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Scotland Island - Western Shores - Mackeral Beach
March 7, 2010
Notices for Offshore Residents of Pittwater, Australia

Scotland Island Kindy
At Scotland Island Kindy

All Welcome
Scotland Island Kindy are very excited to have the CSIRO coming for a visit to run a hands on, eye opening, interactive science theatre. “Our students will become scientists! Don’t miss this opportunity to witness one of the most innovative and entertaining science programs available to schools in NSW.”

This workshop is only available to children over the age of 3 (no children below the age of 2 allowed)

When: Tuesday 9 March 2010
Time: 11am to 12pm
Where: Scotland Island Kindy(SIOCS), Catherine Park, Scotland Island (Tennis Court Wharf)

If Tuesday is not your normal day you are welcome to attend as long as there is parent supervision.
If you have any questions please call Scotland Island Kindy : 99797856
Michelle Wickens - Director
Tamie, Josh, Jilla

In regards to 'Junk or Treasure'
I arrived on the Island last year, and was absolutely delighted to discover the wonderful practice of leaving treasures at the wharves.

I’m appalled that others find this offensive, and are being so judgmental.   Does this mean people are judging me, when I rake through the goodies?  Oh, how awful!  In the good old days before sad things happened to me I had a couple of gold credit cards, and plenty of dollars in the bank.  I could buy whatever I liked, whenever I liked.  But the pleasure/excitement/enjoyment of an afternoon bashing the credit card in David Jones doesn’t come anywhere near the unexpected delight of finding a little trinket at Bells Wharf.  Old is better.  Especially when it comes to kitchen ware, the jugs, plates, appliances. They just don’t make them like they used to.  And the books!  An unending supply of books to chew through.  How wonderful! My kids have bought home some brilliant toys, some they’ve loved for just one day, some have been welcomed into the family pile.  That’s the thing with kids and toys.  You never know what strange item will take their fancy.  But what I love about the treasure pile is that my children are getting pleasure out of something that doesn’t come presented in a box direct from China.
It’s the NEW COOL.  Rampant consumerism is out.  Recycling and Re-using is in.  It’s the catch phrase of the decade.  Get with it.
You see, that’s the thing.  OK, so circumstances have conspired recently to introduce me to a lifestyle where I have to scratch around in the bottom of my handbag to find coins for a coffee.  But even if I had all those lovely dollars in my bank account again, I would still ferret through the little piles and joyfully discover something (used) that I never knew that I just had to have.
I’m appalled that others are chucking it in the bin in some judgmental “clean up”.  Don’t chuck it until I’ve been through the pile please!

I’m sure the person who kindly put the treasures there in the first place will come back in a day or two and deal to the remains.

Jaala Kinnon

This is a reminder that the Wine Tasting for our  group, is to be held on Sunday 21 March. The tasting will be held at Alan and Ruth Gaines lovely boatshed (red boatshed at Eastern channel marker; 71 Florence Terrace). The tasting will be on rain or shine.

Please download, examine, savour and PRINT the tasting notes and price list from HERE

TIME: 3pm

And here is some more great news. You can now invite your friends and neighbours who live offshore to attend our tastings!
They can sign up for an infrequent newsletter at http://www.wine.hostcell.net/

They can unsubscribe at any time by clicking the link at the bottom of every newsletter. And you can unsubscribe at any time by clicking the link at the base of any newsletter - of course we hope you don't!

Best Wishes - your wine syndicate committee (Pittwater chapter)

If you want further information, you could ring Greg Roberts  9979 5228, George Gaal  9979 9141, Julian Muir 9999 4449, Paul Purvis  9979 9667, or Alan Gaines  9979 2070

Local Council Notices
The BreastScreen NSW mobile screening unit will be at Pittwater Rugby Park, North Narrabeen Reserve, Warriewood from 16 March to 29 April 2010.  Free appointments can be made from Mondays to Fridays between 8.20am and 3.10pm each day by calling 13 20 50.

The breastscreening service is free for women over 40 years of age, with women 50 to 69 years of age particularly encouraged to attend. BreastScreen NSW has a proud history in supporting women within Northern Sydney Central Coast area.  More than 45,000 women were screened during 2009.

Breast cancer is the most common cause of death from cancer among Australian women. The Cancer Map of NSW indicates that breast cancer is a significant health issue on Sydney’s North Shore.

Approximately one in nine women in NSW will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime.   The chances of getting breast cancer increases as women get older, with over 75% of breast cancers detected in women over 50. 
Early detection of breast cancer while it is small and before it has a chance to spread is the most important factor in determining the survival and recovery of a woman from the disease.  Regular screening increases the likelihood that breast cancers are found as early as possible. Women should also monitor their breasts regularly and report any changes immediately to their family doctor. 

There are appointments available in March and April.  To book your free screening mammogram at any of BreastScreen NSW fixed sites or mobile units, call 13 20 50 today.
Apart from Pittwater Rugby Park, BreastScreen NSW will also be at the following sites:

Mobile Screening Unit   
Warringah Mall, Brookvale
Located behind HCF on Pittwater Road, enter via Dale Street)
Monday to Friday,  8.20am – 3.10pm Until Thursday 11 March
Free Parking – 3 hours Warringah Mall Car Park

Fixed Screening Sites  
BreastScreen Dee Why - Kingsway Medical & Dental Centre
1/F 729 Pittwater Road, Dee Why (enter via Pittwater Road or Kingsway)
Monday to Thursday, 8:30am – 3:30pm All the year round
Free Parking – Warringah Council Car Park

A 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 the Mona Vale Library on Wednesday 10 March 2010.

The 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.

Council’s Road Safety Officer, Michelle Carter said “the new rules for learner drivers now mean there is a minimum of one year on ‘L’ plates and an increase to 120 hours of supervised driving, including a mandatory 20 hours of night-time driving.” 
“A more rigorous driving test has also been introduced, focusing on hazard perception and driver reactions.”
“These changes to the Graduated Licensing Scheme are all about reducing the crash rate for young drivers.”
“Parents 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:

new laws for learner and P-plate drivers
how to use the new Learner Driver Log Book
how to plan on-road driving sessions
“Parents 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 Carter.
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 1194 or by email at michelle_carter@pittwater.nsw.gov.au.

One of Pittwater’s most elusive birds, the endangered Bush Stone-Curlew, is the subject of a free workshop on Tuesday 16 March at the Coastal Environment Centre, North Narrabeen.

The Bush Stone-Curlew stands about 55 cm tall and is grey to light brown in colour, with large, bright yellow eyes and a hunch-shouldered stance on long legs. When disturbed it lies flat on the ground, with its head and neck outstretched. Its call is a loud eerie wailing ‘wee-loo’, mostly heard at night.

The bird is found across Australia, but is an endangered species and rarely seen in Pittwater, although it is known to migrate to and breed in the area.

The Hawkesbury Nepean Catchment Management Authority, the Coastal Environment Centre and the Environmental Trust are hosting a workshop for those with an interest in learning more about how to protect the Stone Bush-Curlew and its breeding habitats.

Presenters Jan and Neville from the Nature Conservation Working Group in the Murray Catchment will share their knowledge of the current population numbers, personal experiences of how to manage nesting areas and the captive breeding program which has seen an increase in the bird’s numbers across the Murray-Darling Basin.

On display at the workshop will be a photo exhibition of the Bush Stone-Curlew, plus taxidermy birds with their eggs.

The workshop will begin at 6.30pm until 9pm and attendees will be treated to a free supper.  Please RSVP to Rebecca Mooy on 4725 3055 or 0417 436 105 or email rebecca.mooy@cma.nsw.gov.au by Friday 12 March 2010. The Coastal Environment Centre is located off Pelican Path, Lakeside Road, North Narrabeen.

Media contact:  Karin Nippard, Pittwater Council Ph: 9970 1363

Author Talks at Mona Vale Library
Lavender and Linen
By Henrietta Taylor
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Long-time Francophile and French resident Henrietta Taylor is visiting Pittwater and will discuss her latest book Lavender and Linen in another of the Author Talks series at Mona Vale Library.

The talk begins at 6.30pm on Tuesday 16 March at the library at 1 Park Street Mona Vale.
A former language teacher, Henrietta Taylor grew up in Sydney and met her husband while they were both teaching there. However, after his premature death she decided to leave Australia and settle in Provence, France with her two young daughters.

Her first book Escaping, describes her early life and marriage and the first few years of her new life in France.

Lavender and Linen continues the story of her life in Provence as the owner of two holiday cottages. Henrietta paints an amusing picture of the dramas of renovating in a foreign country and her struggle to understand the correct etiquette of living as a foreigner in a small French village.

Four years after she opened her cottages for holiday rentals, business is booming and she now firmly calls France home.

Henrietta says she has fallen in love with the colours, tastes and slow pace of life in Provence. The village in which she lives, Saignon, is perched on a hill overlooking the Luberon Valley and in parts dates back to the 10th century.

“Five kilometres away is the market town of Apt where you can buy the freshest vegetables and produce from surrounding farms,” she says.

“On Saturday, the market comes to life and people pour in from all parts of the Valley. There are wonderful cafes where you can sit and while away many an hour under the shade of a plane tree.”

Date: Tuesday 16 March 2010
Time: 6.30pm

Venue: Mona Vale Library
1 Park Street, Mona Vale

Cost: $7.50 Adults
$5.50 Concession / Pensioner or Friends of Mona Vale Library
(passes must be shown)

Phone: 9970 1600

Bookings essential!
Payment within 3 days of booking

Church Point Reserve Association Web Site
CPRA has its website up and running - check it at to see their perspective on the Church Point Plan of Management (CP POM)


26 – 28 MARCH 2010

Join Sydney wildlife photographer, Ken Griffiths, for
photo walks and talks at the Pittwater YHA.

The course is aimed at beginner to intermediate
level of photography. The emphasis will be on digital
photography but those still using film who are ready
to take the dive into digital will benefit greatly from
this course.

Cost: YHA members $160 per person includes 2
nights accommodation, 2 breakfasts, Saturday night
meal, workshops. Upgrade to a double is an additional $14pp.

(If not a YHA member, add $7 for the above weekend)

More information and bookings
Ph: 9999 5748 (8-11am, 5-8 pm)
e-mail: pittwater@yha.com.au
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