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of Pittwater, Australia - Volume 12, Issue 560
Well the big news for all of us this month is finally we have
the new Scotland Island website up and running. www.scotlandisland.org.au
has been completely reworked over the last 3 months, with a
effort been put into it by some very committed people. Everyone
is encouraged to have a good look through the site and to make
comment, as we are looking for feedback, ideas and suggestions on how
it can be improved and be more relevant to all. Do bear in
that the website has just been switched on and as yet it is
quite complete. Over the next few months additional content will be
added to round out the website. Please address your comments and
suggestion to the email@example.com. A very
thanks must go to Carol Floyd for driving this project so effectively
and efficiently and to Dan Humphrey for weaving his html
recent sighting of sharks around our shorelines has generated a lot
of conversation and numerous stories over these last
It also prompted some letters to the editor which are worth reading.
Chamen-Kraal kindly contribute a number of great photos of
this years Australia Day Cricket Match on
Scotland Island. These
can be seen at the Offshore Photo Gallery at
the following link..
Gallery now Online
Elvina Bay Hazard Burn
Rural Fire Brigade AGM
Pittwater Offshore Wine Syndicate
Letters to the Editor
Women on Water
Vote for Jessica Newham
Local Contact Guide
a full version (A4 size) of this months calendar, ready for
printing, just click on the
You can contact
Gwyn Perkins by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
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The SIRA AGM was held Sunday, February 27 at 10 am in the Community
Hall. Elections were held and the new committee is:
President: Bill Gye
Vice Presidents: Sue Dickson and Jaya Param
Treasurer: Cass Gye
Secretary: Carol Floyd
Committee members: Victoria Jay, Sharon Kinnison, Alan Gaines, Maria
MT, Betsi Beem, Ian Souter, Graeme Crayford, Judy Redma
SIRA’S NEW LOGO!
Congratulations to Amber Ellis, who has won the SIRA logo
Thanks to everyone else who submitted lovely designs: Paolo Meucci,
Miranda Summers, and Nettie Lodge.
LAUNCH OF NEW
SCOTLAND ISLAND COMMUNITY WEBSITE
and view the new Scotland Island Community Website, which was
officially launched on Sunday February 27 at the SIRA AGM.
are still some pages to add (SIRA information, Fire Safety Information
and a few other things) but it is mostly complete. We welcome feedback
from users as our aim is to make it functional, useful and appealing.
thanks go to the a number of people who made this possible: Dan
Humphries (website designer extraordinaire!), Julian Muir (technical
help and photographs) June Lahm (photographs from her vast collection),
Cass and Bill Gye (content and ideas).
Please address any comments to the contact information on the website,
or to Carol Floyd at email@example.com.
Fishing Gallery now Online
You can now visit
us on line
or paste this url
There will be exciting things to see,
lots of news and a different featured artist every couple of weeks.
Bay Hazard Reduction Burn
reduction burn on the South side of Elvina Bay is now complete.
are asked NOT to walk through the bush, other than on the fire trail,
for some days. The ground is still hot and dead trees might shed
branches and cause serious injury.
IF you see what is, in your opinion, a serious flare up, with
quantities of smoke and or flame, please ring 000
Offshore Grameen Group
our next meeting Shan Ali the CEO of Grameen Foundation Australia will
be speaking about the work Grameen has done to improve the lives of
impoverished families in third world countries. We invite you to attend
this special event to find out more about our work.
The meeting will be held on Sunday
the 13th of March at Nila’s house at 3.00pm..
From Tennis, cross the park and go up the steps then turn right along
Robertson Rd. We are next to Sandy’s A frame on the bend opposite
Yamba. It is a log cabin.
Please ring Nila on 99992445 for details. Bring a plate for afternoon
tea if you would like. Hope to see you there.
Island Rural Fire Brigade
Notice of Annual
Sunday 13 March
Rural Fire Brigade Station
are invited to attend.
At the meeting, all current officers will stand down and nominations
are invited for positions in the
Brigade. All current officers are eligible to stand for re-election.
All Financial Members are eligible
for nomination as an Administrative or Other Officer of the Brigade.
Nominations for Field Officer
positions are available to Active Financial Members only, with
appropriate pre-requisite training if
for positions within the Brigade must be received by the Secretary at
(7) days prior to the Annual General Meeting, ie by 21 March 2010 at
latest. Nomination Forms
(attached) must be signed by the nominee and by two (2) members of the
Each financial member present at the meeting, with the exception of
probationary members, shall be
entitled to one vote.
The positions open for election are:
The final list of nominations will be posted on the noticeboard at the
Fire Station after all nominations
Senior Deputy Captain
Deputy Captain 2
Deputy Captain 3
Deputy Captain 4
Deputy Captain 5
Equipment Officer 1
Equipment Officer 2
First Aid Officer
have been received.
If you have any queries, please contact either the Station on 9999 4404
or Kerry Borthwick on 9999
Membership subscriptions ($10/member GST free) are due and payable at
Scotland Island Rural Fire Brigade
P O Box 30, CHURCH POINT NSW 2105
Tel: 02 9999 4404
Fax: 02 9999 4324
from the Pittwater Offshore Wine Syndicate
March 20th March 2011
Richard Road, Scotland Island.
thought, consideration and drinking has been done by our experts,
showing wines full of flavour and value. We will be forwarding you the
tasting notes, the price list and more information shortly.
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'
** Don't forget your Tasting Glass
and some food for us all to share **
Best Wishes - your committee
If you want further information, you could ring:
George Gaal 9979 9141
Alan Gaines 9979 2070
Julian Muir 9999 4449
Paul Purvis 9979 9667
<----- the culprit
Greg Roberts 9979 5228
Drivers become Safer Drivers
free workshop for parents and supervisors of learner drivers will be
held by the NSW Roads and Traffic Authority (RTA) in conjunction with
Pittwater Council at Mona Vale library on Wednesday 9 March 2011.
course, ‘Helping Learner Drivers Become Safer Drivers’, will offer
parents and supervisors hands-on advice on how to provide the most
effective driving practice for learner drivers.
Safety Officer, Michelle Carter said licence conditions for learner
drivers mean there is a minimum of one year on ‘L’ plates and 120 hours
of supervised driving, including a mandatory 20 hours of
“A more rigorous driving test has also been introduced, focusing on
hazard perception and driver reactions.
and supervisors of novice drivers have a crucial role to play in making
our roads safer, and that is why the RTA has developed a course to
better support them.
“The course will cover topics such as:
• laws for learner and P-plate drivers
• how to use the Learner Driver Log Book
• how to plan on-road driving sessions
and supervisors who have attended this course found it boosted their
confidence, helped them better plan driving sessions and allowed them
to share experiences with other parents and supervisors,” added Ms
Bookings for the Helping Learner Drivers Become Safe
Drivers course are essential and can be made by calling Michelle Carter
from Pittwater Council on 9970 1196 or by email at
Michelle Carter, Pittwater Council
Ph: 9970 1196
Suicide Bereavement Support Group
Do you know
anyone who has recently been bereaved by the suicide of a loved one?
A suicide bereavement support group will be available from 28 March run
by Lifeline Northern Beaches.
The support group is open to adults who have experienced the loss of a
loved one through suicide.
Northern Beaches CEO Shirley Eggleton said that some people find the
experience of talking to someone who has been through a similar
“They can truly understand the shock, the depth of loss and the
complexity of emotions felt, “ said Ms Eggleton.
support from the group can begin the process of relieving the intense
pain associated with suicide bereavement, “ she said.
The sessions will be facilitated by experienced and accredited
counsellors and will offer participants a place where:
• emotional issues can be shared, heard
and acknowledged without judgement
• information is provided about aspects
of the complex grief process after suicide
• coping skills are explored to assist in
healing and recovery.
interested in attending the support group should ring Lifeline Northern
Beaches in the first instance on 9949 5522 and a trained facilitator
will be in touch.
The support group will meet fortnightly from 28 March at Lifeline
Northern Beaches located in Balgowlah.
Media contact: Susan Machar, Pittwater
Council Ph: 9970 1241
Be on the Lookout for Cane Toads
Pittwater Council is urging residents to be vigilant for cane toads in
Council Reserves and Recreation Manager Les Munn said that there had
been a couple of recent sightings in Pittwater.
“If you think you have spotted a cane toad or managed to catch it,
please contact us as soon as you can,” said Mr Munn.
“One of our bushland officers will come to your home if needed and
dispose of the toad humanely. It’s important for us to log sightings of
cane toads and destroy them as soon as we can to prevent their spread.”
Cane toads were introduced to the cane fields of Queensland from South
America in 1935 in an unsuccessful attempt to control cane beetles.
Having no natural enemies they quickly spread throughout Queensland.
They have since reached the Northern Territory and moved south into New
In the past five years cane toads have been found in Newport, North
Narrabeen and Mona Vale. It is believed that the animals were
transported into Pittwater unwittingly under cars or trailers. All the
toads were destroyed.
Mr Munn said that cane toads compete with native animals for food, prey
on smaller animals and are toxic to larger reptiles such as goannas and
snakes. They can also pose a risk to household pets including dogs.
Council’s bushland management officer Lavinia Schofield said that
sometimes cane toads can be onfused with native frogs.
“They are generally larger than native frogs and have a rough warty
skin, with enlarged glands behind the eardrums,” she said.
“They also have a very distinctive call.”
“The best way is to trap them under a bucket, then place a weight on
top and call the Council, “ said Ms Schofield.
“But make sure if you are handling them that you use rubber gloves,”
For more information on identifying cane toads and how to
dispose of them humanely visit
Lavinia Schofield, Pittwater Council Ph: 9970 1365
to the Editor
reading your notice regarding shark alert today, I thought you might be
interested in a reminiscence of the late Graham Botham. In
when he and I were discussing the possibility of naming the beach
beside his family's previous residence at 12 McCarrs Creek Road, he
He "used to dive for huge mud oysters in McCarrs Creek
and said that the oysters and scallops along the waterfront are coming
back. A natural phenomenon known as “white death” seems to kill the
scallops about every twenty years.
"The family remembers the
huge sharks that came into McCarrs Creek each July, one white pointer
being as long as the 18’ fishing boat. Graham was not allowed to go
into the water above his knees until he was twelve but later became a
professional diver. In recent years he caught a bronze whaler about
four to five feet long off Scotland Island.
"1,000 lb sharks
were often seen off West Head and the fishermen used to blow them up
using gelignite. There is a memorial outside the Bayview Hotel at Woy
Woy to seven local fishermen who were never found after going shark
He had lots of fascinating stories about Church Point
and this was just one of them. It is special that the family
remembered today by Botham Beach.
Sharks and other nasties
have lived on the Island for 27 years and every February sharks are
spotted. So take evasive action Don't swim at dawn or dusk and no
midnight dips either. This has been our rule since moving here.
has ever been taken in the Pittwater and sharks are generally habitual
about where and what they eat. They seem to be in larger numbers this
year but that is because we have had a bumper year for bait fish,
Taylor, King fish etc. They are well fed.
It really concerns me that people are prepared to seek and destroy the
native flora and fauna of this region.
a lone Mangrove tree on the North of the island was pulled out and
destroyed . It was only 30cm high and we have nurtured that tree for 12
years. If we remove the mangroves the fish have no where to breed.and
our pittwater becomes a desert.
Taking away our resident snake
named Neil (diamond) is an appalling act of insensitivity. He was
harmless and kept the rat population down.
We live here because of the natural beauty and chance encounters with
nature. If you don't like this idea return to suburbia.
Dear Editor ,
The logo survey will give a kind of result…but perhaps not allow for
the discussion that such an important step deserves.
Some observations: the options are all wonderful and each presents a
certain focus….looking out to surrounds of the island - the Pittwater
and Park; looking at the island as a world to itself - with houses,
fish, dinghy, and trees…also a parrot; and, water-focus with
piles, boats and even a dog!!!
I’d love to see one with all! (perhaps not the dog)
Best regards and Good Luck Karen Lambert, Lovett Bay
THE SEASONS OF
WOW (A NEW LOOK FOR 2011)
Hello Fellow WOWers,
We had a lovely Xmas break-up at the Point and it was nice to catch up
with some of you who can only come from time to time
year we have decided to reformat WOW. There will be four seasonal WOWs
(and anyone is free to organise additional informal gatherings).
Winter WOW around an open fire with warm mead perhaps or marshmallows
toasting! We need a willing WOW member to volunteer an appropriate
In Spring we will hopefully enjoy an outdoor
WOW in someone’s lovely garden surrounded by cheerful flowers or on a
deck overlooking many colourful blooms. Who thinks their house might
fit the bill?
Xmas WOW will be at a local restaurant as
usual and Joy Purvis has volunteered her house this Autumn. We will
hopefully enjoy some autumn tones with nuts and berries featuring on
Our food choices and clothes might also reflect the seasons in some way
The tentative dates are as follows:
AUTUMN WOW April 6th at Joy
WINTER WOW August
10th Who has a lovely open fire?
has a colourful flower filled garden or deck looking onto a garden of
If you think you house might be perfect but you need to tweak the date,
Author Talks at
Mona Vale Library
BENEATH HILL 60
Vale Library will host author, historian and producer Will Davies who
will present his latest book, Beneath Hill 60 on Tuesday 22 March from
Beneath Hill 60 depicts the story of the Australian
miners and soldiers who tunnelled under Hill 60 near Ypres and
eventually broke through to create a new frontline and enable the march
Local film-maker Bill Leimbach from Bilgola Plateau
produced the movie of the same name last year, which was mainly filmed
on location in the Top End.
Will Davies is a noted historian and documentary producer, producing a
number of works over the past 30 years.
has also written five books including the bestseller ‘Somme Mud’
(editor) and ‘In the Footsteps of Private Lynch’ and wrote the driving
tour ‘Villers-Bretonneux to le Hamel’.
Davies draws on the
diaries of one of the key combatants to tell the little-known,
devastatingly brutal true story of this subterranean war waged beneath
the Western Front - a dark battle-ground where men were suffered from
the effects of viscous chalk, blue gray clay and poisonous air or died
in the darkness, caught up in vicious hand-to-hand fighting.
Council’s librarian Catherine Buddin said the story was a compelling
read that acknowledged the vital role 4,500 Australian minors played in
tunnelling beneath no man’s land.
“What makes this book
interesting is that it was written after the film. The author
Will Davies believed the story was one of great interest, yet so little
was known about the secret struggle beneath the Western Front,” said Ms
The Author Talk will take place at Mona Vale Library
from 6.30pm on Tuesday 22 March. Book signings will
Entry to the Author Talk will be free of
charge, to coincide with Seniors Week activities hosted by Pittwater
Council. Bookings are essential; to book phone 9970
Media contact: Catherine Buddin, Events
Librarian Ph: 9970 1605
Community Breakfast 2011
Vote for Jessica Newham - Borneo
Newham of Elvina Bay, has
entered a competition to spend 5 months in Borneo, and take part in a
movie to raise awareness about deforestation and the orangutans loss of
Ten young people are
going to be selected from around the world, partly based on number of
youtube views, votes on the web site, and media coverage. You
see more about it here :
Would love if people could spare a minute and view Jess's youtube and
then vote for her.
View Jess's youtube entry here :
You can view multiple times, 25 views from each internet
address will be counted.
Count doesn't update immediately. Great if you
could also 'like' and 'share'.
Then to vote for Jess, go to :
scroll about 3/4 of way down page - Jess is currently on top
right hand side (white Captain Planet t-shirt :-)
Click on her screen to vote for her.
Voting closes on 18th March. The current leader has 793 views
on youtube - as at 22nd Feb - Jess is up to 770 views.
(BTW the mispelling of the desforestaction is right).
Thanking everyone in anticipation - will keep you posted !
Alison and Jess
Car stolen from
Mick's car got stolen out of the carpark sometime between the
evening of Thursday 10 February and Monday 14th of February.
It was a red Toyota Hilux Ute and was parked between Cargo Wharf and
was in REALLY poor condition and we actually found it quite laughable
that anyone would actually want to steal it!!!!
What isn't too funny, however, is that we were not insured.
If anyone saw anything suspicious we would really appreciate them
giving us a call on 9997 5469.
There seems to be a lot of “car
activity” at the moment.
Friday Graham (Earl) had all 4 wheels stolen from his car (Mazda 3 SP3)
which was parked at the top end of CP car park.
He arrived at his car to find it propped up on 2 old car batteries and
a block of cement.
were also puzzled why they chose the wheels of this car as the car is
not new (5 years old) and the wheels were very scratched.
Watch out, there are a lot of thieves about in Church
Black Makeup Case
Asha Forsyth has lost her black makeup case, on the night of 'Dogside
of The Moon' Friday 18th FEB.
It is a 'smiggle' pencil case with some netting on the front.
It was left on the bench near the Tennis BBQ during intermission and
was spotted on Sunday, but is now gone.
Please return it if you have taken it.
Call 0421979993/ 99792296.
looks a bit like a USB flashdrive) that was mislaid at
Computer Wharf on Thursday morning?
I am hoping that someone saw it and kindly picked it up, if so could
they please call Gary at
mob 0410 314567.
Island Residents Association
(SIRA) Membership Application - click
here to download
|West Pittwater Community
Association (WPCA) - http://www.wpca.org.au
SI Emergency Water Contacts and Guidelines for water: click
here for information and contacts
Scotland Island 'Water Agreement' - click
here to download
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 &
For information call 02 9979 7856 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Island Community Hall
Bookings: Kez on 9999 4092 or email@example.com
Services, Clubs &
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
|Justice of the Peace
- Bob Mitchell (Mackeral Beach) - 0419 745 628
Community Arts Inc. - Enquiries Lorrie Morgan
9997 8079 firstname.lastname@example.org
Point Yacht Club - http://www.wpyc.com.au
Prince Alfred Yacht Club - 02
Motor Yacht Club - http://www.royalmotor.com.au/
02 9997 5511
Island Lodge - Bed
Breakfast - 02 9979 3301 or
|Elvina Escape - B & B at
Elvina Bay - Alison Newham 0423 598 760
on Towlers Bay - 02 9332 2611 email@example.com
Youth Hostel - 02 9999 5748 www.yha.com.au/hostels/details.cfm?hostelid=31
Chambers - Celebrant (marriages, funerals etc)
Discount for all offshore residents. 9999 2445
IT Computer Services - Contact Robert
0427 890 357 or 9999 2942
|Handy Service - "No
job too small" - Call Alan 0447 775 541
Dance, Art etc)
Meditation and Group Fitness with Patrice - 0406
483 036 firstname.lastname@example.org
- Thursdays - 0421762236 email@example.com
with Max - Watercolour classes. Phone Max on 9997 4527
|Art Classes- drawing
and painting in oils, acrylics and mixed media- Marion 9979 3993 or
0431 457 431
/ The Forth Way - Call John on 9979 5584, Marion on 9979
3993 or Anne on 9999 3478
Group For Catherine Park - Run by SIOCS - Emmie Collins
on 0405 330 781
|WOW - Women on Water
- second Wednesday of the month - contact Nila on 9999 2445
& Kids Groups Playgroup - Run by SIOCS
- email Emma firstname.lastname@example.org
|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
Thinking Group - Roy
Baker, 9999 6891, email@example.com
Buses and Railways
Moon phases, Sun rise & set
weather for Sydney (128k circle)
|ALL EMERGENCIES (Police - Fire - Ambulance)
Assistance Line & Information
1444 or 9281 0000
Bay Water Police
7899 or 0412 162 093
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
388, (ah) 131 909
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