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Scotland Island - Western Shores - Mackeral Beach
January 8, 2014
Newsletter for Offshore Residents of Pittwater, Australia

Special Viewing Invitation

To all friends and residents of Scotland Island and the Bays

In response to many requests to come and see the Byzantine Crucifix commission that Dimitri has been working on all year, we have decided to have an open studio to allow people the opportunity to see it before it leaves the Island.

We will have an open house/ studio next Sunday the 12th January from 1pm til 5pm.

Please feel welcome to bring a drink and stay for a while.

Rosemary and Dimitri Lihachov

Snakes around our area.
A number of snakes spotted recently

A number of snakes have been seen around the island recently, including possibly a brown snake or common death added, golden crowned snake and diamond pythons.

If you see a snake close to your house:
  •     Do not approach the snake - Most snakebites occur when people try to catch and kill them
  •     Keep pets away from the area - Dogs and cats may be curious or aggressive towards snakes
  •     Watch it from a safe vantage point - Ideally watch it from an elevated platform

Snakebite First Aid
  • DO NOT wash bite site or attempt to suck or cut! This will complicate the situation and will not let the venom I.D kits give accurate reading.
  • Rest and reassure casualty.
  • Bandage firmly! To stop/slow lymphatic spread of venom.
Cover bite site then work from fingers/toes and cover the whole limb firmly, being careful not to go to tight as to cut off the blood flow to the limb, as tight as you would a sprained ankle is ideal!!
Mark on top of bandage where the bite is so that the doctor knows where to open to get swab for venom I.D kit.
  • Immobilise limb
  • Call 000 or 112 on mobiles.
  • Under NO circumstances attempt to remove the bandage until in medical staffs hands

With thanks to the following website for their information



Local Council Notices

School aged children across Pittwater are invited to visit Mona Vale Library during the holidays and take part in one of the free craft sessions on offer.

Children aged between 5 and 12 can drop into one of six sessions at the library during the January summer holidays, where they can make anything from paper dolls to treasure chests.

Sessions will start at 10am until 1pm on Wednesday 15 January, Thursday 16 January, Wednesday 22 January and again on Thursday 23 January.

Mona Vale Library’s event coordinator Rebeccah Vick said the sessions were designed to stimulate children’s interest in crafts.

“The drop-in sessions allow children and their parents or grandparents to have fun without having to do all the preparation and the tidy up afterwards.”

The sessions run for two hours however, children can drop in at any time between 10am and 1pm when they are running. Parents are required to stay with younger children.

Bookings are not required. Further information about the sessions can be obtained by calling the library on 9970 1600.
Media contact: Rebeccah Vick Mona Vale Library Ph: 9970 1622

Blue Dragon Thanks

Gorgeous leather modular couch.

Nick Scali brand and in great shape.

Free for pick up.
We may be able to help deliver with our buggy.

Call Judy on 0400 454 395 ( Robertson Road)

2 Single Beds

I have 2 single beds  (mattresses and timber frames) going free.
Please call me if interested.

Delivery can be arranged for a fee.

Nikki 0425 227792

Queen Sized Bed

We live on Scotland Island and are looking for a Queen-Sized bed base or frame.

If you have one you would like to get rid of / sell, preferable on the island, please contact me on 0450 076 066.

Lara Hasell

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
To join the Western Pittwater Community Association, contact Michael Wiener at

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

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