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Scotland Island - Western Shores - Mackerel Beach

April 1, 2017

Newsletter for Offshore Residents of Pittwater, Australia - Volume 18, Issue 968





Proposed Scotland Island Buggie Enduro

SIRA executive will be making a final decision at their next meeting on a proposal to run a Scotland Island Buggie Enduro later in the year.

The proposal put forward by ex-locals Constance Helmsly and Rodney Alderton describe the unusual event as a Le Mans style 8 Hour Buggie Race around Scotland Island, with a twist.

The following description from the proposal best sums up this event....."The 8 hour endurance race around the island will be for two classes of buggie entry; electric and normally aspirated vehicles. There will be age restrictions and a minimum of 2 drivers per team allowed, more if required. The race will start with a Le Mans style beginning where the drivers race on foot to their buggies before racing around the island in clockwise direction for the first four hours, and then in an anticlockwise direction for the final 4 hours. At the 4 hour mark precisely, and no matter where buggies are on the track, they will turn around and proceed in the opposite direction for the rest of the race. The 8 hour race will have 4 pit stops allowing for compulsory driver changes and refuelling/battery changes etc. Winners will be the teams that have completed the most number of laps over all, for each of the classes.

The race will begin in a clockwise direction starting on Fireshed Straight (Robertson Street below the Fireshed) where the pits and crew will be located; at the end of the straight a hard right-hander leads onto a short uphill straight of Kevin Ave then into a narrow uphill left-hander and onto the well known Thompson St Gradient. The course continues past the highest point in the race along Thompson Street then sweep down and to the right in a nasty high speed off-camber corner that decends towards Harold Ave on what is locally known as Heartbreak Hill; halfway down the hill a hard right-hander is taken, then a sweeping uphill left-hand corner (The Essess) leads along Thompson Street through the gully before coming to a slippery off-camber right-hand bend that plunges down the Cecil Street and onto Richard Road via a hard right-hand bend; this leads onto the relatively flat and high speed section all the way along Richard Road to the tricky dipping right-hander onto Robertson Road just above Cargo Wharf. Following along Robertson Road the course continues on and down towards Quarterdeck Corner via a soft sweeping right-hand corner at Yamba Bend, and then onto a long straight and down past the Community Hall and finally finishing with a soft hairpin bend back onto Fireshed Straight and onto the finish line......"

Association President indicated a keen interest in the venture and praised Constance and Rodney in coming up with such a unique idea. He added.."it would further enhances the island's notoriety for holding really out of the ordinary races"... which of course references the famous Scotland Island Dog Race.

The race is proposed to be run in the latter part of the year, with a final date to be confirmed following community consultation and meetings with all stakeholders - details to follow.

Further organisational details and interim application forms can be viewed HERE or online at con-rod.com


NSW Daylight Saving Ends 2 April 2017

Turn Your Clock Back 1 hour

Daylight saving will end in NSW on Sunday, 2 April 2017 when clocks go back one hour at 3:00am.


Elsie Track

by SIOCS - The Scotland Island Kindy


In line with its focus on connecting children with nature, SIOCS (known as The Island Kindy) happily accepted a generous offer from SIRA to undertake the construction of Elsie Track in exchange for part of a grant.

Read All about it HERE or click on image above


School Holiday Workshops Meredith Rasdall Visual Art

To book for these school holiday workshops

please phone 0402 121 184

email meredith.rasdall@westnet.com.au




Peninsula Music Club 2017 Concert Program

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 Advisory Group Helps Improve Church Point Aesthetics

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Northern Beaches Council and the Church Point Project Aesthetic Advisory Group are working together to modify the new carpark design to be more recessive and fit in with the surrounding local environment.

Northern Beaches Deputy General Manager, Ben Taylor said the collaborative approach would provide a better visual outcome for the community.

“Council has been working with the Aesthetic Advisory Group, along with the offshore and onshore communities at Church Point to find the best possible outcomes for the area, which will deliver a far better result for everyone involved,” Mr Taylor said.

The Church Point Aesthetic Advisory Group is a group of volunteer design professionals from the local community and includes Cathy Kubany, Roberta Conroy, Lizzie Hazelwood, Michael Wiener and Bill Gye.

The Group has met eight times and provided Council with technical and aesthetic advice since May 2016 following the release of the Project concept plans.

“The Committee have already provided valuable ideas during the project and I look forward to continuing this work as we progress building the carpark to ensure the final aesthetics works with the general amenity and safety of the Church Point Precinct,” he said.

The first phase of the Church Point Upgrade will be delivered by August 2017 and includes the already completed 200 metre long seawall, new boardwalk and realigned roadway.

The second phase of the Church Point Upgrade will be completed by February 2018 with the new carpark.

In addition to the seawall and carpark, other aspects of the $10 million project include a new board walk that blends in with the existing character of the area, heritage upgrades around the café and wharf, re-alignment of the bus stop and improved pedestrian access.

For more information please visit northernbeaches.nsw.gov.au and search Church Point Upgrade.

Final Funding Round For Northern Beaches Community Groups

Monday, 20 March 2017

Eligible organisations are being invited to apply for the second and final round of grants offered under the NSW Government’s Stronger Communities Fund, designed to kick start the delivery of projects that build a more vibrant, sustainable and inclusive community.

Northern Beaches Council Administrator Dick Persson AM said incorporated not-for-profit groups can apply for the second round of funding and must demonstrate that their project will benefit the Northern Beaches community.

“This is a great initiative that will help community organisations deliver social, cultural, economic or environmental benefits that address Council’s identified community priorities such as community safety, the natural environment, youth, recreation and art, culture and heritage.”

Disability support organisation Sunnyfield based at Frenchs Forest, received $37,475 from Round One to deliver technology-driven courses to help with the education, employment and social integration of people with intellectual disability.

Sunnyfield Community Liaison Manager Rajika Gilhotra said the grant is enabling Sunnyfield to establish a learning space for people where, through enhanced skill development people with intellectual disability are able to develop personal and social networks, and embrace job opportunities.

Northern Beaches Council is holding three grant information sessions, a grant writing workshop and three pre-booked drop in brainstorming sessions to assist he community with their grant application.

The maximum grant amount for the second round of funding is $50,000, with a minimum of $5,000. Applications open on 3 April and close on 12 May.  Further information can be found at northernbeaches.nsw.gov.au/get-involved/stronger-communities-fund.

Half-a-million dollars has already been given to community projects in Round One of the million-dollar grant initiative.

Information sessions:
  •     Mon 3 April, 6-7pm Manly Council Chambers
  •     Tue 4 April, 6-7pm, Mona Vale Memorial Hall
  •     Wed 5 April, 4.30-5.30pm, Dee Why Council Chambers
Grant writing workshop
  •     Wed 5 April, 5.30-7.30pm Dee Why Council
Brainstorming drop-in sessions
  •     Three pre-booked drop-in info sessions Thursday 6 & Friday 7 April at Narrabeen Coastal Environment Centre.
  •     Bookings are essential. Contact Anna Power on 9970 1104.
Photo Opportunity: A photo opportunity at Sunnyfield can be arranged on request        


Pittwater YHA Bush Regeneration & Envirofun!

An Invitation to join in on the Eco-fun weekend bush regeneration event.


You are welcome to come and to the sleepover at the hostel with information as per the poster.

Alternatively come on either or the Sat 6th or Sunday 7th May and join the volunteer team working at Morning Bay. Morning tea and lunch provided.

Please give Michael and Sarah a call to assist with directions to work area and catering number.
Pittwater YHA
Michael and Sarah
P: 99995748


The Co-Op Club Presents

April 2017 Bookings

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

Sun April 2: Mary Jane Guiney :image

Mary Jane Guiney and band play their brand of New Orleans soul & funk with other pop, soul classics amongst Mary Jane’s own gorgeous self-penned songs. Mary Jane has spent time living in New Orleans working as a musician so if anyone is qualified to bring that city’s funk to the Co-Op Club it’s her.

Sun April 9:  DRAGON - Tix $20 BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL!! 9979 6633 : dragon

Todd Hunter formed the band Dragon in New Zealand in 1973 and his brother Marc joined in 1974. They moved to Australia in May 1975 and the band toured the world, selling over 1 million records before disbanding in 1979. During this period the band had hits with This Time, Still in Love, Sunshine, Get That Jive, April Sun in Cuba and Are You Old Enough. Dragon reformed in 1982 and Rain became their next hit in 1983. During the 80’s they released the albums Body & The Beat and Dreams of Ordinary Men. In the mid 80’s they toured Europe with Tina Turner and sold another million records world-wide before breaking up in 1990. Lead singer Marc Hunter passed away in 1998 which lead to an eight year break before Todd reformed Dragon in 2006 with Mark Williams on lead vocals & acoustic guitar, Pete Drummond on drums, keyboards & vocals and Bruce Reid on guitars & vocals. They were inducted into the Australian Hall of Fame in 2008 & the NZ Hall of Fame in 2010. They have performed over 600 shows with the current lineup.

Don’t miss this iconic band as they play a very special show just for us at the Co-Op Club on Sun April 9.

Sun April 16:  Tina Harrod & band :image

Tina Harrod & band play the Co-Op Club for Easter Sunday. Tina is the co-founder of the Co-Op Club and an award winning vocalist and songwriter. Come and hear her and a band that is the cream of the Australian jazz & avant-garde scene play a mixture of her own songs, along with others by artists like Nina Simone, Bob Dylan, Joe Cocker, Traffic and more..

 Sun April 23:  The Sly Dogs featuring Matt Trapnell :image

The Sly Dogs featuring Matt Trapnell & vocalist Narelle Lewis + some special guests. Come and hear why this band is one of the favourites among locals at the Co-Op Club. Expect soul, blues & pop gems by artists like Neil Young, Van Morrison & Taj Mahal to name a few.

Sun April 30: Rebecca Johnson Band :image

Sun April 30: Rebecca Johnson Band featuring Rebecca Johnson on bass & vocals, Con Settineri drums & James Vertley on guitar. Rebecca has played with numerous artists over the years including Richard Clapton, Ian Moss, Jenny Morris & Margaret Urlich. This powerhouse trio is back by popular demand at the Co-Op Club and you can expect to hear them play music by Prince, Michael Jackson, Bob Marley, Stevie Wonder, Chaka Khan, James Brown & The Meters.

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

C O M I N G   S O O N   T O   T H E   C O-O P   C L U B!!!

APRIL 9:  DRAGON tix $20 bookings essential
MAY 7:    KING TIDE  free entry - bookings essential

MAY 14:    ROBERT SUSZ (ex Dynamic Hepnotics frontman)  free entry - bookings essential

MAY 21:  DOG TRUMPET free entry – bookings essential


Tree Lopping Quoting Experience....

Hi all… just thought I’d share my recent experiences in obtaining quotes to bring down a couple of gum trees.
As I was initially presented with 2 quotes that I felt were well above a fair price… I embarked on a quote seeking journey.

I found almost all Tree Loppers who came up in my Google search for the Northern Beaches service Scotland Island.
I obtained 10 quotes in total, all insured and came out to the property in order to quote.
Some were precious and required their ute to be brought across… “for the first aid kit", as an example

Overall, only the following provided me with (similar) reasonable quotes. All seemed genuine. Since all timber was to be left on site, they didn’t need cars/trucks brought across… just needed to be picked up by boat and would carry the gear themselves up to my place (up Eastern stairs)

Forest Tree Service: http://foresttreeservice.com.au/
Plateau Tree Service: http://www.plateautrees.com.au/
Aura Tree Services: http://www.auratreeservices.com.au/

I haven’t had the work done yet, so can’t comment on follow through as yet… but thought I’d share, since the quote I obtained from the tree lopper who normally services the island was double what these were for the same scope of work.



Nia Term Dates and Next Term's Routine "JOY"


Enthusiasm for Nia is blooming on the Northern Beaches.
So many students are now buying 10 class passes because they're feeling and seeing the benefits of this joyful, fitness practice on their body and their life.

Nia is not just an exercise class. Its a conscious movement practice that stirs your soul, strengthens your body, rewires your brain and makes you feel really alive.

Nia Term 1 - last classes:
6pm Tuesday  11 April 2017, Health Space Mona Vale
7pm Wednesday 5 April 2017, Scotland Island Hall
10am Saturday 1 April 2017, Avalon Recreation Centre

Nia Term 2 - classes start:
6pm Tuesday 25 April 2017,  Health Space Mona Vale
7pm Wednesday 26 April 2017, Scotland Island Hall
10am Saturday 15 April 2017, Avalon Recreation Centre

Next Term's Routine is JOY
Joy's focus is on the Joy of Movement; to connect to the sensation of joy as life force, and to use this sensation as stimulation to flood your whole body with vitality and healthy energy. Here's a sneak peek http://www.anniann.com/en/joy-routine-available-now-created-ann-christiansen

Mandy Loveday is a certified Blue Belt Nia Teacher mob: 0411 645 389


For Sale

Blue Polycraft 4.1m Challenger with side console ( 2008  model )

Stable and safe it’s the ideal family commuter boat.
As our family has grown (as well as the addition of a big dog ) we’re having to move up to the next size.

Key Features:poly
  • 60hp Yamaha 4 stroke 2010 Model with Permatrim
  • Regularly serviced and always reliable
  • Comfortable front driver and passenger seats
  • Bimini with front clears to keep sea spray and rain off
  • Navigation lights
  • Automatic Bilge Pump
  • Motor protection bar
  • Marine carpet throughout
  • Anchor
  • 2 fuel tanks
  • Regularly Anti-fouled

Call Rachel 0417 215 886


Free Cabinet

Solid teak bar, in fantastic condition


Ring Richard 0414560505

Pick up from Cottage Pt. Marina




Laser 2 Sailing Dinghy Looking for Home

Would any waterfront resident have space to store my Laser 2 (the double-handed version of the popular Laser sailing dinghy).

In return you would be welcome to make unlimited use of it.

If interested in reaching an arrangement, please contact me as soon as possible.

Roy Baker
0420 557 334

Marina Berth with parking

Secure 10 metre berth at Newport Anchorage (Beaconsfield Street, near Newport Arms) available

for lease at $685pm -
Call Andy 02 9363 9038


Free Cardboard Boxes

We just moved onto the island and have loads of moving boxes to give away.

About 30 free cardboard boxes to pick up from 69 Robertson Road.

If interested, just call or text Nadja 0490 530 624


DRAGON at the Co-Op Club

Sunday April 9

Tickets are $20 and bookings can be made by calling 99976633.


Remedial, Pregnancy & KaHuna Massage on SI

Sunday 9th April

Remedial, Pregnancy & KaHuna Massage on the island again on Sunday 9th April
Health fund rebates available.

Please book online following this link http://embodiedmassage.com.au/scotland-island-bookings
$10 from each massage donated to the Scotland Island RFS. Health Fund Rebates Available"

Feel free to contact me for any info - info@embodiedmassage.com.au or 0422 988 501

Jae Lalor


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

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