Scotland Island - Western Shores - Mackeral Beach

-September 2003 -

Newsletter for Offshore Residents of Pittwater, Australia  Volume 5, Issue 45; September 2003


During the month you received an email from the editor asking for your help with the new website. I was thrilled with the response and our group will now get going on making it something to be proud of. BUT: It is not too late to join. If you have an interest in websites, have any special skills with design or html, or are just interested in knowing how it all works, please email me. (click on the banner above!) We are having a once only meeting on SUNDAY morning at 11am on September 14th.

In this Issue:

  • Scotland Island Fair
  • Pittwater High School's 40th Anniversary
  • Faulty Parking Stickers
  • Pittwater 21 Draft Development Control Plan
  • NSW Rural Fire Brigade needs YOUR help!
  • A Walk on the Wildflower Side - a report
  • Pittwater's Dog Day by the Bay
  • Island Thinking
  • Motor Vehicle Registrations
  • Summary of SIRA Committee Meeting
  • Development Application for Jetty at Church Point
  • Peter Pan - Return To Never Land
  • The Local Guide
  • Archived Newsletters
  • Your Subscription Information

    Scotland Island Fair 

    The Fair is due to be held in November and there is not currently an organizing committee to get it going.  I am happy to get the committee up and running but will not be able to run the Fair this year. 

     It needs some new energy and enthusiasm so if you can help, please contact Jenny ( or 9979 3777).



    Pittwater High School's 40th Anniversary

    All former students, staff and friends of Pittwater High School are invited to be part of the 40th anniversary celebrations. Two major events are planned for Saturday November 22nd.

     An open afternoon and evening reunion and celebratory dance in the school hall are being planned. Please contact the school: 9999-4035 or to register your interest in either or both these events.

    Faulty Parking Stickers

    An Announcement from Pittwater Council

    We regret that our new red parking stickers for 2003/2004, mailed out with our July rates notices, are faulty. These stickers will be replaced by the supplier at no cost to Council, and new green ones will be posted to all ratepayers by the end of August. Any stickers which have been purchased from our offices will also be replaced free of charge. Current blue stickers will remain valid until end September 2003, by which time you must have the new green sticker attached to your vehicle windscreen. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

    Pittwater 21 Draft Development Control Plan

    Have Your Say!

    We need your feedback on a new development control plan (DCP) for Pittwater. The Pittwater 21 Draft DCP contains development controls for the design and construction of buildings and development of land in Pittwater. Controls for building height, car parking, biodiversity protection and others are contained in the draft DCP. The draft DCP is an amalgamation of almost all of Council’s existing DCPs, locality plans, and other planning policies.

    Read the draft DCP!  The draft DCP and background information is available on the Pittwater website and at Council offices and libraries. It can be purchased in hard-copy or CD Rom.

    Have your say!  Locality workshops are now being held. Contact us for details, then email, fax, post or hand-deliver written submissions to Council no later than 5th September 2003. 

    Want to know more?  Attend a locality workshop - check the Pittwater website or contact the Pittwater 21 Team on 9970 1111 or

    (Note: This exhibition is not statutory exhibition under the Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulation 2000).

    NSW Rural Fire Brigade needs YOUR help!

    We are currently seeking donations for the local Rural Fire Service and would be most grateful if you could help.

    The fire season just finished was one of the worst on record, however, we must now move forward to summer 2003/4, and on past experience, we have just two months to be up to speed.

    There are many items of equipment we need, such as portable pumps, ovens for our catering unit, a new trailer etc. However, a major need is to revamp our marine capability since our current two boats are in need of upgrading for the firefighting and emergency evacuation role they are required to carry out.

    We would be most grateful for any financial assistance you can provide. Donations are tax deductible and are spent entirely on equipment and services for the 17 brigades and units in Warringah and Pittwater. There are no wages, overhead or motor vehicle expenses deducted from appeal proceeds.

    I do hope you can help. Please ring me if you require any further details.

    Ken Hughes

    Telephone: (02) 9918 9170  Fax: (02) 9918 9160 e-mail:

    Honorary Treasurer – Volunteer Funds      Pittwater Citizen of the Year 2002

    A Walk on the Wildflower Side - a report

    Well, one beautiful sunny Sunday this month 60 lucky people, including 10 children, did just that. Under the expert guidance of Elvina Bay residents – Allan Yuille, Allan Hill, Polly Thompson and  Lisa Atking, we climbed up out of Elvina Bay via the fire trail, up and up, over the swamp plateau to West Head Road and back – about three hours.

    It was fascinating to learn about the various plant communities we passed through and  the beautiful flowers in full bloom  - wonderful hot pink Boronia, egg and bacon plant, the ‘spider’ plant, magnificent bottle brush bushes in full bloom and fascinating Casuarinas who have girl and boy plants (the girl’s have the nuts – the boys the golden pollen !!)

    At a cutting in West Head Road we were able to see thousands of years of deposits by rivers, layer upon layer – hard to believe when you’re on top of a mountain !

    The aboriginal carvings were a magnificent sight – very humbling.

    Some of the group did a detour home via the waterfall with the rest of us staggering back down the fire trail.  At the bottom we sank onto the grass and devoured our long awaited picnic and sipped tea, coffee and wine.  As I said, a beautiful sunny Sunday.

    Next trip is planned some time later this year up to the Lovett Bay waterfall and along Salvation Creek – hope you can join us.

    Annette Ritchie (photos courtesy of Joy, the editor's editor..)


    Pittwater's Dog Day by the Bay

    It's fun, it's informative and it’s the EVENT OF THE YEAR for dogs and their owners! An open invitation is extended to all dogs, dog owners and dog lovers to come along and have fun at Pittwater Council's DOG DAY BY THE BAY.

    The whole family can enjoy 5 hours of non-stop fun and entertainment, from 10.30am-3.30pm on Sunday, 21 September 2003 at Rowland Reserve, Bayview . FREE PARKING is available at Rowland Reserve. There will be people to meet, food to eat, competitions and exhibitions. (Dog owners are requested to keep their dogs leashed at all times while attending the event). The day’s program includes: 

    • FREE puppy and dog training classes, Canine Agility, Flyball and all your favourite competitions, with prizes galore!

    • Best Kept Puppy and Dog, Fancy Dress, Best Mannered, and more!

    • Food and Drinks and more Stalls than ever before, with the very best of dog products available for perusal or purchase.

    • Opportunity to raise funds for animals in need through the stalls and raffles of the RSPCA and the two local branches of the Animal Welfare League.

    Programs are available from Council offices at Level 2, 11/5 Vuko Place, Warriewood and 59A Old Barrenjoey Road, Avalon, and from local pet shops and veterinary clinics. Enquiries: 9970 1111.

    Island Thinking

    "Island Thinking" is an opportunity to share our artistic and intellectual endeavours. We have had 7 very successful gatherings so far encompassing a wide variety of topics - thankyou to all those who have shared their knowledge with us. Everyone is very welcome so please come along and enjoy.

    Our next gathering will be on Saturday 20th September at 7.30pm. Jenni Cover will give a practice presentation of a paper written for a conference on "Progress and Despair" to be held at Monash University later this year. This is a multi-disciplinary conference so needs to be understood by people with different backgrounds - i.e.. everyone. The paper is only 20 minutes long but hopefully will generate some interesting discussion - your input into this very topical topic is valuable.

    The Venue is Edna & Hoffer's in Florence terrace between Eastern and Tennis. About 8 houses North of Eastern on water with pink blossom tree and paved courtyard at back (between what was Pete Ball's house and the Souters). For more info please contact Edna - or Jenni - 9997 8724 or

    Motor Vehicle Registrations

    Saturday 6th September 9am till 2pm only.

    Place: Scotland Island Fireshed

    Cost: $40 plus $10 donation to SIRFS

    Requirements: Rego papers plus vehicle

    NB This will be a once only inspection. Please have the vehicle roadworthy. Rejection slips will be issued.

    Summary of SIRA Committee Meeting

    The SIRA committee has decided to publish a summary of their regular monthly meeting. The first edition is below:

    Water issues
    The water issues continue with negotiations with Sydney Water and Pittwater Council regarding the safe and adequate distribution of water onto the island. Discussions held with engineers at Parramatta Concerns are water quality pressure and continuity (Quality - Chlorine levels unacceptable. Pressure – can’t get 21 psi pressure. Continuity – we have many breaks of not more than 1 hour in flow.
    Both Council and Sydney Water have therefore stated that our water is non-potable, and we therefore have concerns about public liability We have no chance of being upgraded to ‘potable’ – Sydney Water recommends that we put chlorine into ou
    r own tanks, but this impracticable. There is NO chance of getting Public Liability insurance
    ‘Sewerage service will be in place by 2010’ SW says Sydney Water.

    Community Vehicle

    Speed limited to 20kph. It is important that the community vehicle observes this maximum speed because of the poor quality of the road surface, the many people who use it as a walking path, our young children playing and the high cost of repairs.

    Roads paths and drainage

    Meetings are being held with Council re a regular ongoing maintenance program to clean out drains etc, and a five year general improvement program.

    Catherine Park

    Community meetings are reaching finalisation in terms of the equipment for children and location to best utilize the $25,000 allocated by council to replace the equipment recently removed because of the inability to meet Australian standards.

    Church Point Precinct.

    The Church Point precinct design group, representing the four associations + council + The Department of Lands, is formulating draft plans which it hopes will go on display to the community in the near future. This addresses the Store/ Post Office, the Church Point Wharf, the walkway around the edge of the water, the Pasadena and, of course, the carpark.


    The newly designed website is approaching publication and members of the Scotland Island Community are invited to participate. Contact the website developer at:

    Unregistered Cars

    Concern has been expressed about the number of unregistered cars around the island. The police are investigating this and taking action.

    Commuter Boats

    Police continue to express concern about the number of commuter boats without proper lights and have been and will continue to proceed against boat owners who do not meet the standards.

    Scotland Island Wharves

    Council will be working with SIRA to maximize and regularize the number of commuter boats using the wharves. Representatives are needed from each wharf. Please contact Jennifer Knox ( if you would like to participate.

    Development Application - Jetty at Church Point

    As you may have noticed, council have erected a DA notice on the jetty at Church Point. The four local associations are working on a response to council which has to be lodged by September 3rd 2003. More news in next month's newsletter

    Peter Pan - Return To Never Land

    On Saturday September 6th will be a screening of "Peter Pan - Return To Never Land" at 4.00pm in the fire shed on Scotland Island. The film is $5.00 including free popcorn and a sausage sizzle afterwards.

    All proceeds go towards the Scotland Island Fire Brigade

    The local guide

    As our newsletter continues to grow (nearly 600 readers) we are including some links to other nearby organisations and events that may be of interest. If you would like to contribute, please send a message to the editor by clicking here.

    Local Real Estate Agents:

    Botham Real Estate L.J.Hooker Mona Vale
    PMC Hill (subscribe to their newsletter here) Pittwater Real Estate

    Government Organisations:

    Local Transport:

    Local Accommodation:

    Emergency Contact Numbers

    • NSW Police: 000, general information 9281 0000
    • NSW Fire Service: 000, general information 9265 2999
    • NSW Ambulance Service: 000, general information 9320 7777
    • Rural Fire Service: 000, general information 9450 3000
    • State Emergency Service, Warringah/Pittwater SES: 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

    Airlines, Buses and Railways

    Sydney Airport: Arrivals and Departures

    Qantas Information

    Sydney Buses information.

    Virgin Blue Information

    NSW Railway Timetables and Information.



    Join SIRA

    You can now join the Scotland Island Residents Association by clicking here. Please print the page you see and return the completed form to SIRA at this address: The Treasurer, SIRA, PO Box 70, Church Point 2105. Please NO CASH.

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