... and that includes our
Cat owners, please keep your cats inside your house. If
you let a cat outside, you can’t control where it goes and
what it does.
cats kill 61 million birds a year in
Australia, according to an academic study
I’m seeing more cats around. They look beautifully cared
for, and no doubt they’re loved. They may also have
tinkling bells. But cats are superbly adapted hunters and
can apparently learn to stalk without a bell ringing - so
they need three.
Cats are disastrous for native wildlife – on average, a
pet cat kills 16 mammals, eight birds and eight reptiles a
year, according to an Australia-wide study (Birdlife
Even if they don’t kill, they chase and scare creatures
such as lizards, snakes, birds, frogs and possums. Each
year buff-banded rails try to breed in the dense
vegetation in a corner of my garden. And each year, at
that time, cats appear. I see them stalking through the
grass ... and the scurrying little rails disappear.
I know one conscientious cat owner who walks her cat on a
lead: the only way to ensure responsibility for your cat.
Meow, thank you.
Saturday, 26 June, 7:00 -
Second and fourth Sunday
of every month, 10:00 - 12:00 noon
Sunday, 27 June:
acknowledgment of Greg and Louise Roberts
Greg and Louise moved to Scotland Island some 30 years ago
and quickly became active in island life. Greg served as
SIRA president for a number of years and was widely liked
and admired in the role. Greg also played a vigorous part
in the island fire brigade, in particular the
establishment of the Community Fire Unit. Greg and Louise
will be leaving the island shortly and this is an
opportunity to thank them for their contribution to the
Sunday, 11 July:
newcomers' welcome and information session
Moved to the island recently, or have some questions
about offshore life? Here's a chance to get some answers
and meet other residents. An information session will
run from 10.30-11.30 am and newcomers to the island will
be shouted a coffee.
Please let anyone know who might benefit from the
session. Register your interest by calling Gail 0412
767687 or Rosemary 0410 500704, or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Hope to
see you there.
Sunday, 27 June, 2:00 -
Place: Scotland Island fire
station (near Catherine Park).
All members are encouraged to attend. For further
information, and to register your attendance, please
Saturday, 3 July, 1:30 -
Islander Camille Blyth is a passionate eco dyer, with a
Bachelor of Arts majoring in Writing and Textiles. Camille
will be running a three-hour workshop to explore the
dyeing capabilities of different fibres made from natural
In this workshop you will:
• understand different fabric types;
• understand how sustainable each fabric type is;
• learn the basics of creating dye from natural materials.
The aim of the session is to understand how natural dyeing
works, and how different fabrics and dye bases interact.
From this workshop you will be able to create your own
dyes at home!
The dyes we create contain no chemicals and are safe to
pour onto the garden with low to zero environmental
impact. All the materials we use to create the dyes are
commonly found items and can be sourced from your kitchen,
garden or local bushlands.
We will be dying in small batches using sample sized
swatches in linen, cotton, silk, hemp and wool. The dye
techniques demonstrated are not necessarily permanent and
will fade with washing. This will be discussed during the
NOTE: Course notes will be provided. For further
information and to register, click here.
Sunday, 4 July, 2:00 -
Family and friends are
invited to enjoy music provided by local young and
The concert will be held inside Scotland Island Community
Hall. Please bring a plate to share.
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