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Scotland Island - Western Shores - Mackeral Beach
April 1, 2010
Newsletter for Offshore Residents of Pittwater, Australia - Volume 11, Issue 471


The Pittwater Sustainability Principles & Checklist draft document was adopted by council this last month as a measure to assist with greater sustainable development in Pittwater.
The Pittwater Sustainability Principles and Checklist is the work of the Built Environment work group (one of the work groups set up following the development of the Pittwater 2020 Strategic Plan, over some 5+ years, by the Community working closely with Council).

The Built Environment work group comprises some 20 community members (including representatives from the Offshore Community) and several key Council people.

The Pittwater Sustainability Principles and Checklist was initiated by the Community members and work shopped through to its now draft form by a sub group of the BE work group, including several key Council officers.

In reading the Publicity Release (see below under Local Council Notices), you would not be aware of all of this.  It would appear as though Council was the initiator and developer of this important document. This is a shame because the wider Pittwater community simply will not realise the extent to which the Pittwater Community and the Council are working together to produce some excellent contributions to the improvement of Pittwater, both short and long term.

The article in last weeks Manly Daily regarding the helipad has caused a great deal of concern to a number of people in the community, and in particular to Karin, who was "quoted " in the article.

In response to the article Karin makes the following comment.  "I was simply stunned when reading the article in the Manly Daily by Danielle Nicastri re helipads on Scotland Island (26 March). I was not interviewed for this story. The article has caused me embarrassment and distress within our community. I have written a letter of complaint to both the journalist and the editor of the Manly Daily in response.

And lastly, Joy Purvis rightly notes that in the report last month for the Clean Up Australia activity that the author has omitted to thank herself for all her work in coordinating the important event. So a very big thanks also to Cass Gye who does so much work for the community much of which is not recognised.

  • Gwyn's Calendar
  • SI Kindy Report
  • Waterways Patrols
  • Koala Spotted
  • Grameen Bank Islander Group
  • Do Not Call Register
  • Ferryman's Planet Ark
  • Worlds Greatest Shave Update
  • Local Council Notices
  • Island Thinking
  • Living Offshore
  • Your Right Foot
  • Island Maths ??
  • Pilates and Fitness Classes
  • You Asked
  • For Sale
  • The Local Guide
  • Join SIRA
  • Archived Newsletters
  • Your subscription Information

  • Gwyn's April 2010 Calendar 

    To download a full version (A4 size) of this months calendar, ready for printing,  just click on the calendar image.

    You can contact Gwyn Perkins by email at g.perkins@gwyn.com.au

    The file is quite large and in PDF format. To view PDF documents you will need the Adobe Acrobat Reader installed on your computer.
    To download Acrobat Reader please click here

    Scotland Island Island Kindy Report
    Dear Friends,
    At Scotland Island Kindy we have been very busy keeping ourselves entertained with lots of different activities. At the moment we have the best playdough available, thanks to Barbara. It keeps the children entertained for hours. We have been pulling out the large mats for gross motor skills and the parachute is constantly been asked for.

    We had a wonderful visit from CSIRO. All the children were able to be little “scientists”. We learnt scientists have to use their eyes, ears and fingers to touch to learn about our world.

    Below is a photo of Eddie and Imogen having a wonderful time with some of the activities that were available. These included making rockets, pretend jellyfish moving inside bottles, vortexes plus many many more.           
    I open up an invitation to our neighbours that we would enjoy others from our community to be part of our daily rhythm. Please contact us if there is anything you wish to contribute to our centre.

    National Volunteer Week:  11th to 17th May is coming up and to celebrate we will have different volunteer groups coming to talk to us. If you’re involved in a volunteer group and have time to speak to the kidsimage briefly please contact us. They would love to hear from you. 

    Over the next two weeks we will be doing some Easter Activities.
    The staff and children of Scotland Island Kindy would like to invite families to an Easter Hat Parade at 4:30pm on Thursday 1st April 2010. Come and look at what we have created. 

    Grandparents/Special Friends Week 27th/28th/29th.       April 2010
    We will be celebrating all our special friends that touch our life during this week and we invite you to come down and spend time with us for an hour or two. Recommended time is between 9am and 11am. If this doesn’t suit please phone and we can talk to you about other times that suit.

    Come along and just have a look at our notice board we get lots of information sent to us in regards to children activities and also parenting courses.

    At the moment there is a Robin Grille “Heart to Heart Parenting Seminar” happening 15 and 16th April at Pittwater RSL. Marian Street Theatre is putting on a performance of “The Magic Pudding” during May and July.

    The Kindy has a new “creative corner” to enhance Literacy Skills through day to day activities. We would love some items to add to their learning experience eg. Old calculators that work, keyboards with power cords cut off, postcards, magazines, old phones, teledexes and whatever else you might have lying around that is appropriate.

    Take Care and remember, Our Children will Rule the World One Day!!
    Michelle Wickens


    Patrols on the Waterways
    Waterways and/or Broken Bay Water Police have been recently seen conducting RBT’s on commuters on their way home.  The regulation for “drinking and driving” is the same for boats as it is for vehicles, so be aware of your consumption of alcohol! 

    In addition, many of you may not be aware that the rules regarding required safety equipment have changed in recent years (e.g. requiring a waterproof torch and noise making device etc). Safety equipment inspections using these new rules are being carried out.  Here is a link to Safety Equipment from the Boating Handbook and the Safety Equipment Table.

    Please take a moment to review your boating equipment and avoid a fine or caution. 


    Koala Spotted in Wirrungulla Ave.
    A few weeks back I was walking with my son along Wirringulla track towards McCarrs Creek. As we were nearing the end of the track, where it comes to an impasse, we heard the unmistakable sound of a Koala. Sure enough, right above us there it was. Hugging a branch of a very tall spotted gum without a care in the world.
    We observed it for some time and returned a few hours later and it was still there, in fact it hadn’t moved an inch. We were quite surprised as we’ve never heard anyone mention Koalas in the area when chatting about the local wildlife. I have relayed the sighting to a few of the residents in the bay, the news of the sighting was met with surprise and touch of scepticism.
    We have since heard Koalas several times whilst walking the track, but no further sightings due to the density of the national park.
    Does anyone have knowledge of a Koala colony in and around Elvina Bay? Has anyone else seen or heard anything? The noise is unmistakable and is like nothing else you’ll hear. Sighting a Koala in the wild is something my son and I have never experienced, so each time we walk the track we make sure we bring our binoculars with us as well as the digital camera – but leave our imaginations back at our house!
    Nick and Harrison Goss, Elvina Bay.


    Grameen Bank Microfinance Islander Group
    22 YEAR OLD Sophia Khatoon, in the tiny village of Jobra in Bangladesh worked seven days a week making finely woven bamboo furniture, looked twice her age, and lived in abject poverty. She had no money of her own so a trader sold her the bamboo on condition that she sell him the furniture at a price he would determine. His price ensured that she could have one meal a day, one set of clothes and nothing more. Nobel prize winner Muhammed Yunus calculated that Sophia was paying 10% interest per day or 3000% interest per annum.
    The vast majority of the world’s poor are caught in this trap. They are thoroughly exploited by employers or the money-lending elite. The poor cannot borrow from banks because they cannot provide “collateral”.
    Yunus founder of the Grameen bank asked Sophia how much she needed to buy her own load of bamboo and profit from her own labour. She needed A$0.60. He gave her a few dollars and it took Sophia only a few months to establish her own little business and increase her income seven fold and repay her loan. Soon she had three meals a day and a second set of clothes.
    Grameen Foundation Australia is expanding its activities into a range of Asian and African countries and needs our help.
    If you are interested please come to Nila’s house for a talk and to form a Grameen Microfinance Island Group. I envisage a group that will meet once a month and in time doners will have their own Grameen bank account and they can track where their donations are going and how the repayments are progressing. A few dollars can make a big difference.
    WHERE? Nila and Geoff’s house 30 Robertson Rd, the log cabin on the bend between Cargo and Tennis next to Sandy’s A frame and opposite Yambah.
    WHEN?  Sunday April 11th 3.30pm Bring a plate for afternoon tea.
    Hope to see you there, Nila
    9999 2445

    ACMA Media Release 30/2010
    Re-register now to avoid telemarketing calls
    It’s time to re-register for the Do Not Call Register for people who signed up in 2007. This will ensure you do not get any unwanted telemarketing calls.

    Registrations for the Do Not Call Register are valid for three years. Anyone who signed up when the service was launched in May 2007 should re-register now to maintain protection from unwanted marketing calls.

    The Chairman of the Australian Communications and Media Authority, Chris Chapman, said more than one million numbers were listed when the register was first launched in May 2007.

    ‘It’s now time to re-register your numbers if you want to make sure you don’t receive telemarketing calls,’ Mr Chapman said.

    ‘Any numbers not re-registered by their three-year expiry deadline will be automatically removed from the register

    ‘So the best way to protect yourself from the days when you’d sit down to dinner and the telemarketing calls would start is to re-register your numbers now.’

    More than 4.3 million home, mobile and VoIP numbers are now listed on the Do Not Call Register.

    According to a recent ACMA survey, 93 per cent of people who registered their landlines noticed a marked reduction of telemarketing calls.

    Mr Chapman said anyone in any doubt about when they listed their numbers should re-register them anyway.

    ‘It’s fast, free and easy – simply call 1300 792 958 or go to www.donotcall.gov.au, where you can learn more and re-register.’


    Ferryman’s planet ark - the yacht that’s kind to the planet

    Courtesy MANLY DAILY 6 MAR 10

    His day job is skippering the Scotland Island ferry but by night and in his downtime, Inigo Wijnen is hard at it, working away on his enormous, environmentally friendly, multi-hulled yacht known as Gaia’s Dream, a 71-foot proa design, built in Urunga in northern NSW.

    All 71 feet are made with sustainable materials, while much of its power source is derived from solar panels positioned on the deck.

    With the intention of running a fossil fuel-free boat, Mr Wijnen has installed a stove fuelled with alcohol, while the engine runs entirely on vegetable oil.

    Under motor, she can get up to nine knots in the right conditions and 17 knots while under sail.

    Gaia’s Dream is the fourth yacht built by Mr Wijnen, who sailed to Australia from Holland 15 years ago on the Gaia 2, a much smaller version of the incumbent.

    The giant yacht may be difficult to manoeuvre in Pittwater but already Mr Wijnen says she has proved herself as a competent ocean yacht.

    “This is a very fast boat that can sleep 12 people, or eight people and carry seven tonnes of cargo,” he said. “It’s been the talk of the town since it arrived here just before Christmas.

    “I’m a boat builder and wanted to prove it’s possible to build a really good boat that is as environmentally friendly and sustainable as possible.”

    Inigo Wijnen aboard his 71-foot, green-power yacht. Picture: MARTIN LANGE


    Worlds Greatest Shave Update
    Just a quick shave update.image
    Carla, Josh and I had our hair shaved at the Pittwater RSL Club on Friday, 12 March, and a really big thanks to Julie Rogers for her great work and support, shaving not just us three but a host of other people who came to the club for a shave or colour.

    Also a really BIG THANKS to all those who have donated to the cause so far. We are almost at $5500. Thanks so much.

    For those who were not at the shave on the night, or not been on Facebook to see the results, I've attached a photo of the three of us.

    Cheers Tim Byrne


    Local Council Notices
    The Council has adopted a draft document known as the Pittwater Sustainability Principles & Checklist to help achieve higher levels of sustainable development in Pittwater in the future.

    The draft checklist was adopted by the Council for public exhibition at its meeting this week.
    The code of practice will now go on exhibition between 27 March and 26 April for the public to have their say.
    General Manager Mark Ferguson said the guidelines set down the principles of sustainable building and their practical application.

    “Using the checklist approach architects and builders can assess relatively quickly whether their building meets sustainability principles,” he said.

    “The checklist rates a building on its design, energy and water use and then gives a scorecard rating on how sustainable it is.”

    Mr Ferguson said that sustainability principles could be easily incorporated into most buildings, whether built or in the design phase.

    “Concepts such as orienting buildings take advantage of winter sun and cooling summer breezes are fundamentals that architects and developers need to address,” he said.
    “For existing buildings being renovated, there is a range of energy and water saving devices and building techniques that can be utilized.”

    “The checklist is a resource that can guide homeowners, architects and all those involved in building and renovation on how to undertake a project in the most sustainable way possible.”

    To view the Pittwater Sustainability Principles & Checklist visit documents on exhibition

    Copies are also available at the Council’s customer service centres and libraries at 1 Park Street Mona Vale and 59A Old Barrenjoey Road Avalon.
    Comments must be in writing and can be mailed to PO Box 882 Mona Vale 1660 or emailed to Pittwater_Council@pittwater.nsw.gov.au by the closing date.

    Media contact: Andrew Piggott, Pittwater Council Ph: 9970 1163

    Pittwater Council is expanding its social networking reach with a weekly blog hosted by General Manager Mark Ferguson.
    Mr Ferguson said the blog would focus on topics and issues important to local residents and give them the opportunity to comment freely.

    “We have some guidelines in place so discriminatory, defamatory or off-topic comments won’t be posted, but otherwise the blog is open to all,” he said.

    The Council’s first blog opened this week on the topic of Pittwater’s public wharves and how they should be maintained.

    Mr Ferguson said that Pittwater’s 27 public wharves were in need of major upgrades to take account of new legislation requiring all public wharves to have disabled access by the year 2020.

    “There are several dilemmas for the Council regarding this, not the least is the cost. We estimate it will cost around $4 million for us to comply with the legislation,” he said.

    Mr Ferguson added that residents had raised the issue of the heritage value of Pittwater’s current timber wharves.

    “The wharves appearance will change as a result of the legislation, as we’ll need to build pontoons and ramps to make them accessible.”

    Mr Ferguson said the Council was trying to prioritise work on upgrading the wharves and feedback from the blog would be useful.

    The blog can be found on the home page at www.pittwater.nsw.gov.au 

    Media contact:  Mark Ferguson, Pittwater Council Ph: 9970 1105

    Pittwater Council’s Coastal Environment Centre (CEC) has turned up the fun-factor!  There are now 14 interactive and field-based activities, with eight brand new programs available during the Easter school holidays from Tuesday 6 April to Friday16 April.

    CEC Manager Gary Jackson said the program offered a diverse range of activities across Pittwater’s amazing coastal, wetland and rain forest playgrounds.

    ‘If your children are inquisitive or you want to motivate them with healthy, engaging, interactive activities, ‘Kids on the Coast’ is ideal.  All programs are inspiring, safe, educational and so much fun,” said Mr Jackson.
    This Easter program takes kids on eco-adventures of discovery to a multitude of outdoor environments.  These include beaches, rock platforms, the lagoon, bushland, eco gardens, wetlands and rain forests in the Narrabeen Lagoon catchment.
    Children will also have a chance to come face-to-face with our wildlife at the ‘Reptile Romp’, with animals proudly demonstrated by Sydney Wildlife.

    A Fishing Clinic with the NSW Department of Industry & Investment will teach preservation and conservation while having fun with rules, regulations, casting & fishing.  Each child is sure to go home excited with lots of Easter surprises – a new Shimano rod, reel, fishing line, tackle, tackle box, cap, t-shirt, fresh & saltwater bag-limit stickers plus an eco-bag included in the price!

    Sea Educate Australia are running ‘Save a Life’ Surf Safety sessions both in the classroom and in controlled surf environments - a must for all Australian kids.  Operated by former Australian surf ironman Craig Riddington and his teams of surf experts, this session is a life lesson designed to save lives now and in the future!

    Other activities will excite and engage kids in outdoor-based experiential learning.  The Fun Activity Menu includes ‘Rumble in the Jungle’, ‘Garden Grooves’, ‘Underwater Lagoon Mysteries’, ‘Rock Platform Investigators’, ‘Octopuses Garden by the Sea’, ‘Water Rockets’ and more!
    “Kids have so much fun they don’t realise just how much they’re learning until they start showing and telling others around them. Parents and carers also tend to feel inspired as a result,” said CEC community educator Bianca Smith.
    Two hour sessions are from 10am to 12pm or 1pm to 3pm. The cost is $20 per child per session, with all-day sessions from 10am to 3pm at a cost of $55, including supervision between sessions. The Fishing Clinic is $40 and ‘Save a Life, Surf Safety’ is $49.50 for a half day or $65 for all day.

    The Coastal Environment Centre is located on the Narrabeen Lagoon foreshore at Pelican Path, Lake Park Road, North Narrabeen. Limited online bookings are now open: www.pittwater.nsw.gov.au/cec/kidsoncoast  or call 1300 000 CEC (232).

    Media contact:  Tina Demetriou  Ph:  9970 1676 or 0428 102 040


    The next IslandThinking event
     Nila Chambers - Saturday April 17th 3.30-5ish
    “Both Eastern and Western religions find their aesthetic expression in music and mystical poetry (among other things). In this talk we will consider one religious tradition and its underlying philosophy and then we will see how this translates into musical and poetic forms.”
    Nila’s background: Nila has been an educator all her working life. For many years she taught migrants, refugee and indigenous students at James Cook University and Tropical North Queensland Institute of TAFE. She also taught in the prison system. A lifelong interest in Steiner education led her to teach at Ghilgai Steiner School, Melbourne during its founding years. She then went on to found the Cairns Steiner School which she led for seven years. She has recently completed celebrancy training to support her fellow islanders during their important ceremonies and is currently teaching for the University of the 3rd Age while studying for a Master’s degree in philosophy and comparative religions. In between times she thoroughly enjoys being the mother of a 13 year old son, doing environmental conservation work and volunteering at Greenwich palliative care hospital.
    Venue: Nila’s house - 30 Robertson Rd Scotland Island
    Walking from Cargo to Tennis you will come to a sharp bend in the road near Yambah. Our house is the log cabin on the corner, on the right hand side. It is next to Sandy’s A frame and two doors from Dulcie’s house.
    Please RSVP by replying to this mail to let the group know,
    or to jennifer.cover@ursys.com.au or nilachambers@bigpond.com Ph: 9999 2445


    Paul McLeay MP
    Minister for Ports and Waterways
    Minister for the Illawarra


    Thursday, March 25 2010

    Distress signalling flares can help save lives in an emergency but are only as good as their use-by date.
    Minister for Ports and Waterways, Paul McLeay and Member for Wyong, David Harris, today visited Norah Head’s popular coastal boat ramp to raise awareness to the issue of out-of-date flares.

    “Flares are essential and compulsory emergency signalling equipment for boats in open waters,” Mr McLeay said.

    Mr Harris said the problem is they have a use-by date.

    “Flares expire after three years. After this time, there is no guarantee they will fire when needed,” Mr Harris said.

    “This is why flares must be replaced before they expire and old flares, which are classed as explosives, must be disposed of properly.”

    “If trouble strikes off the coast, it can be difficult to attract help and that is why flares are essential safety equipment for skippers boating on open seas,” Mr Harris said.

    “Every boat going on open seas should carry a minimum of two red hand flares (for night or day use) and two orange smoke flares (for day use), although some exemptions may apply.”

    Flares can now be placed into special containers at NSW Maritime centres.
    From they are stored for collection and transported to the Sterihealth facility at Silverwater, Sydney.

    The expired flares will then be destroyed at ultra-high temperature under strict environmental conditions.
    “Some flares, it appears, may have been ending up in landfill. We now have a disposal option that is safer and better for the environment,” Mr McLeay said.

    • The new flare disposal system was the result of a close partnership between NSW Maritime, WorkCover NSW and the Department of Environment, Climate Change and Water.
    • There are some 230,000 vessels registered in NSW with around 10 per cent being used for offshore boating.
    • The trial will run until July 2011.
    For more information or to locate your nearest NSW Maritime centre visit:


    Living Offshore
    Island Life
    I really enjoy all the wonderful events and success of our island community. I thought I would add an experience which happened this morning which made me wonder at the uniqueness of our community.

    This morning I went out to take my son across to catch the school bus and found our boat filled with water and in danger of losing the motor. This is the second time this has happened in the last three months despite my boat having recently had costly repairs.

    My neighbour seeing that we were in trouble rushed out and assisted me to pull the boat up onto the beach and secure it even though his own children had to be at school early this morning. This is the second time that my neighbour has helped me in this way and both times it has been in a downpour.

    I think its time to look for a new boat, but definitely don’t want a new neighbour, I am not sure if he and his family would say the same!


    Divine Intervention
    I was walking off the ferry with my son Harrison at Church Point and had my 13 pass ticket in my hand, a gust of wind blew it into the water about 10 feet away. I watched it for several minutes hoping it would drift back towards the exit ramp we were standing on, but it just went further away. All of a sudden a seagull swooped down thinking it was a bit of tucker and grabbed the ticket in its beak. It then flew into the air and towards me about 20 feet in the air. It then realised it wasn’t edible and let the ticket drop which came slowly fluttering down about 2 feet right in front of me on the exit ramp!

    Nothing short of divine intervention. Luckily my son and a few others saw the whole thing...

    Nick Goss


    How Smart is you Right Foot?
    You have to try this. It is absolutely true. I guess there are some things that the brain cannot handle.


    1.While sitting at your desk in front of your computer, lift your right foot off the floor and make clockwise circles.

    2. Now, while doing this, draw the number '6' in the air with your right hand. Your foot will change direction..

    You have to try this, it takes 2 seconds. This will confuse your mind and you will keep trying over and over again to see if you can outsmart your foot, but, you can't.  It is pre-programmed in your brain!

    Told you so! And there's nothing you can do about it! We  know how stupid it is, but before the day is done you are going to try it again, if you've not already done so.


    Island Maths : 1 x 1 x 1 = 3 ???
    Noted in the SCOTLAND ISLAND GENERAL CLEAR OUT document of MONDAY, MARCH 29, 2010

    •    Collections will be made only from the roadside
    •    Do not place materials at public or private wharves
    •    Materials are to be put out only during the weekend prior to the collection week
    •    Material put out later than the Monday of the collection week will not be collected

    The total quantity per household should not to exceed 3 cubic metres (1m x 1m x 1m)....HUH " ??

    Pilates and Fitness Classes
    Term 2, starting April 12th
    This term as well as the weekday classes, there will be a Saturday Outdoor Fitness class at 8:30am in Catherine park.

    To register your interest or for the new weekday timetable, email Patrice at patrice.corrie@gmail.com or call 0406483036.

    The venue for the outdoor classes does change so if you are a newcomer, make sure you call the day before to check.


    You Asked..

    Boating Equipment Stolen
    The following message is from Morning Bay residents Michael & Sarah and Tanya Mottl :
    Two boats were robbed of equipment last week from where they were parked at Morning Bay public wharf.
    Outboard oil and a depth sounder were taken.
    The light fingered person or persons left their empty oil containers on the wharf ready to blow into Pittwater.
    Alas, probably a bit much to expect them to use the recycling bins as part of their thieving activity.

    This has been reported to the Water Police. If anyone has seen suspicious activity around wharves or has had their boats interfered with could they please report this to the water police to help them with their investigations.

    Water Police contacts :  9910 7899 and mobile 0412 162 093
    Thank you,
    Michael Doherty and Tanya Mottl

    Work Available..
    Are you 15years or more?
    Do you want up to 3.5 hour a week permanent part time work on the island?
    We have 2 spots available to join Scotland Island Traders helping to deliver groceries on a Saturday morning. We start at 7.30am and usually finish around 10 to 10.30am.
    This will allow you to still enjoy the bulk of your weekend, with cash!
    If you are interested. either email me at scotlandislandtraders@gmail.com or phone me any time on 0419460331.
    We look forward to hearing from you.

    Installation & Maintenance of Super-Treat Aerated Wastewater Treatment Systems
    There is a Super-treat system installed at our house which was badly in need of maintenance. I contacted the manufacturers in Nowra to find out who was the local agent. They advised they no longer had one. After revealing in conversation that I was a retired Chemical Engineer they asked if I would like to become their agent.

    As a result Daryl & I spent 2 days in Nowra being shown how to assemble new units and maintain old ones (including other makes of A.W.T.S.'s) and we agreed to take on the agency trading as Pittwater Super-Treat.

    We are both now registered with Pittwater Council as accredited Installers and Maintenance Personnel for on-site A.W.T.S.'s

    So if anyone needs a quotation for a new system or maintenance on an old one please contact either John on 0419 432 626 or Darryl on 0415 515 133

    John Thixton


    For Sale 
    If you have something for sale that you think locals would like - let us know and we will put an entry in the PON at the beginning of each month...

    1998 25hp YAMAHA Outboard
    Starts easily and goes well (regularly serviced)
    Currently fitted to 1973  Quintrex  Premier ( requires work but useable)
    Bilge pump
    Fuel tank
    New fuel lead
    Rear bull bar for motor protection
    Registered to 29th may 2010
    The lot $1,200.00
    Phone 99978521 or 0417679801

    A fresh coat of paint and a new laminate bench top - this kitchen will save you $20,000 in  joinery costs!
    In total 16 units with cabinets with doors (7) and drawers  (9).
    4 unit cook-top included, and double sink.
    See picture. 3 Unit sideboard (included) is not in the picture and  oven is not included.
    Also included: kitchen hutch in the same style!
    Total $ 1,950 o.n.o. Removal and transport at  buyers cost.
    Enquiries: 9979 7678

    This wardrobe costs approximately $3,000 new plus you still need to transport it to your home and assemble it!
    Good as new: 4 units, 16 drawers, 10 shelves and one hanging space.
    Doors and drawers with frosted glass. Good quality!
    Each of the 4 units can be used on its own and re-configured as per your personal taste.
    Dimensions: 230 cm high x 200 cm wide.
    only $990  Removal and transport at  buyers cost.
    Enquiries: 9979 7678

    HP Laser Printer 2605DN
    Network and USB Connections
    Full automatic duplex, ie prints both sides to save paper
    includes 1 full black cartridge worth $120.00
    (note : prints perfectly in B&W but colour function limited)
    For Sale : $100.00
    Call Tracy (0415 426 327) or Iain (0412 525 488


    The Local Guide
    Community Information

    What's On in Pittwater - Self Editing Event Calendar 
    click to go to the Calendar
    Scotland Island Community Vehicle - 0404 103 700 Number, Usage & Charges
    Scotland Island Rural Fire Brigade - 9999 4404 http://www.sirfb.org.au
    West Pittwater Rural Fire Brigade - 9997-3795 www.westpittwater.rfsa.org.au
    Offshore Photo Gallery http://picasaweb.google.com/offshoregallery/
    Scotland Island Residents Association (SIRA) Membership Application - click here to download
    West Pittwater Community Association (WPCA) - http://www.wpca.org.au
    Scotland Island Water
    SI Emergency Water Contacts and Guidelines for water: click here for information and contacts
    Scotland Island 'Water Agreement' - click here to download
    Scotland 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 & Equipment Hire
    For information call 02 9979 7856 or email:  siocs@comcen.com.au
    Scotland Island Community Hall Bookings:  Kez on 9999 4092 or kezborthwickbolton@gmail.com

    Scotland Island Community Vehicle - 0404 103 700 - Number, Usage & Charges
    Church Point Ferries - 0408 296 997  Ferry Timetable click here
    Pink Water Taxi - 0428 238 190
    Pittwater Offshore Services - Contact Rus on 0415-464-733
    Manly Warringah Cabs   - 02 9972 5600
    Palm Beach Cruises  - 02 9997 4815

    Real Estate
    PMC Hill  - 9999 4902   http://www.pmchill.com.au/
    Century 21 Showcase Pittwater  - 9999 0155   http://www.c21pittwater.com.au/
    L.J.Hooker Mona Vale - 9979 8000   http://www.ljhooker.com.au/monavale

    Services, Clubs & Accommodation
    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
    Justice of the Peace - Bob Bolton - 9999 4092
    Justice of the Peace - Paul Purvis - 9979 6017
    Justice of the Peace - Paul Burchall - 0414 975 793
    Pittwater Community Arts Inc.  - Enquiries Lorrie Morgan 9997 8079  lorriemay@bigpond.com
    Woody Point Yacht Club -  http://www.wpyc.com.au   commodore@wpyc.com.au
    Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club - 02 9997 1022  http://www.rpayc.com.au/  
    Royal Motor Yacht Club - http://www.royalmotor.com.au/ 02 9997 5511
    Scotland Island Lodge - Bed & Breakfast - 02 9979 3301 or  http://www.scotlandislandlodge.com.au 
    Wiringulla Retreat - 02 9971 8375  http://www.wirringulla.com/
    Treetops on Towlers Bay - 02 9332 2611  info@walkabouttours.com.au
    Pittwater Youth Hostel  - 02 9999 5748  www.yha.com.au/hostels/details.cfm?hostelid=31  
    Nila Chambers - Celebrant (marriages, funerals etc)  Discount for all offshore residents. 9999 2445
    Offshore IT Computer Services  - Contact Robert  0427 890 357 or 9999 2942

    Island Classes (Fitness, Dance, Art etc)
    Pilates, Meditation and Group Fitness with Patrice - 0408 707 679 patrice.corrie@gmail.com
    Personal Training with Samantha Moore at Inspire PT - 0415 543 131  InspirePittwater@gmail.com
    Ballet & Modern Dance Classes for children with Sophia Holland - 0412 851 890
    Anusara Yoga -  Thursdays -  0421762236 dominiquemarill@gmail.com or floydcbg@ozemail.com.au
    Art with Max - Watercolour classes. Phone Max on 9997 4527

    Gurdjieff / The Forth Way - Call John on 9979 5584, Marion on 9979 3993 or Anne on 9999 3478
    Green Group For Catherine Park - Run by SIOCS - Emmie Collins on 0405 330 781
    WOW - Women on Water - second Wednesday of the month - contact Kerry on 9999 4092   
    Parents & Kids Groups Playgroup - Run by SIOCS - email Emma trysemz@tpg.com.au
    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

    Government Organisations
    Pittwater Council - 9970 1111  - email  pittwater_council@pittwater.nsw.gov.au  Web site click here
    Member for Mackellar Bronwyn Bishop, email clicking here or Bronwyn.Bishop.MP@aph.gov.au
    Member for Pittwater  Rob Stokes,  email pittwater@parliament.nsw.gov.au

    Airlines, Buses and Railways
    Sydney Airport:
    Arrivals and Departures
    Virgin Blue:

    Sydney Buses: Information.

    Sydney Ferries:
    City Rail:
    Timetables & Information.
    Country Link Rail:

    Scotland Island Tides, Moon phases, Sun rise & set
    Local Weather Forecasttop
    Radar weather for Sydney (128k circle)
    Emergency Contact Numbers   
    ALL EMERGENCIES (Police - Fire - Ambulance) 000
    Police Assistance Line & Information 13 1444 or 9281 0000
    Broken Bay Water Police 9910 7899 or 0412 162 093
    Scotland Island Rural Fire Brigade  9999 4404
    NSW Fire Service General Information 9265 2999 9265 2999
    Rural Fire Service 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
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