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Scotland Island - Western Shores - Mackerel Beach

June 19, 2021

Newsletter for the Offshore Residents of Pittwater, Australia - Volume 22, Issue 1157

We acknowledge and pay our respects to the Traditional Custodians of Pittwater, as well as our indigenous readers


Scotland Island Community Vehicle: Fare Increase

Community vehicle notice


Cats Kill 1 million Australian Birds a Day

... and that includes our offshore wildlife


Pet cats kill 61 million birds a year in Australia, according to an academic study

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.

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 Australia).

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.


International Folk Dancing

Saturday, 26 June, 7:00 - 9:00 pm

Folk dancing


Two Catherines Café

Second and fourth Sunday of every month, 10:00 - 12:00 noon

Cafe banner

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 offshore community. 

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 haskellrosemary@gmail.com. Hope to see you there.


Scotland Island Rural Fire Brigade AGM

Sunday, 27 June, 2:00 - 3:30 pm


Place: Scotland Island fire station (near Catherine Park).

All members are encouraged to attend. For further information, and to register your attendance, please click here.


Introduction to Natural Fabric Dyeing

Saturday, 3 July, 1:30 - 4:30 pm

Fabric dyeing workshopScotland 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 materials.

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 workshop.

NOTE: Course notes will be provided. For further information and to register, click here.


Young Musicians' Concert

Sunday, 4 July, 2:00 - 4:00 pm

Ukelele Singers Keyboard

Family and friends are invited to enjoy music provided by local young and young-at-heart performers.

The concert will be held inside Scotland Island Community Hall. Please bring a plate to share.

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