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Scotland Island - Western Shores - Mackerel Beach

May 1, 2015

Newsletter for Offshore Residents of Pittwater, Australia - Volume 16, Issue 835


  • Community Vehicle Out of Service
  • SIRFS Winter Fireshed Dinner
  • The Choir
  • Local Council Notices inc.
  • Storm Update
  • Have Your Say - Fit for the Future
  • Mona Vale Library
  • Co-Op Club - May Bookings
  • Keeping Company: SALTWATER
  • Long Term Lease Wanted
  • Found
  • Lost
  • Experienced Babysitter
  • Stolen
  • Garage Sale
  • Share Septic Pump-Out?
  • The Local Contact Guide
  • Join SIRA
  • Archived Newsletters
  • Your subscription Information

  • SIRA



    Community Vehicle Out of Service


    Monday 4, May  to  Monday 11, May




    Lovett Bay Boatshed, May 2nd, 6pm-11pm



    Scotland Island RFS Fire Shed Dinner

    1st for the Season and a little bit different !

    Saturday 9th May 2015 from 7pm



    The Choir

    Call for Singers to join a Women's Choir

    A women’s choir has started under the direction of Dr John Lloyd.

    Ten members now practise at his residence in Florence Terrace once a week (Wednesday) 7pm to 9pm



    Local Council Notice

    Storm Update

    Pittwater was one of 12 local government areas to be declared a natural disaster zone, after the recent storms.
    Council’s disaster clean-up plan is in full operation, and we continue to work with emergency services and contractors to clear large trees and vegetation debris as quickly as possible.
    Spoiled food waste collection
    A skip bin is available for Pittwater residents who have been without power, to dispose of spoiled food waste (only) at Beeby Reserve Car Park, Mona Vale until 5pm Friday 1 May.
    Vegetation clean-up
    Council will be providing a vegetation clean-up service to deal with trees and vegetation debris from the storm.  Please leave vegetation that cannot fit in the lime-lidded bin (lid must be closed) in manageable bundles on the kerbside. This collection may take some weeks and may involve a number of separate collections.

    Garbage services
    These will be running as normal. If trucks are unable to access your street for safety reasons, please leave your bin out and it will be collected at the first opportunity.

    Important contacts during storms:

        SES Emergency:           132 500
        Ausgrid Emergency:     131 388

    Call Pittwater Council on 9970 1111 for:

        trees on public land that are posing a risk to safety
        flooding as a result of drainage issues on public land
        damage to public buildings or Council infrastructure

    Thank you for your patience as we continue the clean-up operation.  Stay updated as the emergency response and clean-up continues on our website and via social media.

    Additional Vegetation Collection:

    Council has advised that there will be an additional vegetation collection on the Island.

    At this stage due to limited service providers they have not been able to lock in an exact date.
    They estimate that in two weeks they should be able to get an indication from their service provider on when exactly this will happen.
    They just need some time to prepare.
    Watch out for an update in due course !


    There will never be a more critical time to have your say.

    All Pittwater residents will soon receive a detailed information pack on Pittwater Council’s response to the NSW Government’s ‘Fit For The Future’ program.

    All residents are strongly encouraged to review this information pack and have your say. The pack can also be accessed via our website, www.pittwater.nsw.gov.au/reform . Give us your feedback via the online survey. Come along to our public meeting and pop-up displays to have your say before 5 June 2015.

    Whilst Council remains committed to a strong independent Pittwater Council providing local representation and delivery of local services to the people of Pittwater on the existing boundaries, "it’s now a matter for our community to consider and voice its opinion on the three options. We need to hear what matters most to the people before we can make our submission to the NSW government,” said Pittwater Council’s Mayor Jacqui Townsend.

    Fit For The Future informative pop-up displays will be set up at Pittwater Council’s Customer Service Centres and Libraries in Mona Vale and Avalon.

    Cr Townsend reassured residents that she and her “fellow councillors advocate a consultative approach to local representation, and are available to listen to the community. I urge residents to come forward to discuss their views including how they feel about local representation and amalgamation”

    Councillors will be available to answer any questions at the Fit For The Future display area at the Food and Wine Fair at Winnererremy Bay on Sunday 3 of May.  You are also encouraged to contact your councillors individually.  Contact details can be found at www.pittwater.nsw.gov.au/councillors

    A Public Meeting will be held on the 19 May at the Pittwater RSL in Mona Vale from 6.30-8.30pm.
    Come along and have your say.

    Stay informed



    Movie nights and book sale support Soibada

    The next screening is Good Morning Vietnam, on Thursday 7 May from 6.00pm.

    Our next Robin Williams movie  will be Good Morning Vietnam. The admission price is a $5 donation towards the creation of a reading room and book purchases for the community of Soibada in Timor-Leste.

    Pittwater Council has a Friendship Agreement with Soibada and works with the community-based group Pittwater Friends of Soibada to raise funds for identified projects.  We are holding book sales on movie nights to raise additional funds. To date our movie nights and ongoing book sales have raised over $1,000 for this worthy project.

    Help us choose the last movie in the series. Voting cards for the ‘movie-goer choice’ are now available – place your vote now!

    Mona Vale Library 1 Park St Mona Vale

    Thursday 7 May 2015 6pm

    Bookings essential:     9970 1600 or library@pittwater.nsw.gov.au

    Literary Lunch

    Anne Buist will join us to speak about her first psychological thriller, Medea’s Curse at our May Literary Lunch.

    The novel's protagonist is forensic psychiatrist Natalie King, who works with victims and perpetrators of violent crime. Women with a history of abuse, mainly. She rides a Ducati a size too big and wears a tank top a size too small. Likes men but doesn’t want to keep one. And really needs to stay on her medication.

    Now she’s being stalked. Anonymous notes, threats, strangers loitering outside her house.

    Anne Buist is the Chair of Women’s Mental Health at the University of Melbourne, and has over 25 years clinical and research experience in perinatal psychiatry. She works with Protective Services and the legal system in cases of abuse, kidnapping, infanticide and murder and also teaches, researches and directs a mother baby unit.

    12-1.30pm Thursday 7 May from 12-1.30pm

    Cost: $8 Adults $6 Concession including a light lunch

    Bookings essential: 9970 1600 or library@pittwater.nsw.gov.au


    The Co-Op Club  Presents: May 2015 Bookings

    Church Point CafeArtists play between 3-6pm

    Artists play between 3-6pm

    Sun May 3: Urban Gypsies Quartet :image

    Urban Gypsies Quartet are an instrumental Jazz, Latin, contemporary band featuring nylon string guitars, cello and percussion. They represent an exciting direction in Latin/Jazz mixed with world music influences exploring a wide range of styles and genres from breezy Bossa Novas to fiery improvised virtuosity. Each instrumentalist is a master of his medium and the results are imaginative, mesmerising and highly evocative.

    "Astonishing versatility and technique, a shimmering high class act!"  -  Lloyd Bradford - Australian Stage

    Sun May 10: Rick Melick & band :image

    In a career that spans 4 decades Rick Melick has spent the last six years traveling the world with US blues rock artist Joe Bonamassa. With Joe and others including Eric Clapton, John Denver, B.B King, John Hiatt, Paul Rodgers and Beth Hart, he has performed at every major festival in the world from The North Sea Jazz and Montreaux Jazz festivals to W.O.M.A.D and the East Coast Blues & Roots festival and has worked in some of the worlds great theatres and arena stages.

    On Sun May 10 Rick and his band will play till 8pm to celebrate Mother’s Day at the Co-Op Club.
    Rick will sing and play piano with his great band, introducing us to their version of Soulful blues & country in the style of the late great Ray Charles and other legendary artists.

    ...”Perfect Nicky Hopkins blues piano stylings…”  -  John Hardaker – Liveguide.com.au ...”

    Sun May 17: WASSADO :image

    Moussa Diakite was part of Mali's generation of pioneering musicians in the 1970s and ‘80s, composing and performing music heavily influenced by the Wassoulou styles of his homelands in southwestern Mali. Moussa joined the ‘Super Rail Band de Bamako’ as it's lead guitarist in 1979, also playing with the legendary Toumani Diabate's ‘Yanga Orchestre’ and  eventually joined world music star Salif Keita from 1987-1992.

    Since moving to Sydney in 1992, Moussa has inspired the Australian African music scene. Most recently he has been in Mali recording an album of his music in collaboration with some of West Africa’s finest, due for release later this year. Join us for a special performance of Moussa’s 100% dance guitar band WASSADO also featuring: Ben Kidson – drums, Nemo Lynn bass & Len Samperi guitar

    Sun May 24:  The Sly Dogs :

    Matt Trapnell & The Sly Dogs return to the Co-Op Club. They are our beloved house band and the word is spreading about this very cool outfit with their brand of dirty blues & funky grooves. Come on down!

    Sun May 31:  Kate Lush & band: image

    Add to her devastating voice great original material and an outstanding band and you have a Sunday afternoon not to be missed. Think soul infused rock, Memphis blues with a dash of Susan Tedeschi..

    There’s a kind of infectious joy that comes out of Kate Lush’s music that captures your imagination. She puts her heart and soul into every song and every performance and it shines through with unmistakable brilliance. Add to that her devastating voice, great original material and an outstanding band and this is a singer-songwriter not to be missed.

    Go prepared to be blown away

    Music is every Sunday between 3-6pm  
    1860 Pittwater Rd Church Point – bookings 9999 2793



     Keeping Company: SALTWATER

    Manly Art Gallery & Museum 30 October – 29 November 2015

    Manly Art Gallery & Museum and the MAG&M Society support and encourage creativity on the Northern Beaches and invite expressions of interest in the 6th exhibition of new works by members of Manly Art  Gallery & Museum Society and Northern Beaches artists.

    This year, artists are invited to create new works in
    response to a theme - ‘saltwater’.

    The exhibition is open to artists working in all media, including digital media, painting, drawing, printmaking,
    textiles, sculpture, glass and ceramics. We anticipate a dynamic exhibition of works across a diverse range
    of media.

    Artists are encouraged to become members of the Manly Art Gallery & Museum Society. If you are not
    already or your membership is not current, pop into the Gallery or call 9976 1419 to join. The Society plays a
    vital social and fundraising role for the Gallery. It enjoys the support of its membership and is committed to
    the development of artists, audiences and the collection through its diverse programs. Funds raised by the
    activities of the Society assist with the conservation and purchase of artworks for the Gallery’s impressive
    collection of paintings, ceramics, prints and photography. The Society also presents the annual Manly Youth
    Art Award, the Life Drawing Studio, Manly’s Big Draw family event and the Keeping Company exhibition as
    well as other activities for its members and supporters.

    Download further Details and application form HERE


    Family Looking for Long Term Lease

    Family of four is looking for a long term property lease as of late April / start of May.

    We are a working couple with two teenage kids currently living in Lovett Bay and our lease expires at the end of this month. We have excellent references. Our elderly parents come visit frequently, so good access is a must for us.

    Our ideal new home:
    • has a minimum of four bedrooms
    • has two bathrooms
    • has an internet connection
    • has a home office
    • is north facing
    • preferably is a waterfront property
    • preferably has a (deep water) jetty
    • has solid stairs/steps from the jetty to the house
    • is preferably located on the Western foreshores
    • is either furnished or allows for our own furniture
    • permits two house trained indoor cats
    • allows for a sturdy but removable pet enclosure on the deck or in the garden
    • has a fair weekly rental rate in line with a long term lease
    Important note: we love nature and protecting the environment and therefore keep our pets indoors or in an enclosure at all times.

    Please contact Richard and Saskia by email richard.and.saskia@gmail.com
    or by phone on landline 9997 7438 and mobile number 0431 912 824.


    Found Glasses

    Prescription Glasses

    A pair of prescription glasses on the Thompson Street walking track just up from Hilda Avenue half way to the “boulder”.

    Contact Cass Gye 0418 220 107




    While I was recently holidaying in NZ my 2 lovely pet hens escaped their coop on Monday March 30th.

    The black one was killed by a dog that day at the house but no sign of the golden one, she has always been a great flyer so I was wondering if you could please put a note in the PON just in case someone has her.
    I’d love to know what happened to her or even get her back if by some chance she survived.

    Our home is by the top of Eastern stairs.

    My contact details are 0425 310 659 or 9997 6822 Work

    Car Battery Lost on Day of Yamba Protest

    Our car battery was taken from Bells Wharf on the afternoon that the Yamba protest was on.

    It was placed inside a beige shopping trolley with shopping bags on top of it. By the time we returned to Bells the shopping trolley was still there, but the car battery was gone. The battery is of the lead acid type and therefore not suitable for boats.

    If you know where our battery is or who took it, please contact Richard and Saskia by email richard.and.saskia@gmail.com or by phone on landline 9997 7438 and mobile number 0431 912 824.

    Alternatively, the battery can be anonymously returned by leaving it inside a bag on the ferry.

    Boat parts missing following storm...

    On Monday night in the great storm our Polycraft boat got swamped and sank. Think the bilge pump either failed or couldn't cope.

    The good news is Pittwater Marine have got the motor running but other bits and pieces such as the starter motor, battery etc. need replacing.

    When it sank several items floated away - the most important being 4 blue plastic hatch covers. One turned up at Church Point public wharf today and I'm hoping others have washed up on beaches. We also lost several life jackets - mostly children's but also 2 of the inflatable ones - the type with a pull you inflate after you're in the water. Some of this stuff may be on the ocean floor under the boat but the water is still too murky to see.

    The hatch covers are the most important - missing are 2 square ones and one with a rounded side.
    Would be grateful if anyone finding could give me a ring on 0419 432 626.


    It turns out the square one we got back is pale blue and not from our boat which is turquoise in colour. So we are still missing 3 square ones (one with carpet on it) & 1 triangular one.
    Some were reported at Tennis Wharf but they were navy blue.

    So if anyone is missing a square light blue hatch cover please contact me.


    Experienced Babysitter

    Dearest parents who would love a child free night/day

    I am an experienced babysitter who would love to babysit your child/children for a day or night. I have experience with newborn children to children of the age of nine. I like spending time with children and keeping them busy, and I also have experience with putting childeren of all ages to bed. If needed I can prepare food myself and do small chores like dishes, ironing and general cleaning up. I am available through the weekend and during the week after school. For more information you can contact me by email or by phone. I am looking forward to hearing from you.

    Raheli Cabala



    Converse School Shoes Stolen at PITTWATER HIGH

    On 25 March our daughter’s shoes were taken from the locker room at Pittwater High. She had placed them next to her burgundy coloured backpack. No one handed them in since.

    They are the black leather Converse sneakers that are commonly used as school shoes. The shoes were only two months old, in good condition and are a size six.

    If you know where our daughter’s shoes are or who took them, please contact Richard and Saskia by email richard.and.saskia@gmail.com or by phone on landline 9997 7438 and mobile number 0431 912 824.

    Alternatively, the shoes can be anonymously returned by dropping them at the school’s admin desk.


    Moving out Garage Sale

    Saturday 9, May

    From 8 am
    At : 57 Robertson Road
    Scotland Island

    Dominique & Mario Ruel
    mob: 0403 490 515


    Looking to Share Septic Pump-Out

    I am for any participants for septic pump out, less expensive divided by 3

    Antonia Kitching seqvanae@bigpond.com


    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 Community Vehicle - 0404 103 700 Number, Usage & Charges
    Scotland Island Rural Fire Brigade - 9999 4404 http://www.sirfb.org.au
    West Pittwater Rural Fire Brigade - 9997-3795 www.westpittwater.rfsa.org.au
    Offshore Photo Gallery offshore gallery
    Scotland Island Residents Association (SIRA) Membership details - click here for details
    West Pittwater Community Association (WPCA) - http://www.wpca.org.au
    Scotland Island Emergency Water
    Complete details on website inc.
    General Information, Map & Contacts
    Emergency Water Guidelines September 2014
    Agreement For Sale Of Water Updated 2013
    SIRA Membership Application 2014-2015
    Scotland Island Children's Centre - (SIOCS - Scotland Island & Offshore Children's Services)
    Catherine Park (Long Day Care Service)  7.30am - 5.30pm (Tues, Weds, Thurs & Friday)
    Other services include: School Holiday Programme / Facility & Equipment Hire
    For information call 02 9979 7856 or email:  siocs@comcen.com.au
    Scotland Island Community Hall Bookings:  http://www.scotlandisland.org.au/community/community-hall/
    Pittwater Online Newshttp://www.pittwateronlinenews.com
    Tick Fact Sheet


    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/
    Tanya Mottl at Residential Real Estate Agents – 9999 4499 www.residentialagents.com.au
    L.J.Hooker Mona Vale - 9979 8000   http://www.ljhooker.com.au/monavale

    Services, Clubs & Accommodation

    Scotland Island Traders - On-line shopping from your computer through www.g2u.com.au -delivered to your door Scotland Island by Scotland Island Traders -  Graeme Richmond - Mobile: 0419 460 331
    email scotlandislandtraders@gmail.com
    Justice of the Peace - Bob Bolton - 9999 4092
    Justice of the Peace - Paul Purvis - 9979 9667
    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
    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
    Pittwater ECO Floor Sanding - LUCIO: 0425 376 986 pittwaterecofloorsanding@gmail.com
    Free Pump Outs for Boats - Council with RMS installed a pump out at Careel Bay wharf

    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
    @ Nathalie's Table - Cooking Classes  - Nathalie - 9999 4449
    Dru Yoga - Tuesday 9.00 to 10.30 Tuesday morning - Phone Katya on 0414 187 916
    Dynamic Yoga  - Tuesday PM. & Saturday AM. Phone Nadine 0402 752465 nadineomara@gmail.com
    Tai Chi & Qi Gong classes – Friday 10-11 am. Chris 0416221040 or chris@syntivityaustralia.com


    Gurdjieff / The Fourth Way - Call John on 9979 5584, Marion on 9979 3993 or Anne on 9999 3478
    Green Group For Catherine Park - Run by SIOCS - Emmie Collins on 0405 330 781
    WOW - Women on Water - meets 4 times a year - Jenny Frazer 0410533728 / 99994460.
    Parents & Kids Groups Playgroup - Run by SIOCS - email Emma trysemz@tpg.com.au
    Scotland Island Players - contact Bob or Kez on 9999 4092
    Catherine Park Bush Care Group, 2nd Sunday @ 9.30am, Sharon Kinnison @ 9997 6017
    Elizabeth Park Bush Care Group, 1st Saturday @ 9 am, Bob Bolton @ 9999 4092
    Island Thinking Group - Roy Baker, 9999 6891, roybaker99@yahoo.com
    Offshore a capella choir –  Saturdays at 2:30 pm, SI Community Hall. Call CB on 9997 2035.

    Government Organisations

    Pittwater Council - 9970 1111  - email  pittwater_council@pittwater.nsw.gov.au  Web site click here
    Member for Mackellar Bronwyn Bishop, email clicking here or Bronwyn.Bishop.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:


    Scotland Island Tides, Moon phases, Sun rise & set
    Local Weather Forecasttop
    Radar weather for Sydney (128k circle)

    Emergency Contact Numbers   

    and reviewing recordings
    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
    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 by clicking here.
    Look for the membership form link on the page. Return the completed form to SIRA at this address:

    The Treasurer, SIRA, PO Box 70, Church Point 2105.
    Please NO CASH.
    Contact the Treasurer at

    Join WPCA

    To join the Western Pittwater Community Association www.wpca.org.au, contact Michael Wiener at

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    A complete set of past electronic newsletters since May 2000 can be found and read at https://ymlp.com/archive_gesgjgm.php  or by clicking here or by visiting the Mona Vale Library.

    The Island website is at www.scotlandisland.org.au

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