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Scotland Island - Western Shores - Mackeral Beach
July 1, 2010
Newsletter for Offshore Residents of Pittwater, Australia - Volume 11, Issue 493


A very special member of our community has being doing it real tough over the last couple of years. Most of you will know Trudi and remember the huge contribution she made, over the many years, to this  community.

Since moving off the island things have not gone well for her, however a number of great friends continue to support her. They would very much like some assistance, or contributions to help support Trudi and make her days more comfortable.   If you would like to help out, or contribute something, give them a call and seeing what you can do to help. Contact details are in the notice below.

SIRA membership renewals fall due again at the beginning of July, as does your water agreement. The new forms can be downloaded from this newsletter - see the links at the end of the newsletter in the Local Guide section. Remember you have to have up-to-date SIRA membership and a current signed water agreement to be able to book water.

It will be of interest to all city bound bus travelers and those needing to catch E buses that Church Point Post Office now sells Mybus 3 travel ten for $34.40 or singles for $4.30.


  • Gwyn's Calendar
  • Trudi Engler
  • Offshore Wine Syndicate 
  • 200 Years Festival
  • Island Cafe Reminder
  • Local Council Notices
  • Church Point Ferry Service Survey
  • Placemarkers Exhibition
  • Pittwater YHA Bush Regeneration
  • Kindy Newsletter
  • Dry July
  • Waste Calendars
  • You Asked
  • For Sale
  • The Local Guide
  • Join SIRA
  • Archived Newsletters
  • Your subscription Information

  • Gwyn's April 2010 Calendar 

    To download a full version (A4 size) of this months calendar, ready for printing,  just click on the calendar image.

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

    The file is quite large and in PDF format. To view PDF documents you will need the Adobe Acrobat Reader installed on your computer.
    To download Acrobat Reader please click here
    July Calendar

    Trudi Engler

    Trudi Engler was a great contributor to the Island community over many years and generations of children benefited from her ballet classes.  She is now becoming quite frail – but still bright and delighted to see anyone from the island.
    Since leaving the island, she continues to live in the back of a burnt out house without electricity and heating.   Now another winter has descended and the days are short and the nights very cold.  Trudi is eligible to receive up to 63 days of temporary care in a Low Care (Hostel) each year.  She enjoys going into a care facility and has done this in the past for short periods to recuperate.
    Thérèse O’Neil and Margaret Sullivan of Waterford Partners Real Estate, have kindly donated $1,000 to be used for Trudi’s care.  Currently the cost of a days accommodation in a Low Care Facility is $38.65 pd – that’s almost 26 nights – warmth, comfort, meals, companionship, activities and care.  We will try to get care in a facility where German is spoken.
    We are trying to book blocks of 2 weeks during the Winter, as well as purchasing items to improve her comfort in the home during the much delayed rebuilding.
    If you can drop in and take Trudi out for a coffee, or drop in a casserole, or contribute something for her care, please contact John, Fiona or Marion.
    John Saunders  or Fiona Deegan           Marion van der Driesschen
    0433 066 000                                         0431 457 431
    9999 4501                                             9979 3993
    jsaunders@pobox.com                       marionvdd@yahoo.com

    Pittwater Offshore Wine Syndicate

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    Dear Wine Lover!

    We are all excited about the next Wine Tasting for our little group, due on SUNDAY, July 4th 2010 @ 3pm

    Where: At the marvelous waterfront home of George Gaal and Deryn Vokins! You know the house - now called 'The Boathouse'  - fifth jetty west of Bell Wharf

    Tasting notes and pricing available here.

    You can invite your neighbours by suggesting they visit www.wine.hostcell.net where they can sign up to receive our quarterly 'notice of tasting'

    If you want further information, you could ring:

        * George Gaal    9979 9141
        * Alan Gaines     9979 2070
        * Julian Muir      9999 4449
        * Paul Purvis      9979 9667
        * Greg Roberts   9979 5228


    200 YEARS FESTIVALflyer
    September 11th & 12th, 2010

    For 7 to 100 year olds!

    We will be making the elements of the FESTIVAL SUNSET PARADE that will Tell a Tale from our local history......
    Scotland Island Community Hall, Catherine Park

    9.30 -3.30 -Tues. 13th, Wed. 14th, Thurs. 15th July

    $ 50/day - $85/2 days - $120/3 days
    (family concessions available)
    Little ones welcome with a parent.....


    Emmie Collins: 9997 7506/ 0405 330 781
    Click image to load the Flyer


    Island Cafe Reminder
    Dear Weather Watchers,

    It’s turned really chilly, hasn’t it?   We will ensure that the tables at the cafe are out in the sun this week.  Willy Weather has promised me a fine day on Sunday.  Cakes on the list, so far – ‘something chocolately’ and an apple pie.

    Just to warn you all, last week, there was quite a crowd – at one point, it was standing room only.  I mean, ok, we put out another table and all was well, but you never know – you could be standing waiting for a spot for whole minutes at a time.  Come down early to secure your table!  Reservations taken (0404 867 768).

    Let’s just remind ourselves of some basics:

    1. The cafe runs 10am to 12pm – it’s fine to turn up at 11:56, but you will have people standing next to you, ready to tear the cup out of your hand the moment you are finished.

    2. Bring your own cup!  50ct off the price of a coffee. See point 1.

    3. We are in Catherine Park, by the kindy – and btw, we’re just physically proximate to the kindy, we are not the Kindy Cafe

    4. The Island Cafe runs every week, unless it is really rubbish weather.  (Not that there’s anything wrong with the Kindy.)

    5. We’re child friendly – up to a point.  Basically, grown ups drink more coffee, so we like them.  Of course, kids eat more cake, so we like them, too (including the Kindy ones).

    6. There are often one or two stalls also in evidence, selling anything from secondhand books to handmade felt hats.

    7. There is no point 7.

    I think that about covers it.  See you Sunday.
    The Cafe Chicks


    Local Council Notices
    Help Attack Pittwater's Worst Weed
    Pittwater Council is inviting members of the local community to help remove Pittwater’s worst weed, the noxious Asparagus Fern, at Plateau Park, Bilgola Plateau on Saturday 3 July between 8.30am and 2pm.

    Natural Environment & Education Manager Mark Beharrell said the event gives the community an opportunity to help conserve their local environment.

    “This event provides residents the chance to pitch in and help control this weed, which is invading one of our most interesting bushland reserves,” he said.

    “Plateau Park is the only remaining ‘Duffys Forest’ Endangered Ecological Community, containing the iconic Waratah, which is rare to the Pittwater area.”

    “The Park also contains bandicoots, possums, micro bats and offers an ideal habitat for the threatened Squirrel Glider and Feather Tail Glider.”

    The reserve also forms a significant wildlife corridor linking vegetation on the Newport and Bilgola escarpment to bushland on the Pittwater foreshore.

    Mr Beharrell said that eradicating Asparagus Fern from the reserve will allow the native plants in the reserve to regenerate.

    The Council is being assisted in its campaign against Asparagus Fern by the Pittwater Natural Heritage Association (PNHA), DATS Environmental Services and Bilgola Public School.

    Participants able to give up some time on the day should meet at the park entrance on Plateau Road, near Bilgola Plateau Public School and wear gloves, long trousers, sleeves and covered footwear.

    Bookings are required for this event which includes a gourmet morning tea and lunch. To book in phone 9970 1367.

    Media contact:     Ben Coddington   Ph: 9970 1367

    Learn about Aboriginal Heritage in the Guringai Area
    Pittwater residents are invited to find out more about Aboriginal heritage in the Guringai
    area on Monday 12 July at 7.30pm.

    The free event hosted by the Aboriginal Support Group – Manly Warringah Pittwater forms part of the Guringai Festival and will be held at the Mona Vale Memorial Hall.

    Speakers include Aboriginal Heritage Officer David Watts and his staff who will discuss the role of the Aboriginal Heritage Office (AHO) within the eight Guringai Northern Sydney Councils area.

    There are more than 1000 sites of Aboriginal culture and heritage in the areas of North Sydney, Lane Cove, Willoughby, Manly, Warringah, Kur-ring-gai, Pittwater and Ryde.

    The presentation will explain how the Guringai people, who once occupied this area, left important evidence of their past and way of life before colonisation.

    According to the AHO, Aboriginal sites are under threat every day from development, vandalism and natural erosion and once they are destroyed they are lost forever.

    The AHO is a joint initiative of the Northern Sydney Councils with a primary goal to protect Aboriginal Heritage in the region.

    Part of the Office’s work is to monitor Aboriginal sites on a day-to-day basis with long term plans developed to ensure their preservation and protection.

    For enquiries about this event call Lizzie Landers Aboriginal Support Group – Manly, Warringah, Pittwater on 9918 2594. Mona Vale Memorial Hall is located at 1606 Pittwater Road, Mona Vale (next to Mona Vale Library).

    The Guringai Festival runs until 11 July across the Northern Sydney region. To download a copy of the 2010 Guringai Festival program visit www.guringaifestival.com.au

    Media contacts:
    Lizzie Landers, ASG Manly Warringah Pittwater ph: Ph: 9918 2594.
    Community Relations, Pittwater Council Ph: 9970 1172
    29 June 2010


    Have your Say!logo
    Church Point Ferry Service Survey
    • Do you want an extra ferry at 6 am but have never dared ask one of the drivers?
    • Would you like to catch a ferry to Newport?
    • Have you ever thought, if only the ferries ran later by half an hour……
    Please let us know.
    We have developed a quick online survey with only 10 questions. It wont take long to complete and we would greatly appreciate your input. The last question is open ended so that you can cover any issues or requests you have.  All responses will remain anonymous, as we are running it through a third party, but general responses and results will be published with comments at the end of July.

    Go to http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/J5MZ6QC to complete the survey, or alternatively drop me an email at info@churchpointferryserivce.com and I can send you the link, or call me on 0433 038 408 and I can organise to do the survey over the telephone, or send you a paper copy.

    Many thanks
    Church Point Ferry Service
    0433 038 408


    Placemarkers Exhibition
    Opening July 2, 6pm to 8pm


    Bush Regeneration Event based at the Pittwater YHA

    A full house of guests and a bevy of local bush regenerators spent two mornings clearing Asparagus fern  and Mother-of-Millions from the hillslope of Morning Bay last weekend.

    This was the second running of the weekend event as a partnership with the Pittwater YHA and the Pittwater Natural Heritage Association.

    Support was given by the local Morning Bay Volunteer Bush Regeneration Group, the Pittwater Council with advertising and by National Parks with on-ground assistance.

    A total of 60 bags of Asparagus core and mother-of-millions were loaded up and shipped out by Sunday afternoon.

    The event was supported by the Hawkesbury-Nepean Catchment Management Authority with funding from the Australian Govenment's Caring for Our Country programme.


    Scotland Island Kindy June Newsletter 2010

    Winter is on us and we have been involved in activities that reflect this, during Global Wind Day we made some wind chimes out of old forks and spoons which I am sure the whole island will hear as all our children take them home and hang them up for the island to listen to on those windy days.

    We have also made our own paper windmills and we have a new display of turtles on our back wall that the children have created out of paper plates for World Ocean Day.

    Thank you to everyone who attended our recent Curry and Quiz Night.  Once again the community joined together for lots of fun and to support our beautiful island kindy.  Larry and Bill, with the help of their glamorous assistant Annette, entertained and challenged our eight teams and Lisa and her team cooked up a curry storm!  So sincere thanks to everyone who helped.   At this stage it looks as though about $1300 was raised which will be spent, once again, on replacing and repairing equipment at the kindy.  Watch this space, as the winners of the quiz, the Shanteramblers, have taken on the challenge of writing the questions for next year's quiz.  

    A big thank you to Emmie, who accompanied the children on a bush walk, to educate them about the local fauna and flora. When we got back we used our collected material to make a collage on  contact paper, which is presently hanging on the front door. In addition we did some very earthy paintings on the large paper bark pieces that we collected.

    Our Champaign breakfast allowed us to spend $800 on new toys and $200 on new books. We have already received some of the new toys, they include, alphabet bean bags, balls, dice, rulers, two new scooters, new story for our listening post, sushi set for home corner, new paints and we are still awaiting  some games and puzzles.

    The Kindy team have just finished their staff appraisals. We were able to work through our employment expectations, talk about any issues we had and decide on any actions, where SIOCS can help us reach our future goals. We have a great team currently working at Scotland Island Kindy all dedicated to the future of your children and putting their needs first. THANKS to our great TEAM. (Thumbs up for that says Jesse)



    Support those of us who have chosen to go dry in July.logo
    Petra, Paul, Tracy S, Ian and Tracy P

    Many of you will remember the very traumatic years Paul and i went through when my mother, father and sister were all going through horrendous cancer treatments together. My dad Geeps who drove the Island taxi, sadly died of cancer just 5 years after my mum who also died of cancer and my sister who is a survivor but still lives with the after effects of the invasive treatments.
    And to our friend Dorothy who tragically died so young leaving little Sebby.

    Pledge your support for our team SIPPS (Scotland island Party Poopers) at  http://bit.ly/9wMoE1


    Scotland Island & Western Foreshore
    Waste Calendars

    Click either image to download the pdf flyer


    You Asked..

    Work Wanted
    Electrician - Wayne on Scotland Island - 0418 229 277
    s c o t l a n d i s l a n d e l e c t r i c i a n @ g m a i l . c o m
    Small jobs welcomed, Smoke Alarms tested, Security lighting, Safety Switches tested,
    Water Pumps repaired, Hot Water Systems repaired, Data network outlets, Additional Phone outlets,
    Light fittings repaired, additional power points install

    Xmas accommodation wanted
    I am a former resident of Scotland Island (left in 2004 after 4 years) and am interested in renting a 3 or 4 bedroom house for a week or so over Xmas.
    It would need to fit 4 adults and 4 kids under 7. We are all well behaved, house-trained and happy to look after pets and plants. Please email me on fatgirlsim@hotmail.com or phone 0428760554.
    Simone Meakin

    Elly Monk (Damian Cudmore's daughter) is here from the USA for a couple of months during her summer vacation.
    She is interested in doing job-experience and Community Service (which she needs to fulfil her School curriculum.)
    Job-experiences of interest include Photography, Social Services, Media Arts etc.
    Any ideas please phone

    Work available;
    Pittwater YHA is looking for live in couple or person to manage hostel from September 5th - October 7th 2010.
    Please call Michael and Sarah for more details.
    Ph 9999 5748 or email pittwater@yha.com.au

    Old windsurfer mast
    Please call Michael 0414 983 488


    For Sale 
    If you have something for sale that you think locals would like - let us know and we will put an entry in the PON at the beginning of each month..
    Car For Sale
    Mazda 323 Astina Hatch, manual, white - 1999, 175,000 k.
    Is very reliable only $3,250
    Call Michael 0414 983 488


    The Local Guide
    Community Information

    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 http://picasaweb.google.com/offshoregallery/
    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)  8.30am - 4.30pm (Tues, Weds & Thurs)
    Playgroup @ Children's Centre every Monday, 10.00am - 12 midday
    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/
    Century 21 Showcase Pittwater  - 9999 0155   http://www.c21pittwater.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 6017
    Justice of the Peace - Paul Burchall - 0414 975 793
    Pittwater Community Arts Inc.  - Enquiries Lorrie Morgan 9997 8079  lorriemay@bigpond.com
    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 
    Wiringulla Retreat - 02 9971 8375  http://www.wirringulla.com/
    Treetops on Towlers Bay - 02 9332 2611  info@walkabouttours.com.au
    Pittwater Youth Hostel  - 02 9999 5748  www.yha.com.au/hostels/details.cfm?hostelid=31  
    Nila Chambers - Celebrant (marriages, funerals etc)  Discount for all offshore residents. 9999 2445
    Offshore IT Computer Services  - Contact Robert  0427 890 357 or 9999 2942

    Island Classes (Fitness, Dance, Art etc)
    Pilates, Meditation and Group Fitness with Patrice - 0408 707 679 patrice.corrie@gmail.com
    Personal Training with Samantha Moore at Inspire PT - 0415 543 131  InspirePittwater@gmail.com
    Ballet & Modern Dance Classes for children with Sophia Holland - 0412 851 890
    Anusara Yoga -  Thursdays -  0421762236 dominiquemarill@gmail.com or floydcbg@ozemail.com.au
    Art with Max - Watercolour classes. Phone Max on 9997 4527

    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 - second Wednesday of the month - contact Kerry on 9999 4092   
    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

    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
    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
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