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Scotland Island - Western Shores - Mackeral Beach

- December 2005 -

Newsletter for Offshore Residents of Pittwater, Australia  Volume 7, Issue 107; December 2005     


Three items were omitted from your recent newsletter. And there is another reminder here about the online diary. Please remember the username and password!



For those of you who enjoyed the sunshine on Saturday and braved the rain on Sunday for the Island H’Arts at Tarrangaua - thank you - it was a great event and for those who missed it ?????? Hopefully we will see you next time.

A big thank you to Bob and Susan Story who allowed us to take over their wonderful house and showcase the work of 23 of our local artists.
Also thanks to Lovett Bay Boatshed for providing boat parking and banking facilities. Despite the far from perfect weather the weekend saw a constant stream of visitors from near and far. The Saturday SMH Leunig cartoon even had a Dorothy Mackellar theme to mark the day – “a land of flooding rains” weekend, but at least our water tanks are now full and the farmers are a bit happier.

The official opening by Tim Storrier on Saturday afternoon was “full house” and over the weekend there were probably about 700 visitors despite the rain.
It was wonderful to see the diverse styles and media of each artist and to see these works hanging in a domestic space gave one a better sense of how they would look in a home environment. This was reflected in the large number of sales that were made over the two days. If you could not afford a large piece of art you could buy wine labels specially designed by some of the artists and get a free bottle of wine or there were Gwyn Perkins’ delightfully drawn local images and June Lahm’s photo image cards.

Susan and her team of workers provided some delicious fare for everyone and raised funds for the Western Shores Fire Brigade and the proceeds of a raffle of a lino cut by Katie Clemson added to the funds raised. Thank you to Brigade members who assisted visitors up and down the steps when necessary and co-ordinated the ferry.
Another successful Show from our very talented community.

Till next year.

Goshin Ryu Karate on Scotland Island 2005

Congratulations Scotland Island Goshin Ryu Karate

Erin Ricketts was double graded last month at a karate grading held in Manly Vale earning herself her purple belt.

Lachlan Hamilton and Joshua Nowland were double graded from white belts and were awarded provisional green belts earlier this year.

Gina Seres, Margaret Urlich, Megan Brown and Erin Ricketts were double graded to green belt earlier in 2005. Gina and Erin both received medals for excellence at their green belt grading.

Luke Atkins and Erin Ricketts will train and compete this weekend at Blackheath in Goshin Ryu's annual Black Belt training camp.

Junior White Belt Grading coming up on Wednesday 14 December at 4.45pm - 5.45pm at Scotland Island Community Hall. Two of Goshin Ryu's highest graded Black Belts Sensei Ross James and Sensei Mick Seaton will be examining our junior white belts at their first grading!
Goodluck to Jaime, Tommy, Riley, Ben, Emily, Hugo, Taylor, Mallee and Jay who have been training hard throughout 2005 Bring a plate and we will celebrate afterwards!

Photos of the SIRA 50th Birthday

Thanks to Lisa McDonald and her small crew of volunteers, the SIRA 50th birthday celebrations were a huge success. It was an afternoon (and night) of joyous music, film and food. Some photos have been posted on the web at http://juicepulp.bigpondhosting.com/photos/custom_004.htm

Online Diary - Add your function

An online diary has been created for readers of this newsletter. This facility will allow you to enter details of any upcoming function that might be of interest to the offshore community. For example you might be having a BBQ to raise funds for the kindie. To let everyone know that you have "reserved" a particular day(s) simply find the date on the calendar and enter the detail. Then click submit at the bottom of the page. You can colour your entry, make an entry span over a number of days and much more.

The calendar is in development and should you have any problems, please let the editor know. You will need a username and password. The username is 'island' (without the quotes) and the password is 'island' (without the quotes.) Clearly you should only add items that are of interest to all of our community. Please remember these details for the future! This is the last time the username and password is published. Please write it down somewhere!

To add information about your function and to check what is happening in the offshore community, visit http://www.scotlandisland.org.au/calendar.htm or just click the link from the Scotland Island home page at www.scotlandisland.org.au

The local guideTop of page

What's On in Pittwater - Event Diary Click 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 Pittwater Council, or email them at pittwater_council@pittwater.nsw.gov.au  or by clicking here.
Federal: Bronwyn Bishop, Member for Mackellar, or email her by clicking here or Bronwyn.Bishop.MP@aph.gov.au or
Local Transport: Scotland Island Community Vehicle: Info: click here. Phone 0404-103-700

Church Point Ferries (02-9999-3492)  Manly Warringah Cabs (02-9997-9111) Palm Beach Cruises (02-9997-4815) Pink Water Taxi (0428-238-190)

Bed & Breakfast: Scotland Island Lodge: or http://www.scotlandislandlodge.com.au         (9979 3301)
Yacht Clubs Woody Point Yacht Club  or http://www.wpyc.com.au 
Short Term Holiday Accommodation: Pittpoint Cottage:  (9997 8382)
Local Pittwater Studies Website: http://www.pittlink.net/ls
West Pittwater Community Association Monthly Minutes: http://www.scotlandisland.org.au/wpca.htm
Buy and Sell: Pittwater Trading Online, click here or visit http://www.pittwatertradingonline.com.au'

Emergency Contact Numbers

  • NSW Police: 000, Police Assistance Line: 13 1444, 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                   Jetstar Information
Sydney Buses information. Virgin Blue Information
City Rail Timetables and Information. Country Link Rail Timetable


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. Contact SIRA at sirapittwater@hotmail.com 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. (in revision)

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