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Scotland Island - Western Shores - Mackerel Beach

November 1, 2019

Newsletter for Offshore Residents of Pittwater, Australia - Volume 20, Issue 1086



Opening Night Friday 1st November 6.30pm

Saturday 2nd & Sunday 3rd November

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Lovett Bay Fire Shed Dinner Dance

Saturday 2nd November

fire shed dinner dance


Scotland Island Recreation Club


Newcomers Welcome Brunch

Community Hall 11.00-12.30

10 November 2019

Moved to the island in the last couple of years? You’re a newcomer by island standards!
We’d love to meet you and give you the opportunity to share experiences and chat to each other.
We’re shouting the coffee and croissants.
The focus is social but there will be ‘need to know’ information available if you have questions.
We’ll give you a heads up about various informal social and cultural groups and events that exist on the island
It might provide inspiration for things to do and ways to get to know the community.
You can also help us by sharing what tips and information you think will benefit newcomers in future .
RSVP by 6 November for catering purposes
haskellrosemary@gmail.com  phone 9979 3301
for more info – www.scotlandisland.org.au


WPYC Commodore's Cocktail Party

Saturday 9th November from 6:30

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Local Public Bus Services to be Privatised:
Critics state there will be routes cut, less and poorer services

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The NSW Minister for Transport Andrew Constance announced on Thursday, October 24th, 2019 that public bus services for the northern beaches (and Pittwater) will be privatised.

The Government will invite the world’s leading public transport operators, Australian and international, to bid for contracts for 13 of Sydney’s bus contract regions over the next three years. This will include the three remaining State Transit operated regions.

Mr Constance said a competitive tender of all Sydney metropolitan bus contracts will enable the NSW Government to reinvest more into delivering better services to commuters.

“We know customers want more buses, more often, as well as a mix of bus services that cater to their needs. This includes high-frequency services on major routes, like the B-Line, and frequent direct options such as on-demand services for short, local trips.” Mr Constance said this week

“The NSW Government will engage with the private sector to transform the current, one-size-fits-all model of service delivery, to one with multiple service types including high-capacity routes and local and on-demand travel.”

Contracts for the three remaining State Transit Regions 7, 8*, and 9 – covering Ryde, Gladesville, the Northern Beaches, Lower North Shore, the CBD, and the Eastern Suburbs will be included and be put out to tender by early 2020.

The NSW Government will continue to:

    own State Transit buses and all other assets such as depots,
    regulate timetables, safety, and service priorities, and
    set fares as they are today, under the Opal system.

The reform will also see Sydney’s ageing diesel bus fleet replaced by electric vehicles to reduce the impact of buses on the health and environment of our city.

“Making the switch to an entirely electric bus fleet will deliver huge benefits to the community in terms of reducing air and noise pollution, as well as our incredible drivers,” Mr Constance said.

“As part of this process, we will challenge the industry to begin an ambitious transformation of our bus fleet from particulate emitting diesel to zero-emission buses.

“The experience of other leading European cities demonstrates that a rapid transition to zero-emission buses is possible and I have asked Transport for NSW to work with operators and bus suppliers to develop a plan to transition our fleet as part of the tender process.

“Zero-emission buses are becoming the standard with the significant environmental, health and operational cost benefits being experienced now in cities like London, Paris and Amsterdam.  As a truly global city Sydney deserves the same.”

Mr Constance said there would be jobs for the majority of State Transit award staff with the new operator(s), including all bus drivers and maintenance staff, whose jobs will be guaranteed for two years. These staff will also transfer with all their accrued entitlements such as annual leave, sick leave, long service leave, superannuation and their three-year travel pass.

“Today’s announcement is not a reflection on the performance of State Transit bus drivers who have been doing an excellent job dealing with the strong surge in passenger numbers and demanding road conditions,” Mr Constance said.

“We expect more jobs for bus drivers to be created due to the extra services that will be provided.

“We have started engaging with all staff and their union representatives about today’s announcement, and will continue this right through the tender and transition process.”

The NSW Green state the government is placing corporate profits ahead of the needs of local residents in its sell off of the Northern Beaches bus system.

Northern Beaches Greens convenor Miranda Korzy called on local state MPs to ensure the decision is reversed.  

“Public transport should run for the benefit of the community – not so a private company can make a buck,” Ms Korzy said.

"Forcing residents into their cars or Keoride by reducing the number of stops on the B-line was a precursor to the sell off - so private operators will have a minimal number of stops to service.

“Wait now to see other local services cut or fares rise – especially those with fewer passengers, later at night or to the farther reaches of the peninsula.”

NSW Greens Upper House MP and Transport spokesperson Abigail Boyd said the Liberals sell-off of the three remaining publicly - operated bus regions in Sydney spells disaster for affected communities with commuters expected to suffer from more delays and poorer service. 

“Once again the NSW Liberal-National government has put corporate interests ahead of getting commuters to work on time,” Ms Boyd said.

“Every time this government has sold off public transport services it has seen decreased patronage, more delays and lower commuter satisfaction.

“In Newcastle after the sell-off patronage dropped 7.75%. Over a year later it’s still a disaster.”

“In the Inner West the same story played out with buses running on time dropping from 93.5% to 90.5%. 

“Yet they want to repeat this failed experiment on the Northern Beaches, on the North Shore and in the Eastern Suburbs.

“If Andrew Constance and the Liberals were serious about busting congestion they would be investing in our services to deliver world class, publicly-owned, transport solutions.

“And that would mean not just flogging off our infrastructure to the highest corporate bidder.” Ms Boyd said.

The government cited poor performance of buses run by State Transit as justification for its decision to privatise services in the inner west last year. Since then figures from the state’s transport agency have shown the punctuality of buses in the inner west have worsened since the private operator replaced State Transit.

The running of Sydney’s government-owned ferries was placed in private hands in 2012. The government is effectively moving to privatise the operation of the Bankstown rail line through the inner west from Sydenham to Bankstown by converting the railway to carry single-deck driverless trains.

The expected announcement comes one day after local state MP's announced an extension of services for commuters to the northern beaches hospital.

On Wednesday Member for Pittwater Rob Stokes said route 155 services from Bayview to Narrabeen will be extended to the Northern Beaches Hospital, creating a new direct link from Pittwater to the Hospital via the Wakehurst Parkway between 7am and 8pm each day.

“I am pleased we can deliver this new service which will use Wakehurst Parkway as a scheduled public transport route for the first time,” Mr Stokes said.

“The 155 extension will provide more than 180 new trips each week between Pittwater and Northern Beaches Hospital and will be an additional option for passengers connecting to Chatswood.”

The extra B-Line services and extended route 155 will commence operations on 17 November.

Report and photos A J Guesdon

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*region eight covers the lower north shore and northern beaches.


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Photographic Exhibition

Morning Bay couple Peter and Rachel Dulson are holding their 1st photographic Exhibition in November at a gallery in Willoughby?

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OPENING NIGHT - you're invited!

Wednesday 13 November 6pm - 8pm


Incinerator Art Space
2 Small Street, Willoughby  NSW  2068


10am - 4pm 13 November until 1 December
Closed Monday and Tuesdays


The Co-Op Club Presents

November 2019 Bookings

Church Point Cafe -  Artists play between 3:30 - 6:30pm

The MITCHELL ANDERSON BAND.  Mitch is quite simply one of the best white soul singers of our time. With his emotionally charged and heartfelt performances he won the hearts of millions of people here in Australia and around the world when he won as a top finalist on the ‘Voice’ on team Seal.  Following the Voice journey he has continued to write a number of fabulous original albums and perform sellout shows wherever he goes.  Mitch’s shows are always filled with a frenzy of people overcome by his infectious soulful joy and who just can’t help but get up and ‘move to that groove!!’ He always brings with him a star-studded band including the amazing Harry Brus on Bass, Amarnath Jones on Guitar & Keith Sullivan on Drums.

Sun November 10: THE KATE LUSH BAND Kate Lush
THE KATE LUSH BAND are bringing their stellar band to the Co-Op with special guests incl. the amazing John Pennings on Trumpet! Think Soul Anthems, Funky Blues, R&B with a dash of New Orleans Grooves.

They are bringing a whole bunch of new tunes from their U.S. #1 Roots Music Report & #1 Aust. Blues & Roots album HEADLINE as well as a whole bunch of songs from STEVE MILLER, JOE COCKER, KOKO TAYLOR , TEDESCHI TRUCKS, CLAPTON & GERRY RAFERT

Think Susan Tedeschi with a dash of Aretha’s Soul & Bonnie Raitt’s harder rock edge. Feat: Matt Roberts – Guitar and vocals, Tony Boyd – Drums, Darryl Walker – Bass and Wes Harder on Hammond, Keys and vocals.

The Co-Op Club is very happy to welcome back THE REBECCA JOHNSON BAND.  Rebecca is renowned for her unique bass playing technique and has been compared to Mark King (Level 42) and Flea (The Red Hot Chilli Peppers).  Over the years she has played and toured with numerous artists including  Richard Clapton, Margaret Urlich, Ian Moss, Ganggajang, Vanessa Amorosi Jenny Morris and many many more.

The band includes Con Settineri (drums), and James Vertley (Guitar) and they play music for all tastes, from ‘easy listening laid back classics’ to having the dance floor pumping with songs from 70’s funk to today`s contemporary hits as well as some rock & roll, reggae and latin rhythms. Songs include- Stevie Wonder, James Brown, Jon Cleary, The Meters, Chaka Khan, John Mayer , Jessie J, Bob Marley, Macy Gray, Prince, Joss Stone + Aussie classics, current hits and many more.

Sun October 27th: Narelle Lewis Band - Killer House Band *Bluesy Soul*NLB
The NLB! Don’t miss the The Co-Op’s sell out house band. Every month is a full house, come and find out why!  Fronted by the amazing NARELLE LEWIS with her soulful R&B gospel blues voice covering some of her favorite artist, from Bill Withers to Beth Hart. Narelle is backed by Andrew Snow on guitar and vocals, Jason Smith on bass guitar, Aiden Danser on the Nord/keys, and Chuck Bradley in the engine room. No doubt tables will fill quickly, so grab yours & join us for a fabulous afternoon of great music!

The Waterfront Café’s Co-Op Club presents the finest live music North side of the bridge from 3.30pm every Sunday. Come and immerse yourself in some wonderful music by the waters edge with great friends, your favourite beverage, some wonderful music and a huge range of delicious menu specials. 
1860 Pittwater Rd Church Point – bookings 99796633





Join me for Yoga on Sunday at Island Daze!

There won't be a Saturday yoga class this weekend due to Island Daze.

But you have some good alternatives!

10am in the Workshop Tent : Tai Chi with Jay
Beginners are welcome. If you've never explored the benefits tai chi, now's your chance!

10am in the Workshop Tent: Yoga with Nadine
A gentle practice - pranayama and restorative poses to recover from Saturday night boogie.

Plus lots of other great activities to explore!

All workshops this weekend will be free if you have already donated to crowd funding (you can get your wrist band on the day) or $25 per family for the whole weekend.

If you are coming to yoga, bring your own mat as we'll have a limit on those we have to share.

Hope you can join us!
See you there


Apple Tree Therapy

November Workshops on Scotland Island


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    Sailing Yacht ‘Free Spirit’ for Sale

    Free SPirit

    She is currently on a private mooring close to Bells and if you are interested I can arrange a viewing.
    Offshore residents may be eligible to inherit the mooring.
    • 1991 Hartley Cape Bay 45
    • If you are looking for a comfortable live-aboard cruiser then Free Spirit should most definitely be on the list.
    • Huge living space with plenty of storage and hanging lockers.
    • Large forward vee berth with separate toilet and shower.
    • The galley is well designed and laid out and the saloon is spacious for entertaining guests.
    • The timber work throughout is in great condition, as is the Mitsubishi 60hp engine with only 450 hours.
    • There is ample power with 9 x batteries, 4 x house, 3 x start and 2 for the anchor winch.
    • Charging is covered with 600w solar panels.
    • LED lighting throughout ensures low consumption.
    • She has a large comfortable cockpit with solid dodger and Bimini.
    • Extensive maintenance and enhancement documentation available.
    Please contact Markus on markusplattner@gmail.com or 0473 435 690 for more information.


    The Local Guide

    Community Information

    Scotland Island Web Site - www.scotlandisland.org.au
    What's On Event Calendar -click to go to the Calendar
    Scotland Island Residents Facebook Page - click to go to Page

    Scotland Island Rural Fire Brigade - 9999 4404 - http://www.sirfb.org.au
    West Pittwater Rural Fire Brigade
    http://www.westpittwater.com.au/rural-fire-brigade/WPRFB-contacts - 9997-3795
    Offshore Photo Gallery - offshore gallery
    Scotland Island Residents Association (SIRA) Membership details - click here for details
    West Pittwater Community Association (WPCA) - www.westpittwater.com.au
    Scotland Island Emergency Non-potable Water
    • Agreement for Sale of Non-potable Water
    • SIRA Membership Application
    • Emergency Non-potable Water Guidelines
    • General Information, Map & Contacts
    Scotland Island & Offshore Children's Services (SIOCS)
    • Long Day Care at The Island Kindy in Catherine Park
    • Days of operation: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday
    • Times: 8.00am - 6.00pm
    • Before & After School Care
    • 8.00am until walked to school ferry - collected from school ferry until 6.00pm
    • Vacation Care, Casual Care and Playgroup on Fridays
    • Hire the Kindy for Birthday Parties
    Please call 02 9979 7856 or email SIOCSdirector@gmail.com
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/theislandkindy
    Website: http://scotlandislandkindy.business.site/
    Scotland Island Community Hall Bookings:  Lucy Gregg M: 0424 233 674  or hall@sira.org.au
    Pittwater Online Newshttp://www.pittwateronlinenews.com
    Tick Fact Sheet
    TUG Waitlist   (Tennis User Group) - Application Form


    Scotland Island Community Vehicle - 0404 103 700 - Number, Usage & Charges
    Church Point Ferries - 0408 296 997  Ferry Timetable click here
    Pink Water Taxi - 0428 238 190
    Pittwater Offshore Services - Contact Tim Byrne on 0416 003 205
    Broken Bay Lighterage & Mooring Services - Barges - Scotland Island  - Toby/Dave - 0418 649 158
    Manly Warringah Cabs   - 02 9972 5600
    Palm Beach Cruises  - 02 9997 4815

    Real Estate

    PMC Hill  - 9999 4902   http://www.pmchill.com.au/
    John Gavagna at Residential Real Estate Agents – 9999 4499 www.residentialagents.com.au
    Waterford Partners Pty Ltd - Therese O'Neill  0424  22 44 12
    L.J.Hooker Mona Vale - 9979 8000   http://www.ljhooker.com.au/monavale
    Murray Bakker – Stone – murraybakker@stonerealestate.com.au – 0449 901 669
    Mark Allan -  www.waterfrontpropertysles.com.au - 0419 777 500

    Services, Clubs & Accommodation

    Justice of the Peace - Bob Mitchell (Mackerel Beach) - 0419 745 628
    Justice of the Peace - Tony Hendel - 0419 242723
    Justice of the Peace - Andy Derijk - Elvina Bay 0418 613 890
     Justice of the Peace  -  Lexie Le Blang 0418399674 or 99992574
    Justice of the Peace  -  Graham Stenner - 0407216405
    Justice of the Peace  -  Carolyn Milani - 0409914699
    Pittwater Community Arts Inc.  - Enquiries Lorrie Morgan 9997 8079  lorriemay@bigpond.com
    Peninsula Music Club - enquiries Janice Tuynman - 99991937 - jt@swift dsl.com.au
    Woody Point Yacht Club -  http://www.wpyc.com.au   commodore@wpyc.com.au
    Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club - 02 9997 1022  http://www.rpayc.com.au/  
    Royal Motor Yacht Club - http://www.royalmotor.com.au/ 02 9997 5511
    Scotland Island Lodge - Bed & Breakfast - 02 9979 3301 or  http://www.scotlandislandlodge.com.au 
    Pittwater Youth Hostel  - (02) 9999 5748 (8-11 am and 5-8 pm)
    Handy Service - "No job too small"  - Call Alan 0447 775 541
    Electrician Wayne on Scotland Island 0418 229 277 - offshore community sparky - www.sparky.com.au
    David Walsh - Graphic Design - Custom Made Sculpture - 0404 239 212 - ital2@optusnet.com.au
    Dog Wash & Grooming - Call Jenni: 0450 444 100 or Email: jena50@hotmail.com
    Free Pump Outs for Boats - Council with RMS installed a pump out at Careel Bay wharf
    Top water purification system installed for offshore homes:  Call Juliette 0418349448
    Solicitor - Rachel Carter - Carter O'Neill Legal - 0406 239 946
    Island Based Domestic Cleaner - Kath - 0405097424 - kathando@yahoo.com
    Building Design and Drafting Services  - Samuela Madej – Murphy ph. 0450331573
    email: samuelamadej@gmail.com
    Architect / Drafting / 3D sketches / Council submissions services - Sabrina Phillips, NSW Architect 0426223407  - sabrinaaphillips@gmail.com
    Qualified Deep Tissue & Swedish Massage - Mona 0490701213
    Island Based Cleaner - Uses predominantly Organic & Natural Products - Mona 0490701213
    Broken Bay Barges & Sydney Commercial Diving Services - Brent Taylor - 0409 269 404 - taylordmarine@gmail.com
    J&M Property Care - Jamie - 0488665 685, Michelle - 0402 942 063 - Brochure - michellesala00@gmail.com

    Island Classes (Fitness, Dance, Art etc)

    Pilates, Meditation and Group Fitness with Patrice -  0406 483 036 patrice.corrie@gmail.com
    Art Classes- drawing and painting in oils, acrylics and mixed media - Marion 0431 457 431
    Dru Yoga - Tuesday 9.00 to 10.30 Tuesday morning - Phone Katya on 0414 187 916
    Outdoor Circuit Training Classes on Scotland Island - Lowri Dwyer - 0450 201 650 - lowri_89@icloud.com - https://www.facebook.com/lowri.dwyer/
    Dynamic Yoga Saturdays from 8.30am - 10.00am.
    Drop-In Easy Hatha Yoga - Monday Evenings 7:00pm - 8:15pm
    Nadine 0402 752465 / nadineomara@gmail.com


    Green Group For Catherine Park - Run by SIOCS - Emmie Collins on 0405 330 781
    Parents & Kids Groups Playgroup - Run by SIOCS - email Emma trysemz@tpg.com.au
    Catherine Park Bush Care Group, 2nd Sunday @ 9.30am, Sharon Kinnison @ 9997 6017
    Island Thinking Group - Roy Baker, 9999 6891, roybaker99@yahoo.com

    Government Organisations

    Northern Beaches Council - 9970 1111  - email  pittwater@northernbeaches.nsw.gov.au Web site click here
    Northern Beaches eNewsletter - Sign up for the Northern Beaches Council monthly e-newsletter Northern Beaches Have your Say - https://www.northernbeaches.nsw.gov.au/council/have-your-say
    Member for Mackellar Jason George Falinski, email clicking here or jason.falinski.mp@aph.gov.au
    Member for Pittwater  Rob Stokes,  email pittwater@parliament.nsw.gov.au

    Airlines, Buses and Railways

    Sydney Airport:
    Arrivals and Departures
    Virgin Blue:

    Sydney Buses: Information.

    Sydney Ferries:
    City Rail:
    Timetables & Information.
    Country Link Rail:


    Pittwater Weather
    Scotland Island Tides, Moon phases, Sunrise & Sunset
    Local Weather Forecast
    Radar weather for Sydney (128k circle)

    Emergency Contact Numbers   

    ALL EMERGENCIES (Police - Fire - Ambulance) 000
    Police Assistance Line & Information 13 1444 or 9281 0000
    Broken Bay Water Police 9910 7899 or 0412 162 093
    Marine Rescue Broken Bay - Weekend (02) 9999 3554 - (02) 8411 1121
    Marine Rescue Broken Bay - VHF Radio channel VHF Radio Channel: VHF 16
    27MHz Radio Channel: 86 or 88
    Scotland Island Rural Fire Service  9999 4404
    Elvina Bay Rural Fire Service 9997 3795
    Lovett Bay Rural Fire Service 9979 1612
    Mackerl Beach Rural Fire Service 9974 1162
    Rural Fire Service Headquarters Terrey Hills 9450 3000
    NSW Fire Service General Information 9265 2999 9265 2999
    Rural Fire Service General information 9450 3000
    State Emergency Service, Warringah/Pittwater SES 13 25 00 9486 3399
    National Parks & Wildlife Service: 000, general information 9457 9322
    Dept of Community Services: general information 9977 6011
    Sydney Water 132 090
    Energy Australia 131 388, (ah) 131 909

    Join SIRA

    You can now join the Scotland Island Residents’ Association through the online Self-Service Portal at sira.org.au

    Alternatively, there are offline methods of joining, read more here or contact  secretary@sira.org.au

    Join West Pittwater Community Association

    To join the Western Pittwater Community Association http://www.westpittwater.com.au/Contact/join-the-wpca

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