Elvina Bay Fire Shed Dinner
Island Fire Shed Dinner
Bill Gye Radio Interview
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Co-Op Club -
Island Player -
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Local Contact Guide
Update on Harold
Reserve – Carols
Pedestrian access to Harold Reserve and Carols Wharf, is by a path and
stairs from the road way. An unmade pathway through the reserve was
created some time ago and over time, with additional use by quad bikes
and motorbikes, has become severely eroded.
Pittwater Council, who has care and control of Harold Reserve, deemed
this incompatible with the management and preservation of the area, as
well as a risk to public safety, and reinstated the post and rail fence
alongside the stairs closing access through the reserve. A section of
this fence was recently vandalised on two separate occasions and
Council apparently reported both incidents to the Police.
The core issue appears to be that the “staircase only” access
arrangement makes it harder for people with shopping trolleys and
similar wheeled hand carts to go between the road way and Carols Wharf
- unlike Bells Wharf stairs which have a paved “step free” path running
beside the stairs.
Construction of a similar pathway at Harold Reserve Carols Wharf beside
the stairs to allow for easier access has been costed at approximately
$35,000 and not within budget resources for this financial year. In
addition, this project would need to be established within the context
of an overall management plan for the area.
Such a plan is being developed for Cargo Wharf–Leahvera Reserve
following a Community Forum held by a “Cargo Wharf Users Group” in
September 2013. It now guides improvement priorities, volunteer
initiative and seeks Council support to manage the area.
The formation of a “Carols Wharf Users Group” would seem to be a more
creative and collaborative approach to solving the access issue rather
than continued vandalism.
SIRA's Parks and Reserves Subcommittee would be happy to facilitate
such a process.
Tim Turpin (Chair SIRA Parks and Reserves, Wharves and Marine
MORE NEWS ON THE SCOTLAND ISLAND COMMUNITY WEBSITE
Bay Fire Shed Dinner
Saturday 4th October from 6:30
Tick Season for People and Pets
As the weather warms up it’s important to be ‘Tick Aware’ as the
potentially deadly Paralysis Tick, also known as the Scrub Tick, Bush
Tick or Shell-back, thrives as the humidity rises.
These ticks are unique to Australia’s east coast and the toxin from
their saliva can cause various allergic reactions, infections, diseases
and possible respiratory failure and death in both humans and pets.
Pittwater’s environment is a magnet for Paralysis ticks which are most
commonly found in humid bushland, backyards and in undergrowth.
To keep you free of ticks this season, there are many ways to reduce
the risk of tick bites:
Removing a tick if you are bitten:
- Wear light coloured clothing to improve visibility of
ticks, long sleeves, long pants tucked in socks when in tick areas
- Wear a tick specific insect repellent (check the
label for suitability for use on children)
- Avoid brushing against vegetation
- Get in to the habit of checking yourself, your
children and your pets thoroughly after being outside. Pay particular
attention to behind the ears, the scalp, groin, armpits and backs of
knees in people, and the hidden spots in pets such as ears, around
lips, eye lids and between toes.
For dogs and cats, ticks are particularly dangerous. Symptoms included
vomiting, wobbliness in the back legs, loss of appetite, difficulty
breathing and a change in the animal's bark or meow.
- Kill the tick where it is, by either spraying it with
a pyrethroid aerosol, dab it with a permethrin cream or spray it with
an ether containing spray to freeze it
- Do not attempt to kill it with methylated spirits,
nail polish remover or petroleum jelly, and do not attempt to remove
the tick by using household tweezers – this aggravates the tick and it
injects more saliva containing toxins
- Wait for the tick to drop off or remove it without
In recent years there have been major advances in the availability of
animal based tick preventative products, from spot-on treatments and
chemical collars to oral medications. However these measures are not
100 per cent effective.
Professor Peter Irwin, an expert in tick-borne diseases at Murdoch
University, has recently conducted two studies in Pittwater - one using
molecular techniques on ticks removed from people (by doctors at the
Mona Vale Hospital), wildlife and a few pets, and the second study was
using dogs as sentinels for human infection.
Professor Irwin stated that evidence of many people becoming
unwell after tick bite in the region, leads us to hypothesise that this
is caused either by other (as yet unidentified) infectious agents
(bacteria, viruses or protozoa) that are transmitted by the ticks, or
that there are other (non-infectious) chemicals/molecules in the ticks’
saliva/venom that cause illness.
Reference to Dr Irwin’s Tick research can be found at: HERE
For more information check the listed websites or seek medical or
veterinary assistance if concerned.
Tick Fact Sheet
Natural Baby Care, Easier Than You Think
Discover the best ‘green’ products for your baby at the Natural Baby
Care Workshop on Tuesday 11 November.
Calling all parents! If you have a little one and you’re interested in
exploring ‘green’ options for baby products, then you’ll benefit
greatly from Pittwater Council’s free Natural Baby Care Workshop.
The workshop is designed to give parents a chance to take a look at
‘green’ options for nappies, including:
Environmental Education Officer, Ms Emma Mackay said the workshop is
not limited to nappies.
- Which brands work best
- How to wash and care for nappies
- Where to buy the nappies in your local area.
“Our workshop facilitator, Rebecca Jones will also look at ethical
clothing choices, how to host a toy swap and green cleaning tips for
“It’s a great way to meet other like-minded parents and there’ll
also be the opportunity to exchange recipes for delicious home-made
Ms Mackay encouraged new and expecting parents to take advantage
of this timely environmental workshop.
Tuesday 11 November 10 - 11.30am
Pittwater Rugby Park, 1472 Pittwater Rd, Warriewood.
Bookings: 9970 1194 or email@example.com
Pittwater Council says more big changes to 10/50 needed
Pittwater Council is pleased with immediate changes to the 10/50
Vegetation Clearing Entitlement - a reduction in the buffer zones
around bush fire prone land as well as the option for Councils to
reclassify small parcels of land - however stands firmly that more
amendments are urgently needed.
Mayor for Pittwater, Jacqueline Townsend said the Rural Fire Services’
(RFS) announcement is “a step in the right direction”, however remains
seriously concerned of an imbalance between genuine bushfire risk and
protection of our natural environment.
“There’s no doubt, the changes to the 10/50 entitlement area are an
improvement on the code, but there is still so much more that needs to
be done, including a comprehensive review,” says Cr Townsend.
Today’s announcements bring modest improvements for Pittwater.
Pittwater Council believes the 350 metre buffer distance for Category 1
land should return to 100 metres in metropolitan council areas, as it
was under legislation prior to the introduction of the 10/50 Code.
“The bushfire management legislation is a state-wide blanket approach
with quite devastating local side effects,” said Cr Townsend.
Several mature trees that have clearly not posed bushfire risk have
been removed here in Pittwater since the legislation came into effect.
“For Pittwater, the potential tree and bushland loss is huge and the
impact devastating on flora and fauna habitats.
“Pittwater needs to get the new buffer areas mapped and review the
category 1 properties, and we need to do this now.
“Recent examples of tree removals under the 10/50, here in Pittwater,
have clearly highlighted the need for urgent intervention, there’s no
time to waste,” Cr Townsend added.
This October, Council will meet with RFS officers and together will
conduct a review of land categories as well as thoroughly consider
feedback from the community.
At the time the 10/50 legislation came into practice, Pittwater Council
wrote to the State Government seeking an urgent review of the Code and
provided a series of recommended amendments based on reasonable and
scientific evidence and the need for an additional mapping.
Pittwater Council requests community members resist clearing trees
without inspection by RFS. Contact the RFS on 94503000 to arrange an
inspection. For all other tree related enquiries call Council on 9970
Contact: Matt Hansen
Phone: 9970 1178
Island Winter Fire Shed Dinner
Last one for the year !
Saturday October 11th
from 7.00 pm
Bill Gye Radio Interview..
On the day of the announcement of the results of the Scotland
referendum on independence, SIRA’s president Bill Gye received a phone
call from ABC Tasmania wanting to know if there is appetite for
independence on our Island too. Bill does a good job describing Island
life until he get quizzed about a guy who caught a shark with a broom….
HERE TO LISTEN TO THE INTERVIEW
Floating Landcare Gets Results!……
October Scotland Island is going to be the destination once again for a
visit from amazing Floating Landcare volunteers from around Sydney.
Catherine Park, Scotland Island , Friday October 17th,
9am – 1pm
(or whatever time you can give..)
To register, email: firstname.lastname@example.org or ph: 02 4725 3055 or 0405 330 781
We’re here for you!
Early opening hours from 9am to 10am for HSC students commencing
Tuesday 7 October to Wednesday 5 November 2014 (Weekdays only)
Join us for free pizza and an evening of study Thursday 6pm - 9pm
- 9 October
- 16 October
- 23 October
Call 9970 1600
Greetings Wine Lovers,
Largest Selling Wine Syndicate
Sunday October 19th, 3 - 5pm.
The BIGGEST wine tasting of the year approaches with some remarkable
wines including my favourite bubbly - just in time for the holiday
season and summer BBQ's and birthdays and any old thing really.
This time it is in Elvina Bay, perhaps the finest address offshore
(ahem). A guaranteed sunny afternoon on Sunday 19th October 2014 from
As this tasting is on the Western Shores of Pittwater, this is a grand
opportunity for those of you on the island (we are talking Scotland
here) who have friends in the Western suburbs of Pittwater to invite
them to participate. As the salesman once said 'No one asked to buy'
and we really mean it.
DATE: October 19th 2014
WHAT TO BRING:
Yourself, neighbours, friends AND a tasting glass AND a plate of food
for us to share.
WHERE: At the
modest home of Paul Purvis, third jetty in on the southern side of
Elvina Bay, in Paul's boatshed. It will be thge jetty with the flags
and bunting. Plenty of room for your tinny.
Proudly Presents October Bookings
Church Point Cafe
play between 3-6pm
Oct 5: Matt Trapnell & The Sly Dogs:
Matt Trapnell & The Sly Dogs return to the Co-Op Club. They are our
beloved house band and the word is spreading about this very cool
outfit with their brand of dirty blues & funky grooves. Come on
Oct 12: Toni Swain:
Toni Swain is a singer and musician that few performers can match in
Australia. You will know what that means when she joins us at the Co-Op
Club this month. Her sets are built around solid rhythms that rollick
and sway while her songs shine a distinctive spotlight on everyday
...”Soul, R&B, jazz
singers, all strain for that money shot, the clear, clarion note that
graces a song, that gives it that final, killer touch. Toni Swain
delivers that all the way through every song when she performs. Her
voice and bearing are those of an old fashioned chanteuse of the
highest order..." (Mick Daley, The Re-Mains)
Oct 19: Cyndi Boste & band:
Her music is soulful roots, rock & country at it’s best, via
California and Austin Texas with a unique Australian voice. Like all
great artists, the black coal of life fuelled the crucible of creation
and produced her latest album ‘Nowadays’ creating not just songs but
gems.. Cyndi will present some of these gems from her latest album and
Boste’s voice has lived,
though it never sounds worn away, and she tells a story with the feel
of a village elder. That is, with conviction and with ease. -
Bernard Zuel – SMH
Oct 26: The Acca
The Acca Daiquiris are an established Sydney-based jazz quartet (piano,
bass, drums and saxophone/vocals) specialising in hip and original
arrangements of some of the great pop and rock songs of the past half
century, giving them a swinging and refreshingly contemporary sound.
The repertoire includes swing versions of ‘Wild Thing, ‘Am I Ever Gonna
See Your Face Again’, ‘Stairway to Heaven’ & Latin versions of
‘Long Way to the Top’, ‘Smoke on the Water’ & ‘Sunshine of your
November 7th, 8th, 14th
Island Choir for 8-18 year
Starting Thursday 9th
Call Barbara 0400 377 056
Call David 0406 180 078
Seeking Rental Property
Lost on Tennis Wharf
Lost at Tennis wharf - child's red and yellow lifejacket was left on
the wharf last Sunday. It has Allen Kirby written on it. If anyone has
picked it up I would be grateful if you could contact me.
Jane Kirby 0414978793
Items Looking for new home
"We are moving off the island for a while during the construction of a
new house and have a few things that we would be happy to see go to a
Firstly, a Heatcharm slow combustion wood heater. In generally very
good condition for a used stove, with 3-speed fan forced air
circulation and a side-hinged glass door. Works like a charm (sorry)
and when properly loaded will keep going all night (sorry again).
Secondly, a King Furniture Delta modular sofa with a navy blue material
covering. This is a five piece unit that can be a converted into a very
comfortable double bed and is in very good condition with no stains or
Both items are available for immediate collection and all we're hoping
is that whoever takes them will make a donation to either the SI Rural
Fire Service or the Broken Bay Marine Rescue Base in lieu of purchasing
them - we all need these two fine institutions!
Please call Tony (0419-242723) or Prue (0419-163019) for details or to
House for Rent
Lovely, three bedroom fully furnished house.
The house has a large open plan living area downstairs with modern
kitchen, second bathroom and laundry, and opens out onto a generous
deck with lovely water views and stunning sunsets.
Three bedrooms upstairs, two with queen beds and one with a set of
Walk in wardrobe in the master bedroom.
New modern bathroom.
Situated in Pittwater, Scotland Island is 3 minutes from Church Point,
5 minutes from Mona Vale and the Northern Beaches, and only 1 hour from
the Sydney CBD.
The house is a 30 second walk to the water and is situated directly
above the main wharf. Regular ferries and water taxis go from
Church Point to the island, which takes 3-4 minutes.
This is an ideal home for a couple/family looking for a relaxed
Northern Beaches lifestyle. The neighbours are very friendly and
the island has a wonderful community atmosphere with many activities.
Wifi and Foxtel are available.
Available second week in
December. Six month lease.
Mobile: Michael: +61405797378
Mobile: Heather: +61 410502263
E-Mail: email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org
Home Therapy Spa
Simply sensational in your bathtub: $250
Call Gina: 0417 672 228
Tinny with motor
I have recently moved to Elvina Bay and on the look out for a tinny
Please contact Amanda
0406 654 466
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Island Rural Fire Brigade - 9999 4404
Pittwater Rural Fire Brigade - 9997-3795
Island Residents Association
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here for details
Association (WPCA) - http://www.wpca.org.au
Island Emergency Water
on website inc.:
- General Information, Map & Contacts
- Emergency Water
Guidelines July 2014
- Agreement For Sale Of
Water Updated 2013
- SIRA Membership
Island Children's Centre - (SIOCS - Scotland Island
& Offshore Children's Services)
Catherine Park (Long Day Care Service) 7.30am - 5.30pm (Tues,
Weds, Thurs & Friday)
Other services include: School Holiday Programme / Facility &
For information call 02 9979 7856
or email: email@example.com
Island Community Hall
|Tick Fact Sheet
Services, Clubs &
Dance, Art etc)
Meditation and Group Fitness with Patrice - 0406
483 036 firstname.lastname@example.org
and painting in oils, acrylics and mixed media- Marion 0431 457 431
Nathalie's Table - Cooking Classes - Nathalie - 9999 4449
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 email@example.com
|Tai Chi & Qi Gong classes –
Friday 10-11 am. Chris 0416221040 or firstname.lastname@example.org
/ The Fourth Way - Call John on 9979 5584, Marion on 9979
3993 or Anne on 9999 3478
Group For Catherine Park - Run by SIOCS - Emmie Collins
on 0405 330 781
- Women on Water
- meets 4 times a year - Jenny Frazer 0410533728 / 99994460.
& Kids Groups Playgroup - Run by SIOCS
- email Emma email@example.com
- contact Bob or Kez on 9999 4092
Park Bush Care Group,
2nd Sunday @ 9.30am, Sharon Kinnison @ 9997 6017
Park Bush Care Group,
1st Saturday @ 9 am, Bob Bolton @ 9999 4092
Thinking Group - Roy
Baker, 9999 6891, firstname.lastname@example.org
a capella choir
– Saturdays at 2:30 pm, SI Community Hall. Call CB on
Buses and Railways
Moon phases, Sun rise & set
weather for Sydney (128k circle)
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Assistance Line & Information
1444 or 9281 0000
Bay Water Police
7899 or 0412 162 093
Bay - Weekend
9999 3554 -
(02) 8411 1121
Bay - VHF Radio channel
Radio Channel: VHF 16
27MHz Radio Channel: 86 or 88
Island Rural Fire Service
|Elvina Bay Rural
|Lovett Bay Rural
|Mackerl Beach Rural
Fire Service General Information 9265 2999
Fire Service General information
Emergency Service, Warringah/Pittwater SES
25 00 9486
Parks & Wildlife Service: 000, general information
of Community Services: general information
388, (ah) 131 909
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