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Scotland Island - Western Shores - Mackerel Beach

January 3, 2016

Newsletter for Offshore Residents of Pittwater, Australia - Volume 17, Issue 883


  • Kindy needs You!
  • SIRFS Goodwill Christmas Lunch Report
  • Church Point Ferry Service Christmas Notice
  • Pittwater Council Notices
  • Co-Op Club - January Line-up
  • Lost iPhone
  • For Sale
  • Free Plants
  • Sea Kayak for Sale
  • Free Printer
  • Island Car for Sale
  • Wanted
  • The Local Contact Guide
  • Join SIRA
  • Archived Newsletters
  • Your subscription Information

  • Your Kindy Needs YOU

    Working Bee: this Friday,  Saturday, Sunday (Jan 8, 9 & 10)

    Click to load flyer


    SI RFB 2015 Goodwill Christmas Lunch Report

    Just letting you know that this year Xmas "do" went very well indeed!

    We had 55 people attend (phew), and we think that everyone left feeling very jolly indeed...

    We had heaps of help including Stew Hasell for the shopping - thank you again Stew!

    Tim Byrnes for the Music and wonderful decorations from his wife Cheryl.

    Bill Lee and his wife and Jacqui were there too, helping with tables and chairs and in the kitchen for the preps and the cleaning up.

    Annette Ritchie, always there as usual to do what must be done and a lot of other people in fact, came in early and did their bit to help, which was absolutely fantastic! (sorry if I do not name you all!).

    We even had Theresa and her husband Andrew, who came to give their time freely as helpers only, they just stayed in the kitchen and took care of washing things up while everyone enjoyed themselves! Good on you guys and thank you again.

    Julian was carving hams, chooks, turkeys, having fun with his very sharp knives (he cut himself... but had the good grace not to bleed everywhere!) Helping and being a very good host (must say that his fabulous home made Brandy butter - 1kg of it - disappeared very quickly!).

    The menu was simple but plentiful:
    • Prawns cocktail,
    • Watermelon, tomato and goat cheese salad
    • Ham
    • Turkey (hot and cold)
    • Chicken
    • Spicy vegetarian roll
    • Gravy
    • Scalloped potatoes
    • "meli-melo" of green vegetables
    • Heaps of Desserts
     Graham Richmond started the meal saying "Grace" before lunch.

    Apart from the generous donations from all that attended, we also had a good number of outright donations from a number of people too:
    • Heaps of cakes from the ladies of the bays
    • A turkey and another cake from Leanne McLean
    • A ham from Sally Wandless
    • Chickens from Lexie Leblanc
    • Delicious gravy from Jo Smith
    • Donation of $100.00 from John Prior ( on Florence Terrace)
    • Free taxi services from Rod Smith and his crew
    A very Good Merry Christmas indeed!

    Thank you again for all those who participated! it was a wonderful, rewarding and satisfying day!

    Cheers and a happy New Year 2016 to come!

    Nathalie Muir (Social secretary for the fire brigade)


    Church Point Ferry Service Notice

    Seniors and Pensioners

    From the 1st Jan PET will NO longer be sold. Instead a DAY PASS will be issued FREE OF CHARGE....



    New Offshore Waste Calendars NOW available ONLINE

    Pittwater Council will be sending calendars to all ratepayers
    If you do not receive a copy they will be available at Customer Service, Mona Vale or contact:
    Tanya Leishman
    Environmental Compliance Education Officer
    You can also email cassgye@spin.net.au for Scotland Island and melinda@padster.com.au for Western Pittwater who will be holding some spares

    Update on NSW Government announcement regarding local government amalgamations

     Dear Community Member,

    Proposal for Pittwater and northern Warringah Council

    This morning the State Government outlined their plans to reduce the number of metropolitan Sydney councils from 43 down to 25.  As part of this process the NSW Government proposed that Pittwater Council merge with northern suburbs of Warringah Council to form a new council. These suburbs include Narrabeen, Collaroy, Collaroy Plateau, Wheeler Heights, Cromer, Oxford Falls, Duffy’s Forest, Terry Hills, Belrose, Davidson, French’s Forest, Forestville and Killarney Heights.
    For full details about this go to:
    Whilst our community’s first preference is to stand alone, we welcome the Government’s support of our merger preference, to create two more equally balanced and specialised councils which will effectively deliver services and infrastructure whilst retaining local character and identity.
    It is important to note that the Government has reconsidered the issue of population size  and now recognises that a community of approximately 150 000 has strategic capacity to deliver high quality services whilst remaining connected to our communities. The Government has committed $10 million dollars towards merger costs and an additional $10 million for community infrastructure for a newly merged entity.
    Comprehensive detail is provided about the benefits of the local government reform and merger impact analysis which can be found at:

    Process for creating new Councils

    The NSW Government identified a 10 step process to create new Councils which includes:
    • Appointment of delegates to examine merger proposals
    • Creation of Local Government Boundaries Commission
    • Communities to have their say during a public consultation process for merger proposals, including submissions and public hearings
    • Delegates to examine proposals and submissions and provide a report to the Minister for Local Government and the Boundaries Commission
    • Boundaries Commission to provide comment on the Delegates’ reports to the Minister for Local Government
    • Minister will consider reports from Delegates and the Boundaries Commission and make decisions for each proposal
    • Minister may/may not recommend to the Governor that the prosed merger be implemented
    It is expected that new Council’s will commence operation after this process.

    Local Government elections

    The NSW Government suggested it is likely that local government elections may be delayed until March 2017.

    Informing our community

    It remains a priority for Council to inform you about the process ahead.  In addition to regular communication please continue to access our website, subscribe to our e-newsletter or follow us on Facebook and Twitter to receive updates as they are announced.
    Kind regards
    Mark Ferguson
    Jane Mulroney
    Manager – Community Engagement & Corporate Strategy
    P: 9970 1108
    M: 0417 499 557


    The Co-Op Club Presents

    January 2016 Bookings

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

    Sun Jan 3: Liza Ohlback  : image

    Liza Ohlback and her band play a  ‘Sophisticated’ mix of blues, influenced by Liza’s love of jazz, soul and gospel music. Her last Album ‘Trouble Goin’ Down’ won 3 ‘Australian Blues Chain’ awards in 2013 and her new single ‘Gonna be a Bad Day’ released in May, has already received rave reviews and has been picked up by radio all over Australia

    Sun Jan 10: Rick Melick & band :
    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 Jan 10 at the Co-OP Club Rick joins us with  his powerful band playing soul music in their own unique way.

    Sun Jan 17:  Matt Trapnell & The Sly Dogs :image

    Matt Trapnell & The Sly Dogs are one of the most popular bands that play at the Co-Op Club. Come and join us for their brand of dirty, soulful blues with the fantastic Matt Trapnell on guitar, harmonica & voice with special guests.

    Sun Jan 24: Rebecca Johnson band :image

    We’re excited to welcome back to the Co-Op Club bass player & vocalist Rebecca Johnson & her funky band featuring Con Settineri on drums & Mark Johns on guitar. Rebecca is renowned for her bass playing and has been compared to Mark King from Level 42 & Flea from The Red Hot Chili Peppers. She has toured extensively with artists such as Richard Clapton, Margaret Urlich, Ian Moss & many more. Their funky repertoire consists of classics from Stevie Wonder to Bob Marley, Prince & Macy Gray.

    Sun Jan 31: Tina Harrod : image

    Tina Harrod singer, songwriter & co-founder of the Co-Op Club, Tina Harrod & band featuring Hamish Stuart on drums, Matt McMahon piano & Mick Malouf bass will play music from across 4 of Tina’s albums plus some sizzling versions of Bob Dylan, Traffic, Nina Simone, Ricki Lee Jones & Steely Dan.

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



    Lost iPhone

    Has anyone found a iPhone 6 in a red leather case, lost last night. no battery left on it.

    Please call
    Mark Solomon



    For Sale cabinet

    Small 3 drawer, 'timber-look' filing cabinet $50

    Unit is lockable and on castors for easy moving around. Stylish, lockable and in great condition.
    Bottom drawer suitable for hanging files.

    Location: Elvina Bay
    Phone: David 0474 297 919


    Free Bromeliads

    Doing a spot of gardening in this beautiful holiday weather ?

    Are you looking for easy to grow plants which are drought resistant ?

    I have quite a few bromeliads. Some with attractive leaves and all with lovely flowers.

    I live just above the fire station, the house with the dunny out the front.

    Give me a call if you are interested in some of these hardy plants.

    0410 007 501


    Sea Kayak for Sale

    19 ft Pro Kayak

    $700.00 Ono

    Contact Steve 0423 099 766



    Free Printer printer

    I have a small black and white laser printer that works fine.

    It is a Brother HL-2142.
    I live near Carols Wharf.
    If you want the printer please just give me a call to arrange pick up.

    Island Car for Sale

    TOYOTA RAV 4 1997 (3 DOOR) image

    4 SEATER
    155660 KM
    REGO JULY 2015

     $3,000 onco

    PHONE: Sandy 0415058922



    Hi, we just purchased a house on the island and looking for a Polycraft commuter boat (still have my L plates on!)
    Centre or side console in good condition with late model 4 stroke motor preferred. Some clears and/or bimini would be good too.
    Please contact Meredith 0402 121 184


    (approx 8 weeks till end of February)
    Hi, we have just purchased a waterfront property on the Island and are looking for approx 8 week’s furnished accommodation / rental until settlement is complete. Could be a 1 bedroom flat or whole house, though would prefer something on the waterfront if possible.
    Mature, friendly, fastidious couple with excellent references from Offshore residents available on request.
    Available to move in anytime from now.
    Please call Richard or Meredith Rasdall
    Ph: 0414 560 505


    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 Non-potable water
    • Agreement for Sale of Non-potable Water
    • SIRA Membership Application
    • Emergency Non-potable Water Guidelines
    • General Information, Map & Contacts
    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 News -  http://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


    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:


    Pittwater Weather
    Scotland Island Tides, Moon phases, Sun rise & set
    Local Weather Forecast
    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 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 WPCA

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

    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

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