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of Pittwater, Australia - Volume 10, Issue 447
slightly belated edition this month following some
changes by our trusty domain handler. During the downtime our email was
not working so it is quite likely we have missed a number of your
emails. Apologies if this has inconvenienced anyone, especially if you
had a notice that you wanted sent out. Please resend your notices and
we will endeavor to get them out as quickly as possible.
As usual a busy December coming up with quite a few things happening
leading up to Christmas, hopefully we have covered them all - however
if there any other events that you would like to notify the community
about then please let me know as soon as you can.
Gwyn Perkins our illustrious calendar illustrator has a great Scotland
Island Dog Race T-shirt that he would like to make available to
everyone. The plan is to sell them on the Ferry and maybe a couple of
other outlets for about $25.00 with share of
profits going to
the Scotland Island Rural Fire Service. However, first he must get an
idea of the general interest out there and
possible quantities that would need to be produced. For
further details and how to register your interest please
see below, and by the way, have a
look at his December Calendar.
Finally a very Happy Christmas to all PON readers
you to all those who have provided assistance and contributions to the
newsletters this last year.
Scotland Island Dog Race
Carols at Carols
SI 200 Year Celebrations
Dog Race T-Shirt
Emergency Water Notice
Sandy's Book Sale
Operation Lights ON
Bus Service Update
SI Community Vehicle
Art Christmas Sale
on the Waterfront
Free RunClub Starting
IT service now available
Island Dog Race
It's On Again!
Same Time Same Place!
Christmas Eve 6pm Church Point
Register your Dog before 5:30pm
Entry fee is 1 Longneck (Cold) and 1 x Large Tin Dog Food
Official starting time 6pm (or thereabouts)
Contact Rus from Pittwater Offshore Services on 0415-464-733 for
5-6pm - Start, Harold
Reserve, Carols wharf
6.30pm - Mystery Guest arrives
8.00pm - Carol singing accompanied by local musicians
evening for the whole family. Bring along a picnic blanket, drinks,
food, torches & your best singing voices.
To help our Mystery Guest, please bring a small gift with your child's
name on it.
Please keep gifts under $5.
Scotland Island Turns 200 Celebrations
ideas and volunteers
Scotland Island becomes 200 years old as of the 1st of January 2010.
Andrew Thompson was first given the Land Grant in August 1809, however
it was officially granted by Governor Macquarie on the 1st of Jan, 1810.
To help celebrate this event we are calling on all members of the
Community to gather together on the 31st of January, 2010. We've
delayed the Celebrations until then to make sure everyone is back home
from the holidays.
Pittwater Council will be putting on a Historic Photo Exhibition to be
held at the Mona Vale Library come January. We will hold a photographic
Exhibition of our own in the Island Hall. Please pass on any photos you
would like to have shown.
Any other suggestions are most welcome.
Please contact Lisa on 0432 893 590
Island Kindy News
Kindy Update: October/ November
Over the past two months at Kindy the children have enjoyed listening
to a number of visitors who have joined us to share their knowledge,
skills and stories.
Maria Mackiewicz taught the Wallabies how to create traditional Polish
paper cuttings, followed by everyone learning how to sing the Polish
version of “Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes.”
Annabel Kristovic has been spending many hours outside the Kindy
creating a beautiful garden area. Annabel also shared her knowledge on
Insects in the garden with the children. The children were very
enthusiastic to go on an Insect and Spider walk with Annabel after
learning about camouflage, legs numbers and the compound eye.
Emmie Collins also took groups of children for a walk around the bush
regeneration site outside of the Kindy. Here the children learnt how to
look after ‘baby’ plants, by not running on them or taking away their
stick, with a black plastic tube on top.
Nettie Lodge also visited the Kindy to read a couple of her children’s
books; Natemba and Red Fred. The children loved hearing Nettie’s
stories of looking after the real Natemba in Africa, and were then able
to share their pet stories after hearing Red Fred.
Thanks so much Maria, Annabel, Emmie and Nettie. We have all felt so
lucky to have you share your experiences.
Kindy Broken Into
The Kindy was broken into on Friday night Nov 27th (early Saturday
morning) and was vandalised, with some items also stolen. The
Water Police have taken fingerprints, and are investigating
further. It was reported by witnesses that there was a group
people in the park late Friday night/Saturday morning (leaning towards
the younger side of life). As the end of year and Christmas
festivities approaches could we ask all residents of the
keep an eye out for any strange activity happening in Catherine Park or
around the Hall and Kindy and if there is anything suspicious please
contact the Water Police immediately.
The choir practise is on Tuesday night, 7.00 p.m. here at Tarrangaua. A
light supper after singing is provided, and bring a bottle if you're
that way inclined.
At this stage, we're planning to sing on Toby and Dave's barge, which
will be anchored at 8.p.m. in Frog Hollow, where the
are wondrous on December 22. Anyone who wants to come along in tinnies
(with picnics and maybe a safe candle or torch) can throw out an
anchor. Then we're moving to Church Point ferry wharf, for an
abbreviated sing-along. Again, all welcome to join in the singing.
Provided it's a soft night. If there's a howling southerly (like
today), we'll shelter in Lovett Bay and hang off the boatshed. Or
something. Right now, we're still struggling to come up to the choir
master's standards. He's so patient and he inspires us to do better
each time. We're also struggling with our German. But we'll get there.
Because it's such FUN!
After our rehearsal last night, a few things have changed - and will
probably continue to change as we evolve.
We think that touring the wharves is too hard given the choir numbers,
equipment etc. However, we are still thinking Frog Hollow - but
beginning at 7.30 p.m. We will then go to Church Point for a grand
finale. Picnics in tinnies etc. is still the go. Although in Frog
Hollow, people will need to be able to throw over an anchor to hold
still. We're going to try to find a couple of empty moorings so tinnies
can raft up but that's not certain at this stage.
The rehearsal went VERY well last night. Everyone was in fine voice,
the dogs have settled and there wasn't even a snarl although Ziggy and
Chippy tried to join in at one stage, which added interest but
certainly no recognisable tune to the carol.
Chuck was great on drums, Marty wondrous on the triangle and bells.
The food, provided by the Towlers Bay choristers, was superb. Thin
based pizzas, ham off the bone on deliciously crusty baguettes, with
mustard, lettuce, tomato and cucumber. A corn flan. We ended with mince
pies and thick cream. It was all too good.
Next rehearsal is on Tuesday, 7.00 p.m. Bob Bolton will play the piano
as John Lloyd will be away.
The First Choir
Practice - Ear Witness Account from Gillian Croft :
Last night Tarrangaua's old beams shivered at our concerted efforts
follow John's earnest attempts to make the beginnings of a
choir of us.
We tried John, we really did.
Well, some of us did,
the rest decided to opt for the easy version and sing the tune,
loudly as we could.
We really tried John and lots of us thought we
did pretty well, all things considered.
We were not put off by the
ritual offshore dog fight, nor by the thoughts of what delicacies
in waiting for us in the kitchen.
We even tried to sing in German,
though we jibbed at Latin.
The foreigners among us were charmed by
the Aussie carols, the soprano descant lady was divine.
We'll all be there next Tuesday, John, never fear - and we'll be
more trying - I mean we'll be trying even more - well you know what
mean John - thankyou John.
Island Dog Race T-Shirt for Sale
Are you are
interested in purchasing this unique T-shirt?
If you are, please let Gwyn or the Editor
know how many you want and what sizes.
Gwyn can be reached on email@example.com
or the Editor at firstname.lastname@example.org
Please note this is not for ordering T-shirts - they will be
available to purchase from the Ferry and other outlets. We
simply trying to get an idea of how many T-shirts need to be printed so
there wont be any disappointments.
The silly season is almost upon us and your Water Monitors would
request that you check your tanks and assess your water needs prior to
The Monitors would like a break between Xmas and New Year and, unless
there is an unforeseen emergency, would appreciate your help in making
this possible. Bookings are already being requested either
of the Xmas break, so please look into your requirements as soon as you
can and give your Monitor a call if necessary.
Keeping your tanks full during fire season is thoroughly recommended.
Nathalie and Cass take this opportunity to wish you all a Merry Xmas
and Happy New Year!!!
02 9979 5853
0418 220 107
Operation Lights On
NSW Police Force
on or its lights out” –
Broken Bay Water Police have launched a new campaign - Operation lights
on or its lights out - encouraging boating enthusiasts to
make sure their lights are on when navigating at night.
“Navigating at night requires special care,” said Detective Senior
Sergeant Chris Morgan, from Broken Bay Water Police.
“As part of Operation lights on or its lights out, Broken Bay
Water Police will be targeting vessels in numerous areas throughout the
command, making sure that they are using their lights at
“ Displaying your lights correctly and sticking to the speed limit
helps keep our waterways safer for all users. Police want waterways to
be safe for everyone and are encouraging people to navigate
to load flyer
“Boaties need to remember that although they may be able to see others,
if they don’t have their lights on, others can’t see them. It really is
a case of lights on or else it could be lights out” D/Snr Sgt Morgan
Operation lights on or its lights out with be an on-going campaign
within the Broken Bay Water Police.
Posters promoting the campaign will be distributed throughout
Pittwater, Brisbane Water and the
bus service update
Service will not stop at the Mall
On 31 July 2009 I wrote to Rob Stokes about the State Transit/NSW
government decision to change the E86 bus service so that it no longer
stopped at Warringah Mall. This decision has meant that anyone wanting
to join or alight from that bus between McCarrs Creek and Bayview for
transport to or from the Mall can’t do that without changing buses. Rob
Stokes passed on my letter to the Minister for Transport, David
Campbell. The Minister has now responded.
The news is not good. The government and State Transit are sticking
with their line that the changes are in the interests of the large
majority of passengers. One reason was that they wanted to reduce
confusion by reducing the variety of stopping patterns. So, in the case
of the E86, its stopping patterns were changed to mimic the stopping
patterns of the E87 (even though the E87 doesn’t serve the Bayview to
McCarrs Creek branch).
The Minister wrote about the consultation period and the awareness
campaign before the changes were introduced. Its confounding because I
did not, nor anyone I’ve spoken to on the E86, know anything of the
changes until the day before the new timetable took effect.
The Minister’s letter appears below.
0417 991 499
02 9979 2296
PO Box 230
Church Point NSW 2105
Letter from David Campbell, Minister for Transport, NSW Government (GPO
Box 5341 Sydney NSW 2001 email@example.com, ph 4229
5744), dated 6 November 2009 to Rob Stokes MP, Member for Pittwater
Mr Rob Stokes MP
Member for Pittwater
1725 Pittwater Road
Mona Vale NSW 2103
Thank you for your correspondence on behalf of Mr Boyd Attewell of 43
Richard Road, Scotland Island concerning changes to E86 bus service on
the Northern Beaches. I have taken careful note of Mr Attewell’s views.
I apologise for the delay in responding.
In the recent bus network review, stopping patterns on all the northern
beaches and lower shore buses were reviewed.
Previously there were 26 different limited stop and express stopping
patterns in the Northern Beaches that was confusing to passengers and
When designing the new network State Transit in conjunction with the
then Ministry of Transport (now Transport and Infrastructure)
simplified and standardised the stopping patterns by reducing them to
six then, after public consultation and considering community feedback,
amended the number to 10 keeping in mind passengers demand and travel
Express and Limited stop buses are designed to take passengers from a
region catchment area to/from the city in the quickest time available
topping up at major stops along the corridor.
In the case of Route E86 it was decided that this express bus from
McCarrs Creek to the City have the same stopping pattern as Route E87.
On inward services – all stops to Narrabeen then Collaroy, Dee Why,
Neutral Bay, City extending to Railway Square. On outward services –
pick up in the City then Neutral Bay Junction then pick up and set down
at Collaroy, Narrabeen then all stops.
This eliminated the stop at Warringah Mall. The decision to eliminate
the Warringah Mall stop was not taken lightly and was designed to
benefit the large majority of passengers.
Total weekday outward trip boardings at Warringah Mall for a 4 week
period from 4 May 2009 to 29 may 2009 revealed 29 out of 3155
passengers and from 1 June 2009 to 26 June 2009 revealed 34 from 2908
passengers boarded the Route E86. This equates to less than 1.5
passengers over 4 trips per day.
Warringah Mall passengers joining the outward service have the
alternative all stop Route 156 to McCarrs Creek. In the morning peak,
passengers need to transfer from the Route E86 to an all stop bus to
Warringah Mall. The first direct service to Warringah mall is Route 156
departing McCarrs Creek at 8.29am.
Consultation period ran from 28 July 2009 to 29 August 2009. It
involved the distribution of a brochure to approximately 85,000
households and business in the vicinity of proposed route changes,
display of posters in buses and shopping centres, mail out to local
schools and organisations, briefing to local Members of Parliament.
As well, State Transit officials addressed public meetings at Dee Why,
Seaforth and Mosman.
More than 3300 responses were received and as a result a number of
changes were amended including stopping patterns (6 to 10).
Marketing campaign for the changes on 2 August commenced in June and
went through to commencement in August.
The campaign included newspaper advertisements and radio announcements,
notices placed in buses, updated website, timetable handouts at major
northern terminals in the week prior and during the implementation.
A new regional guide was published and distributed to households. Mr
Attewell was correct in that the E86 did show Warringah Mall in the
text part of the brochure. Unfortunately this was a printing error but
it was clearly defined that in the diagrammatic part of the brochure
that the E87 and E86 did not stop at the Mall.
Again, thank you for taking time to write to me with Mr Attewell’s
perspective on this issue. If you require further information on this
matter, please feel free to contact Ms Belinda Groves, Policy Advisor,
in my office on (02) 9228 3777.
David Campbell MP
Minister for Transport
Minister for the Illawarra
Scotland Island Community Vehicle
Bookings MUST be made in advance!
to load flyer
Mobile RBTs to Target Pittwater
Pittwater’s drivers will be targeted over the next two months in an
intensive blitz on drink-driving, with police joining forces with local
entertainment venues to raise awareness.
Last year northern beaches drivers were Sydney’s worst for
drink-driving, with 919 people charged with being over the limit
between July 2008 and June 2009.
Mona Vale is Pittwater’s worst suburb for drink driving, and the second
highest on the northern beaches.
As the holiday season gets underway, mobile random breath testing units
(RBTs) will be stationed around Pittwater’s streets targeting drinkers
who get behind the wheel of a car.
Pubs, clubs and other venues will be issued with coasters, T-shirts for
bar staff and posters promoting the You Won’t Know Where. You Won’t
Know When Campaign.
Bottle shops will be issued with brown paper bags and restaurants with
free after-dinner chocolates with the campaign message printed on them.
Free wallet-sized transport guides are also being distributed to
restaurants, pubs, clubs and bottle shops.
Pittwater Council’s road safety officer Michelle Carter said that the
RBT campaign would focus on drink-drivers across Pittwater.
“We’re not only targeting people who’ve been out to restaurants, pubs
and clubs but also drivers going to private parties or dinners,” she
“Figures from last year show that while 33% of drink drivers had been
to a licensed premises, 41% were detected after leaving a private
The You Won’t Know Where. You Won’t Know When campaign will begin on 27
November and will run for two months up to the end of January.
For more information about the campaign, visit
Art of Christmas Sale
6 10am-4pm at Artspace Rouge, Lovett Bay
on the Water at Church Point
First Sunday of
Every Month at Waterfront Store/Cafe
Enjoy "The Offbeats" with Evan Harris (Alto and Tenor Sax)
Brendan Paul ( Drums)
and Tom Gatward (Bass Guitar)
Booking Essential - 9979 6633
at 8pm from top of bell Wharf...
"Are you having difficulty getting into your skinny jeans? And don’t
have the luxury of a personal trainer?
I am so passionate about injecting the residents of Scotland Island
with fitness I will be taking a FREE Runclub every Saturday at 8am from
the top of bells wharf.
A great way to get active, with your friends, family and who
knows....you may meet some new friends!
Go for a run around the island at your own pace, with the motivation
running right beside you!
See you this Saturday!
Offshore I.T Computer and
REPAIRS and SALES
Scotland Island and the Bays
All onsite repairs in home or office or pickup
All repairs done
So don't pay too much
5% of all Island sales go to the local Kindy
For a fast friendly and fair service
Please ring Robert the 46 yr old GEEK
0427890357 7 days
(Locals Monthly Laptop Specials 18% off)
I'm looking for a quiet space (periodic accommodation) at Pittwater
(not on the mainland). If anyone has modest rental accommodation -
maybe a small granny flat, or refurbished boat shed - with phone line
and electricity that they'd like to rent out for several weeks every
three months I am most interested. The object is to achieve some
writing where there are not too many distractions, and the environment
is natural and beautiful.
References available - please phone Val 0438 600 346
FREE moving boxes-- enough to move contents of 3 bedroom home.
Currently packed flat.
Call Skip or Betsi: 9999 6306
"Wanted to buy - Polycraft boat for new resident, ideally with forward
steering and in very good condition. Please contact Iain at
firstname.lastname@example.org or 0412 525 448
Hi Pittwater offshore notices,
Last year I had the chance to attend to the Dogs Race, and I sent some
pictures of me with the Dogs that you kindly publish, that was amazing!
This year however I wont be able to attend because I am going to
Anyway, I have a Hammock shop on 2/410 Pittwater Rd, North Manly.
It is the only shop in Australia where you can walk in, try and touch
20+ different types of hammocks before you buy!
Hammock Heaven would love to offer a 10% OFF any hammock to the
Scotland Island residents.
If you want to look at the website as a reference please check:
If you have something for sale that
you think locals would like - let us know and we will put an
entry in the PON at the beginning of each month...
Free to a good
Kitchen Dresser free,( apart from
delivery cost) to good home.
Has some cracking paint on cupboard door, but is solid &
in reasonable condition.
Height - 200 cm
Width - 140 cm
Depth - 56 cm
Contact Amber on 9997 3078
Washing Machine & Dryer
Fully functional Front loading washing & dryer
Please contact Tanya on 0411 113 317
bric-a-brac and knick-knacks from around the
WHERE : Ferryman's Cottage on Robertson Road between Tennis and Cargo
DATE : Sunday 29th November 2010
Time : 10am start (no
early birds please)
Philip & Trilby Bond
Solid Pine with 3 shelves, 3 drawers and 3 cupboards in good
Trilby Bond 9979.5958 or m. 0419.600.792
The Local Guide
|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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