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Scotland Island - Western Shores - Mackeral Beach
November 22, 2013
Newsletter for Offshore Residents of Pittwater, Australia




As part of the community consultation process, the Offshore Community Associations distributed a survey on Church Point Parking Options to all Offshore residents. The survey was conducted on-line via email to all residents. A web link to background information was provided, plus a link to the relevant section on Pittwater Council’s website.

On October 20, a Community Forum was held on Scotland Island to discuss the Options. The survey commenced November 4, 2013 and closed November 12, 2013.

The Options were:
  • Option 1 (CPPOM Ground Level)
  • Options 2a (Deck with Lease)
  • Options 2b (Deck without Lease)
  • Option 3 (Church Point Friends)
  • Pause and Reassess
Survey respondents were required to provide their name and address, in confidence, to be confirmed by both resident databases for their vote to be counted.

Scrutineers from both Associations, with different views, were present for the opening and collation of the survey. To protect confidentiality only the two people responsible for maintaining the Offshore email databases inspected names to ensure all responses were legitimate.

Individuals from the same household were each able to complete the survey and the results show both individual and household responses. Where two or more people from the same household submitted a response with different choices (29 in total), these were not counted in the main household count, but counted in the total individual responses.

393 individual responses were received from 281 households. This is approximately 60% of all Offshore households that reside on a full-time basis (Scotland Island 357 households and Western Foreshores 176 households - assuming a full-time occupancy rate of 90%). There were a total of 335 comments made.

The survey conducted in April, 2012 showed approximately a 50:50 split between the Ground Level Option verses the Deck Option. In this latest survey, the balance has shifted significantly in favour of the Deck Option. The combined Offshore Community household support is now 65.5% with 71.2% support from Scotland Island.

There are varying views within the Offshore community. SIRA has publically stated on many occasions that once our community had made a clear majority decision, we would advocate for that choice.

Here are the links to both the SIRA submission to Pittwater Council and the Survey Results
(SIRA Submission) (Survey Results)

We thank everyone who took the time to participate in the survey.

The Council meeting on December 2 will review recommendations in the report from Council staff and make a decision.

SIRA and WPCA will again hire a bus to take residents to and from Church Point.


Watch for the latest updates in the PON!


Land and Environment Court Proceedings No 10588 of 2013
Property: "Pasadena", 1858 Pittwater Road, Church Point

The Conciliation Conference on Monday, September 30, 2013 on site at 1858 Pittwater Road, Church Point was unsuccessful and subsequently terminated.

The matter will now proceed to a hearing before a different Commissioner of the Land and Environment Court on Tuesday, December 17 at 9.30am ON-SITE before returning to Court on Wednesday, December 18.  The hearing at the Court will be open to the public.

Any request to present an oral submission at the on-site hearing should be made by Friday, November 29 to Kirsten Lau from King & Wood Mallesons on 9296 2464 or email Kirsten.lau@au.kwm.com

Pittwater Council refused the Pasadena Development Application which was considered by a full Council Meeting.  See full report here LINK

All written submissions received by Council regarding the Development Application have been provided to the Court. Submissions, plans and other documents can be read here (Pittwater Council Website).

SIRA and WPCA have requested the opportunity to give oral submissions at the Conference.

Read the written submissions here (SIRA SUBMISSIONWPCA SUBMISSION)

Scotland Island Players Reading of a Play
Friday 22nd November at the Community Hall, at 7.30 pm.

Scotland Island Players announce a reading of a play - The Island Ladies Swimming Team - on Friday 22nd November at the Community Hall, at 7.30 pm.

The play follows the course of the lives of five members of a school swim team , from ca. 40's to ca. 70's
If it looks like we can get a cast together, then rehearsals would be in the New Year, with production late in the first half of the year.
Here's a chance for any lady who has been thinking of having a go, on the stage to come along and get the feel of the play, and whether it might suit.

Just turn up on the night, or if you need to know more, call Bob Bolton on 0414 994 092, or 9999 4092.

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

Words for 2013 Carols Afloat can be downloaded HERE (PDF)

Moving Sale
Sunday 24 November 10:00am- 2:00pm.

We will be holding a moving sale at our house (24 Thompson Street) on Sunday 24 November between 10:00am and 2:00pm.

Kitchen appliances
Household Items
Various tools and garden equipment


We will also be selling our Stainless Steel BBQ - $200
Outdoor setting $150

Bring your cash or cheque book!

24 Thompson Street (access from the front on Thompson Street – highest point) or from the fire trail at the back.

Call Lyn 0403284659 or 99973940 if you have any questions.

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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