Thank goodness we had a dry weekend ! Apart from being totally over
the big wet like most Sydneysiders would be, we needed to have a
special weekend for the Curlew farewell celebrations, and we weren't
down. Held by the Gone Fishing Gallery and the
community, the celebrations included music, speeches,
poetry, wine, food plus all sort
of magnificent pieces of artwork contributed by members of the
community including children, and of course the resident artists. A
wonderful gathering of happy
vibrant people living life to the full. A more fitting celebration for
retirement of this wonderful old ferry could not have been
Congratulations to everyone involved, and like the Curlew,
you have all done this community proud yet again.
SIRA President's Report
Timer Removed !
Scotland Island Website Update
SI and Western Shores Indigenous
Interests Group – 2nd Meeting in 2011
Local Council Notices
Fireshed Dinner on again
Artist Talk at Manly
from Carmen Ky
Island Kinesiology Clinic
Local Contact Guide
a full version (A4 size) of this months calendar, ready for
printing, just click on the
You can contact
Gwyn Perkins by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
file is quite large and in PDF format. To view PDF
will need the Adobe Acrobat Reader installed on your computer.
download Acrobat Reader please click here
Presidents Report & Membership Renewals
You can download a PDF of SIRA Presidents report HERE
You could also see the R&D Masterplans report to Council and
Strategy document at this link
Pittwater Council Website-18 July 2011 - Council / GOV / PIBE
– then go to Item C11.2
annual SIRA Membership mail out should have been received by all
residents. Please take time to read the information and,
importantly, complete the membership form to be signed by all adult
householders and return with renewal fee of $20.00. If you
not receive this, please email email@example.com
timber from Elizabeth Park, Scotland Island
Council's contractors working in Elizabeth Park have reported evidence
of wood collection, large logs, dead wood, etc., from the Park with
damage to the native vegetation. There is also evidence of damage from
vehicles going into the Park to collect timber.
dead wood and timber is considered a Key Threatening Process by the
Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH), as removal of dead wood,
hollows, etc. has a major impact on the local fauna and its flow down
impacts on the native biodiversity. For details see link to OEH website
Park itself is an Ecologically Endangered Community and removal of any
materials including bush rock, dead wood, living plants etc is strictly
illegal under legislation for protection of EEC's. Fines apply through
the OEH to any persons undertaking such works including the removal of
dead wood. No works at all can be undertaken within an EEC without a
Section 91 License (issued by OEH) for a particular site and only by
appropriately qualified contractors.
See details on web page below re Pittwater Spotted Gum Forest
Bushland Management Officer
9970 1363 or 0417 040 945
Your island website: http://www.scotlandisland.org.au/home
new Scotland Island website has Upcoming Events listed on the home
page, and many other useful pages full of information for offshore
residents, including links to the current Pittwater Offshore
If you have any Upcoming Events that you would
like posted, just use the form/link on the website to let us know, or
to suggest other website improvements.
Island and Western Shores Indigenous Interests Group – 2nd Meeting in
Freedom Rides - 40 Years On.
Rides, 1965 and 2005 What has changed
1965, a group of students from the University of Sydney undertook a bus
trip to a number of country towns under the leadership of Dr Charles
(Kumantjayi) Perkins. They sought to expose the extreme racial
segregation experienced by Aboriginal people in towns
Walgett, Bourke and Moree.....
Robyn and Tim’s House, 111 Richard Rd., Scotland Island
August, 2011 at 7.30.
Please bring something to snack on, drinks.
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Committee Seeks Members
Council will convene a new community-based committee to oversee
spending on the three year special rate variation which came into
effect in Pittwater from 1 July.
The introduction of the special
rate, which will see ratepayers pay an average 4-5% on top of their
existing rates over the next three years, will fund a 10-year program
of spending on capital works and projects.
A total of $38
million will be spent in Pittwater up to the year 2021 on roads,
footpaths, upgrades to surf clubs and other community assets, as well
as a wide-ranging program of environmental protection measures.
community committee was part of the agreement between the Council and
IPART to introduce the three-year special rate variation.
report presented to the Council at its meeting this week, the special
rate committee will operate in a similar way to the previous
environmental infrastructure levy committee, which was in place from
2002 until this year. This committee oversaw spending on major
General Manager Mark Ferguson said the
Council was seeking expressions of interest from up to six Pittwater
ratepayers to participate in the committee. Three Pittwater Councillors
will also sit on the committee, as well as senior and specialist staff.
positions are voluntary and for a three year term and the committee
will meet every six months to consider expenditure and forthcoming
projects,” he said.
“It’s also our intention to report regularly on progress through our
to join the special rate variation committee are open until Friday 19
August and appointments will be announced by September. To download an
application form visit www.pittwater.nsw.gov.a
Pittwater Council Ph: 9970 1108
A Reminder to Share the Road
Council is launching a campaign to remind drivers and cyclists about
the importance of sharing the road with each other.
According to statistics, cycling is booming across the Sydney region,
with the number of bike riders
increasing by 10% every year over the last decade.
Council’s Road Safety Officer Michelle Carter said that with the
increase in the number of cyclists on the road, it was important for
road users to adjust their behaviour and ensure the roads are safe for
Ms Carter said that the campaign, which includes press
advertising and information on bus shelters, will focus on reinforcing
safe and courteous behaviour for both drivers and cyclists.
“Drivers are reminded to drive at a speed that will allow them to stop
safely,” she said.
is also essential that drivers look out for cyclists when they are
opening their car door or driving away from the kerb, as well as
leaving a reasonable space when passing a cyclist,” said Ms Carter.
Reminders for bike riders include:
Carter also suggests where possible that bike riders make eye contact
with drivers, even acknowledging their presence with a wave and a smile.
- looking out for turning cars and avoiding the
- being in control, such as riding at a speed
that allows you to stop safely
- not weaving in and out between cars
- using lights and wearing reflective clothing at
night, including reflective tape on bags
can be a great way to create a positive vibe with you and drivers on
the road. It also guarantees that you have been seen, which may avoid a
Ms Carter said that the statistics for
crashes in Pittwater among cyclists and cars average around 10 to 15 a
year. “However, many cycle accidents go unreported, so the figure is
likely to be higher.”
“In Pittwater the majority of crashes
involve cyclists on main roads, especially Pittwater Road from
Narrabeen through to Mona Vale and Church Point.
that a number of those that ‘come a cropper’ are recreational cyclists,
with the stretch along Pittwater Road through to the Ku-ring-gai Chase
National Park a popular route.
“Recreational cyclists also need
to heed these important safety messages and as a courtesy travel in
single file when cars are wishing to overtake,” added Ms Carter.
For more information on road safety issues in Pittwater visit
Pittwater Council Ph: 9970 1196
Have your Say on Pittwater's New
Pittwater Council is encouraging residents to provide input on its
new social plan by filling in an online survey or joining a drop-in
session at Mona Vale Library on Wednesday 3 August from 10am to 2pm.
Community Services Manager Lindsay Godfrey said with the community’s
help, Pittwater Council will prepare a new social plan for the next
four years between 2012 and 2016, with the theme of ‘Live, Connect,
“The plan will help Council understand Pittwater’s
community’s social needs and priority areas ensuring we allocate
resources appropriately, particularly for our older residents and
younger people,” he said.
Mr Godfrey said we are looking at a
range of ways to connect with residents over the plan, including
surveys, face-to-face sessions and online.
“We are encouraging
residents to share their experience of living in Pittwater and how they
would like to connect with other people in their community,” he said.
should only take 10 minutes of your time to share your thoughts either
face-to-face at the Mona Vale Library courtyard or online at
“We will also be enlisting
the help of local schools to reach younger residents, with a youth
forum scheduled later in the year.”
“The plan will also take
into account demographic statistics and an analysis of the current
social environment, “ added Mr Godfrey.
For more information about Pittwater’s social plan and how you can be
Pittwater Council Ph: 9970 1170
Helping Learner Drivers become Safer
free workshop for parents and supervisors of learner drivers will be
held by the NSW Roads and Traffic Authority (RTA) with Pittwater
Council at Mona Vale Library on Wednesday 10 August 2011.
course, ‘Helping Learner Drivers Become Safer Drivers’, will offer
parents and supervisors hands-on advice on how to provide the most
effective driving practice for learner drivers.
Road Safety Officer Michelle Carter said licence conditions for learner
drivers meant there was a minimum of one year on ‘L’ plates and 120
hours of supervised driving, including a mandatory 20 hours of
“A more rigorous driving test has also been introduced, focusing on
hazard perception and driver reactions,” Ms Carter said.
and supervisors of novice drivers have a crucial role to play in making
our roads safer, and that is why the RTA has developed a course to
better support them.”
The free course will cover topics such as:
and supervisors who have attended this course found it boosted their
confidence, helped them better plan driving sessions and allowed them
to share experiences with other parents and supervisors,” added Ms
- laws for learner and P-plate drivers
- how to use the Learner Driver Log Book
- how to plan on-road driving sessions
Bookings for the Helping Learner Drivers Become Safe
Drivers course are essential and can be made by calling Michelle Carter
from Pittwater Council on 9970 1196 or by email at
Fireshed Winter Dinner - Italian Feast
And For Union
Aust at 5.30
lovers won't miss out either as the game will be shown on the large
screen BEFORE the dinner - just be at the Fireshed by 5.30 to watch the
game - then stay on for the dinner and nights entertainment!
Floor Talk at Manly Gallery
Island Printmaker Jan Melville will be one of the artists who will be
giving a brief floor talk at Manly Gallery on her work "Pod Sculptural
Book" in the current exhibition "Hot of the Press'.
Sunday the 14th August at 3.p.m.
from Carmen Ky
As an ex-resident of 22 years I thought I'd send you some news of
my own .. old friends and Island artists will probably be interested.
was responsible for getting the Gyuto Monks of Tibet onto Scotland
Island in 2000 for 3 days of workshops and a wonderful concert.
now live in the pristine environment of Mystery Bay on the NSW South
Coast ... and am hosting an Indian Tantrik Art Workshop in my studios.
Indian tantrik yogi Kulavadhuta Satpurananda also known as Baba will be
He was first brought to Australia in 2006 to
speak at "The Goddess: Divine Energy" exhibition at
Gallery Of NSW.
is his third visit to Australia and after teaching in Byron Bay and
Sydney he is coming to Mystery Bay to give a workshop on
Tantrik Art before returning to India.
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It's rare to have an authentic teacher from the Himalayan kingdom of
met him in 2006 .... when I was asked by the one of the
organisers of his visit if she could bring him to Mystery Bay
rest after his lectures in Sydney at the AGNSW.
He enjoyed his few days in this pristine environment and has agreed to
do a teaching here.
202 Mystery Bay Road,
Mystery Bay. NSW. 2546
T: 02 44737122
Open Invitation to Join...
on 9999 6306
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load PDF flyer
Women on Water now takes place 4 times a year with the changing of the
We welcome any old or new community members to join us for our Winter
WOW which will be held on
9th at 12.30 at Jane’s house, next door to Scotland Island Lodge.
our August 9th meeting Jane invites you to bring along an extract from
a much loved book. We will share our treasures, whatever they might be
and explain why we value them. Looking forward to hearing all the
So rug up in your warm woolies, bring a plate to share and a drink, and
come and join us for a warm winter WOW.
Hope to see you there - Nila
Authors Talks at
Mona Vale Library
The Fight for
Sri Lanka and the Last Days of the Tamil Tigers
account unravels the compelling history which led up to the event in
2009 when tens of thousands of civilians perished along with the last
of the Tamil Tigers, a national liberation group who had terrorised Sri
Lanka since 1983.
4 August 2011
Street, Mona Vale
$8.00 Adults $6.00 Concession - Pensioners and Students (passes must be
in the Modern Age
By Andrew Ford
author charts the course of music in the concert hall and opera house
over the last hundred years, linking it to developments in literature,
theatre, cinema and the visual arts. This revised third edition, brings
the story into the twenty-first century.
Friday 19 August 2011
Street, Mona Vale
Concession - Pensioners and Students (passes must be shown)
within 3 days of booking
COMPUTERS? ...... yes you can!
A FREE seminar
for Seniors on computing skills
19 August 2011 from 1pm to 3pm
Newport Community Centre, 11-13 The Boulevard, Newport Beach
Phone 02 8064
3574 to register
Amazing Lucky Door Prize Draw *
- Facebook Made Easy – by Greg Ross
- Meet your Ancestors – by Margot Paul
- Picture Power – by Brian Hindes
- Bridge Online – by Patricia Kalf
- Computing Made Easy – by Mike Mannington
- Question Time
After Question Time refreshments will be served and the Lucky Door
Prize Draw will take place.
Throughout the seminar we will be running informative computer displays.
* Lucky door prize consists of one year free membership and tuition at
Avalon Computer P
Download flyer with details and directions HERE
am a responsible high school student who lives on the island. I’m
available for after school and evening babysitting during the week and
on Friday nights.
I can also help with home readers, tidying up & occupying your
kids while you cook dinner or relax.
My hourly rate is $8.
For a small commission I can also sell your unwanted items on eBay.
Please call Jessica on 0401 415 891 outside school hours.
Kinesiology is a potent natural therapy for
Take advantage of professional Kinesiology at 'special Island rates'
exclusively for off-residents
- Food sensitivities/intolerances
- Depression •Stress and anxiety
- Children's health •Relationship issues
- Digestive problems •Disease and illness
- Weight-loss and eating disorders
available on Mondays only..
Phone Jen Cudmore 0425 212 849
for Rent - Oct & Nov 2011
3 Bedroom fully furnished house on
Easy walk to ferry
Contact Anthony 0415 846 172 or firstname.lastname@example.org
in Pittwater - Self Editing
go to the Calendar
Island Community Vehicle - 0404 103 700
||Number, Usage & Charges
Island Rural Fire Brigade - 9999 4404
Pittwater Rural Fire Brigade - 9997-3795
Island Residents Association
(SIRA) Membership Application - click
here to download
|West Pittwater Community
Association (WPCA) - http://www.wpca.org.au
SI Emergency Water Contacts and Guidelines for water: click
here for information and contacts
Scotland Island 'Water Agreement' - click
here to download
Island Children's Centre - (SIOCS - Scotland Island
& Offshore Childrens Services)
Catherine Park (Long Day Care Service) 8.30am - 4.30pm (Tues,
Weds & Thurs)
Playgroup @ Children's Centre every Monday, 10.00am - 12 midday
Other services include: School Holiday Programme / Facility &
For information call 02 9979 7856 or email: email@example.com
Island Community Hall
Bookings: Kez on 9999 4092 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Services, Clubs &
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
|Justice of the Peace
- Bob Bolton - 9999 4092
|Justice of the Peace
- Paul Purvis - 9979 9667
|Justice of the Peace
- Paul Burchall - 0414 975 793
|Justice of the Peace
- Bob Mitchell (Mackeral Beach) - 0419 745 628
Community Arts Inc. - Enquiries Lorrie Morgan
9997 8079 email@example.com
Point Yacht Club - http://www.wpyc.com.au
Prince Alfred Yacht Club - 02
Motor Yacht Club - http://www.royalmotor.com.au/
02 9997 5511
Island Lodge - Bed
Breakfast - 02 9979 3301 or
|Elvina Escape - B & B at
Elvina Bay - Alison Newham 0423 598 760
on Towlers Bay - 02 9332 2611 firstname.lastname@example.org
Youth Hostel - 02 9999 5748 www.yha.com.au/hostels/details.cfm?hostelid=31
Chambers - Celebrant (marriages, funerals etc)
Discount for all offshore residents. 9999 2445
IT Computer Services - Contact Robert
0427 890 357 or 9999 2942
|Handy Service - "No
job too small" - Call Alan 0447 775 541
|Electrician Wayne on
Scotland Island 0418 229 277 - offshore community
sparky - www.sparky.com.au
Dance, Art etc)
Meditation and Group Fitness with Patrice - 0406
483 036 email@example.com
- Thursdays - 0421762236 firstname.lastname@example.org
with Max - Watercolour classes. Phone Max on 9997 4527
and painting in oils, acrylics and mixed media- Marion 9979 3993 or
0431 457 431
Nathalie's Table - Cooking Classes - Mediterranean
cooking fortnightly - Nathalie - 9999 4449
/ The Forth Way - Call John on 9979 5584, Marion on 9979
3993 or Anne on 9999 3478
- Mondays on SI Phone Jen Cudmore 0425 212 849
Group For Catherine Park - Run by SIOCS - Emmie Collins
on 0405 330 781
|WOW - Women on Water
- second Wednesday of the month - contact Nila on 9999 2445
& Kids Groups Playgroup - Run by SIOCS
- email Emma email@example.com
|Scotland Island Players
- contact Bob or Kez on 9999 4092
|Catherine Park Bush Care Group,
2nd Sunday @ 9.30am, Sharon Kinnison @ 9997 6017
|Elizabeth Park Bush Care Group,
1st Saturday @ 9 am, Bob Bolton @ 9999 4092
Thinking Group - Roy
Baker, 9999 6891, firstname.lastname@example.org
|Offshore a capella choir
– Saturdays at 2:30 pm, SI Community Hall. Call Gordon on
Buses and Railways
Moon phases, Sun rise & set
weather for Sydney (128k circle)
|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
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
Please NO CASH.
Contact SIRA at email@example.com
To join the
Association, contact Michael Wiener at firstname.lastname@example.org
A complete set of past electronic newsletters since May 2000 can be
found and read at https://ymlp.com/archive_gesgjgm.php or
by visiting the Mona Vale Library.
The Island website is at www.scotlandisland.org.au
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