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of Pittwater, Australia - Volume 12, Issue 586
the Love of the Curlew
Gone Fishing Gallery Update
Fireshed Dinner -
Book Launch at Gone
takes out Top Honours again
As steep as..
Don't Feel Like Cooking
Garage Space ?
Local Contact Guide
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printing, just click on the
You can contact
Gwyn Perkins by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
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the Love of the Curlew
Calling all artists, designers, illustrators and would-be any of the
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
One colour only.
Send your low res. jpegs to email@example.com 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.
Fishing Gallery Update
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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
grand kids and Lennys brother will all be on board the Elvina, with
Mick Miller driving.
Please come by tinnie, or contact penny on
firstname.lastname@example.org for transport.
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
by Gwyn Perkins
Brought to you
by Nathalie and the crew
Live music and
Launch at “Gone Fishing” Gallery
Century Sanskrit Treasure
Sunday July 17th
An opportunity to hear about the work of local writers while viewing
the work of local artists
Jennifer and Grahame Cover will present in ‘IslandThinking’ style the
first English translation of
Bodhasara: An Eighteenth Century Sanskrit Treasure
Sunday July 17th 3-6pm
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 email@example.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
Signed copies will be available at the launch: Paperback $37, Hardcover
$65 (Cash or cheque only)
Beaches Builder R W Stidwill Constructions Wins Top Award
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
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.
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
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.
Caterers, Purveyors of Fine Foods and Refreshments Vendors
Watermarks is on
again this year!
Mark it on your calendar…
Would you like to get involved?
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 firstname.lastname@example.org,
or call me on 0405 097 424.
your own food and/or drinks stall?
out with serving at other people's stalls?
some delicious treats and deliver them to another site for sale on the
your home as a one - off local restaurant?
out as a volunteer?
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
AUTHOR MICHAEL ROBOTHAM AT AVALON LIBRARY
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.
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
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
you thought Bell Steps was Steep !
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.
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.
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
Place to Rent
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
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 email@example.com
anybody out there that does simple mending &
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
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 9667
|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
|Electrician Wayne on
Scotland Island 0418 229 277 - offshore community
sparky - www.sparky.com.au
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
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
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
|Offshore 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)
|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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