Scotland Island - Western Shores - Mackerel Beach

August 16, 2015

Newsletter for Offshore Residents of Pittwater, Australia

Scotland Island: Opal Card Drive

Mums 4 Refugees

Imagine not being able to take your child to school.
Your child is sick and you can't get them to the doctor.

We are hoping to collect Opal Cards for asylum seekers between 3rd - 17th September.


If 25 people in each of the 50 Northern Beaches suburbs gave 1 x $20 Opal Card, we would raise $25,000.

Help people who have had their work rights denied to get their children to school, get to medical centres, and food banks.

How you can help:
  1. Buy a $20 adult Opal Card
  2. Get 25 of your friends to do the same
  3. Send them to Mums 4 Refugees c/o PO Box 568, Church Point Post Office, 1860 Pittwater Rd, Church Point NSW 2105.
You can buy pre-paid cards from these outlets.

Contact Louisa  for more info - 0431125142.
Thank you in advance.

Scotland Island Fire Shed Dinner

Saturday September 12th from 7.00 pm



Peninsula Music Club’s Concert - Friday 21st August at 8 pm

The Peninsula Music Club’s third concert for the year STARRY FUTURES  is on Friday 21st August at 8 pm doors open at 7.30 pm and entry is with your 2015 membership card.


Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor,

After reading the PON dealing with the end of the PET ticket on 31/12/15 as the government moves to OPAL cards I phoned Transport NSW as suggested.  I got the run-around, as anticipated, and after being put through to three different offices and speaking to junior personnel who relayed information to me that Church Point Ferries are not within the umbrella of Transport NSW (already a given, I might add).  One offered to put me through to his supervisor and after a brief hiatus he came back on to tell me that his supervisor didn't want to talk to me--which is always a sign of confidence in our public service--but offered to put me through to Church Point Ferries.  Unwittingly I had spoken to one of the drivers earlier this week and been told that the government hasn't been able to come to terms with the OPAL system with regard to  ferry services, but has, to date, paid the difference between the cost to the individual of the PET and the cost to the company. 

During my discussions today I pointed out that Transport NSW does the same with a number of private bus companies and has no problem orchestrating the introduction of OPAL cards on them--which may have prompted the reluctance of the supervisor to speak with me.  I finally found the form on the Transport NSW website and submitted my concerns but have little faith that will do anything.  I feel it is imperative that everyone impacted locally by this decision write to Rob Stokes with their concerns, as I did.  He is our Local Member and a part of the government introducing this system, so he should be made aware of the problems facing his constituents.

Steve P

Thank you for alerting us to the impending changes re Opal card system ... may I also recommend that a Petition be organised by Scotland Island and the Western Foreshore's Community Associations to collect as many signatures as possible for presentation to both Rob Stokes and Andrew Constance, to augment individual expressions of concern.
Lynne C

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