Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM)
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
CONGRATULATIONS BILL GYE!
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
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
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
students’ alternative arrangements
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
Due to this we have re-timed the morning and afternoon school ferry
Depart Church Point at
8.15 10 minutes earlier
Depart Elvina North at
8.20 10 minutes earlier
Depart Bells at 8.25
Depart Tennis at 8.30
15 minutes earlier
Depart Carols at 8.40
15 minutes earlier
Arrive Church Point at 8.45
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.
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
Any questions please give me a call.
English Tutor Wanted
- For Italian student working and living on Scotland
- 1:1 tutoring wanted to obtain at least level 7 for
- Listening, Reading Writing and Speaking components
- Course starts early February- for 9 weeks
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