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Scotland Island - Western Shores - Mackeral Beach

- July 2007 -

Newsletter for Offshore Residents of Pittwater, Australia  Volume 9, Issue 244 July 2007     


The violent storm that wreaked havoc on the island and the western shores earlier in June was a reminder of the benefits of living offshore. The strength of community, the bonding of neighbours and the marvellous camaraderie developed during those days was something to be proud of. Boats were rescued, fallen trees lopped, vast quantities of green waste accumulated, refreshments consumed. Well done!

My I commend the story on the thieving at Church Point - have your say!

  • History Corner
  • Cartoon of the Month
  • Scotland Island Rural Fire Brigade now online
  • SI Rural Fire Brigade provides help for those with Storm Damage
  • Avalon Computer Pals - training for seniors
  • The Church Point Car park - Thieves Paradise
  • Assistant Events Coordinator - 35th Birthday
  • Change to Church Point Bus Arrangements
  • Winter Pudding - Yum!
  • General Vegetation Cleanup on Scotland Island
  • Peninsula children have no excuse to be bored
  • Local Guide
  • Archived Newsletters
  • Your Subscription Information
  • History Corner

    It was on Monday, May 7, 1 770,sailing north from newly discovered Sydney Harbour, that Captain Cook first sighted and named Broken Bay which, he wrote, “was a break in the coastline and appeared to be a bay”. Some historians, however, believe that the coastal break he saw was in the vicinity of Long Reef and his chart confirms this idea.
    On May 2, 1788, Governor Phillip set out from now named Port Jackson to find the broken coastline referred to by Cook. He was unable to find it but entered the great inlet which he took to be Broken Bay and this name has been associated with it ever since. At its entrances stands (or really, crouches) Lion Island, so named for its resemblance to the king of beasts. The island contains approximately nine hectares and was reserved for “public recreation” on April 21, 1933. It was originally known as Elliot Island or Eliot Islet and its highest point is 73 metres above sea level.
    One of the great views of the Sydney area is from West Head, the first headland of Broken Bay leading to the Hawkesbury River. At its zenith the land is known as Commodore Heights and the area leading to it is Lambert’s Peninsula, an area of 238 hectares. Both places were named after Commodore Lambert, Captain of the H.M.S. Challenger, a sleek three-master with a soaring bowsprit which patrolled Australian waters between 1866 and 1870. Challenger Head, another spectacular headland, at the entrance to Cowan Creek, was named after her. The earliest record of this naming appears on an Admiralty chart of 1866. Lambert’s Peninsula, running from West Head to the militaristic sounding Flint and Steel Point in Pittwater in the south, was originally granted to William Lawson in 1834 before it was resumed in 1866.

    Leicester Warburton
    NEXT MONTH: The Story of “The Chase”

    Cartoon of the Month (click small calendar to download)

    Gwyn Perkins

    Download a full version of this months calendar, ready for printing - click the calendar image above.

    Scotland Island Rural Fire Brigade now online

    The SIRFB now has a beautiful web site, where all manner of interesting information can be found. The purpose of the site is to increase it's community presence and communication in order to get more people involved with fire brigade issues, whether they be social or fire fighting issues. There is an events calendar, news of the training schedule, and a comprehensive history of the brigade. Why not give the site a visit? Click here to connect!

    SI Rural Fire Brigade provides help for those with Storm Damage

    During the recent sever storms, the Scotland Island Rural Fire Brigade were active helping residents with storm damage. The South side of the island and some of the Eastern homes had considerable storm damage to trees and dwellings and the volunteers from the brigade were there with their chain saws and their expertise to help. Just another example of why we all should support our Rural Volunteer Fire Brigades who do so much in Summer AND Winter. Well done to Graeme Richmond and the boys and girls of the brigade. We are very, very grateful.

    Avalon Computer Pals - training for seniors

    Learn to use a computer, email friends and family, surf the Internet, edit your photographs and lots more. We offer easy introductory learning for absolute beginners or those who already have some basic knowledge but would like to know more.

    Spend one pleasant hour per week in a relaxed and friendly environment with a volunteer teacher, learning at your own pace and at a very modest cost.
    Only one or two learners per teacher. Each learner has the use of a computer.
    To enquire about joining us, ring Derrick Davey 02-9918-6752

    The Church Point Car park - Thieves Paradise

    This from another reader.......

    I empathise with 'Concerned Resident' (below) about the car park break-ins, particularly since I was also broken into again last week.

    In 7 years of living here, my small older model car has had the driver's door lock picked and repaired 3 times; a window smashed; spare tyre stolen from under the floor; front hub caps taken; front park lights removed; aerial and wipers each broken.

    The first time something happened I went to Mona Vale police station and they didn't want to know. In fact, they were so rude and dismissive that I've never reported anything since.

    Do you think we could use this Newsletter to compile a dossier of our collective community losses?
    This might then be sent to the Minister for Police, the media, or wherever appropriate to get some action.

    The police should be doing a spot check circuit of the car park at least twice a day. Yes?

    Best - Concerned Resident No. 2
    Editor's Note: If you would like to view or add comments about your experiences with local thieving and car robberies, add your message by visiting our 'thieving' blog by clicking here or going to http://www.blognow.com.au/pon/ (To read posted comments, click the link 'comments'. To add your comments, click 'Post Comment' & choose 'anonymous'. Remember to type in the numeric code shown at the bottom of the message before saving)

    Assistant Events Coordinator - 35th Birthday

     Mona Vale Library

    An exciting voluntary opportunity has arisen in the library for a creative and energetic person to assist with the coordination of events for the library's 35th Birthday in September, 2007.

    Events will run throughout the whole month of September and each week will be themed. Week 1 is 'Music, movies and memories' and will include a music concert, a writing competition and an intergenerational project. Week 2 is Brain Teaser, to include a high school debate and Friday night trivia quiz. Week 3 will focus on poetry and drama. The final week will include the mayoral reception and a family fun day. All monies raised throughout the month of September will go to the children's hospital at Westmead.

    I am seeking someone that can commit to at least 1 day per week and will be available throughout July, August and September.
    Essential Criteria

    " Ability to work on own initiative
    " Team player
    " Highly effective written and verbal communication skills
    " Flexible approach to work
    Desirable Criteria

    " Experience in events management
    " Computer literacy
    " Design skills

    If you are interested in this position please contact Heather on Tel: 9970 1614 OR email me at heather_thomson@pittwater.nsw.gov.au

    Change to Church Point Bus Arrangements

    The peak hour E86 service between Church Point and the City is going Pre Pay only from next week - 25 June 2007. (So are the E87, E88 & E89 services.)

    I asked one of the Sydney Buses staff handing out the brochures how people at Church Point are meant to get tickets. He said that apparently the shop at Church Point is going to sell them, although he didn't know where single fare tickets would be available. Although I haven't checked this with the shop.

    ...from a reader

    Winter Pudding - Yum!

    Baked rice custard
    Serving size: Serves 6
    Cooking time: Less than 60 minutes

    From the June 2007 issue of Australian Table magazine.

    2 tablespoons short grain rice, washed
    2 cups (500ml) boiling water
    3 eggs
    ¼ cup (55g) sugar
    3½ cups (875ml) milk
    1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    15g butter
    freshly grated nutmeg

    Preheat oven to 160°C. Grease six 1-cup ovenproof dishes. Cook rice in boiling water for 12 minutes, until tender. Drain and spoon into prepared dishes.

    Whisk eggs and sugar in a bowl until pale. Stir in milk and vanilla. Pour into dishes, dot with butter. Sprinkle with nutmeg and bake for 35 minutes, until set. Serve.

    General Vegetation Cleanup on Scotland Island

    Residents of Scotland Island are reminded of the general cleanup of Vegetation on the island in the week commencing July 16th 2007. Please note the special conditions for picking up vegetation

    "Vegetation: Maximum of 2 cubic metres. Branches to be a max. of 1.2m long, 75mm thick, tied with twine. Place loose vegetation in firm sided containers. No plastic, nylon or Hessian bags. No untied branches, cardboard, polystyrene or foam boxes

    Peninsula children have no excuse to be bored

    July school holidays with Pittwater Council’s Kids on the Coast Holiday Program.

    A range of activities aimed at children aged 5-12 years based on exploring and caring for our coastal environment are on offer. Each activity costs $15 per child and take place at the Coastal Environment Centre (CEC), Lake Park Road, North Narrabeen, (along Pelican Path on the shore of Narrabeen Lagoon)
    Activities are:

    • Monday 2 July, 1pm-3pm: Ocean Care Games & Art (7-12 years)
    • Thursday 5 July, 10am-12 noon: Shells (5- 12 years)
    • Thursday 5 July, 12:30pm-2:30pm: Dragons Under The Sea (5-12 years)
    • Friday 6 July, 10am-12 noon: My Friend The Frog (5-12 years)
    • Monday 9 July, 10am-12 noon: Something Fishy (5-8 years)
    • Tuesday 10 July, 10am-12 noon: Scavenger Hunt (7- 12 years)
    • Tuesday 10 July, 12.30pm- 2:30pm: Flying High Kite Making (7-12 years)
    • Friday 13 July, 10am-12 noon: Creepy Crawlies (7-12 years)
    • Friday 13 July, 12:30pm-2:30pm Reversed Garbage (7-12 years)

    The Kids on the Coast Holiday program is available at www.pittwater.nsw.gov.au and can also be obtained from the CEC by phoning 9970 6905.

    Bookings for all activities are essential by contacting 9970 6905. As most activities are held outdoors, please ensure children wear appropriate clothing and sunscreen.

    The local guide

    What's On in Pittwater - Self Editing Event Diary Click Here  
    Scotland Island Traders - On-line shopping from your computer, through your door on Scotland Island. Contact Graeme on 0419 460 331 or click here for full details  
    Buy and Sell: Pittwater Trading Online or visit http://www.pittwatertradingonline.com.au  
    Local Real Estate Agents:  
    Bothammottl Real Estate L.J.Hooker Mona Vale
    PMC Hill (subscribe to their newsletter here) Pittwater Real Estate
    Government Organisations:
    Local Pittwater Council, or email them at pittwater_council@pittwater.nsw.gov.au  or by clicking here.
    Federal: Bronwyn Bishop, Member for Mackellar by clicking here or Bronwyn.Bishop.MP@aph.gov.au
    State: Rob Stokes, Member for Pittwater, at pittwater@parliament.nsw.gov.au or by clicking here
    Local Transport: Scotland Island Community Vehicle: Info: click here. Phone (0404 103 700) Church Point Ferries (0408 296 997)  Manly Warringah Cabs (02 9972 5600) Palm Beach Cruises (02 9997 4815) Pink Water Taxi (0428 238 190)
    Bed & Breakfast: Scotland Island Lodge: or http://www.scotlandislandlodge.com.au (02 9979 3301)
    Yacht Clubs Woody Point Yacht Club  or http://www.wpyc.com.au 
    Short Term Holiday Accommodation: Pittpoint Cottage:  (02 9997 8382) Wiringulla Retreat (02 9971 8375) or here
      Treetops on Towlers Bay' (02 9332 2611) info@walkabouttours.com.au
    Local Pittwater Studies Website: http://www.pittlink.net/ls
    Scotland Island Rural Fire Brigade: http://www.sirfb.org.au

    Emergency Contact Numbers

    • NSW Police: 000, Police Assistance Line: 13 1444, general information 9281 0000
    • Broken Bay Water Police 9979 4944 or 0412 162 093
    • NSW Fire Service: 000, general information 9265 2999
    • NSW Ambulance Service: 000, general information 9320 7777
    • Rural Fire Service: 000, general information 9450 3000
    • State Emergency Service, Warringah/Pittwater SES: 9486 3399
    • National Parks & Wildlife Service: 000, general information 9457 9322
    • Dept of Community Services: general information 9977 6011
    • Sydney Water: 132 090
    • Energy Australia: 131 388, (ah) 131 909

    Membership of SIRA, Emergency Scotland Island Water Contacts and Application for Water + Guidelines for water, in one document: click here for information (while online)

    Airlines, Buses and Railways

    Sydney Airport: Arrivals and Departures Qantas Information                    Jetstar Information Virgin Blue Information
    Sydney Buses Information.  Sydney Ferries Information City Rail Timetables & Information. Country Link Rail Timetable


    Join SIRA 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 sirapittwater@hotmail.com Join WPCA

    To join the Western Pittwater Community Association, contact Michael Wiener at m2wiener@bigpond.net.au

    Archived Newsletters A complete set of past electronic newsletters since May 2000 can be found and read at https://www.ymlp.com/pubarchive.php?sira or by clicking here or by visiting the Mona Vale Library. The Island website is at www.scotlandisland.org.au


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