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Scotland Island - Western Shores - Mackerel Beach
January 26, 2014
Newsletter for Offshore Residents of Pittwater, Australia

Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM)

Bill Gye


It was announced in the Australia Day 2014 Honours List that William (Bill) Gye is the recipient of the award, Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM).  The citation for this honour is for service to the community of Scotland Island and is in the General Division within the Australian Honours System.  He will be presented with the insignia of his award at an Investiture Ceremony in April or May this year.

Bill moved to the Island in 1983, after a year travelling in India and Nepal with Cass. Their daughter, Tashi, was born in 1985.

He became President of SIRA in 1992 until 1996 and again from 2007 to 2012.  He was also a Committee Member in between from 1996 to 2007 and has been the SIRA Representative on numerous Council Committees and Reference Groups.  He has organised and/or supported many of SIRA’s initiatives and been pivotal in planning and strategy.  Currently he is Vice-President.

Bill grew up on the North Shore and the Southern Highlands. He was educated at Knox Grammar School and finished his degree, BA (Hons. Psych), at the University of NSW in 1976.  He went on to complete a Masters in Cognitive Science at the same institution in 1991. 

Has been thinking and writing about life, the universe and consciousness since a trip through India and Afghanistan in 1972.  He would like to publish his work sometime during his life, if he gets the time!  Poetry writer for friends who have suggested there is a coffee table book in the making!

He is the General Manager, Recovery Services for the Schizophrenia Fellowship of NSW advocating for and assisting those with mental illness www.sfnsw.org.au

Bill has been Chairman and Board Member of several community and not-for-profit organisations.  He was the CEO of Options Community Enterprises for 18 years and has spent all his working life in the not-for-profit sector.

He is an Accredited Trainer in De Bono’s Lateral Thinking and, more recently, has developed and conducted group “brain-training” programmes to maintain and develop attention and working memory.

Congratulations Bill, we are all proud of you!  This award and recognition of your contribution to our community is richly deserved!


Newport Wharf Closure 
School students’ alternative arrangements

Dear All,
Because of the closure of Newport Wharf for an upgrade, a bus has been organised that leaves from Church Point at 8.45 to take the students to Newport School. It will pick them up at 3.30 and return them to Church Point.

Due to this we have re-timed the morning and afternoon school ferry trip.
Morning school run
Depart Church Point at 8.15       10 minutes earlier
Depart Elvina North at 8.20        10 minutes earlier
Depart Bells at 8.25                   15 minutes earlier
Depart Tennis at 8.30                 15 minutes earlier
Depart Carols at 8.40                 15 minutes earlier
Arrive Church Point at 8.45
Afternoon school run
Depart Church Point at 4.00 pm (we will wait for the bus)
Carols at 4.10
Bells at 4.05
Elvina at 4.15
Arrive Church Point at 4.25
The 4.10 should take the other kids to Tennis, Halls and Lovett.
Please note that due to time constraints we CANNOT stop at Eastern Wharf at all, and we cannot stop at Elvina South in the morning.

This will continue until the Wharf is re-opened, as advised by Pittwater Council.

Any questions please give me a call.

Penny Gleen

English Tutor Wanted
  • For Italian student working and living on Scotland Island
  • 1:1 tutoring wanted to obtain at least level 7 for ILETS Exam
  • Listening, Reading Writing and Speaking components
  • Course starts early February- for 9 weeks
Please contact:

Stefano Frigerio 

Tinny for Sale

Very reliable commuter boat, only selling due to purchase of a replacement.

  • $1800 ONO - 

PH 0499 057 626
Case Ornsby


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

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