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Scotland Island - Western Shores - Mackeral Beach
June 1, 2011
Newsletter for Offshore Residents of Pittwater, Australia - Volume 12, Issue 586

  • Gwyn's Calendar
  • For the Love of the Curlew
  • Gone Fishing Gallery Update
  • Lenny Duck
  • Fireshed Dinner - Moroccan Feast
  • Book Launch at Gone Fishing Gallery
  • Stidwill takes out Top Honours again
  • Pittwater Online Newsletter
  • Lost Dog
  • Watermarks
  • Author Talks
  • Health Direct
  • As steep as..
  • Don't Feel Like Cooking
  • Wanted
  • Garage Space ?
  • Sewing Help
  • The Local Contact Guide
  • Join SIRA
  • Archived Newsletters
  • Your subscription Information

  • Gwyn's June 2011 Calendar 

    To download a full version (A4 size) of this months calendar, ready for printing,  just click on the calendar image.

    You can contact Gwyn Perkins by email at g.perkins@gwyn.com.au

    The file is quite large and in PDF format. To view PDF documents you will need the Adobe Acrobat Reader installed on your computer.
    To download Acrobat Reader please click here


    For the Love of the Curlew

    Calling all artists, designers, illustrators and would-be any of the above.

    We are looking for a fantastic image that captures the spirit of the Curlew to printed on a T-shirt for the Curlew Day at the Gone Fishing Gallery.

    One colour only.

    Send your low res. jpegs to info@gonefishinggalery.com.au  no later than June 10

    Winner will receive a free t shirt. (wow) Oh, and the honour of seeing thousands of people wearing your design.

    Have a go, kids designs welcome.


    Gone Fishing Gallery Update

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    Lenny Duck

    Lenny's ash scattering will take place from the Elvina at 11.00 am between Scotland Island and Lovett Bay.

    The Elvina was a huge part of Lenny's life. His son and daughter, grand kids, great grand kids and Lennys brother will all be on board the Elvina, with Mick Miller driving.

    Please come by tinnie, or contact penny on penny@churchpointferryservice.com for transport.

    Afterwards at Church Point to remember Lenny
    Raechel has said “The day of his retirement, the community gave him a book, inside this book are tributes, thanks, drawings from children, memories shared.  Dad never told me about this book, nor did I ever see it.  But I found it on Saturday afternoon and read it Saturday Night.  Grumpy old bastard at times, but I am honoured to have been his daughter. Dad was their hero, companion, confidante, legend and a great man.

    Church Point and the Western Foreshores was definitely his home.  Its fitting that his ashes are scattered here.


    Fireshed Winter Dinner - Moroccan Feast
    Saturday 4, June from 7pm

    by Gwyn Perkins

    Brought to you by Nathalie and the crew

    Vegetarian Option
    Dessert included
    Live music and more!

    Adults $20

    Children $5


    Book Launch at “Gone Fishing” Gallery
    An Eighteenth Century Sanskrit Treasure
    Sunday July 17th 3-6pm

    An opportunity to hear about the work of local writers while viewing the work of local artists
    Everyone Welcome
    Jennifer and Grahame Cover will present in ‘IslandThinking’ style the first English translation of
    Bodhasara: An Eighteenth Century Sanskrit Treasure
    Date:   Sunday July 17th 3-6pm
    Venue: “Gone Fishing” Gallery, 1858 Pittwater Rd, Church Point (in the old Pasadena)

    Please bring a bottle and/or plate to share.
    We’d appreciate an RSVP to jennifer.cover@bodhasara.com or 0409 560 008
    For background material see www.bodhasara.com
    Paperback version available at www.amazon.com
    Bodhasara is not an intellectual text – its spirit of curiosity will appeal to anyone with an open, receptive mind. It is a fine example of wisdom literature enlivened by the renaissance spirit evident in India during the pre-colonial 18th century. Special care was taken to create a fine English translation to make this text accessible and enjoyable.
    Bodhasara, one of the few texts known from this pre-colonial period, was almost forgotten until this translation project. Narahari, the author, uses humour, double meanings and striking metaphors. He is fearless about discarding worthless adherence to form and ever confident in the natural purity of existence.
    This publication of Bodhasara was recently launched in India, in Pune at Pune University and the Bhandarkar Oriental research Institiute, and in Rishikesh at the Arsha Vidya Gurukulum. It was praised by all, including many Sanskrit scholars. In Melbourne, Sydney (mainland) and Brisbane the reception has been equally enthusiastic among scholars and lay readers alike. A US launch tour is being planned for August.
    A project directed by the young Australian composer Andrew Batt-Rawden is in an early stage with the goal of setting the work to music and dance.
    Signed copies will be available at the launch: Paperback $37, Hardcover $65 (Cash or cheque only)


    Northern Beaches Builder R W Stidwill Constructions Wins Top Award
    2011 HIA-CSR Australian Home of the Year

    The 2011 HIA-CSR Australian Housing Awards were unveiled last Friday at the residential building industry’s prestigious awards ceremony held at the Gold Coast Convention Centre.

    The HIA-CSR Australian Housing Awards remain the ultimate platform to showcase the talents of the nation’s top builders and designers. Winners are selected from a list of state based finalists, with awards in separate categories. The awards recognise excellence in construction and design.

    Northern Beaches R W Stidwill Constructions took out the top award, winning the 2011 HIA Australian Home of the Year for the pavilion style house on Scotland Island, designed by local designer Larry Eastwood. It also won the award for the 2011 HIA Australian Custom Built Home of the Year.


    The judges were impressed with this pavilion-style house that was mostly hand built from raw materials. The house design was unique to meet the requirements of the island site and the choice of natural materials, particularly recycled timber and attention-to-detail has produced a warm and liveable ambience.
    The environmentally sustainable features, including it’s orientation, uses of clear and opaque glass as well as louvres, gives it ventilation and abundance of light.

    Water harvesting and treatment provides off-the-grid sewer irrigation, and grey and potable water.

    HIA Managing Director Shane Goodwin said the HIA-CSR Australian Housing Awards are the pinnacle of housing awards and reflects the increasingly diverse and competitive Australian housing industry.
    “I would like to congratulate all our award winners who really do represent the ‘best in the business’,” Mr Goodwin said. “The bar is raised higher each year, making the judging process tougher, reflecting continual innovation and improvements in quality and design”.

    Judging by industry professionals, the awards acknowledge the talent of builders, designers and building companies who plan and construct quality new housing, apartments, renovations, kitchens and bathrooms.

    Their website is www.rwstidwill.com.au or contact 0413 365 410.

    Pittwater Online Newsletter

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    Lost Dog

    At 7 am the other morning I was enjoying my morning cup of tea on Havachat’s verandah and absorbing the peace and quiet of the early rising tide.  I then noticed a small dog drama taking place next door.  In the water, dressed in a coat, was a small dog making desperate attempts to jump out of the water and scale an oyster covered slipway wall.  It would hang onto the oysters, desperately trying to pull itself out of the water.  After several attempts it would swim to shore, look around and then head back into the water.  I grabbed a towel and with the help of a neighbour the little dog was bundled into the towel, shivering and with bleeding feet.  While the neighbour went back home to get some dog food I asked close neighbours if anyone knew the little dog.  Still clutching the shivering and much stressed little dog, I dried her coat in front of the heater, had a further cup of tea and made several phone calls asking for assistance in identifying her.  By this time it was well after 10 am and I decided that I should change out of my pyjamas.
    This meant that I had to form a barricade under my table to contain the little girl.  A barricade was duly constructed out of priceless art works, paintings, antique chairs, ceramics and sculptures.  A bowl of water was provided on top of the Persian rug together with a small plate of food should she require room service.  Upon emerging from the bathroom fully clothed for the day, I discovered that being housed within a 5 star fine art collection did not suit the little lady, and she had indiscriminately pushed aside all the fine art and made her escape.  I do hope the story has a happy ending and the little lady is reunited with her family.

    A word of caution, if I may, to her family.  As she sits before you, her little moist nose quivering with righteous indignation at her imprisonment, her deep dark eyes fixed upon you with intent as she regales you with tales of her stoicism in the face of adversity, her agility at scaling oyster clad sea walls, her bravery at dealing with a miniature Burmese panther and her overall intrepid sense of adventure, I would ask you to treat with caution her heroic tales and begin to doubt, yes doubt just a little,  that she is telling you the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth.



    Calling All Caterers, Purveyors of Fine Foods and Refreshments Vendors

    Watermarks is on again this year!
    September 24th and 25th.

    Mark it on your calendar…

    Would you like to get involved?

    •     Hold your own food and/or drinks stall?
    •     Help out with serving at other people's stalls?
    •     Make some delicious treats and deliver them to another site for sale on the weekend?
    •     Open your home as a one - off local restaurant?
    •     Help out as a volunteer?
    In September 2009 the first Watermarks event was a big success, with around 2000 people attending. This year the turn out is expected to be even bigger, so if you think you would like to be a part of the catering this year, please email Kath Anderson on kathando@yahoo.com, or call me on 0405 097 424.

    And remember that there are a few well experienced chefs and caterers around the Pittwater who will be most willing to help out with suggestions and advice. 


    Author Talks at Avalon LibraryThe Wreckage
    The Wreckage
    By Michael Robotham


    International best-selling author and Pittwater resident Michael Robotham will be at Avalon Library on Tuesday 7 June to talk about his latest novel, The Wreckage.

    A former journalist in Sydney and London, Michael Robotham was one of the first journalists given access to the diaries and letters of Czar Nicholas the Second and the so-called ‘Hitler files’ held by Stalin, which remained undiscovered for 50 years.

    Michael began his writing career as a ‘ghost-writer’, penning a range of autobiographies for clients in show business, sport and the military.

    Returning to Australia with his family in the mid nineties, he decided to take up writing full-time, beginning with his first crime novel The Suspect. This gripping psychological thriller rocketed to the top of the best-selling crime novels list around the world in a matter of months and has now been translated into 22 languages.

    His second novel, Lost, was awarded the Ned Kelly Award for Crime Fiction in 2005 and shortlisted for the Best British Book of the Year sold in the USA in 2006.

    Since then, Michael has written five crime novels to date, including his latest The Wreckage.

    Michael Robotham will be at Avalon Library from 10.30am on Tuesday 7 June discussing his latest novel and how he began his writing career. Bookings are essential as places are limited; the cost is $5 per person paid in advance to the Library and which includes morning tea.

    Michael will be available for book signings following his talk.
    For enquiries contact Avalon Library on 9918 3013.


    Health Direct 1800 022 222
    Just recently I had occasion to ring ‘Health Direct’ and got some really sensible advice. Just wondered if you all know about this excellent telephone health advice service. You get to speak to a  qualified nurse who can give you immediate advice over the phone.

    This doesn’t take the place of a visit to the doctor or hospital of course but the nurse can determine whether you have an emergency situation or not.

    The number to call is 1800022222
    Rosemary  Haskell


    And you thought Bell Steps was Steep !

    This is the Diga del Cingino dam in Italy

    They are European Ibex and they like to eat the moss
    and lichen and
    lick the salt off the dam wall.


    Don't Feel Like Cooking ?
    Recently we received a pizza menu in the mail from Upper Crust Pizza’s in Newport who have started a delivery service to Scotland Island.

    They offer a 6 and 7pm drop off to Bells Wharf on a Monday night, so we decided to give them a try...they were DELICIOUS.

    A large range of traditional and gourmet toppings and base flavours and no dishes to wash up,so if you are sick of cooking every night give them a try you wont be  dissapointed.    

    Cher Bailey


    Place to Rent

    Professional woman looking for a two or three bedroom rental property on Scotland Island. Maybe you own or know someone who owns a house that sits empty for most of the year? I’m interested in speaking about the opportunity to rent it, short or long term. I’ve lived on the island for 6 years and have impeccable references.
    Phone Mandy on 0411 645 389


    Garage Space ??
    I am trying to find out if there is any interest by off-shore residents in garage space rental in the Church Point area.

    My situation is that I am going to built a garage on my property which is close to the commuter wharf. However there is enough space for me to build the garage slightly larger which would then accommodate an additional three cars.

    The issue is that because of the cost of construction, the weekly rental would have to be between $100 and $150.

    The cost of a standard space would be $100 per week but there is an opportunity to increase the area of one space to accommodate storage as well as a car. If this was done then this space would have to be rented at $150 per week.

    At this stage I am interested in feedback only in order to know whether there are any off-shore residents that would benefit from this type of accommodation at this price.

    I can be contacted on 0409 925 352 or kenwallace10@msn.com


    Sewing ?
    Is there anybody out there that does simple mending & alterations....because

    1. I don't own a sewing machine &
    2. I wouldn't know what to do with one if I did!

    Let me know if you're interested....
    Rachel 9997 8955

    The Local Guide
    Community Information

    What's On in Pittwater - Self Editing Event Calendar 
    click to go to the Calendar
    Scotland Island Community Vehicle - 0404 103 700 Number, Usage & Charges
    Scotland Island Rural Fire Brigade - 9999 4404 http://www.sirfb.org.au
    West Pittwater Rural Fire Brigade - 9997-3795 www.westpittwater.rfsa.org.au
    Offshore Photo Gallery http://picasaweb.google.com/offshoregallery/
    Scotland Island Residents Association (SIRA) Membership Application - click here to download
    West Pittwater Community Association (WPCA) - http://www.wpca.org.au
    Scotland Island Water
    SI Emergency Water Contacts and Guidelines for water: click here for information and contacts
    Scotland Island 'Water Agreement' - click here to download
    Scotland 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 & Equipment Hire
    For information call 02 9979 7856 or email:  siocs@comcen.com.au
    Scotland Island Community Hall Bookings:  Kez on 9999 4092 or kezborthwickbolton@gmail.com

    Scotland Island Community Vehicle - 0404 103 700 - Number, Usage & Charges
    Church Point Ferries - 0408 296 997  Ferry Timetable click here
    Pink Water Taxi - 0428 238 190
    Pittwater Offshore Services - Contact Rus on 0415-464-733
    Manly Warringah Cabs   - 02 9972 5600
    Palm Beach Cruises  - 02 9997 4815

    Real Estate
    PMC Hill  - 9999 4902   http://www.pmchill.com.au/
    Century 21 Showcase Pittwater  - 9999 0155   http://www.c21pittwater.com.au/
    L.J.Hooker Mona Vale - 9979 8000   http://www.ljhooker.com.au/monavale

    Services, Clubs & Accommodation
    Scotland Island 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 9667
    Justice of the Peace - Paul Burchall - 0414 975 793
    Justice of the Peace - Bob Mitchell (Mackeral Beach) - 0419 745 628
    Pittwater Community Arts Inc.  - Enquiries Lorrie Morgan 9997 8079  lorriemay@bigpond.com
    Woody Point Yacht Club -  http://www.wpyc.com.au   commodore@wpyc.com.au
    Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club - 02 9997 1022  http://www.rpayc.com.au/  
    Royal Motor Yacht Club - http://www.royalmotor.com.au/ 02 9997 5511
    Scotland Island Lodge - Bed & Breakfast - 02 9979 3301 or  http://www.scotlandislandlodge.com.au 
    Elvina Escape - B & B at Elvina Bay - Alison Newham 0423 598 760
    Treetops on Towlers Bay - 02 9332 2611  info@walkabouttours.com.au
    Pittwater Youth Hostel  - 02 9999 5748  www.yha.com.au/hostels/details.cfm?hostelid=31  
    Nila Chambers - Celebrant (marriages, funerals etc)  Discount for all offshore residents. 9999 2445
    Offshore IT Computer Services  - Contact Robert  0427 890 357 or 9999 2942
    Handy Service - "No job too small"  - Call Alan 0447 775 541
    Electrician Wayne on Scotland Island 0418 229 277 - offshore community sparky - www.sparky.com.au

    Island Classes (Fitness, Dance, Art etc)
    Pilates, Meditation and Group Fitness with Patrice -  0406 483 036 patrice.corrie@gmail.com
    Anusara Yoga -  Thursdays -  0421762236 dominiquemarill@gmail.com or floydcbg@ozemail.com.au
    Art 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
    @ Nathalie's Table - Cooking Classes - Mediterranean cooking fortnightly - Nathalie - 9999 4449

    Gurdjieff / The Forth Way - Call John on 9979 5584, Marion on 9979 3993 or Anne on 9999 3478
    Green 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   
    Parents & Kids Groups Playgroup - Run by SIOCS - email Emma trysemz@tpg.com.au
    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
    Island Thinking Group - Roy Baker, 9999 6891, roybaker99@yahoo.com
    Offshore a capella choir –  Saturdays at 2:30 pm, SI Community Hall. Call Gordon on 9997 2035.

    Government Organisations
    Pittwater Council - 9970 1111  - email  pittwater_council@pittwater.nsw.gov.au  Web site click here
    Member for Mackellar Bronwyn Bishop, email clicking here or Bronwyn.Bishop.MP@aph.gov.au
    Member for Pittwater  Rob Stokes,  email pittwater@parliament.nsw.gov.au

    Airlines, Buses and Railways
    Sydney Airport:
    Arrivals and Departures
    Virgin Blue:

    Sydney Buses: Information.

    Sydney Ferries:
    City Rail:
    Timetables & Information.
    Country Link Rail:

    Scotland Island Tides, Moon phases, Sun rise & set
    Local Weather Forecasttop
    Radar weather for Sydney (128k circle)
    Emergency Contact Numbers   
    ALL EMERGENCIES (Police - Fire - Ambulance) 000
    Police Assistance Line & Information 13 1444 or 9281 0000
    Broken Bay Water Police 9910 7899 or 0412 162 093
    Scotland Island Rural Fire Brigade  9999 4404
    NSW Fire Service General Information 9265 2999 9265 2999
    Rural Fire Service 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
    Join SIRA
    You can now join the Scotland Island Residents Association by clicking here. Please print the page 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
    Join WPCA
    To join the Western Pittwater Community Association, contact Michael Wiener at

    Archived Newsletters
    A complete set of past electronic newsletters since May 2000 can be found and read at https://ymlp.com/archive_gesgjgm.php  or by clicking here or by visiting the Mona Vale Library.

    The Island website is at www.scotlandisland.org.au

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