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-September 2004 -

Newsletter for Offshore Residents of Pittwater, Australia  Volume 6, Issue 62; October 2004     


Welcome to spring! What an exciting time this is for our offshore communities. Scotland Island start their festival this month and more information can be found about this at www.scotlandisland.org.au/festival All of our beautiful area is breaking out in native flowerings and after the recent rain is looking in great condition.

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In this Issue:

  • HISTORY CORNER with Leicester Warburton

  • Sale By Tender –Dinghies

  • Community Services Grants Program

  • Recipe of the month

  • World Habitat Day Walk

  • Scotland Island Pre-Schoolers are winners!

  • Festival Parade Workshops! Come and Join In!

  • Festival Island! The 28 days begins next week

  • The Local Guide
  • Archived Newsletters
  • Your Subscription Information

  • HISTORY CORNER with Leicester Warburton
    When Captain Cook sailed out of Stingray Bay (later to be renamed Botany Bay) after his epic arrival in 1770, claiming the Continent for King George and England, he was already collecting his notes for the story of his momentous voyage. On his return, he set out the story, in which a pertinent reference was made to this area. First he reports that "On Sunday, May 6, 1770, we were abreast of a bay wherein there appeared to be safe anchorage, which I called Port Jackson." Further on, he writes "On Monday, May 7, we saw broken land which appeared to form a bay. This bay I named Broken Bay."

    It was nearly 18 years later, when Captain Arthur Phillip decided , six weeks after he had sailed into Port Jackson for the first time on March 2, 1788, to look for the "broken land" Cook had observed. Phillip took a long-boat and a cutter with a small party. He reported that he saw no broken land but sailed on and entered a "great inlet" which he accepted as Broken Bay. As the historian Maybanke Anderson has pointed out " a bay in the ordinary acceptance of the term, it certainly was not, but no inlet in the world can better deserve to be called 'broken'".

    After Phillip's party entered the heads of the bay, the explorers turned to the right and spent the first night in the long-boat anchored in the shelter of the headland. The next morning, the party in the two boats crossed the heads and discovered , in Phillip's words, "The finest piece of water which I ever saw, and which I honoured with the name of Pitt Water . It would contain the navy of Great Britain." (William Pitt the Younger was then Prime Minister of England ). It is believed that the name of Pitt Point was also bestowed on the Northernmost tip of Scotland Island on the same day.

    Pittwater was thus the first place in Australia to be formerly named by our First Governor. Sydney, indeed, was never formerly named and the city on Port Jackson had some uncertainty about its name. Even as late as 1848, in the authoritative Geographical Dictionary it is listed as Sydey (or Albion ).

    Leicester Warburton
    Sale By Tender –Dinghies

    Pittwater Council have removed dinghies within Pittwater, which are currently unclaimed and held at Council’s holding yard at Boondah Depot, 1 Boondah Road, Warriewood. Under the provisions of the Impounding Act, these dinghies will be offered for sale by tender at 8am on Saturday 25 September 2004 at this depot.

    All items will be available for viewing between the hours of 8am and 11am on that day (25 September). All items sold as is. Sale will be sealed tender, to be in even dollar amounts.

    Tenders will be opened at 11.15am, and the highest tender will be accepted. In the event of there being equal highest tenders, the matter will be settled by a draw out of the hat. Payment is required on the day by cash, cheque or credit card (Visa, Mastercard or Bankcard). Enquiries: Ray Bennett on 9970 1358/Tanya Carmont on 9970 1353.

    Community Services Grants Program

    Pittwater Council invite non-profit community organisations to apply for funding under Council’s Community Services Grants Program 2004/2005.

    Funding is available for projects that meet the social and/or cultural needs of residents of Pittwater. In 2004/05 funding is available under the Annual Donations Program - One off grants of up to $1,000 (minimum grant $500) per year.
    Applications close 27 September 2004. For a copy of the guidelines and application form visit www.pittwaterlga.com.au (your neighbourhood, community services, grants); phone Jennifer Walker on 9970 1199 or email jennifer_walker@pittwater.nsw.gov.au

    Recipe of the month

    Spring Flower Cake

    1 cup flaked coconut
    2 drops food colouring, any colour
    1 pkg. (10 oz.) store-bought prepared round angel food cake
    1 cup thawed Whipped Topping
    3 cups halved strawberries

    TOSS coconut with food colouring until evenly tinted; set aside.

    PLACE cake on large serving plate. Frost top and side with whipped topping; sprinkle with coconut. Cut cake into 8 slices, leaving all slices in place. Carefully pull out cake slices and separate slightly to resemble the petals of an open flower.

    SPOON 3 cups halved strawberries into centre of "flower." Store leftover cake in refrigerator.

    World Habitat Day Walk
    From Careel Bay to Catalpa Reserve

    Join in the celebration of World Habitat Day in a walk through some of Pittwater's successfully restored wildlife habitat reserves.
    Meet along the way or join us for a good walk through the whole route. Refreshments will be provided at Toongari Reserve. This walk is pram friendly.

    Date: Sun 3rd October
    Time: 9.30 am - 1.30 pm
    Cost: No Charge
    Book: Phone CEC 9970 6905

    Scotland Island Pre-Schoolers are winners!

    The children from our Scotland Island Pre-school were one of three winners in the recent Pittwater ARTFEST . The category of 'group entry' had around thirty submissions. The children's beautiful picture is of Scotland Island and its' water surrounds.

    It is a colourful aerial mapwhich has many interesting shapes, especially in the water surrounding the island that the children identify variously,( and depending on whom one asks), as whales, pirate ships or even rockets. This wonderfulpicture will be displayed during the '28 days on the Island Festival' art show, and will thereafter hang in pride of place at the Pre-school.

    Scotland Island Players Present:

    15, 16, 22 & 23 October at 7:30pm “island time”

    Have you got your tickets yet? If not, hurry up as tickets are selling fast.

    Tickets can be purchased from:
    Rosemary and Colin Haskell at Scotland Island Lodge (opposite the fire station)
    phone: 9979 3301, or
    Annette Ritchie at “the Point” in the early evening.

    For those of you who haven’t seen any of the earlier publicity, “Caravan” was written by Donald McDonald, and is an hilarious farce set in a caravan park “somewhere on the North Coast of NSW”. Five old friends have gone away on their first holiday together with the very young girlfriend of the perennial bachelor in their midst. A combination of extramarital mischief, rain,
    generation differences, domestic conflict, confined spaces and more rain makes “Caravan” a great night out.

    “Caravan is directed by “Big” Bob Bolton and stars “Naughty” Nettie Lodge, “Macho” Mark Morgan, “Termagant” Tracey Smith, “Pompous” Paul Burchall, “Joy-licious” Jessica Thompson, and “Gentleman” John Travers.


    We put this note in the Newsletter a couple of months ago and received a very positive response from a few people. But not enough to get excited about, especially bearing in mind that the publishing of the POD is a big task and needs a small dedicated team to put it together and print and distribute it to 700 homes

    The situation is that there are a lot of the telephone numbers out of date, and we’ve pretty well run out of copies. Plus there are many businesses that have expressed a desire to advertise to this unique and very exclusive market of 700 households.

    We are contemplating putting a new POD on to the SI Website – more convenient for some, and a better advertising deal for our advertisers

    So, here’s a quick SURVEY!!

    Click here to complete the survey now!

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    Festival Island! The 28 days begins next week

    Do you have a jetty or a yacht on a mooring? Please consider flying a festive banner , a string of flags - getting jazzy with it!! This will help create a beautiful spectacle and festival atmosphere. Get out your Balinese banjars, streamers etc- get some from the festival organisers and let them fly!! We can help with poles/material/lanterns - particularly for jetties/yachts/launches off Tennis Court Wharf. Enjoy and share in the spirit of this community celebration!!

    Please contact: Emmie Collins- 9997 7506 / 0405 330 781 emstar@tpg.com.au
    or Claire Atkins - 9979 4709/ myislandhome@hotmail.com

    Festival Parade Workshops! Come and Join In!
    The workshops to create this wonderful event will begin next week. Book your kids in ( check the web site for details) . HOWEVER this is by no means 'just for kids'
    Families can make a large fish or boat lantern, teenagers can work on their own project -a large scale fire monster - a rampaging tinnie- small children can carry a flag and wear a mad hat/ bang a drum etc There is the opportunity for everyone to take part and celebrate who we are and how we live!

    If you can't make it next week , items can still be made, worked on before the fair day - which will conclude with the parade to the water for a spectacular finale.

    The kindergarten will also operate as a making place on fair day - there is also the opportunity to create an item then.

    MUSICIANS in the community are encouraged to get involved - instrumentalists and vocalists. DANCERS , CARTWHEELERS -come and do your thing!!

    Emmie Collins: 9997 7506 / emstar@tpg.com.au

    The local guide

    As our newsletter continues to grow (nearly 600 readers) we are including some links to other nearby organisations and events that may be of interest. If you would like to contribute, please send a message to the editor by clicking here.

    Local Real Estate Agents:

    Botham Real Estate L.J.Hooker Mona Vale
    PMC Hill (subscribe to their newsletter here) Pittwater Real Estate

    Government Organisations:

    Local Transport:

    Local Accommodation:       

    Bed & Breakfast: Scotland Island Lodge: http://www.scotlandislandlodge.com.au         (9979 3301)
    Short Term Holiday Accommodation: Pittpoint Cottage: http://pittpointcottage.ozstays.com.au                  (9997 8382)

    Local Pittwater Studies Website: http://www.pittlink.net/ls/index.html

    Emergency Contact Numbers

    • NSW Police: 000, general information 9281 0000
    • Broken Bay Water Police 9979 4944 or 0412 162 093
    • NSW Fire Service: 000, general information 9265 2999
    • NSW Ambulance Service: 000, general information 9320 7777
    • Rural Fire Service: 000, 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

    Emergency Scotland Island Water Contacts: click here for information (while online)

    Airlines, Buses and Railways

    Sydney Airport: Arrivals and Departures Qantas Information
    Sydney Buses information. Virgin Blue Information
    NSW Railway Timetables and Information.  


    Join SIRA You can now join the Scotland Island Residents Association by clicking here. Please print the page you see and return the completed form to SIRA at this address: The Treasurer, SIRA, PO Box 70, Church Point 2105. Please NO CASH. Join WPCA To join the Western Pittwater Community Association, contact Larry at larrye@aftrs.edu.au or click here or phone 02-9979-5026 for more information.

    Archived Newsletters A complete set of past electronic newsletters since 2000 can be found and read at http://www.scotlandisland.org.au/newsletters/archive.html  or by clicking here or by visiting the Mona Vale Library.

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