pity the Gone Fishing
Gallery had to close. I suppose we all knew it was always going to be a
temporary arrangement but it still came as a nasty surprise when the
notice came through and everything had to be cleared out so quickly.
seemed that having the gallery there really
enhanced our Church Point gathering point considerably, not
only because it housed a great deal of our communties artwork but
it provided a real focal point for special events and gatherings that
was very accessable. I think as a whole we all benefited from this
enterprise and would like to have seen it continue if possible.
A lot of people put a great deal of time and
effort into the venture and whatever they gained from it is well and
Onto this issue, and this month we continue with the occasional
telling us of the history of our beautiful corner of the world. Guest
contributor and well known journalist Leister Warburton has an
piece below that you will find interesting!
Church Point Plan of Management
Community in Action
- Curlew Paintings
Open Days - Fundraiser
Point Parking Changes
Honey for Sale
Local Contact Guide
People Who Wave
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Lhasa, from a roadside dump in Taiwan to Scotland Island, left us last
This beautiful photo was taken
on the Friday. Lhasa was 14 years old and had been very ill for a month
with a suspected stomach tumor.
We miss him. Shona, Boyd, Asha, Joel and Emile
Island Residents' Association
Plan of Management
At SIRA’s recent AGM, Pittwater Council’s General Manager, Mark
Ferguson and Mark Eriksson, Landscape Architect working on the Church
Point Plan of Management, which includes the Commuter Wharf Upgrade,
addressed the meeting, gave a presentation and answered a series of
resident questions. These questions and answers are attached
(PDF) for those who were unable to attend the
AGM Resident Questions & Answers from Council.pdf
Here are the relevant links on Pittwater Council’s website: Pittwater Council Website-Church Point; Pittwater Council Website-Church Point
Bill Gye, SIRA President, has written a series of articles about Church
Point and were distributed to the community. For those who
not have received them, these articles are on the Scotland Island
Website for viewing: SIRA
- Scotland Island Community Website
– The Island Community in Action
and the Roads and Drainage
The Scotland Island Residents’ Association (SIRA), through the efforts
of its Management Committee (SIRAC) and various Project Teams, has been
working to help achieve benefits for the Island and our Community at
A recent example is the long-awaited Masterplan for Scotland Island
Road Reserve and Stormwater Strategies, adopted by Pittwater Council
last July, which explicitly recognizes the unique nature of the
Island. This was a culmination of many years of effort by
Roads and Drainage Project Team working with Council to achieve an
acceptable plan. In addition, the Special Rate Variation
a guaranteed level of funding for capital improvements on the
Island. This enables Council to apply for government grants
SIRAC and the Roads and Drainage Project Team have been working closely
with Council to identify urgent measures for immediate
Council has welcomed our suggestions and the following projects have
been approved and scheduled for work in the coming months:
At last, the talk has ended and action has begun!
- Survey Sector 1 (Richard Road between Cargo
Wharf and Bell Wharf) to prepare for detailed engineering plan;
- Reconstruct drainage pit at Florence Terrace
and Elsie Street;
- Reconstruct drainage pit at 73 Florence Terrace;
- Reconstruct drainage pit at bottom of Harold
- Reconstruct drainage pit at Richard Road and
- Upgrade water bars on Thompson Street, above
- All projects will be subject to
survey and appropriate engineering plans.
SIRAC realizes there are many areas that require attention and full
implementation of the Roads and Drainage Plan will take time, however,
at least works are commencing and, with the real prospect of additional
funding, will continue until completed. Pittwater Council has
been very responsive to our input and will continue to consult with us
as the work commences.
SIRAC will actively lobby to seek additional funding and continue to
work closely with Pittwater Council to achieve this aim.
Roads and Drainage Project Team
Following our sad GFG closure we now have all the paintings that the
kids did for the CURLEW event. All the paintings will be
the to the Kindy (when it resumes) and the kids can pick them up from
there if they want them, I also have a cd of photos of all the
individual kids and their paintings which I will also leave at the
Kindy with the paintings if the parents want to make a copy or whatever?
The paintings are so lovely we couldn't bear to throw them out.
Do you know
Stokes Point on the eastern shore of Pittwater at the southern entrance
to Careel Bay?
Of course you do.
did you know that it was once called Stripe Point. The reason for the
early name has been lost in the mists of time. But who was Stokes?
was described as a tall, handsome man who lived on the beach near the
point and who became a boatbuilder of some renown. Oddly enough he had
been, of all things, a ladies' shoemaker in London, a business which
required very careful work which, it is said, he translated into his
So why did he have a criminal record like most of the
residents at that time? His story was that in London he had been seized
in a crowd and searched. A handkerchief which he claimed he had never
seen before had been found in his pocket, put there by a pickpocket who
thus saved himself from apprehension. As Stokes could not give a
satisfactory account of how it came in his possession, he was convicted
and transported to Australia, one of many innocent men - and women -
who each did their share in the country's development.
given his freedom, Stokes managed to move some of his possessions to
Sydney. These included a stylish bottle green coat he treasured highly.
Even as a courteous old man he was a dapper figure. It was reported
that every Sunday he wore his treasured bottle green coat with large
buttons and a remarkably tall hat - remnants of his bygone London city
days when they were the latest style. One morning he arrived, a vision
of bottle green splendour with hat well brushed and buttons glistening
in the sunshine, to visit a neighbour. When he enquired where the
husband was he was told he was at work.
"On a Sunday! At work!" he said.
"But," the wife replied. "Today is not Sunday. It's only Friday!"
"Well! Well!," said the old spark. "Dash my buttons! Time does go slow
And isn't it still the truth?
for Palliative Care
Centre at Mona Vale Hospital
We are having an Open
House at Tarrangaua on March 24 & 25 to raise
money for extensions and upgrades at the Palliative Care Centre at Mona
It will be the usual event - tea, coffee and cakes, as well as light
lunches or people can bring a picnic. We are charging an entry fee for the first time - $10.
It is such a good cause and the centre, which was closed for a number
of years, is in desperate need of work so the more we raise the better.
Penny will be running a special ferry service from Church Point on both
days and anyone in need of transport can book online from Monday,
February 6 at:
Michael and Marybeth Rich have kindly and generously offered locals the
option of tying up at the Lovett Bay Boatshed on both days.
If anyone has any questions about the cause, call Gail (from
Rotary Pittwater) on 0417 228 294
Bob and Susan
offshore community's own choir
and join us
Saturday arvos 2:30 til 4:30 at the hall starting 4th Feb.
We sing pop, blues, reggae, spirituals and made-up stuff.
Cost: $20 a week or $150 for the 10 week term.
Call Wendy on 0425 807 262
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Point Parking Precinct
wishes to advise that changes have recently been implemented to the
parking restrictions on McCarrs Creek Road
Note: There will be no bookings by the Rangers for the month of
February, after that they will start to implement fines.
Church Point Parking Permits are available for purchase at Pittwater
Council’s Customer Service Centre located at Village Park, 1 Park
Street Mona Vale.
Alternatively contact Pittwater Council on 9970 1111
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are invited to the Sydney
Without Money: Building Fair
and Sustainable Economies
February, 6 pm, at Gleebooks at Dulwich Hill*
Pluto Press (London) distributed by Palgrave Macmillan in Australia,
Green Ban and Australian Greens activist Jack Mundey will launch Life
Without Money, with co-editors Anitra Nelson and Frans Timmerman, and
contributors Ariel Salleh and Terry Leahy. This book engages with
today’s big economic, environmental, democratic and social challenges:
‘Life Without Money is an essential guidebook for the great debate now
unfolding and around which our hopes for a worthwhile future unfold.’
Joel Kovel, Enemy of Nature
at the Gleebooks events page or ring Gleebooks at Dulwich Hill, 02 8080
*536 Marrickville Rd. Take a 426 bus from Sydney Central station or
walk 10 to 15 mins from Dulwich Hill station.
Read more about the book and its ten contributors at www.lifewithoutmoney.info
This is an open and free event so feel free to pass this invitation
along your networks.
200 COMMUNITY CENTRE
ACTIVITIES NOW ON OFFER!
Got a secret longing to try salsa dancing? Or how about some stress
release with African drumming?
These are just some of more than two hundred activities on offer to the
public this year at Pittwater’s seven community centres.
Community centre coordinator Pat Rudgely said the centres were hosting
activities from early morning to late at night seven days a week.
“This year our centres are busier than ever, with lots of new
activities to try,” she said.
Some of the new activities on offer include a fitness class called Abs,
Butts & Thighs With Healthy Lifestyle and Sporty Little
Other popular courses making a return in 2012 are Italian Language and
A brochure with all the activities and classes on offer will be
delivered to Pittwater residents in early February. The brochure is
also online at http://www.pittwater.nsw.gov.au/
Ms Rudgley said that bookings should be made directly with the class
and course tutors listed in the brochure.
“Some of our more popular activities do book out early so we recommend
residents contact the tutors as soon as possible if they’re interested
Pittwater’s community centres are located in Avalon, Newport, Mona
Vale, Elanora Heights, North Narrabeen and Warriewood.
Lindsay Godfrey, Pittwater Council Ph: 9970 1166
CLOSE ENCOUNTER OF THE VENOMOUS KIND!
Confront your fears and learn about some of Pittwater’s more
misunderstood creatures in February.
Snakes, lizards, ticks and spiders will be the subject of a free
workshop at the Coastal Environment Centre, which will teach residents
how to co-exist more peacefully with these venomous animals – but also
how to save someone’s life if bitten!
Natural Environment & Education Manager Mark Beharrell said the
Council had decided to offer the free workshop to the public, after it
held a similar session for its field staff late last year.
“Feedback from employees was that they got a lot out of the workshop
and came away much more aware about how to prevent bites and what to do
if bitten,” he said.
“We thought residents would also benefit from a similar experience.”
Mr Beharrell added that landscapers, gardeners or keen bush carers
would be ideal participants at the workshop.
Participants at the workshop will be shown live snakes, spiders and
lizards by an expert handler, who will discuss how they hunt, breed,
camouflage themselves and their reactions to disturbance.
Techniques focussing first aid, what NOT to do when bitten and the
correct way to apply compression will be taught at the workshop. A free
identification reference guide will be given to each participant and
compression bandages available to purchase.
The workshop is on Wednesday 29 February between 6.30pm and 9pm at the
Coastal Environment Centre, Lake Park Road North Narrabeen. Entry is
free but bookings are essential; call 1300 000 232 (CEC) or book online
Sonja Elwood, Pittwater Council Ph: 9970 1308
Timed to coincide with World Wetlands Day, the Council’s Coastal
Environment Centre will host several events in February to introduce
residents of all ages to the wonders of Pittwater’s environment.
First up is a Twilight Discovery Walk on Thursday 2 February between
6-8pm, highlighting the nocturnal animals, plants and insects of the
Warriewood Wetlands and learning about their importance in the past,
present and future.
Council staff and local experts will share their knowledge and history
of the wetlands, plant and animal biodiversity and the importance of
water and catchment management.
On Saturday 4 February the Centre is hosting a bird-spotting walk in
the Warriewood Wetlands. This early morning walk, between 7.30am and
9.30am, is guided by an ornithologist with detailed knowledge of the
bird life of the wetlands - so binoculars are a must!
On Sunday 5 February a family fun day aimed at increasing awareness of
creeks and catchments will be held at the Winnerremy Bay reserve at
Mona Vale between 10am and 12.30pm. Have fun with the whole family
learning about how to keep local waterways clean and healthy. Staff
from the Coastal Environment Centre will demonstrate the art of
dip-netting, revealing the secret life teeming in the creek’s waters.
Learn some basic water monitoring skills and help plant native
vegetation that will keep the creek’s habitat healthy.
All events are free of charge and suitable for children and adults,
although children must be accompanied by an adult. Bookings are
essential for all the eco-events; book online at
www.pittwater.nsw.gov.au/cec or by phoning the Coastal Environment
Centre at 1300 000 232 (CEC). Full details of each event, plus what to
wear and bring with you, are also available at www.pittwater.nsw.gov.au/cec
Bianca Springford, Coastal Environment Centre Ph: 1300 000 232
NATIONAL YEAR OF READING
Residents are invited to be part of Pittwater’s celebration of the
National Year of Reading in 2012.
Pittwater Mayor Harvey Rose will launch the Year of Reading at Mona
Vale Library on 14 February from 11am to 1pm.
As part of the launch, residents are invited to a morning tea with
lively entertainment from David Hall. David describes himself as a
‘fanatical adventurer’ who originally trained as an actor. He will
share his love of reading on the day.
Mayor Rose will also launch two competitions at the event. The first
competition - ‘Win a good night’s sleep’ - invites readers to write a
brief review of a book that has kept them up all night.
Event organiser Heather Thomson said that the winning entrant would
receive two free nights accommodation at beautiful Barrenjoey House at
Entries to the competition will close on 4 April, with the winner
announced at the library on Thursday 5 April at 10am.
The second competition gives every borrower at Mona Vale Library a
chance to find a ‘golden ticket’ concealed within selected books.
“We have modelled the competition along the lines of the golden ticket
featured in the book ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’, with golden
tickets randomly placed in books at the library,” Ms Thomson said.
“If you find a golden ticket, you can redeem it at the desk for an
The National Year of Reading 2012 is a collaborative project joining
public libraries, government, community groups, media and commercial
partners as well as the public.
For more information on the National Year of Reading 2012 visit
For more info about the National Year of Reading in Pittwater call 9970
1600 or visit www.pittwater.nsw.gov.au/library
Mona Vale library is located at 1 Park Street, Mona Vale.
Heather Thomson, Mona Vale Library Ph: 9970 1614
Heart for Life
By Andrew Cate
This book presents a practical six-week plan to reduce your cholesterol
and blood pressure levels naturally, without medication. It features
sections on food, exercise and lifestyle, along with 42 vital tips for
managing, preventing and even reversing heart disease.
16 February 2012
1 Park Street, Mona Vale
$6.00 Concession - Pensioners and Students (passes must be shown)
Payment within 3 days of booking
I have for sale some very delicious honey, from the same supplier as
last time, who keeps his happy little bees very close to here,
traveling with them as far south as Robertson and as far north as
Mangrove mountain, often allowing the bees to feast in large gardens
that he tends in Turramurra and Wahroonga.
I have Kulnura forest and this year's amazing Orange Blossom.
Large 1 kg jars $15, Medium 500gm $9.
I have plenty, and I can certainly deliver so please do just get in
touch either via email email@example.com
or call or text your order to me on 0405 097 424.
Cheers everyone and happy festive times
and Enjoy DRU YOGA in The
Community Hall, Scotland Island
9.00 to 10.30 am
per class, $60 for 4 classes.
Through graceful sequences of movement, pranayama asanas, relaxation
and meditation, you through graceful sequences of movement, pranayama
asanas, relaxation and meditation, you can release tension and
experience the full joy of life.
Suitable for all fitness levels and ages.
Bring a mat, blanket and a bottle of water
Ring Katya on 0414 187 916
lift to Ryde
My name is Ishbel Cullen and I'm going to be studying at Macquarie Uni
and also Ryde TAFE (near main Ryde shopping centre) this coming
semester. I do not have a car and am in search of lifts with others
commuting to this area.
I need to be in Ryde by 8.30am Monday to Thursday and 9.45am on
Fridays. I am happy to contribute to petrol costs.
are in a position to take me it would be much appreciated if you could
get in touch. My e-mail address is: firstname.lastname@example.org
My home phone is 9997
8536 and mobile 0406 940 914.
Hills Childrens Slide for
Must be able to take away.
Please contact Melissa: 0405 260 266
25hpYamaha CV 2-stroke outboard for sale. Brand new propeller, serviced
by Ben Johnson. Reliable and goes well.
Must sell $1500 o.n.o
Pickup from Morning Bay, please call 0404 159 763.
Large friendly triceratops roaming roadside lane in Church Point
Please contact Jane Kirby 0414978793.
Services, Clubs &
Dance, Art etc)
Meditation and Group Fitness with Patrice - 0406
483 036 email@example.com
- Thursdays - 0421762236 firstname.lastname@example.org
with Max - Watercolour classes. Phone Max on 9997 4527
and painting in oils, acrylics and mixed media- Marion 9979 3993 or
0431 457 431
Nathalie's Table - Cooking Classes - Mediterranean
cooking fortnightly - Nathalie - 9999 4449
/ The Forth Way - Call John on 9979 5584, Marion on 9979
3993 or Anne on 9999 3478
- Mondays on SI Phone Jen Cudmore 0425 212 849
Group For Catherine Park - Run by SIOCS - Emmie Collins
on 0405 330 781
- Women on Water
- second Wednesday of the month - contact Nila on 9999 2445
& 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 Gordon 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
27MHz Radio Channel: 86 or 88
Island Rural Fire Brigade
Fire Service General Information 9265 2999
Fire Service General information
Emergency Service, Warringah/Pittwater SES
Parks & Wildlife Service: 000, general information
of Community Services: general information
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