Scotland Island Residents Association Newsletter

- July 2001 -

Volume 2, Issue 17; July  2001



"Whether it's the opening of parliament or the launch of a new art gallery, there is no Australian event that cannot be improved by a sausage sizzle." I read this somewhere recently and thought I might share it with you. As I write this editorial we are enjoying some of the best weather I can remember in my 22 years on the island. We have had little rain recently and I guess some of you are struggling with water. One day we may have town water!  And a special welcome this month to Stephen Taylor and others from Mackeral Beach, who are joining our electronic newsletter. You will note a small change this month. On the right hand side of the newsletter there are little up-arrows. Clicking on these will take you to the top of the page.


In this Issue:


The Pasadena Meeting

Nearly 100 residents turned up at the public meeting held on Sunday June 24th to hear a number of speakers give us the pros and cons of the proposed Pasadena development. Many valuable comments were made, and SIRA is nor evaluating all the options suggested for presentation to council. A workgroup was formed, headed by Karen Lambert, who are going to summarize the findings of the meeting. The picture to the right shows just some of the crowd, and many had to stand on the stairs outside to hear the speakers. If you have anything more you wish to add, you can contact Karen on +61-2-9372-8516

Parking in Mona Vale

Council have proposed a major shift in emphasis for parking in Mona Vale. If you would like to read more of their plans, or want to contribute to the discussion about this subject, you can click here to visit the Pittwater Council website.

Mayoral Message

The following message has arrived on the editor's desk in recent days, from our mayor:

"Most Pittwater residents are very aware that we live in a special area, and our primary concern is related to the impact of development on the amenity, character and biodiversity of Pittwater. Everyone is concerned with biodiversity conservation. We are fortunate in Pittwater to have community representation on many of Council's environment-related committees, ensuring an ongoing dialogue. It is good to see that the charter of Local Government in NSW now includes the duty to “properly manage, protect, enhance and conserve the environment with the principles of ecologically sustainable development”. Pittwater Council has been working along these lines for a long time and will continue to do so. "

Mona Vale Library online - own website

You can now access library information either directly at this new site (by clicking here), or through the Pittwater website - Either way you can…

  • Go to the Our Catalogue link to see what books are in the library and whether they are available to borrow, or just to reserve a book
  • Go to the Community Information link to learn about community organisations and activities, eg dance, yoga, computer courses, local schools & pre-schools, or just have a browse on the database.
  • Check out our HSC Resources via the HSC link.
  • Discover the history of Pittwater either through the Pittwater website at, through the hyperlink on, or via the new Pittwater Local Studies website at, which is packed with historical information about local people and places, memories, readings, book lists, images, maps and links to other sites.

Bushfire Awareness – Prepare for Summer!

Living in an area surrounded by bushland means living with the threat of bushfires.  There are many ways in which residents can reduce bushfire hazard on their own properties

  • Comply with Australian Standard AS 3959-1999 “Construction of buildings in bushfire-prone areas”
  • Maintain a “fuel free zone” in the yard around the houseFire!
  • Rake leaves, bark from around the house
  • Remove boxes, wood piles, flammable liquids, etc from under/around the house
  • Clean gutters
  • Lop dead branches overhanging the roof (if less than 10% of the canopy, no approval is required)
  • Enclose open areas under the house
  • Install metal roller shutters
  • Replace plastic insect screens with metal mesh screens
  • Check that taps, hoses, pumps and sprinklers are ready for use
  • Report illegal dumping of rubbish, branches or grass clippings to Council, as these can all create “hot spot” burning
  • Plant fire retardant trees, eg smooth-barked trees such as Angophoras and Scribbly Gums, or rainforest trees such as Lillypillies and Cheese Trees.  Trees can actually help protect a house from windborne embers.  For more information on how to help reduce bushfire hazard, please call the Warringah Pittwater Rural Fire Service on 9450 3000, or Valerie Tulk at Council on 9970 1364.

Spot Reminders

  • "Christmas in July" dinner to be held on Saturday, 21 July 2001.
  • The Scotland Island Fair is on Sunday, 25 November 2001.
  • Scotland Island Directory Supplement closes July 31st
  • Pasadena - please fax back your replies to the questionnaire by July 27th

Scotland Island & Western Foreshores Locality Plan

Council at its meeting on 25 June 2001 resolved to publicly exhibit Draft DCP No LP 19 – Scotland Island and Western Foreshores Locality Plan. This plan will be on exhibition until Friday 27 July 2001 at Council’s offices at Level 2, 11/5 Vuko Place, Warriewood; Avalon and Mona Vale Libraries.  A copy is also available on the Internet at under “Exhibitions”. Written submissions on the proposal are invited to reach the General Manager by Monday 30 July 2001. Enquiries:  Joanne Marshall 9970 1138 Tues–Thurs, or Caroline Kades 9970 1159.  

Household Chemical Collection

Sydney Water is holding a Household Chemical Collection at Rowland Reserve, Pittwater Road, Bayview on the weekend of 14 & 15 July 2001. The collection will assist householders to dispose of chemicals which may be hazardous to the environment, your family, garbage collectors and operators of the sewage system. Collection times on both days are from 10am to 3pm. A maximum of 20 litres or 20 kilograms applies unless prior arrangements have been made by calling 1800-814-719.  

Community Vehicle Driver

A vacancy exists for drivers of the Island Community Vehicle. Qualifications: Some spare time, an 'ordinary and current' licence and a desire to contribute to the community. Training will be provided for the successful applicants.

Catherine Park is Sick

As many will have noticed, Catherine Park, next to Tennis Wharf, is not looking well. This is the result of being a little overloved by bikes and 4xD vehicles plus poor drainage and other matters. A group of concerned residents, lead by Jennifer Knox is taking steps to coordinate a plan of action, with the cooperation off Les Munn from Council.

Roads and Drainage  - ACTION!

Geoff Page and Bill Gye have been working on a computer model to highlight the black spots on our so-called road system. They have identified the worst areas, categorised them based on the threat to life and limb and are now delivering these results to Council. Council will surely be concerned about their public liability....

Jetty Meeting

At a recent meeting attended by some 220 concerned voters, plans were made to take strong action to redress the inequality of jetty owners paying for the same privileges that mainland residents get for free - that is - being able to park your boat (car) outside your home for free. If you would like more information about this, please contact Greg Roberts (whose profile was spotted recently in the SMH!) on 9979-9599.

The local guide

As our newsletter continues to grow (now more than 450 readers) we are including some links to other nearby organisations and events that may be of interest. If you would like to contribute, please send a message to the electronic newsletter's editor.

Local Real Estate Agents:

Government Organisations:

Local Transport:

  • Buses and Ferries: Sydney Buses and Ferries
  • Water Taxi: Pink Water Taxi
  • Church Point Ferries (02) 9999-3492
  • Scotland Island Community Vehicle 1800-069-592
  • Land Taxi Manly Warringah Cabs (02) 9997-9111

Airlines, Buses and Railways

Sydney Airport: Arrivals and Departures

Qantas Information

Ansett Information

Virgin Blue Information

NSW Railway Timetables and Information.

Sydney Buses information.

Tides for this week and month for Scotland Island:

Join the Scotland Island Residents Association

You can now join SIRA by clicking here. Please print the page you see and return the completed form to SIRA at this address:

The Treasurer, SIRA, PO Box 70, Church Point 2105. Please NO CASH. If you wish to pay in cash, contact the treasurer, Shirley Page on (02) 9997-1875 to arrange collection/delivery.

Archived Newsletters

A complete set of all past electronic newsletters can be found and read by clicking here


Spread the Word:

The future of this newsletter is in your hands. More than 450 residents and friends read this electronic newsletter monthly. Please tell your friends and neighbours to subscribe. If you are particularly literate in matters computing, you might like to help them follow the very simple path to subscription. It is easy to join. Simply click here to join (or leave) or go to following address:

Great Internet Sites to Visit:

  • Lost touch with school friends? This site (recommended by a well known Scotland Island identity) lets you catch up with friends from school. You register the details of schools you attended and the year and it comes up with everyone registered for that school and the year they left. You can email people direct from the site or advertise/find out about school reunions. Click here
  • Looking for a game of marbles. One of the finest online games, so simple, so addictive! Try it here
  • That no-pressure time of year :) - the HSC exams - is fast approaching and the Board of Studies has launched this year's info on the Web. Enter "The Reading Room" for a list of all the available documents, including timetables, past exam papers and statistics about the performance of past students with which you can torture yourself for hours. Good luck.  Click here
  • Visit a great historical view of Scotland Island, as collected by out local Pittwater library, by clicking here


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