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Scotland Island - Western Shores - Mackeral Beach
December 7, 2011
Newsletter for Offshore Residents of Pittwater, Australia

Gone Fishing Gallery - Market Fair
Saturday 10 December & Sunday 11 December


Be early, beat the crowds and get some fantastic bargains in time for Christmas.
The venue couldn’t be more perfect, set in the old Pasadena Building on Pittwater, opening onto huge deck and lawn which runs down to the water’s edge.
You can:
  • Picnic on the lawn.
  • Listen to music.
  • BYOD (bring your own dog) – dogs on leashes are welcome and can be walked along the water.
  • Find arts and crafts at sale prices.
  • Get refreshments, wine, beer, and coffee at the adjacent café.
  • Established artists selling small works - great Christmas gifts. And a chance to meet some of the local artists selling their works, photography, sculpture, paintings, jewellery and ceramics – all at real bargain prices.
  • Browse through our market fair - priced for Christmas.....never has Christmas shopping been so enjoyable. 
  • You can lay-by and we accept Visa and MasterCard.
  • Catch a ferry round Scotland Island and the Bays and see our beautiful Pittwater.

If you have any queries, either visit our website, www.gonefishinggallery.com.au
or email us on info@gonefishinggallery.com.au
or call our director, Paul Smith, on 0404103601.

Local Council Notices

Pittwater Council has voted to tender out the design and construction of the first stage of a new wharf at Church Point.

Following an expression of interest process earlier this year, five companies will be invited to tender for the design and construction of a new wharf capable of allowing up to 90 small boats to tie up. Currently the wharf can only take 48 boats.

Mayor Harvey Rose said the first stage of the redeveloped wharf would focus on providing adequate tie-up facilities for commuter craft belonging to offshore residents.

“We have over 2000 residents living offshore who depend on small boats to get to and from work and their homes,” Mayor Rose said.

General Manager Mark Ferguson said the five companies invited to tender are Pacific Pontoon & Pier; Atlas Marine International; Sydney Marina Contracting, Bellingham Marine and BFS Group. The winning tender will be chosen early next year, with construction expected to start by mid 2012.

Mr Ferguson said the new tie-up facilities would allow boats to be moored to floating pontoons, extending the existing wharf and providing a cost-effective and flexible facility.

He said offshore residents had been consulted over a number of months on the design and how the project would be funded.

“This first stage of the new wharf will be funded by two state and federal grants and the Council’s sinking fund for Church Point improvements.”

“The remainder of the costs will be met by offshore residents through a levy that will come into effect once the wharf is completed.”

Mr Ferguson said the new wharf was part of an overall masterplan for the Church Point Reserve area, aimed at providing improved facilities for both mainland and offshore residents.

Pittwater and Warringah Councils will be joining forces over the Christmas and New Year holiday period with a drink drive campaign known as R U Over It?

The campaign focuses on thinking about the day after a ‘big night out’ and the possibility that you may still be over the limit.

Pittwater Council’s Road Safety Officer Michelle Carter said that the community needs to be reminded that alcohol can stay in your system for a surprisingly long time, even after sleeping, having breakfast and a shower!

“To help promote the R U Over It? message, pubs and clubs and other venues will be issued with free resources such as poster, coasters and brochures, “ said Ms Carter.

“And to reinforce the drink drive message, bottle shops will be issued with paper bags with the random breath test message You Won’t Know Where….You Won’t Know When”.

During the lead-up to Christmas and throughout January the Northern Beaches Highway Patrol will also ramp up their presence on local roads with a campaign known as Operation Burgundy.

Senior Sergeant Rick Janssen from the Northern Beaches Highway Patrol said they will be targeting drinkers who get behind the wheel of a car with random breath testing.

“What is of particular concern to us is that the northern beaches was ranked number one last year in the Sydney Metro area for drink drive charges,“ said Sgt Janssen.

Warringah Road Safety Officer Peter Wright also wished to remind residents that if they are going out and are drinking alcohol that they plan in advance how they are going to get home. We urge you to leave your car at home,” said Mr Wright.

To help you plan your night out, you can pick up a Pittwater and Warringah Late Night Transport Card which provides details of local venues with shuttle services, taxi information and local evening bus timetables. The transport card is available at Council’s customer service offices or at www.pittwater.nsw.gov.au/localservices or

The R U Over It? campaign will begin on 12 December and will run until the end of January.

Michelle Carter,
Peter Wright,
Pittwater Council Ph: 9970 1196
Warringah Council: 9942 2447

Children from 5 to 12 years of age are invited to free holiday craft sessions at Mona Vale library this January.

The free drop-in craft sessions will run from 11am until 1pm on weekdays from Tuesday 3 January to Friday 27 January, with the exception of Australia Day.

Library Manager Cathy Howie said there would be a wide range of activities to suit both boys and girls between the ages of 5 and 12.

“Kids will have the opportunity to make paper aeroplanes, a chance to create their very own jewellery or treasure box, along with bracelet beading and paper doll craft.

“Making a tote bag, creating something unique with paddle pop sticks and using stenciling techniques are also on offer.

“Each day there’ll be a different craft activity so your child will find something creative and interesting,” added Mrs Howie.

To complement the craft sessions the library has a range of craft books available for loan that will keep little hands busy at home over the holidays too.

A detailed list of the children’s craft activities on offer will be available from Mona Vale Library early in January. All craft sessions are free and bookings are not required.

For more information call 9970 1600. Mona Vale library is located at 1 Park Street, Mona Vale.

Heather Thompson, Mona Vale Library Ph: 9970 1614

Pittwater Council’s Coastal Environment Centre (CEC) has announced the release of its sensational summer holiday program for kids, with new extended hours from 9am to 4pm.

Kids on the Coast offers healthy and fun outdoor activities for 5 to 12 year olds from Monday 9 January to Friday 20 January.

The Council decided to extend the hours of the program to ensure children with working parents do not miss out.

“There are many new highlights including stand-up paddle boarding, a boardwalk birding adventure and how to become an eco-ranger,” said the Council’s Natural Environment & Education Manager Mark Beharrell.

For children aged eight years and over there is a chance to grab your camera and join a photographic adventure, plus the ever-popular ‘Fishing Clinic’ run in partnership with the NSW Department of Primary Industries.

Mr 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).

Working parents who require extended care for their children can also take advantage of a 9am to 10am session and/or a 3pm to 4pm session. These sessions are an additional $10 each.

The Fishing Clinic offers giveaways including a rod, reel, tackle box, hat and bag for the cost of $40.

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 call 1300 000 CEC (232). For further inquiries
please call Bianca Springford on 9970 1313 or email bianca_springford@pittwater.nsw.gov.au

Bianca Springford, Coastal Environment Centre Ph: 9970 1313

Members of the public will have the opportunity to purchase dinghies and other watercraft at the Pittwater Council’s Watercraft Sale by tender on Saturday 10 December.

The dinghies, which have been removed from the foreshore by Pittwater Council, are currently unclaimed and can be viewed on the day between 8.30am and 10am at Pittwater Council’s Depot at 1 Boondah Road Warriewood.

The Council’s Reserves & Recreation Manager Les Munn said the Council went to considerable lengths in an effort to trace the owners of these boats.

“If no-one claims them we retain them for a further month before offering them for sale,” he said.

Mr Munn said that under the NSW Impounding Act, the Council could offer impounded water craft for sale if they were unclaimed.

“Members of the community wishing to keep a small boat or kayak near the water have a number of storage options.

“For a small annual fee there are 13 storage facility locations located throughout Avalon, Bayview, Church Point, Newport and Palm Beach. Details of these locations can be found on our website: www.pittwater.nsw.gov.au/dinghy_storage,” added Mr Munn.

The watercraft sale takes place on Saturday 10 December from 8.30am until 10am, by which time sealed bids (in even dollar amounts) must be placed in the specially marked box. Bids will be announced from 10.30am and the highest offer will be accepted.

Payment is required on the day and can be made by way of cash, cheque or credit card, please note that Visa and Mastercard attract a 1% surcharge.

Items purchased must be taken away by 12 noon on the day.

For enquiries about storage facilities or the sale contact Tanya Carmont on 9970 1353 during business hours.

Les Munn, Pittwater Council Ph: 9970 1354

Old Tennis Wharf 
The remains of the old, demolished Tennis Wharf pontoon are collected in the bay by the mangrove at Tennis Wharf and consist of items that residents may find useful in a variety of ways around the house.
1.  15mm gal rod, 2400 long.  This can be cut up into short length to retain garden steps.
2.  150x50x about 4000mm hardwood.  Great for retaining walls.  Already some has gone to build a table.
3.  1metre lengths of softwood.  Very weathered.  Picture frames?
4.  Lots of gal angle iron.  Great for bracing etc.
5.  16 yellow floats (we had 21 but 5 have already gone) (see photo).
     many uses:  The best can be used for garden water tanks,  grey water tanks or water proof outdoor storage containers.  They can be used as raised garden beds or turned on their sides to store kindling.  The  tops can be used for seedling trays. 
If people want any of these Paul Kinnison can help them load them on to the Community Vehicle.  Anyone removing the tanks should come with gloves and a scraper to remove oysters (won’t take long at all).
Enquiries: Paul Kinnison 9997 6017

Dinghy floating between Scotland Island and Church Point on Thursday 1st December around midday. Please call Philip on 0411 882064

For Sale
Tabletennis table
Table Tennis table with net, balls and bats for sale on Scotland Island – less than one year old.
Price $80
Please call Gary on 0410 314 567

Laser 1 in good condition with unregistered trailer.
Call Belinda on  0412 616 304

Free Cots
I have 2 cots going begging, free to good homes.  Both cots are timber and in relatively good condition although new mattresses may be necessary.  One of them is the official Scotland Island Cot and has a history of many an island baby over the past 30 or more years.  This cot goes with the sentimental condition that it never leaves the island and gets passed on to other island babies over the years to come.
Please give me a call on 0415 058 922 if you are interested.

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