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Scotland Island - Western Shores - Mackeral Beach
November 10, 2013
Newsletter for Offshore Residents of Pittwater, Australia

Interruption to Power Supply On Richard Road & Thompson Road, Scotland Island

Wed. 13 Nov. from 7.30 to 18.00pm (Duration 10.5 hours)

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Pink Water Taxi Updatepwt
Water Taxi Hours 

Good news is Michael Spiller, our possible, maybe, new third partner got his Coxswains ticket last Thursday. Bad news is that the bureaucracy that is Roads Traffic & Maritime won't let him drive until he has the ticket in his hot, little hand; 10-14 days.

Inigo Wijnen is off sailing the Pacific (fair winds, mate) and Tim Byrne is getting his barge business (Pittwater Offshore Services) back up and running, so the taxis are down to just Rod and Alex driving for the next week or so. For now, we'll be working day-about, still starting at 6am but our ability to work late in the evening is constrained.

Obviously we'll supplement with casual drivers and increase the hours if we can but if you need a taxi after 8pm, please call us during the day and we'll see what we can do.

For quick updates to our hours, check www.facebook.com/PinkWaterTaxis or follow @PinkWaterTaxis on Twitter.

Yours aye- Rod & Alex

2013 Carols Afloat


After founding, hosting and feeding the choir at her beautiful house, Tarrangaua, Susan Duncan has stepped back from her hands-on role in the choir and we will be moving to a new rehearsal area for 2013. Choir wrangler Chuck Bradley has also taken a sabbatical to work on other projects. Thanks to both of them for their dedication over the past years.

The new venue is Elandra, the uppermost house on the point between Elvina Bay and McCarrs Creek. Our host is Scott Saunders who has a musical background and, just as importantly, has a grand piano for John Lloyd to play.

The house is large enough to hold the forty or so choir members and there will be a light supper after each rehearsal.

Susan Wallace will handle the catering for the first rehearsal and then future catering arrangements will be decided after that.

Please bring a drinking receptacle with you if you wish to imbibe!

‘Elandra’, Elvina Bay
At junction of Wirringulla Avenue and Elvina Walking Track
On the point between Elvina Bay and McCarrs Creek
Use the right hand jetty. Take inclinator or steps to the higher house.

6.30 arrival for 7 pm start

Tuesday November 19th
Tuesday November 26th
Tuesday December 3rd
Tuesday December 10th
Tuesday December 17th

Thursday December 19th at Frog Hollow and Church Point aboard the Laurel Mae, thanks to Toby Jay and Dave Shirley,

Choir Master:
John Lloyd

Choir Wrangler:
John Flower 0403 442 046

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New picnic table at Harold Park

The SIRA Parks and Reserves Working Group are pleased to announce that Harold Reserve now has a new picnic table to go with the BBQ and light.

So dust off the hamper, grab your meat tray and head down to this wonderful picnic spot.

Please enjoy responsibly and remember to take your rubbish with you.

Kayaks at Harold Park

Pittwater Council has said that they will be removing dead trees at Harold Reserve. This includes the pine tree with the kayak rack.

Council have not said when the clearing will happen: so would anyone with a kayak at Harold Reserve remove it as soon as possible, to avoid any danger of it being damaged.

If you have any questions, please contact Steve Lawler from Pittwater Council on (02) 9970 1359. Or call Sue Dickson on (02) 9986 0147 or Tim Turpin on (02) 9979 1096.

Thanks from the SIRA Parks and Reserves Working Group.

House Concert
Cyndi Boste

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Singer songwriter
Singing songs from her latest CD Nowadays

8 pm November 23 2013

David Richards and Petra Godfrey’s house

See ‘Deck Sale’ instructions in the PON Nov 2013 !  (HERE)

$20 at the door

BYO RSVP if possible to floydcbg@ozemail.com.

Calling All Paddlers on the Western Foreshores and Northern Beaches for the ‘Bridge to Beach’ Paddle Race

Sunday 23rd February 2014
The Bridge to Beach proudly supports The Fragile X Association of Australia.

Dear Paddlers,

As you may be aware from the book on my son Marty, I am a carrier of FXS. After 10 years on the committee I became the President of the FXAA in September 2013. Through my daughter and son-in-law, Lisa and Luke Ratcliff, we have managed to link the FXAA up with this paddle event and hopefully it will be a good fundraiser for the Association. 

The Fragile X Association of Australia is a national organisation and registered charity providing support and services for people with FXS and their families. We provide free specialist assessment clinics, counselling and family support, try to raise community awareness and lobby government for support for those affected by FXS (eg Better Start and NDIS). The Association is funded by membership fees, fundraising, grants—no government funding. We have an office in Manly with 4 part-time staff and a national Board of 9 who are volunteers.

Please help us raise funds for Fragile X through Everyday Hero and other sites. Keep an eye on our website (www.fragilex.org.au) for further information.

Oceanpaddler (http://www.oceanpaddler.com/events/bridge-to-beach/) has 30 categories in the race and will be encouraging all participants to raise funds for FXAA. They have also allowed us to create a team event.

We live in a land of paddlers! I am particularly interested in encouraging teams of 4-6 to participate in the event, as well individuals. There will be 2 joint prizes—for the fastest team and the team that raises the most money for FXAA.

Please consider putting together a team, naming it appropriately and registering for the event from early December.

For further information, please contact Robyn Iredale, 99791096.

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Elvina Bay Fundraising Group

We are running a raffle to raise another year's education for a child in Kenya.
  1. The first prize is a Christmas hamper to end all hampers
  2. Second Prize - 2 bottles of very classy red win
  3. Third Prize, a bottle of Sapphire Blue gin
The 'hamper' is a fabulous extra-large French shopping basket with leather handles and in it is:

A bottle of Veuve Clicquot
A bottle of Penfolds 389
Aged Balsamic
Truffle,and walnut flavoured oils
Organic bread mix
A Christmas cake - home made of course
Organic mixed nuts and macadamias
Some wonderful biscuits both sweet and savoury
Maggie Beer pastes and sauces
Various very classy chocolates and Turkish delight
Smoked sea salt from NZ
Caramelised onion jam and other gourmet jams
Campos coffee and some very good tea
1 bottle of Rutherglen 'sticky' wine

Tickets are:
1 for $5.00
3 for $10.00
10 for $20.00.

The raffle will be drawn on Thursday evening 12 December.

Contact: Michelle McDonald - 0416 039335  or  9999 3550

So keep us in mind because we may accost you on the ferry, at the Point or even knock on your doors.
It's a great cause and the prize is fantastic!

House to Rent

Cottage available for rent in Towlers Bay from November through February- March.
Treetops is a quaint cottage nestled in the bush suitable for a single or couple and features a loft bedroom, bathroom, open plan kitchen, dining and living area, dock and outdoor dining on the deck.
The spacious verandah faces north with scenic views over the national park, Towlers Bay and Pittwater.
Rent is $285 per week including utilities.

Call Suzanne on 9997 4219 or email info@walkabouttours.com.au.

Iphone at Bell Wharf
Friday night I.e. 8.11 we found an iPhone at bells.
We do not know whom it belongs to.
We want to return it to the owner.

Contact Ana 0428143350 or email anaklincicandrews@gmail.com

Tin shed. 3m X 3m. Good condition with a few dents and leaf discolouration adding to its character.
Optional door.
Great for storing wood, for chooks, growing mushrooms, accommodating visiting mothers-in-law or just marvelling in its practical monument.
Assembled with a drill, pop-rivet gun and two beers.
Phone Allan, 0428 681 526

Yamba SOLD
Singaporean billionaire Philip Ng buys Yamba, Scotland Island's finest heritage home

By Jonathan Chancellor 

Tuesday, 05 November 2013

Yamba, the idyllic Pittwater retreat, has been sold for $7 million after Foreign Investment Review Board approval to interests associated with the Singaporean based property development company, Far East Organization which is headed by billionaire Philip Ng from Singapore's richest family.

Philip Ng and his brother Robert have an estimated US$10.6 billion net worth, according to the most recent Forbes Rich List.

The prized Scotland Island trophy property will be used as a retreat for the Far East family following the companies' recent expansion into Sydney via the purchase of prime commercial property, the Clocktower Square complex in Sydney as part of its growth and diversification strategy.

Far East Organization also owns a 13.7 hectare site in St Helena, Greensborough, Melbourne with plans to develop into an integrated residential community and is buying the Harbour Town Centre in Perth.

Since its 1960s establishment by Philip Ng's father, Ng Teng Fong, the Far East Organization has developed nine sites on Orchard Road into major shopping malls, the most recent being Orchard Central, along with hotel and health care interests. Over the 53 years, the Far East Organization has undertaken more than 730 developments in the residential, hospitality, retail, commercial, and industrial sectors, including 44,000 or one in six private homes in Singapore. The developer of hotels and malls in Singapore and Hong Kong is reported to have annual revenues of US$5.5 billion.

Accessible only by boat, the 7,463-square-metre Scotland Island property has three separate waterfront titles, with two residences, a cabin and a vacant parcel of waterfront land.

Property Observer regards it as one of Pittwater's most significant landholdings, set on the north-western side of the island.

It was built for the Robertson family of Angus & Robertson bookstores, with later owners including the Moran healthcare family........................

Read the full article HERE

Reprint from Property Observer (http://www.propertyobserver.com.au)

You can now join the Scotland Island Residents Association by clicking here. Please print the page and return the completed form to SIRA at this address:
The Treasurer, SIRA, PO Box 70, Church Point 2105.
Please NO CASH.

Contact SIRA at
To join the Western Pittwater Community Association, contact Michael Wiener at

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