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Scotland Island - Western Shores - Mackerel Beach

July 1, 2017

Newsletter for Offshore Residents of Pittwater, Australia - Volume 18, Issue 980






To assist vehicle owners with registering their vehicles, in 1995, SIRA negotiated and obtained permission approval from the RMS for the Fire Station to become a registered inspection station.  Pink slips are issued annually and are valid until the registration date within the year.  Warriewood RMS is aware of this arrangement and will accept renewals with these pink slips.

SIRA supports the registration of all motor vehicles on Scotland Island.  Residents with unregistered vehicles in use are putting the community at risk through the lack of third party liability cover.  Should an accident ever occur that results in injury to the driver, passengers or pedestrians, it would devastate our community.


COST:    $60.00 PER VEHICLE $10.00  S.I.R.F.B. TOTAL: $70.00

This will be a once only inspection
Please present vehicles in roadworthy condition
Rejection slips will be issued for vehicles not conforming to RMS regulations


Australia's Largest Selling Wine Syndicate

All the Wine that's fit to Drink :)

Sunday 16th July 2017
At Michael and Karen boatshed adjacent to Greg and Louise's home 'Pittpoint'
On the northern side of Scotland Island.


I can't change the laws of physics but I can change the date!

GIFBrr! Winter is here again - it only seems a year ago that I was whinging about the cold. But there is a solution. Time to curl up with a good book and a glass of the Wine Syndicate's finest.

Yes it's on again. At the lovely boatshed of  Michael and Karen adjacent to Greg and Louise's home 'Pittpoint', on the northern side of Scotland Island.

It's always sunny on the north side of the island and with a little tasting wine in your throat it will be even warmer.

DATE: Sunday 16th July 2017
TIME: 3-5pm

What to Bring: Tasting glass, a small plate of food to share.

Tasting notes I hear you ask? Come and be surprised! There is always half a dozen white wines and half a dozen red wines to taste.  Tasting notes will be available on the day.


Elizabeth Park



Ek Makes NSW Schoolboy Rugby Union Squad

Hi Community,

Ek from Lovett Bay has made NSW Schoolboy squad  playing in the 2nds.

The Australian Schoolboys Rugby Union Competition will be held next week if anyone out there would like to attend.


For Ek, his;
  1. FIRST game Monday 3rd July NSW II vs WA 10am oval 1 - (KO)
  2. SECOND game NSW II vs ACT Wed 5th July 2.30 pm - (KO)
  3. THIRD game NSW II vs QLD I Thursday 6th July ko 1pm - (KO)
Finals on Sat 8 th July.




School Holiday Fun on the Northern Beaches

It may be winter - but there’s plenty to keep the kids busy this school holidays!

Northern Beaches Council is hosting tons of exciting, fun-filled activities to keep children entertained from Monday 3 July until Friday 14 July.

Comic making classes, skate-park tours, theatre shows and swimming programs are just some of the events on offer.

The Coastal Environment Centre at North Narrabeen will come alive with its popular ‘Kids on the Coast’ program which includes circus training, cooking classes, reef trips and more.

Every day at Northern Beaches Council’s Vacation Care Centres there will be a variety of excursions and activities to suit all children including art, craft, cooking and sporting activities.

There’s the new skate park at Mona Vale, lots of popular bush and lagoon walks, our fabulous beaches and parks, libraries, the Manly Art Gallery & Museum and more.

Complete details HERE


Peninsula Music Club

Sunday 23rd July 2017 at 2.30pm.

Our last Concert “Monet” The Flowers of War was a overwhelming success and inspired Valerie to write her Impressions of this wonderful evening, we have attached for you enjoyment; our  thanks you Valerie for some memories to keep.
Our next concert promises to be equally enjoyable as we are fortunate to have Andrey Gugnin the winner of the Sydney International Competition of Australia in 2016, Andrey is here to perform in an Australian wide tour and we are fortunate to have him perform for us on Sunday 23rd July 2017 at 2.30pm.
Our usual reminder will be sent out bookings may be made on line at www.peninsulamusicclub.com.au for enquires Terry Mackin 9972 3556.


Before a concert there’s always a buzz – a frisson of excitement. On stage the flautist Jane Rutter, vivacious and quick-moving with her acclaimed pianist Tamara-Anna Cislowska, rehearse a slow and beautiful movement that I do not recognise. One thing is certain – to-night all the music will be French.  A large screen at the back of the stage suddenly springs into life with one of Monet’s paintings and in a flash, it disappears. The cellist – David Pereira, a serious looking man now on stage sways as he plays a gentle and recognisable piece with sublime sensitivity. Looking at him I feel he could only be a cellist. Chrisopher Latham, the Director and a violinist of repute is organising the seating on stage.

It is 7.30pm and the hall is almost full. Lively chatter from the warmly-clad audience, drawn to this enticing evening of French music and Monet paintings. The stylish programme is titled “Monet: The Flowers of War. The Last Shining of the Belle Epoque” features one of his paintings on the cover.


The concert is over. The performance lasted seventy minutes without pause and I noticed everyone was totally entranced both by the music and the ever-changing Monet masterpieces as visual projections of his garden at Giverny merged and dissolved to display yet another glorious scene on the wide screen. The music of Debussy, Ravel, Lily Boulanger, Philippe's and Jean Cras accompanied seven short segments featuring Monet’s garden, each piece chosen with care and played to perfection by the soloists.

It has been a magical, memorable evening of dazzling music and virtuosic playing by the musicians who bow and acknowledge the roar of approval by the audience. The musicians are Jane Rutter, flute, Tamara-Anna Cislowska, piano, David Pereira, cello and Christopher Latham, violin. The clapping goes on for a long time; some of it is for Monet I am sure.Champagne and a delicious assortment of sandwiches are handed round after the guests have taken their chairs to the back of the hall that resounds with their lively exchanges until late.


The next concert is a matinée at 2.30pm on 23rd July.
The Russian pianist, Andrey Gugnin won first prize in the Sydney International Piano Competition in 2016 and will perform works by Bach, Schubert, Shostakovich, Desyatnikov and Kieran-Harvey. The venue for all the Peninsula Music Club concerts is the Hall at St. Luke’s Grammar School on the Bayview Campus.

NB The final tally of tonight’s audience is 260 - a milestone!
Valerie copyright May 2017 Sydney


The Co-Op Club Presents

July 2017 Bookings

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

Sun July 02: Mid Life Crisis : MLC

Mid Life Crisis are back for their second show at the Co-Op Club.They are a 5 piece band that play a great mix of rock n roll classics from artists such as Creedance Clearwater, Santana, Doobie Brothers & Cold Chisel to name a few.

They had everyone up dancing last time so come and join us to shake off those winter blues!

Sun July 09:  Sly Dogs : SD

Sly Dogs are back as part of our regular winter line up this season. This popular band always bring a great vibe, plus some special guests including young vocalist Narelle Lewis, with some surprise special guests too.

Come and join us for their brand of soul, blues & some pop.

Sun July 16:  FLIP : FLIP

FLIP really need no introduction here on the northern beaches. They are Lachlan Hamilton on tenor sax, William Morrison guitar, Harry Morrison double bass & Patrick Danao on drums.

Now travelling the world, they are also studying at the James Morrison Academy of Music in Mount Gambier SA. Their increasing mastery & interpretation of jazz really shows the years of study and hard work is paying off big time. Make sure you book a table for this one.!

Sun July 23:  Ekkie & The Scatterbrains : E&SB

Ekkie & The Scatterbrains are a newly formed 8 piece outfit lead by the very talented northern beaches vocalist Ekki Keysell.

Having spent the past year and a half studying music together in South Australia, the group will be in Sydney for a winter break on Sunday July 23 and we are very lucky to have them for the first time at The Co-Op Club. This young band will present the best of Soul, Funk and R&B so come down and support local artists who are working hard to become the future of Australian music.

Sun July 30:  Rebecca Johnson Band : RJB

Rebecca Johnson and band are a BIG favourite at the Co-Op Club. They have performed for us many times and never fail to thrill our audience.

They have a new album out called ‘A-chord-ing to the CLAW’ which is more of their funky style that you can buy, take home and play over and over again. Come and join us and get down to this fantastic band with Rebecca on bass and vocals, her husband Con Settineri on drums & James Vertley guitar.

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



and their babies.

4th JULY 2017

11am - 1pm


Yoga & Health Collective, Mona Vale

$35 early bird until 30th June or $45 thereafter.
Bookings required.

See HERE for bookings or e mail nadine@consciouslifeyoga.com.au for more details.

Nadine O’Mara
Senior Yoga Teacher (YA)| She Births® Educator | Birth Attendant | Mother


Have your groceries delivered through your door!

FACT: It costs you approximately $70 (inc. time) to do your Island shop.

That equates to 7 Woolworths boxes, a very large family order.
Make this money work for you, instead of you working and still spending it.

To avail yourself of this money-saving service, send your details to scotlandislandtraders@gmail.com or call us on 0419460331.

WE have been operating on Scotland Island for 30 years, employing local youngsters.

Free yourselves of the drudge of shopping and paying for the privilege, and have it delivered through your door.

WE look forward to hearing from you soon.



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 Based Domestic Cleaner - Annie Hurn - 0410 688 008 - annie.hurn8@gmail.com
Solicitor - Rachel Carter - Carter O'Neill Legal - 0406 239 946

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

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