Scotland Island - Western Shores - Mackeral Beach

-December 2003 -

Newsletter for Offshore Residents of Pittwater, Australia  Volume 5, Issue 50; December 2003


The holiday season is upon us again. A time for mighty washes from passing power boats, a time to take extreme care with fire, a time to think of friends we have not contacted this year. Your newsletter is celebrating its FIFTIETH edition this month and I want to specially thank those who have contributed so much during the last three and a half years. It is a bit early for New Year resolutions, but please consider submitting a paragraph or two for inclusion in the newsletter next year. To do so, just click on the banner above! Have a Happy Christmas from the editor and all the staff here at PON headquarters. (ps: If you would like to see a copy of the very first newsletter, click here)

In this Issue:

  • Island Thinking End-Of-Year Party
  • Carols at Carols
  • Pittwater Summer Food and Wine Fair
  • Swing Low, Sweet Chariot
  • Golf Special
  • Wanted to Buy!
  • Island Medivac procedure
  • Scotland Island Website developments
  • Life Drawing on Scotland Island
  • NYE 2003 at the Fire Station
  • Youth 4 Entertainment Pittwater
  • Energy Australia to remove redundant substations - weather permitting
  • The Local Guide
  • Archived Newsletters
  • Your Subscription Information

    Island Thinking End-Of-Year Party

    Everyone Welcome. Even if you haven't been to any of our other events please come and meet some fellow "Island Thinkers".

    Date: Saturday 6th December 7.30pm

    Venue: Jenni & Grahame Cover. 5 houses South of Eastern wharf on water-side - black house with green roof.

    A Christmas theme would be good - so if you have any insights into any aspect of Christmas - actual birth-date of Jesus, Santa Claus, names of reindeers, Christmas trees, history of the times, why do we celebrate Christmas, how do different nations celebrate Christmas, etc. etc. bring them along to share. Not compulsory!

    Please RSVP: Jenni/Grahame 9997 8724 or

    Carols at Carols

    This wonderful family evening will be held on Sunday, 14 December 2003, at Harold Reserve, Carols Wharf.  Everyone is invited to join in!  It will start around 5-6pm and our Mystery Guest is due to arrive at 6.30pm.  At 7.30pm the Scotland Island Kindergarten hamper raffle will be drawn (tickets available on the night), and we’ll round off the evening with some carol singing. 

     Parents are asked to help our Mystery Guest by bringing a small (under $5) wrapped gift with your child’s name on it.  Don’t forget to bring along a picnic blanket, drinks, food, torches and your best singing voices!


    Pittwater Summer Food and Wine Fair

    31 October 2003 – 23 April 2004
    6:00pm – 10:30pm
    Cnr Barrenjoey & Pittwater Roads, Mona Vale


    In Wet Weather, the event will be postponed to the following Sunday from 11am – 4pm
    Gourmet Food available to enjoy on the night from leading Restaurants, Caterers and Delis of NSW. Buy some goodies from Regional Producers to enjoy over the weekend.

    Purchase a Souvenir Wine Tasting Glass and sample great wines from the best wineries in
    NSW. Buy direct from the Wineries!

    Plenty of activities for the whole family including amusement rides, competitions, arts and crafts, community groups and other fun activities.

    Bring a rug and enjoy the Pittwater Experience!!!

    Swing Low, Sweet Chariot

    How many times have we heard that over the past two months. Congratulations to the England Team and didn’t OUR BOYS do a great job.

    And Congratulations to Roberta McLeod and her Playground Committee and Sharon Kinnison and her Catherine Park Stormwater Grant team. These two
    ladies have put in many, many hours to get this result. The kids will love you.

    T H E  B I G  S W I N G

    has arrived. (minus the soft fall at this stage)

    The Adventure Climbing Frame will be installed before Christmas, THIS Christmas, that is……………….

    Golf Special

    Attention all Golfers! Daylight Saving Special - Unlimited golf for $10 at Royal Avalon golf course after 5.30pm every day.

    Come along and enjoy a relaxed game after work!

    Enquiries: Vicki Jellis, Tel: 9918 2606.

    Wanted to Buy

    A resident want to buy a second hand canoe for their grandchildren  - do you have one you would like to sell? If so, please contact the editor by clicking here

    Island Medivac procedure

    A reminder for all Island residents that the Scotland Island Rural Fire Brigade has a team of trained first aid personnel who can be called on to assist the Water Police and Ambulance in a medical emergency. Please use the following procedure:

    - Call 000

    - Ask for Ambulance

    - Ask that Broken Bay Water Police and Scotland Island Rural Fire Brigade be notified.  Brigade members will be paged directly.

    Then, call the Scotland Island Rural Fire Brigade on 9999 4404.

    In all emergencies, calling 000 alerts the maximum number of people in the shortest possible time. Calling the Station without first dialling 000 may well result in a delayed response time.  

    Scotland Island Website developments

    Work is proceeding well on the new website. The committee meets regularly (electronically, of course!) to discuss changes. We are now asking you for your contributions. Do you have some good quality digital images of the island and its activities that you would like included as part of a slide show about the island? If so would you care to contribute them - to do so, just click here.

    If you have written something interesting concerning the island, its inhabitants, its history or its daily activity, please submit them for consideration by clicking here

    If you would like more information about a possible contribution, please feel free to contact the editor of this newsletter by clicking here.

    Life Drawing on Scotland Island

    We're starting up again in December 2nd!
    Sessions will be on Alternate Tuesdays 6.30-8.30pm at Max Peet's house.
    All welcome.
    Cost: $15 per session (plus one off joining fee of $25)

    For more information call Jessica McGowan on
    9999 2054
    0422 474 279 or

    NYE 2003 at the Fire Station

    Scotland Island Rural Fire Brigade is delighted to invite one and all to our New Years Eve Party.  Starting at 8pm, there will be live music with Joes Garage, cocktail food and a licensed bar.  

    Also, it will be one of the final opportunities to see Tim Byrne in action with the band so come along and farewell Tim and his family.

     All of this costs just $10 for a great evening out so we¹ll see you at the Fire Station to bring in 2004 with a party!!!



    Unfortunately this month ( 6th Dec) the fire brigade will not be showing the movie. The first Saturday in January will be our next movie afternoon. See you there.

    Youth 4 Entertainment Pittwater

    You are invited to be the critic at the free screening of this year’s 24/7 film finalists.  Young acoustic musicians will also be performing at the event, scheduled for 7.30-10.30pm in the Function Room of Avalon RSL Club on Saturday 13 December 2003.

    People under the age of 18 are encouraged to attend - the event is alcohol-free, and other refreshments will be available to purchase. For any more information please contact Sue Turner at Pittwater Council on 9970 1171.

    Energy Australia to remove redundant substations

    Please be advised that the work of removing five (5) redundant distribution substations on Scotland Island has been programmed to commence on the 1st December 2003, weather permitting. The work is expected to take approximately one week.

    No electrical power interruptions are involved with this work.

    Every effort will be made to minimise disturbance to the Islands residents and Energy Australia apologises for any inconvenience caused to customers while undertaking this work.

  • The local guide

    As our newsletter continues to grow (nearly 600 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 editor by clicking 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 Transport:

    Local Accommodation:

    Emergency Contact Numbers

    • NSW Police: 000, general information 9281 0000
    • 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

    Sydney Buses information.

    Virgin Blue Information

    NSW Railway Timetables and Information.



    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.

    Archived Newsletters

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