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Scotland Island - Western Shores - Mackeral Beach

-July 2004 -

Newsletter for Offshore Residents of Pittwater, Australia  Volume 6, Issue 58; July 2004     


At the recent elections for the Scotland Island Residents Association, local identity Shar Jones was appointed president. Outgoing president Greg Roberts was presented with a gift to thank him for his tireless and rewarding efforts in his long term as president.

Broadband for the offshore communities has been high on our list of priorities this month. Hundreds of newsletter subscribers have filled in the Telstra demand register (if you are yet to complete it, fill it in now by clicking here) It does seem that most offshore communities will have access to the internet at the highest speeds before the year is out. To find out more PLEASE attend the Telstra Open Day, on Saturday afternoon July 3rd in the Community Hall on Scotland Island from 2pm. ADSL can be cheaper than your current dialup, is more powerful than  ISDN and only requires your initial application, without obligation, by completing the register.

In this Issue:

  • HISTORY CORNER with Leicester Warburton

  • Council applauds ADSL Initiative on Scotland Island

  • Not too late to get ADSL

  • SIRA Annual General Meeting

  • Secrets of the Jury Room

  • Ways to prevent smoke and odour nuisances

  • Pittwater Civic design Awards

  • Editor goes on holidays

  • Samantha Hazelgrove: SI Travel Agent

  • Scotland Island Players

  • Clearing Your Block and Pile Burns

  • Christmas in July – 31st July

  • The Scotland Island Fire Brigade presents

  • Piers Akerman article in the Daily Telegraph

  • The Local Guide
  • Archived Newsletters
  • Your Subscription Information

    HISTORY CORNER with Leicester Warburton


    When Andrew Thompson died on October 22, 1810, at the age of 37, Governor Macquarie attended his funeral as Chief Mourner. The rigidly conservative and influential preacher, the Reverend Samuel Marsden stayed on his plebe, the land attached to his parish church at Parramatta. Not even death could persuade him to give public recognition to "an evil-liver" for Marsden believed that his superiors in England would never approve of him associating with an ex-convict. He felt that this disapproval might not only besmirch his sacred character but also cause him to lose the respect of the people under his care. Such were the religious intolerances of the time.
    A few days later, the Sydney Gazette, which was edited by an emancipist like Thompson, wrote of Thompson's success in accumulating considerable property after his early lapse of rectitude. Only just under 10 months earlier, on January 1 of the same year, Macquarie had rewarded Thompson for his many community services with the grant to him of Scotland Island for an annual rent of three shillings. (See attached historic draft of the official agreement. Note the Government's right to "make a public road"!)

    At Thompson's funeral Macquarie paid generous tribute to Thompson saying "This most useful and valuable man closed his earthly career on the 22° day of October at Windsor of which he was the principal founder in the thirty-seventh year of his age with the hope of eternal life". In this way Thompson's death became the occasion for the first statement that the country belonged to deserving emancipists. At the same time Governor Macquarie identified himself more closely with their aspirations by earlier writing a tribute to Thompson in which he pointed out that "by persevering industry and a diligent attention to the command of his superiors he had raised himself to that state of respectability and affluence . His appointment as a JP also helped to restore him to that rank in society he had forfeited".

    These words made a profound impression on the grateful Thompson that he bequeathed a quarter of his fortune of 36,000 pounds (the equivalent of millions today) to the governor. His estate had included 1585 acres of prime land. A distillation of Macquarie's words appeared on Thompson's headstone.

    As for the Reverend Marsden, 20 years later, in the district where he had taken his unforgiving stand against Thompson's lapse from rectitude, he suffered a fatal heart attack.

    Council applauds ADSL Initiative on Scotland Island



    Pittwater Council recently initiated a “Smart Community” pilot project in conjunction with the Scotland Island Residents Association (SIRA). The “Smart Community” concept has been developed in Canada and Northern Europe, and is based on a community-wide internet connection allowing people to use the internet to conduct business and social activities as it best suits them. It is a concept which is particularly applicable in remote areas and/or areas such as Pittwater where public transport services are poor.

    As part of the ”Smart Community” initiative (SIRA) and Council have been working with Telstra to investigate providing high-speed internet access to Scotland Island and the western foreshore communities.

    SIRA and Pittwater Council were concerned at the lack of ADSL in areas within Pittwater, and the difficulties this was causing people wanting to work and study from home. After discussions between SIRA, Council representatives and Telstra to try to achieve broadband access to the island and parts of the western foreshores, Telstra has agreed to work on solutions to provide this access.

    As part of this process residents of Scotland Island and the western foreshores have been requested to complete a “Demand Register”, to give Telstra an indication of potential take-up of broadband access in these areas.

    Telstra North Region General Manager, Tamara Fisher, has announced that Telstra is working on solutions to provide access to ADSL for 60 per cent of Scotland Island, as well as for Lovett Bay and Elvina Bay, by the end of July. The remaining 40 per cent of the island is undergoing a technical evaluation to see what is required to bring ADSL to this area.

    Pittwater Council’s Mayor Lynne Czinner said: “This is wonderful news for the communities of Scotland Island and Lovett and Elvina Bays. One of the major benefits of this access is the opportunity it affords residents to work from home. We fully encourage this – it is, in fact, part of our own Transport Policy and the SHOROC Regional Transport Policy, as it reduces traffic congestion on our roads.

    “These offshore communities of over 1,000 people regularly use the internet for local communications and also for working and studying from home. The Smart Community concept is a way of getting like-minded members of communities in touch with each other via the internet, for mutual benefit. We want to encourage our Smart Communities to discover the opportunities to share knowledge and information with each other. The possible benefits to communities like Scotland Island and the western foreshores are enormous”, said Mayor Czinner.

    Telstra is holding an Information Day on Scotland Island on Saturday 3 July, to inform residents of progress and to answer general questions about ADSL.

    Not too late to get ADSL

    Scores of offshore residents have applied to Telstra for ADSL availability via the special newsletter you received recently. Without commitment to anyone, these residents will get ADSL very quickly. They will be able to select their own Internet Service Provider and enjoy the benefits of 'always-on 'high-speed' internet connections.

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    SIRA Annual General Meeting

    The Annual General Meeting of the Scotland Island Residents association was held on Sunday 6th June and we all welcome the new team, listed below:

    • President Shar Jones
    • Vice Presidents Greg Roberts, Paul Purvis
    • Hon. Treasurer Deryn Vokins
    • Hon. Secretary Kerry Borthwick
    • Clare Atkins
    • Pam Bradbury
    • Trudi Engler
    • Rosemary Haskell
    • Adrienne Hunt
    • Jennifer Knox
    • Annette Ritchie
    • Guyren Smith
    • Gillian Unwin
    • Landcare/Stormwater Work Group: Sharon Kinnison
    • Church Point Precinct: Ian Souter
    • SIRFS: David Wardman
    • Public Officer: Kevin Stapley
    • Auditor: George Gaal

    Greg Roberts, the outgoing president of the association after 5 years in office, welcomed the appointment of well known local identity Shar Jones to the office of President. Greg said: " The association is in good shape and will progress strongly in Shar Jones care.

    We have a great team who are totally focused on making our corner of the world one of the best places to live in."

    Secrets of the Jury Room

    Would you be interested in my SBS TV documentary 'Secrets of the Jury Room' to air at 8.30 Thursday July 15th?

    Jurors trying a constructed euthanasia murder trial were filmed day and night.  Real pathologists, police, doctors, with legal silks & juniors performed their duties as in life.  Justice George Hampel presided.  NSW Chief Justice James Spigelman provided Darlinghurst Supreme Court with staff.  Jurors were drawn from the electoral catchment as is usual.
    Originated by Lovett Bay's  John Bryson, who also wrote the trial scenario, the film was invited to debut at the Sydney Film Festival where it drew a near sellout audience to the vast State Theatre.
    My roles were Originator, Writer and Associate Producer.

    John Bryson, Lovett Bay.

    Ways to prevent smoke and odour nuisances

    Ways to prevent smoke and odour nuisances from the operation of wood fire heaters include:

    ·        Only using  dry seasoned hardwood
    ·        Always storing wood in a dry well ventilated place
    ·        Using an approved Australian Standard wood fire heater
    ·        Ensuring a  hot well oxygenated fire
    ·        Ensuring that the chimney flue is clean
    ·        Checking the chimney at different stages of the fire to see if there is any smoke.
    Council's website has more info and links to EPA brochures regarding this subject by clicking here

    Pittwater Civic Design Awards

    Pittwater residents, architects, designers and builders are invited to enter the 2004 Pittwater Civic Design Awards, which are presented every three years.

    Pittwater Council introduced the awards in support of its Statement of Urban Environmental Values, in order to recognise:
    • Quality design
    • Design sympathetic with Pittwater
    • Ecological Sustainability
    • Restoration of Heritage buildings and the preservation of conservation areas
    • The enhancement of streetscapes, foreshore and beach areas
    • Quality landscaping
    • Bushland regeneration

    Eligible buildings must be within the Pittwater local government area. Categories are:
    • Residential buildings – New
    • Residential buildings – Extended, Renovated or Refurbished (including Heritage restorations)
    • Residential buildings – Dual Occupancy
    • Multi-Unit Occupancy – Shoptop Housing
    • Medium Density Housing (including SEPP5 dwellings)
    • Commercial Premises

    Entries close on Friday 6 August, with judging taking place Monday/Tuesday 9/10 August.

    Editor goes on holidays

    The editor of this newsletter is going to be absent from his keyboard for 2 months. After 4.5 years of pumping out this newsletter, he felt that he should accompany the sub-editor on a fact finding tour of Ireland and France.

    In his absence, you may get a small newsletter, but, fear not, it will return in September.


    Samantha Hazelgrove: SI Travel Agent

    I am a mobile travel agent and operate from a home base. I offer the same products and services of a storefront agency, the difference being, the personalised service I can provide. I am available outside office hours even Sunday's and Public Holidays. Being mobile I can visit clients to talk about their travel arrangements in the comfort of their own home or office. I can be contacted on 02 9979 4029 (from 30 June),  Mobile 0412 620 641 or email shazelgrove@mtatravel.com.au

    Scotland Island Players
    In case it has escaped your notice, The Players are up and running again.

    We have formed a new committee with the following members:
    President: Bob Blackwood
    Vice-President: Bob Bolton

    Hon. Secretary : Kerry Borthwick
    Treasurer: Bob Bolton (a glutton for punishment!)

    Committee Members:
    Costume Coordinator: Liz Brand (assisted by Terese Valenti)
    Publicity Coordinator Nettie Lodge (assisted by Rosemary Haskell)
    Technical Coordinator John Marshall (assisted by Steve Valenti)
    Hall Coordinator Annette Ritchie
    Set Coordinator Gill Unwin
    Props Coordinator Rebecca Erdman

    Auditions have been held, and rehearsals are underway for our first play “Caravan” by Donald McDonald, an hilarious farce set in a caravan park “somewhere on the South 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 Bob Bolton and the cast members are:
    The long-suffering Penny Robinson is played by Nettie Lodge
    Parkes Robinson, her chauvinist husband, is Mark Morgan
    Monica, a bitchy friend, is played by Tracey Smith
    Her accountant husband is Paul Burchall
    The bachelor mate is John Travers, and
    His oh so young girlfriend is played by Jessica Thompson

    “Caravan” will be playing at the SI Community Centre in September (between the Olympics and the school holidays) so keep your eyes open for notices. It’s not to be missed!

    Clearing Your Block and Pile Burns

    This is a great time of year to clear away excess vegetation around your house and garden. When clearing, you may find you have a pile of vegetation suitable for a pile burn, which is used to reduce the threat of a bushfire impacting on your property. To conduct a pile burn, a Bush Fire Hazard Reduction Certificate is required. Valid for 12 months, application forms are available from your local Rural Fire Brigade.

    A good size for a pile burn is 0.5m high and 2.0m wide. Piles that are too big produce too much heat. Piles should be located away from structures, overhanging power lines, telephone cables and branches. 24 hours prior to the burn, the local RFS and your neighbours must be informed of the
    intention to burn.
    For further information contact your local RFS or go to www.rfs.nsw.gov.au

    Christmas in July – 31st July

    The annual Christmas in July fundraising dinner presented by Scotland Island Rural Fire Brigade is on again. Strap on your dancing shoes, buy a small gift to put under the tree and prepare for a feast. The fun starts at 7pm with a drink at the bar followed by a full sit-down Christmas Dinner.

    Santa is due to pay us a visit and we’ll cap off the night dancing away to Joe’s Garage. At just $45 a head, tickets will sell fast so book soon. For tickets, call Melanie or Fiona at PMC Hill on 9999 4902, Jenny on 9979 3777, Graeme on 0419 460331 or Bruce at the Station on 9999 4404.

    The Scotland Island Fire Brigade presents


    Saturday 3rd July @ The Scotland Island Fireshed  at 4 pm

    C h i l d r e n $5 A d u l t s $5

    Includes P O P C O R N + F I L M + S A U S A G E S I Z Z L E

    ~ A l l W e l c o m e ~
    In a winter series of film afternoons - 1st Saturday of every month

    Piers Akerman article in the Daily Telegraph

    Well known local identity Piers Akerman has written an excellent piece in an edition of this week's Daily Telegraph relating to the new State government slug of waterfront owners in Pittwater. To view that article, click here

    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
    • 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.


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