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Scotland Island - Western Shores - Mackerel Beach

May 1, 2017

Newsletter for Offshore Residents of Pittwater, Australia - Volume 18, Issue 971






SIRA wants to hear from you! Have your say to help guide us in our actions to lobby Council for better wharf facilities. 

The SIRA Wharves Working Group has established a survey to better understand the usage and demands of our island wharves. We are doing this so that we can soon take a proposal to council, with data showing a demonstrated need. Our aim is to reinvigorate and complete the outstanding wharf upgrades, and to do so to a level that will support residents into the longer-term future.

To do this, we are asking for all residents to complete this survey. We want to hear your opinions regardless of if you are a boat/wharf user. The survey only has 16 questions and can be completed anonymously.

Please click here to complete the Wharves Survey.

Thank you so much for your time and having your say.

The SIRA Wharves Working Group


A few changes to the operating guidelines of the Island's Community Vehicle.

Easylink Community Services, who oversee the operation of the Community Vehicle, has changed their operating procedures.
  • As from the 1st May 2017 fares will be payable in cash at the time of pick-up. This will ensure that any fare related issues can be addressed before the journey commences (remember no fare – no ride).
  • Please note that credit cards and $50 and $100 notes are not accepted
  • That children must be accompanied by a responsible adult.
Please provide advance notice of all bookings:
  • 30 minutes for bookings between 9am and 7pm
  • by 7pm the previous day for bookings between 8am and 9am
  • by 5pm for bookings between 7pm and 10pm
A copy of amended vehicle operating guidelines is below & available by following this link.



ANZAC Day Service at Church Point

Images by June Lahm



Winter Fire Brigade Dinners for 2017

Dates for the popular Winter Fire Brigade Dinners for 2017.

This year we have a variety of delicious delights for you.

13 May:
Lamb, Beef and Pork on a spit cooked for you by the Firefighters at your Fire Brigade. 
Come along for a great night. Following dinner,  dance the night away with Rachael's Acoustic Project

17 June
A touch of Spain with Jillian Dellamouche's great team cooking paella and all things Spanish

8 July:    
One of our favourite firefighters will be hosting a fun quiz night. Come along for  something different. Great snacks provided.

12 August: 
Our wonderful Nathalie and her team will be cooking up a storm with delicious pasta dishes.

9 September:  
We all remember Petra's wonderful dinners over the past couple of years.  She's at it again this year. We can't wait.

14 October:
Tim Turpin and his family are giving us the last dinner of the season. Can't wait Tim.

The evenings kick off at 7pm and are a wonderful opportunity to catch up with friends, old and new.  Children are very welcome with movies showing in the Training Room after their dinner.

Of course our fabulous bar will be open to enjoy each evening.

Why don't you put these dates in your diary now and join us for a great evening of fine home cooked food and fun while helping your Brigade raise essential funds.

We would love you to pay on line. Just go to

Annette Ritchie
Social Secretary
0410 007 501


Fire Brigade Dinner - Spit Roast

May 13 from 7pm



Our Splendid Island Volunteers and Emergency Professionals

All Residents will be aware of the excellent work our First Response Team do in assisting us in times of accidents and illness .  Their promptness, professional expertise and generosity in times of emergency is a great credit to them .

Such was the case on Saturday 15th April at a gathering to welcome our new residents in Robertson Road, Jed & Nadja. It was a splendid gathering - generously provided by them, and Nadja’s mother from Lucerne (I think I’m close ! ) Until Alan Grundy decided to get dizzy. The room spun - even after only a glass of beer and one of red. Those around me immediately sat me down, and plied me with water. and concern.  Within minutes the FRG were there with equipment and their expertise was commendable. No fuss - just plain old care and professional attention.

Next there were Water Police, Ambulance and Carers to transport me to Mona Vale Hospital Emergency, where I was to stay for 24 hours -  being given all the care of True Pros. The time given by all the staff, at Easter when most of us were relaxing was a great tribute to their commitment.

Thank you one and all - especially our own Scotland Islanders who give their time so generously .

I think I’ve learnt not to take on more than I can handle at 82.

Alan Grundy


Ferry Walking Group





Carol Baxter Author Talk CB

Wednesday, May 3, 2017 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm

At Forestville Library
6 Darley Street
Forestville NSW 2087

Join Australian author and professional genealogist Carol Baxter as she discusses her sixth true crime release The Fabulous Flying Mrs Miller.

Afterwards, join us for Q & A and have your book signed by Carol.

Books will be available for purchase on the night.
Bookings essential from Wednesday 12 April.
Reserve a book by Carol Baxter.

Don’t want to miss a thing? Subscribe here to the library events mailing list to find out about upcoming events.

Enquires: 9942 2449.

Let us know if you have any accessibility requirements.

Caroline Overington Author Talk CO

Thursday, May 11, 2017 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

At Warringah Mall Library
Shop 650/145 Old Pittwater Road
Brookvale NSW 2100

Join bestselling Australian author Caroline Overington as she discusses her riveting new psychological thriller, The Lucky One. Learn how the author’s experience as a foreign correspondent and award-winning journalist informs her fiction writing and the creation of this fascinating story of family, forbidden love, secrets and lies.

Afterwards, join us for Q & A and have your book signed by Caroline.

Books will be available for purchase on the night.
Bookings essential from Thursday 20 April.
Reserve a copy of The Lucky One.

Don’t want to miss a thing? Subscribe here to the library events mailing list to find out about upcoming events.

Enquires: 9942 2449.
Let us know if you have any accessibility requirements.

Meredith Jaffe Author Talk MJ

Thursday, May 25, 2017 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm

At Warringah Mall Library
Shop 650/145 Old Pittwater Road
Brookvale NSW 2100
Sydney Writers Festival in partnership with Northern Beaches Council present: Meredith Jaffe.

Local author Meredith Jaffe's The Fence is a satirical look at how tensions between neighbours can escalate. Join her for a lively discussion about privacy, boundaries, community and whether good fences really do make good neighbours.

Afterwards, join us for Q & A and have your book signed by Meredith.
Books will be available for purchase on the night.
Bookings essential from Friday 7 April.
Reserve a copy of The Fence.

Don’t want to miss a thing? Subscribe here to the library events mailing list to find out about upcoming events.

Enquires: 9942 2449.
Let us know if you have any accessibility requirements.

The Co-Op Club Presents

May 2017 Bookings

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

Sun May 07: King Tide : King Tide

King Tide are considered to be one of the best live acts in Australia. They have played at just about every major festival in the country and we are excited to welcome them to the Co-Op Club. They are an up-town, jam down, rock steady-reggae got soul band and they will make you dance and thrill you with their electric live performance. They are releasing their fourth studio album in the next few months due for release in November at opening night of the Mullumbimby music festival, so we’ll get to hear some new tunes as well as songs from their highly acclaimed album Roots Pop Reggae.

“..Simply, and I have written this before, King Tide is one of the best live acts in this country..” - Paul Busch (Faster Louder)" -

Sun May 14:  Robert Susz : RS

Robert Susz & The Continental Blues & Boogaloo Party are back at the Co-Op Club! Ex Dynamic Hepnotics & Mighty Reapers front man Robert Susz has assembled his latest soul/blues/down-home funk combo The Continental Blues Party to play a combination of “Continental” Robert’s compositions including his national SMASH HIT Soul Kinda Feelin & treasures from the soul & blues vaults by artists like Ray Charles, James Brown, Muddy Waters, Curtis Mayfield, BB King, Joe Simon & others.

Sun May 21:  Dog Trumpet : DT

Dog Trumpet consists of brothers Peter O'Doherty & Reg Mombassa formerly of Mental as Anything. This powerhouse duo of 6 album releases & 2 ep's describe their music as roots based psychedelic folk pop. They will join us for the first time at the Co-Op Club on July 3 with a full band consisting of the brothers on guitars, the sublime Bernie Hayes on bass & Iain Sheddon on drums. Book early for this one! - See more at:

Music is every Sunday between 3.30 - 6.30pm  
1860 Pittwater Rd Church Point – bookings 9999 2793




Restorative Yoga Workshop for Mothers

(Grown up daughters also welcome!)

20th May 2017
4-6 pm
Yoga & Health Collective, Mona Vale

Bookings Essential


Boat For Saleboat

  • Near new motor 30 HP Yamaha
  • Catamaran fibreglass Hull
  • Registered
  • Great commuter boat $4800

Ph Nickie 0418213216


Help needed for Busy Working Couple!!!!!

Cleaner- every fortnight  for 3 bedroom waterfront home near cargo , approx 3 - 4 hours work
General maintenance –
Every fortnight , blow paths and gutters  and general clean up
Please call meredith   0402121184


For Rent

Stunning absolute waterfront property in Little Lovett, north east aspect, spectacular views, 4 bedroom, 2 bathroom, huge living area, private jetty.

Will be available mid-May freshly renovated.

Enquiries call Lachy Whitford 0437 988 113


Water Tank Cleaning

I need to get my water tanks cleaned out, and my search for relevant information so far throws up two options:  hire a skinny person to risk their life climbing into the tank, or get a commercial business from off-island to bring a can-it-be-as-good-as-it-sounds pump for cleaning out the sediment without losing your water.
What do other people do? 
Have you experiences you could share, ideas, war stories? 
I’d be very happy to collate the current Island wisdom on tank cleaning for subsequent distribution, either via the newsletter or the website.
I’d be most grateful to receive any relevant input at boab.dale@gmail.com.
Robert Dale


Give Away LR

Packaged life raft

To give away
Ph Judy 0438074486
( I'll forward photo not very tech savvy).
Kind regards


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) - 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 Scotland Island Kindy,
Catherine Park, Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday
8.00am - 6.00pm
Before & After School Care
8.00am till walked to school ferry - collected from school ferry till 6.00pm
Vacation Care, Parents Group on Mondays
Hire the Kindy for Birthday Parties
Please call 0431 125 142/02 9979 7856 or email SIOCSdirector@gmail.com
Scotland Island Community Hall Bookings:  Barbara Labram M: 0473008339  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/
Tanya Mottl 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

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 - 0414 994 092
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
 Justice of the Peace  -  Lexie Le Blang 0418399674 or 99992574
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

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
Dynamic Yoga Saturdays from 9am - 10.30am. Nadine 0402 752465 / nadineomara@gmail.com
Nia Dance Fitness Classes WEDNESDAYD 7pm - Mandy Loveday 0411 345 389


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
Scotland Island Players - contact Bob 0414 994 092 or Kez on 0414 994 094
Catherine Park Bush Care Group, 2nd Sunday @ 9.30am, Sharon Kinnison @ 9997 6017
Elizabeth Park Bush Care Group, 1st Saturday @ 9 am, Bob Bolton @ 0414 994 092
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
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
Pittwater Council Cooee! Environmental Newsletter http://www.pittwater.nsw.gov.au/environment/get_involved/cooee_newsletter

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, Sun rise & set
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


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

Archived Newsletters

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

Offshore Gallery

Pittwater Offshore Photo Gallery


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