire Service
    9979 1612
    Mackerl Beach Rural Fire Service
    9974 1162
    Headquarters Terrey Hills
    9450 3000
    NSW Fire Service General Information 9265 2999 9265 2999
    Rural Fire Service General information 9450 3000
    State Emergency Service, Warringah/Pittwater SES 13 25 00 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

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

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