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- December 2005 -

Newsletter for Offshore Residents of Pittwater, Australia  Volume 7, Issue 105; December 2005     


What a month! The Pittwater By Election Forum, The Artist's Exhibition at Tarrangaua, Lovett Bay, The 50th birthday of SIRA and so much more. It's no wonder that someone has come up with an online calendar to help us all keep track of where we should be and when! Check it out by viewing the item titled Online Diary - Add Your Function. By the time you read the next edition of PON we will be staring 2006 in the face. Have a great holiday season!
In this Issue:

  • History Corner
  • Online Diary - Add your function
  • The Strange Screeching Bird
  • Speed Limits on Scotland Island
  • SIRA'S 50th Birthday
  • Offshore Kids Services
  • Citizen of the Year Awards
  • Hungry? Indian food offshore!
  • Iskybibble - Grab your seats quickly!
  • Congratulations islanders, so intelligent!
  • Green Waste Collection - Scotland Island
  • Blake Prize for Religious Art
  • Bush Care Corner
  • 30-Second Stress Buster Exercise

  • SIRA presents Cyndi Boste in concert

  • Local Guide
  • Archived Newsletters
  • Your Subscription Information
  • History Corner
    For some years, after the death of farmer Foley, his property remained empty and its fertile fields became a grazing place for the cattle of the district. Finally, in 1863, the farm was again leased to James Therry whose uncle, the Rev. J.J. Therry had recommended  the Pittwater area to him. Therry was a new chum, recently arrived from Ireland with his wife and daughters to settle in the new land and, hopefully, increase his fortune. Therry repaired the old farmhouse and fences, brought in furniture to make the homestead comfortable for his family and prepared a great stack of firewood. Then, when all was ready, he went to Sydney to bring them to their new home.
    When they arrived, the home was a ruin. During the night the house, with all its new contents and helped by the stack of firewood, had been burnt to the ground. But all was not lost. Supportive and sympathetic neighbours rallied to help led by John Jenkins whose father had pioneered that area. Jenkins came from his nearby farm with a team of men and, in a short time, the home was rebuilt. Therry was not a poor man and he was determined, in spite of a bad beginning, to farm as he had intended and to hope for the best, He bought about one hundred head of stock and began what promised to be a prosperous career
    But, after a year of unbroken peace, ten of his cows and thirteen calves suddenly disappeared. They were eventually found shot dead on nearby Taylor's Hill. Other outrages continued and, a few months later, his horses disappeared. They , too, were discovered where they had been killed. Now, nearby residents and neighbours were well aware that a great wrong was being done to an innocent man whose only fault and misfortune was that he was occupying a piece of fertile land coveted by a ruthless member of the small community. So two of Therry's neighbours -- Jenkins was one -- determined to put the matter in the hands of the police.
    Although the long trip to Sydney was tiring and tortuous, the pair saw the Chief of Police, Inspector McLerie, and asked for a senior man to be send to Pittwater to investigate. McLerie appointed an experienced sergeant named McGlone who had recently been applauded for his arrest of the notorious bushranger, Frank Gardiner.. McGlone travelled back with the pair, soon found a helpful informer and the culprits were arrested and, subsequently, sentenced to several years imprisonment. Therry, however, had had enough and left the district after the sentencing.
    Leicester Warburton
    (Next month): More crime and competition in Pittwater

    Online Diary - Add your function

    An online diary has been created for readers of this newsletter. This facility will allow you to enter details of any upcoming function that might be of interest to the offshore community. For example you might be having a BBQ to raise funds for the kindie. To let everyone know that you have "reserved" a particular day(s) simply find the date on the calendar and enter the detail. Then click submit at the bottom of the page. You can colour your entry, make an entry span over a number of days and much more.

    The calendar is in development and should you have any problems, please let the editor know. You will need a username and password. The username is 'island' (without the quotes) and the password is 'island' (without the quotes.) Clearly you should only add items that are of interest to all of our community. Please remember these details for the future!

    To add information about your function and to check what is happening in the offshore community, visit http://www.scotlandisland.org.au/calendar.htm or just click the link from the Scotland Island home page at www.scotlandisland.org.au

    The Strange Screeching Bird

    These  are images of the source of that strange screeching bird that you may have heard over the last month or so.  It is a "Channel Billed Cuckoo", which frequents the Australian East Coast and Norfolk Island at this time of the year.  The rest of the time it is living very happily in New Guinea.  These photos were taken at the bus stop at Church Point.  I have seen four of these birds in the Moreton Bay Fig Tree there, and also in the trees along Florence Terrace, on Scotland Island.  Happy bird watching,

    Phillippa Thomas.

    Speed Limits on Scotland Island

    You are reminded that the maximum speed of a vehicle on Scotland Island is 15km/h. If there are hazards on the road (children, rough conditions, wet weather etc) then the speed of your vehicle will need to be lower than 15km/h. Vehicles exceeding this speed risk detection by the NSW Police

    SIRA'S 50th Birthday

    The weather held fine for the birthday party of the year. A large crowd attended the Catherine Park bash, and enjoyed a free sausage sizzle, drinks for the kids, rolls and salads, all courtesy of their own association! Not bad for only $20 per year membership. Thanks to Lisa, Guyren, Gordon, John, David, Greg, Kerry and all those who helped make Sunday a such a wonderful day

    The entertainment was spectacular with one of the best programs this writer has seen at the park. The North v South tug o' war was won by the North (see pictures below). Well done SIRA! and can we do this again soon?

    The North of the Island The South of the Island

    KU will not be running the Kindie next year.
    The community has formed an association (SIOCS*), which is setting up playgroups, mums groups, family day care, vacation programmes & is applying for a licence to run the Kindie.
    A team of dedicated parents will be conducting a door knock all over the island and bays in the next few weeks with a questionnaire & petition: we’d like to thank you in advance for your participation.
    The fundraising events started at the SIRA 50th Birthday bash, with a raffle for a painting by Nettie, along with many other fantastic prizes. Call Jenny on 9999 0990 for tickets.
    If you are interested in our proposed services for 0-2’s, 2 –5’s or primary school aged kids give Anne a call on 9999 3478. *Scotland Island & Offshore Children’s Services

    Citizen of the Year Awards

    Nominations are called for Pittwater’s Australia Day Citizen of the Year, Young Citizen of the Year and Community Event of the Year Awards.

    Nominees must be Pittwater residents who have contributed significantly to Pittwater in any field over a number of years. Such contribution must demonstrate active concern for the rights, welfare and well-being and/or advancement of others, and could have been given to individuals, community groups or the community at large. Please send nominations by Tuesday 13 December to Gay McCorby at Council Offices – email gay_mccorby@pittwater.nsw.gov.au, fax 9970 7296 or post to PO Box 882, Mona Vale 1660.

    Hungry? Indian food offshore!

    Rajiv, at the Bollywood Indian Restaurant in Newport (opposite the Newport Arms) is offering beautiful Indian meals delivered to the Newport public wharf.

    Minimum order is $35. Tuesday to Sunday between 5.30pm and 9.30pm. Phone Rajiv on 02-9997-4116. The food is terrific - give it a try one night.

    Iskybibble - Grab your seats quickly!

    Iskybibble is returning to Pittwater for a very limited season. Previously seen on the Northern Beaches in 1996, this live stage show is real children’s theatre with a story more than a panto. Adults love it!

    Producer and co-writer Martin Erdman says that there is a sad lack of live theatre for children and too much television. TV is often violent, and studies have shown that too much viewing can stunt brain growth. Erdman believes that television seldom allows children to use their imagination, whereas a stage play with its painted sets, colourful costumes, fantasy characters and room for plenty of audience participation can provoke imagination and be an important part of a child’s development as well as fostering a love for live theatre in later life.

    The Scotland Island Players will present just four unique performances in December 2005 with a dedicated local cast directed by Martin’s daughter, Rebecca Erdman.

    Whilst the play has its hero (Iskybibble) there is the Wizard who performs magic, two crazy, zany witches who the children laugh at, a villain to ‘boo’, the beautiful princess who the little girls admire and dream of becoming one day, plus a live band on stage to provide the music. Also participating in these performances will be children from Trudy Engler’s Dance Studio who take the roles of the King’s courtiers and the chorus in the Magic Forest.

    Church Point Ferries will run a return ferry trip from Newport Wharf to Scotland Island at normal local fares for the two afternoon (3pm) shows, leaving Newport at 2pm and returning approx 6pm - making this a great family outing.

    Performances will be held on Saturday 10th December at 3pm & 6pm and Sunday 11th at 11am & 3pm. Tickets cost $10 for children and $15 for adults plus $2 booking fee per ticket if paid for by credit card over the phone.

    The music is presented live by Tim Byrne, John Marshall and Graeme Richmond.
    Tickets can be purchased from Rosemary at 'The Lodge' and Annette at 'The Point' or by calling Martin Erdman on 9997 1403.

    With only four performances this show will sell out quickly so book now!!
    The ferry journey is limited to fifty passengers only per trip, so early booking is recommended.

    For more info, photos etc. please call Martin Erdman on 9997 1403

    Congratulations islanders, so intelligent!

    Just one booth in the recent by-election produced a zero informal vote total - Scotland Island! Well done to the locals who knew the importance of making their vote count. It might be worth remembering that offshore residents can vote at the kindie on Scotland Island. Our next election (unless something happens earlier) is in sixteen months.  So that we can keep our booth on the island it would be good to make the effort to use it rather than using a booth on the mainland.

    Green Waste Collection - Scotland Island

    Vegetation collection day Tuesday 13 December 2005

    The vegetation collection day is for the purpose of reducing fire fuel on the island

    Lawn clippings, weeds and leaves must be presented in hard sided containers

    Branches must be bundled and tied. Branches are to be no longer than 1.2m and no wider than 0.75m. Materials placed out after 6am on Monday 12 December will not be collected
    Unacceptable items that will be stickered and not collected include:

    • Vegetation which is not bundled and tied
    • Vegetation that is tied with plastic
    • Vegetation in Hessian bags, plastic bags, polystyrene boxes and cardboard boxes
    • Tree stumps, soil
    • Non-organic materials
    • Treated, painted, stained or laminated timber
    • Particleboard, plywood
    • Wire contaminated material
    • Garbage, recyclables, general clean up materials

    Vegetation will only be collected from the roadside. Do not place vegetation on public or private wharves. For enquiries regarding this vegetation collection day
    Contact pittwater council’s waste education officer, rennae projceski
    Phone: 9970-1216 fax: 9970-7150

    Blake Prize for Religious Art

    You may be interested to know that even though the Many Daily (Friday 25th Nov.) thinks we are a “backwater” the real art world consider at least two of our local artists Tracy Smith and Dimitri Lihachov of a calibre high enough for selection for the 2005 Blake prize. They were 2 of 67 entries selected from a field of 465. Congratulation to you both.
    The Exhibition is on at the Sir Herman Black Gallery, Level 25, Wentworth Building, Sydney University. Until 17th December 2005
    Time: 9am-5pm, Monday to Friday; Saturday 11am to 4pm
    Contact: Nick Vickers
    Phone: 953 6029
    Email: gallery@usu.usyd.edu.au
    More info: http://www.sirhermannblackgallery.com

    Bush Care CornerTop of page

    Bush Regeneration Groups

    Top of the Island: Saturday, December 3. Come for all or part of the morning! Morning tea, all equipment and convivial company provided free. Meet on the southern slope just down from the high point of the island (where there is a wooden platform and a seat).
    Katherine Park: Sunday, December 11, 10:00-12:30. This group has done a lot to beautify the park – come and help continue and expand this project. After this working bee we'll share a snack or two.
    Foreshores: The regular foreshores group will not meet in December as the fourth Sunday of this month is Christmas Day.

    30-Second Stress Buster Exercise:

    One of the first steps to changing our negative thought patterns, and therefore actions, is to become aware of our types of thoughts. Here is an interesting 30-second stress buster to try: -

    Sit upright with the spine self supported, and away from the back of the chair, have your eyes downcast or closed. Breathe comfortably in and out of your belly.
    Wait for a thought to arise...
    When it does so, catch it at the beginning (there is no need to follow it or get involved with it), simply observe what type of thought it is. Give it a label if you need to, and then put the thought on one side. Wait for another thought. Observe what is happening in your body while you are waiting for another thought. After 30 seconds or so, become aware of your immediate environment again, and raise or open your eyes. (thanks to : zenatwork)

    SIRA presents Cyndi Boste in concert

    at the Scotland Island Community Hall – 8:00 pm. 3 December 2005. $10 Admission

    Cyndi Boste is a contemporary, alternative, country singer-songwriter from Melbourne, Australia appearing for one night only on Scotland Island.
    You can’t pigeon-hole her music, or the artist herself, in a specific genre. Boste's work can't be tagged conveniently. Whilst it is true to say there is a country flavour, there's also a strong blues/roots component, which, combined with her singer/songwriter style, delivers a unique musical experience that skirts many boundaries. (Think Lucinda Williams.)

    Her rich, soulful voice can penetrate the hardest of hearts. It's raw sugar and milk... blue cotton and silk. This is country with a twist, blues with a twang, and everything in between.

    To those who know her work, Cyndi Boste is more than their favourite Alt Country singer/songwriter: she’s a passionate cause. Type her name (rhymes with 'toast') into Google, and of the 600 or so results – from Australia and overseas – most will be rave reviews of Cyndi’s first three critically acclaimed CDs and her riveting live performances to spellbound audiences from Copenhagen to Coffs Harbour via Berlin, Battersea and Bellingen.

    Check out her website and listen for a taste of her music. www.cindyboste.com.au

    To book tickets, email Gordon Floyd at floydcbg@ozemail.com.au or ring 9997 2035. OR tickets at the door (cash only).


    The local guideTop of page

    What's On in Pittwater - Event Diary Click Here  
    Local Real Estate Agents:  
    Botham 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, or email her by clicking here or Bronwyn.Bishop.MP@aph.gov.au or
    Local Transport: Scotland Island Community Vehicle: Info: click here. Phone 0404-103-700

    Church Point Ferries (02-9999-3492)  Manly Warringah Cabs (02-9997-9111) Palm Beach Cruises (02-9997-4815) Pink Water Taxi (0428-238-190)

    Bed & Breakfast: Scotland Island Lodge: or http://www.scotlandislandlodge.com.au         (9979 3301)
    Yacht Clubs Woody Point Yacht Club  or http://www.wpyc.com.au 
    Short Term Holiday Accommodation: Pittpoint Cottage:  (9997 8382)
    Local Pittwater Studies Website: http://www.pittlink.net/ls
    West Pittwater Community Association Monthly Minutes: http://www.scotlandisland.org.au/wpca.htm
    Buy and Sell: Pittwater Trading Online, click here or visit http://www.pittwatertradingonline.com.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

    Emergency Scotland Island Water Contacts: click here for information (while online)

    Airlines, Buses and Railways

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


    Join SIRA You can now join the Scotland Island Residents Association 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. Contact SIRA at sirapittwater@hotmail.com Join WPCA To join the Western Pittwater Community Association, contact Larry at larrye@aftrs.edu.au or click here or phone 02-9979-5026 for more information. (in revision)

    Archived Newsletters A complete set of past electronic newsletters since May 2000 can be found and read at http://www.scotlandisland.org.au/newsletters/archive.html  or by clicking here or by visiting the Mona Vale Library. The Scotland Island website is at www.scotlandisland.org.au

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