Have your say
of NBC's plan for Catherine Park, showing
the foreshore close to Tennis Wharf
The Northern Beaches
Council has plans for Scotland Island’s Catherine
Park. NBC say they aim to:
- improve and enhance existing facilities;
- manage vehicles and water craft within the park;
- address drainage issues.
To view the Council’s draft Landscape Improvements
Plan, click here
The NBC is inviting feedback. You can comment by:
Deadline for comments: Sunday 29 January.
- completing the comment form, which is available
at the bottom of the council’s web page: click here
- email the council at email@example.com
- write to them marked 'Catherine Park, Scotland
Island - Draft Landscape Improvements Plan',
Northern Beaches Council, PO Box 82, Manly NSW
In the opinion piece below, some islanders present
their views on the council’s plans, as well as some
alternative suggestions. The same islanders invite
residents to meet in the park for an informal chat
about what is proposed. They will gather near the
- Saturday 7 January, 10 am
- Saturday 21 January, 10 am.
Jenny Cullen, Steve
Crosby, Brad Jones & Lizzie Hazelwood
possible option is to have buggy parking
along the western side of Pitt View St, just
above the phone box
For those who live
nearby, Catherine Park is the landscape of our daily
lives. We revel in the beauty which surrounds us. For
all of us, it’s the place where the community comes
are locals who love the park, have studied the
council’s draft Landscape Improvements Plan
in detail and are concerned about its overall impact.
The plan contains proposed works which are welcome and
needed, such as improvements to drainage, the grassed
area, paths, steps and playground. However, there are
many other proposals which need careful consideration
as to whether we really want them.
Our concerns fall into two groups:
1. Too much stuff:
concrete, hard surfaces, extra infrastructure
Wide paths of 2.0m and
2.5m surfaced with crushed gravel and concrete,
sandstone block wall on beach, three kayak racks,
kayak ramp, extra paving and concrete, exercise
equipment, altered playground area.
2. Formalised foreshore access for small vehicles
along path and onto beach
Access for any small vehicles (buggies, mobility
scooters, motor or quad bikes) leads to a more formal,
constructed foreshore with larger concrete landing at
wharf junction, 2.5m path and 7.5m turning circle
extending over the beach. Pedestrians, playing
children and vehicles will all be using the same small
What makes the park so charming is its stunning
location, sandy beaches and informal, tucked away,
natural character. Together, these works would
significantly change the look and feel of Catherine
Park, especially along the foreshore. It would be a
more standard suburban park. But unlike other local
beaches or paths, small private vehicles would be
allowed to drive along part of this recreational and
instead suggest that an extended parking area above
the phone box in Pitt View St would be a much better
option for all of us, including buggy drivers. The
foreshore could then be a beautiful and safe place to
walk, chat and relax.
Interested? Our views and
suggestions are explained more fully in our submission
paper, available here
We encourage you to look
at the council's plans and submit your own comments to
council (see above for how to do this). We also
welcome you to join us in the park to chat about the
plans: we will be there 10 am, Saturday 7 & 21
January. You are also welcome to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
A look back at 2022
Two Catherines Café staff, sporting their
new aprons made by an island seamstress.
Photos courtesy of Oneill Photographics
This year has seen a
surge in social and cultural activities on Scotland
Island. Our most successful ongoing initiative has
been the Two Catherines Café, initially managed by
Melinda Ham and still flourishing under CB Floyd. We
are very proud of the 8-10 young people who have been
trained and employed at the café. This important
community gathering wouldn’t happen without our
committed baristas, Maddy Banfield, Oscar Golovachenko
and Cam Eilbeck, and the wonderful island bakers. At
each café we have an amazing array of home-cooked
sweet and savoury items, all pulled together by the
enigmatic Amber Ellis. At the last café of the year
there were Christmas market stalls where local makers
and artists sold their works.
Blackband, Ziggy Gregg & Rosie Dobbs
weeding as part of the Spring Garden
Though the café is now monthly, we have made a small
profit ($1,243) so far this financial year. Last year
the café experienced a loss of $2,146, due to several
below-break-even winter cafés. Ticket sales also
figure in Recreation Club income. This year the
Recreation Club income has been used for a number of
- to hire a playwright to write a script for our
upcoming plays: The Two Catherines: A Twisted
Scotland Island Tale;
- to purchase aprons for staff from an island
- to pay café staff and bakers;
- to buy supplies and equipment for the café.
A full accounting of yearly Recreation Club income and
expenses since inception is available to view here
. The next proposed purchase
will be sound equipment, so that we no longer need to
borrow equipment for events.
Cultural and musical events
The Club has hosted four outstanding concerts:
- Jazz by Markus Plattner and Friends;
- Love Letters by Katya Marden and Barry
- a music trivia night;
- ‘An Evening of Jazz’ with Jeremy Sala’s Catch
Plattner was among the musicians who
performed on the island, thanks to the
All of these events have paid for themselves out of
The Recreation Centre has just become the proud owner
of a Yamaha Clavinova electronic keyboard, donated by
Therese Bakker. We extend our sincere thanks to
Therese for her generous gift to the island community,
and to Lucy Gregg and David Richards for transporting
it. The Recreation Centre will now be available for
piano lessons and musical functions.
The play The Two Catherines: A Twisted Scotland
will be staged in the last two
weekends in June 2023. We have filled most of the
acting roles but there is still room for more people
to join the chorus, so please come forward. We also
need a costume manager. It is anticipated that the
cost of developing and mounting the play will be fully
covered by ticket sales for six performances and
Other Recreation Club activities and events
For those who enjoy being active, we have provided
table tennis every Saturday afternoon, including an
hour for novices. The latter hasn’t been well
supported - we welcome feedback on other time
preferences. Roy Baker also conducted the second
Scotland Island race/walk around the island – much fun
was had by all.
International folk dancing continues to attract a
small bunch of dedicated dancers on the last Saturday
evening of each month. Many thanks go to Branko and
Annabelle Kristevic, who have introduced us to an
exotic range of dances from all over the world. We
welcome new participants!
Turpin and Tyler Ratcliff helping to
repaint the Recreation Centre
Our Newcomers’ Welcomes, hosted by Rosemary Haskell
and Gail Mackenzie, have been very successful as a
means of providing much-needed information to people
new to the island. The slides
have been uploaded to the
SIRA website and are always available for people to
We introduced several new initiatives this year to try
to cater to different interests and needs. These
Renovation of the Recreation Centre
- two boat maintenance workshops provided by Simon
Tucker on outboard basics;
- the monthly Tuesday Discussion Group, initiated
by Roy Baker and Jane Rich, with participants
taking turns to select a topic for discussion and
providing a list of relevant reading materials. So
far topics have covered refugee and asylum issues,
the nature of cartoons, the story behind Gone
with the Wind, and more. It is a diverse
group that meets at 11.00 am on the third Tuesday
of each month.
Funded by a Community Building Partnerships Grant from
the NSW Government and over $16,000 in-kind
contributions from the NBC, the Recreation Centre is
getting a new lease of life with a new kitchen and
Many thanks go to the volunteers who have helped in
- Tim Turpin, Gerard Le Sueur (a recent arrival to
the island), Vinni Wray, Boyd Attewell, Tyler
Ratcliff and Antonia Swift painted the rooms.
- Shane May, Tim Turpin and Cass Gye helped to
transport new appliances into the Centre.
Council will now complete the new bathroom and island
volunteers will install the kitchen.
And finally, special thanks go to CB Floyd and Roy
Baker for their input into the Recreation Club. If you
would like to join the sub-committee, please contact
Robyn Iredale via email@example.com
. If you have
an idea for a new activity/initiative please put it
forward to anyone on the Recreation sub-committee. You
can see who is on the sub-committee by clicking here
What can be done?
Island's Elizabeth Park contains remnants
of Spotted Gum forest, an endangered
As a result of Scotland
Island's very successful Spring Garden Festival last
October, many of us have become more aware of the
natural heritage surrounding us – and of the weeds
that can impact it. But things have been happening –
and you can help!
You may not realise it,
but Scotland Island’s Catherine Park bushcare group
recently wrapped up an environmental grant of $3,000
received from Northern Beaches Council. The aim of the
grant project was to build upon the existing efforts
of bushcare volunteers to protect and restore the
remnant Pittwater and Wagstaffe Spotted Gum
, an Endangered Ecological Community
(EEC). Scotland Island is home to part of this EEC.
This grant funded
bush-regeneration contractors to conduct weed removal
works at Catherine Park and Fitzpatrick Reserve, on
the western side of the island. Both sites are
important green corridors that connect remnant
bushland to Elizabeth Park reserve and Pittwater and
Wagstaffe Spotted Gum Forest. Contractors worked over
three months, first targeting Asparagus
aethiopicus and Lantana camara. This
was followed up by maintenance works where, during
each visit, contractors focused on targeting seedlings
and other woody, vine, herbaceous, annual, and exotic
Why is the Pittwater
and Wagstaffe Spotted Gum Forest special?
listed as an Endangered Ecological Community
(EEC), occurring within the Pittwater local government
area, including on Scotland Island, the Barrenjoey
peninsula and the western Pittwater foreshores.
Remnants of the forest are typically small and there
are a few remnants in council reserves, including
Elizabeth Park, and one within Ku-ring-gai Chase
Why are EECs
They are a unique combination of
native plants, animals and other organisms important
for their native biodiversity, distinctive landscape
values and vital habitat. They provide us with
ecosystem services such as clean air and water,
nutrients for the soil, protection against erosion and
salinity, carbon storage and a healthy environment for
bushcare groups meet regularly on Scotland
Island and on the western foreshore.
Get involved in
Scotland Island or Bays bush regeneration!
There are a number of
active bushcare groups on Scotland Island and in the
bays, run by volunteers who meet regularly for bush
regeneration and planting. It’s a great way to get
outdoors, meet some locals, learn about our native
plants and problem weeds and contribute to restoring
our beautiful bushland. Our island is significantly
impacted by highly invasive ‘Weeds of National Significance
and you can help combat them by getting involved.
You can find information
on local groups on the bush regeneration
page on the
Scotland Island community website.
The Scotland Island
community website is a valuable source of information
to residents looking for services, supplies,
organisations or classes. Here are three important
Artists' and Makers' web
Are you involved in the
arts and crafts? Would you like to be included on a
special page on the Scotland Island community
Scotland Island and its
nearby offshore communities are home to many talented
artists, those who enjoy making craft items, or others
involved in various types of creative endeavour. We
are putting together an artists' and makers' page on
the Scotland Island website; a directory where
artists, potters, embroiderers, photographers,
knitters, graphic designers etc can promote their
business or hobby by providing links and/or contact
details to sell or display their wares and services.
The page will be the perfect place for community
members to find one-off hand-made gifts while
supporting local talent.
To get yourself listed,
fill out the directory request form, available here
If you list yourself in
the directory, please select all applicable
categories. For example, select ‘artists' and makers'
page’ and then hold down the control key and also
select ‘art and craft’. Also, feel free to include a
link to your website/ Instagram/Facebook page, as well
as an image.
Tradies: update your details!
Those who offer trades
and other services on Scotland Island: make sure that
you are listed and that your details are up to date!
To list your services,
your class, or whatever, fill out the directory
request form, available here
Scotland Island community calendar
Besides the PON,
information about island events can also be found on
the Scotland Island community calendar
As from today you will find a link to the community
calendar towards the bottom of the PON.
Scotland Island Recreation
Tuesday 17 January, 11 am
- 12.30 pm
The Recreation Club runs a discussion group, meeting on
the third Tuesday of each month, from 11 am to 12.30 pm
in the Recreation Centre. Everyone is welcome.
Members take it in turn to design a session. We closed
last year with Kathy James, who asked 'should Australia
re-examine its policies on asylum seekers?
first meeting of 2023, Roy Baker asks: 'should we be
"world citizens"? The label might sound appealing
if you shun parochialism and care for humanity as a
whole. But what does 'world citizenship' actually
Read David Miller, in which he
critiques cosmopolitanism, the doctrine behind the
concept of world citizenship (4 pages);
Read Thomas Pogge, in which he responds
to Miller, and asserts that the idea of world
citizenship warrants serious consideration (6 pages);
Read Thom Brooks, in which he attempts
a synthesis of Miller's and Pogge's positions, offering
an intermediary view (6 pages).
The group is administered via a WhatsApp group, which
will be used to distribute further information about
this and future discussions. If you would like to be
added to the group, send your mobile phone number to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alternatively, contact Jane Rich (email@example.com) for more
information or to express your interest in
Elvina Bay fire shed and
Saturday 21 January, 6:30
We're going to have a
Join us for cocktails and
antipasto platters, and support your favourite charity
by purchasing an outlandish frock (or whatever takes
your fancy) for this quirky event — “The Second Hand
Dress is strictly black tie. At least one item of your
attire must be second hand — so start looking in your
favourite charity shop to find that prize winning
stunner, be it a glamorous frock or a small accessory.
(Remember the premise of this event is to raise funds
for charity as well as the WPCA.)
There will be games and prizes. Live entertainment by
some of our local musical heroes will be sure to have
everyone dancing the night away. This event promises to
be a fun night.
Book now as tables are limited.
To help with catering,
we ask that you RSVP and prepay via EFT, then email
the organisers with a list of who is attending (see
Bring your favourite tipple - cocktails and
antipasto platters will be served on arrival.
by Sunday 15 January.
Adults $40 per
Families $80 (2 adults + children under 16)
: 8 or 10 people per table
: You will be allocated a
: West Pittwater Community Association
: Add your group name or surname as reference.
with a list of the adults and children attending and
indicating if there is a 'family' group in the booking.
If you are booking a table of 8 or 10 people, please
make ONE payment for your group and then seek
reimbursement from the individuals in your group.
We would like to stress that this is a NO DOG
Please leave pets at home
for the evening.
Catherine Park, Scotland
Sunday 22 January, 10 am -
Sunday 26 February, 10 am
- 12 noon
Scotland Island Community
Sunday 29 January, 10 am -
Benns (1838 - 1920)
an Indigenous midwife and 'Queen of Scotland
Bouffier (1857 - 1940)
after whom Scotland Island's Catherine Park is
There will be a
read-through of the play with all actors in the
Community Hall. Others, such as those involved with
costumes, stage, set, etc, are welcome to attend.
Mark your diaries!
There will be performances
of the play as follows:
and full details relating to ticket sales will be
announced in due course.
evenings, 16 & 23 June
matinees: 17 & 24 June
evenings: 17 & 24 June
Catherine Park, Scotland
Saturday 11 February, 7.30
- 10.30 pm
Othello is a tragedy of
shadows – those seduced by the dark become darkness
itself. Even the once streetwise Othello succumbs to
Iago’s shadow-play. The proud warrior falls. Twisting
his love for Desdemona into hatred. And when love is
not, chaos comes again. Finally, the green-eyed monster
of Othello’s jealousy mocks the man it feeds on.
Such Stuff Productions presents Shakespeare’s timeless
tragedy, Othello. Performing one Scotland Island show,
February 11 2023. Wet weather contingency venue will be
in the Scotland Island Community Hall.
Tickets: adults $40,
concessions $20, children under 10 yrs free.
Refund policy: refunds are
available up to one day prior to the event.
Ted Blackwood Hall,
Friday 24 & Saturday
25 February, 7:30 pm
Pink Floyd's The Dark
Side of the Moon was released in 1973 and became
one of the greatest albums of all time, spending more
than 18 years in the charts. The legendary Pittwater
offshore community's Flaming Doghouse Showband will
perform the full album, from heartbeat to heartbeat,
plus plenty of Floyd favourites - over two hours of
mind-blowing live music.
Under the musical direction of David Richards, Flaming
Doghouse have performed tribute shows including The
Beatles, Pink Floyd, The Commitments, The Rocky Horror
Show, The Blues Brothers & Lady Sings the Blues to
huge acclaim. This show reprises and adapts their
classic Pink Floyd show to coincide with the 50th
anniversary of the release of The Dark Side of the
Moon, one of the most critically acclaimed records
in history. Do not miss this unique, local event.
To buy tickets, click
Scotland Island Community
Saturday 25 February, 7 -
The Recreation Club
asks for $5 per person per attendance to defray
Catherine Park, Scotland
Sunday 26 March, 9:20 am
us for the third annual island run/walk, once again
held in memory of Graeme Crayford, who died last year.
Graeme made many contributions to the island
community, including in his role as president of the
island fire brigade. But many will also remember him
as a regular island jogger. What better way to honour
Graeme’s memory, keep fit and raise money for the fire
brigade than to join us on another Graemesque jaunt
around the island.
Once again we include a special walkers' category
so you can participate at your own pace. A number of
participants have already expressed interest, ranging
in age from 9 to 80. Like last year, the event will
incorporate a fun obstacle course. But if you are fit
enough to walk around the island then the obstacle
course won’t be anything you can’t handle.
There will be separate
prizes according to your age and gender. For those who
participated in previous years, there will also be
prizes for best personal improvement.
Entry: $20. This
includes a hot drink and breakfast at the island café,
which will be operating in the park alongside the
event. Profits go to Scotland Island Rural Fire
For full details, including
information on how to register, please download the
race information sheet, available here
. The link to register is here
Once again, Andy Derijk,
personal trainer and Elvina Bay resident, is donating
his time to help organise and facilitate the event.
Andy offers one-on-one personal training, as well as
fitness classes in Elvina Bay. To contact Andy about
this race or his fitness training, phone 0418 613 890.
As an old UK friend and namesake of Martin A Thorndycraft
I am anxious to reconnect with him, having lost touch with
Martin many years ago. If you know Martin, would you ask
him to get in touch? Alternatively, if you have
information as to his whereabouts, could you let me know?
Thanks, Ron Thorndycraft firstname.lastname@example.org.
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