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Scotland Island - Western Shores - Mackerel Beach

March 1, 2020

Newsletter for Offshore Residents of Pittwater, Australia - Volume 21, Issue 1105





Vegetation Collection - Monday 9th March

What do you need to do?
  1. Present your vegetation in tied bundles or a hard-sided container.
  2. Material presented in plastic, nylon, hessian bags, cardboard or foam boxes and untied bundles, will not be collected.
  3. Place your vegetation in the road reserve outside your property for collection.
  4. Pick up starts on Monday 9 March
Please ensure a three-metre gap is left on the road to allow trucks to collect the vegetation.
Do not put vegetation materials in the bulka bags as these will not be collected.

SIRC Sunday Cafe Mornings

The SIRA Recreation Club will be hosting coffee mornings outside the Community Hall one Sunday of every month, commencing in March 2020. Gemma Rasdall will be our barista and food to purchase with your tea and coffee will be available.
Funds raised will be used to purchase equipment for more activities in the future. We are eager to begin some boat repair/maintenance workshops and are looking forward to more suggestions.

We are having a logo and naming competition for the café (hence lack of catchy title and pictures now) so please submit your suggestions to rriredale@gmail.com. A panel of judges will be established to decide on the best entry. The winner will have their name inscribed on the logo/name plaque.


 Events on Scotland Island TODAY - 1st March

Pittwater Offshore Wine Syndicate

Sunday March 1st 2020 from 3pm


Pittwater's Only Wine Syndicate Newsletter
All the Wine that's fit to Drink :)
As promised, the tasting notes for our next tasting. Some excellent reds I note and winter (believe it) will be here before we know it.

Tasting Notes HERE

At the boatshed of Karen and Michael on the north side of Scotland Island. A joint tasting with Greg and Louise and an occasion I am sure you will enjoy.
PLACE: the boatshed of Michael Chapman and Karen Warburton (No. 3), supported by Greg and Louise Roberts
(No. 5) Florence Terrace, Scotland Island.
DATE: Sunday June 16th 2019
DATE: 3-5pm

Remember to bring
Tasting notes and price list printed, as attached. (It really is important that the 'organisers' above us know where the wine is ordered from)
Tasting glass
Something in the way of food to provide an excuse to taste the wine. We usually share the food and you help yourselves as the afternoon progresses.
Your good humour.

Clean Up Oz Day 2020

Sunday, March 1, 2020

Scotland Island is registered to participate once again!
Clean Up Australia inspires and empowers communities to clean up, fix up and conserve our environment

This event encourages and inspires thousands of Australians to take to their local park, beach, bushland and streets and really help make a difference to their local environment

If you would like to help out, either by grabbing a bag and filling it, or helping to supervise activities, please email cassgye@spin.net.au to put your name on the list.

Come down to your nearest Wharf to collect a bag between the hours of 8am and 12.00pm  NOTE: Low Tide at 7.30am!
Bring gloves, sunscreen, hat, sensible clothes and footwear – and don’t forget to bring some water too!  

Toby and his crew will be out on the Laurel Mae to collect material.

Here is a link to the Clean Up Australia website:
About the event - Clean Up Australia Day



Scotland Island Events Calendar

March 2020

march calendar


NBN on Scotland Island - Update



The Tempest on Scotland Island

Saturday 7th March 3-5pm

Catherine Park

Tickets online or for sale on entrance by Eftpos/Cash

Food/Wine/Beer from 1.30pm and after performance

Performance 3pm -  5pm

In support of the Island Kindy


Make a Submission to the NSW Bushfire Inquiry

Member for Manly James Griffin has welcomed the opening of submissions to the independent expert inquiry into the 2019-20 bushfire season, which will provide input to NSW ahead of the next bushfire season.

“The Inquiry is welcoming submissions from across the community, from bushfire-affected residents, emergency and support personnel, organisations and the general public,” Mr Griffin said.

“In particular I encourage our local Rural Fire Service brigades and volunteers to share their expert knowledge to ensure we are best prepared for the next bushfire season.”

The Inquiry will also be travelling to bushfire affected communities to meet with and hear directly from people who have been impacted. The Inquiry will inform local communities ahead of all visits to ensure it reaches as many people as possible.

How to make a submission

Your response and feedback will help to inform the Inquiry's report. Submissions are encouraged to refer to the Inquiry's Terms of Reference.

Respondents can use the online form to make a submission.
You can also provide your feedback by:
  •     Email: inquiries@bushfireinquiry.nsw.gov.au
  •     Post: NSW Independent Bushfire Inquiry, GPO Box 5341, Sydney NSW 2001
  •     Phone: If you have limited computer or internet access you can make a submission over the phone by calling the Bushfire Customer Care program on 13 77 88
  •     In-person: at any Service NSW service centre or at a Mobile Service Centre
Submissions close Friday 27 March 2020. Source: Pittwater Online News
February 23 - 29, 2020: Issue 439


Autumn Festival & Youth Sports Festival


DATE:        7 March 2020
TIME:         10.00 am – 4.00 pm
VENUE:     Bungan Street, Mona Vale

The festivity continues and each year we get bigger and better!

Autumn Festival is here again to bring pumping music from local performers that will surely add good vibes while you shop at our awesome variety of market stalls and shops on Bungan Street! We'll also have fun amusements for your kids to enjoy.

We are also partnering with the Northern Beaches Youth and Lifestyle Expo which aims to raise awareness of sports for the youth as a beneficial tool for mental health and community participation. Fun sports activities will be held at the Mona Vale Public School.


Northern Beaches Climate Action Network Q&A

Pittwater RSL

Saturday 14 March 10.00am - Noon

Dear Climate Concerned friends on the Northern Beaches,

Apologies if you’ve already heard about/registered for this exciting event, but if you haven’t, the Northern Beaches Climate Action Network has organised a Q&A forum for:

Saturday March 14, 2020
Climate Action Now: What will it take to make it happen?


The event will be Moderated by Peter Hannam, Environment Editor of The Sydney Morning Herald and the Panel will comprise:
  • Zali Stegall (Independent MP for Warringah)
  • Kristina Keneally (Labor Senator for NSW)
  • David Shoebridge (Greens NSW Upper House MP)
  • Vivienne Paduch (Student Climate Striker)
Date:Saturday March 14
Time: 10am-12pm
Place: Pittwater RSL Club, 82 Mona Vale Rd, Mona Vale
Please register here – its FREE - https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/climate-action-now-tickets-96190350929
Northern Beaches Climate Action Network is a non-partisan collaboration between over 40 groups active on the Northern Beaches advocating and taking action on the Climate Emergency.
Thanks for considering,

For Northern Beaches Climate Action Network


End of Bush Fire Season Fire Shed Party

Saturday 04 Apr 2020

The 2019/20 Bush Fire Season has been one of the worst on record. Whilst we haven't been directly impacted by fire, our fire fighters have been fighting fires in other areas since September last year and our communities have worked hard to prepare and to mitigate bush fire risks. It's been a real team effort.

As the season comes to an end, we've organised a special event for our community to come together to celebrate what we've achieved and to reflect and remember the tragedy and loss.


Please help by registering in advance here End of Bush Fire Season Fire Shed Party (you can still pay when you arrive, but please register to help us with catering - credit card payments accepted). www.sirfb.org.au



April 4 6pm- Midnight



The Co-Op Club Presents

March 2020 Bookings

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

The Waterfront Café’s Co-Op Club presents the finest live music North side of the bridge from 3.30pm every Sunday. Come and immerse yourself in some wonderful music by the waters edge with great friends, your favourite beverage, some wonderful music and a huge range of delicious menu specials. 
1860 Pittwater Rd Church Point – bookings 99796633



Apple Tree Therapy Workshop

This is a beautiful one day workshop for girls who are beginning puberty. The honouring of the changes is done gently by spending time in nature and through participating in creative processes. It is a day of deep connection to the whole of themselves, there bodies, mind, spirit and soul.

You are very welcome to get your own group of girls together and we can discuss a convenient date.

Apple Tree Therapy


Wharf tie up wanted to rent or in exchange for care of your home.

We are looking for a safe place  on the island to tie up our polycraft boat until a position at Carols or Cargo becomes available. We do use the boat Monday to Wednesday and at other odd times but could avoid doing so on the weekends if that assisted in respecting your privacy.

We would be willing to pay for a position on a jetty or perhaps you may prefer to have us keep an eye on your property if you are not resident at all times.

If you are open to this possibility could you please call Jean Paul on 0425 252 593. or lettertojeanpaul@gmail.com

Holiday Rental Wanted for NEXT Christmas

(yes Christmas, I know!)

We are looking to rent a house over Christmas 2020 for my family so that they may spend Christmas with us.

We are needing  a house that sleeps minimum 6 adults and 3 children - preferable close to the water from 24th Dec for 5-7 nights.

Please contact me via nadineomara@gmail.com or 0402 752465


Waterfront Self-contained Flat for Upcoming Rent in Lovett Bay

The flat has a bathroom, new kitchen area and appliances.The outside seating area is spacious and sits right on the water’s edge. Rent is $350 per week for six months renewable at this stage.

For enquiries ring Andrew on 0417 249 405 or email: andrew@amadesign.com.au


Would you like to sell your house ?

Dear Islanders and Western foreshore residents,
Are you thinking of selling your house in the near future? If so please let me know, I am keen to talk to you! Cheers, Sophie



Polycraft for Sale

commuter for sale


Petrol Containers Foundcans

Does anyone recognise these two fuel containers? 

They washed up at my place last week in the storms.

Call me 0432611976 Sophie


1990 Cruisecraft Hull for sale on Scotland Island

$2000 or best offer  forSale

The boat was working great until it went under in the big storm we had recently.

It would make a good project boat for someone who can put a new motor on it.

Contact 0425277793 for more info.
Sabrina Phillips


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 Rural Fire Brigade - 9999 4404 - http://www.sirfb.org.au
West Pittwater Rural Fire Brigade
http://www.westpittwater.com.au/rural-fire-brigade/WPRFB-contacts - 9997-3795
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 Island Kindy in Catherine Park
  • Days of operation: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday
  • Times: 8.00am - 6.00pm
  • Before & After School Care
  • 8.00am until walked to school ferry - collected from school ferry until 6.00pm
  • Vacation Care, Casual Care and Playgroup on Fridays
  • Hire the Kindy for Birthday Parties
Please call 02 9979 7856 or email SIOCSdirector@gmail.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/theislandkindy
Website: http://scotlandislandkindy.business.site/
Scotland Island Community Hall Bookings:  Lucy Gregg M: 0424 233 674  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
Palm Beach Cruises  - 02 9997 4815
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

Real Estate

PMC Hill  - 9999 4902   http://www.pmchill.com.au/
John Gavagna 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
Mark Allan -  www.waterfrontpropertysles.com.au - 0419 777 500
Sam Thompson - McGrath Estate Agents - SamThompson@mcgrath.com.au

Services, Clubs & Accommodation

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
Justice of the Peace  -  Graham Stenner - 0407216405
Justice of the Peace  -  Carolyn Milani - 0409914699
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
Top water purification system installed for offshore homes:  Call Juliette 0418349448
Solicitor - Rachel Carter - Carter O'Neill Legal - 0406 239 946
Island Based Domestic Cleaner - Kath - 0405097424 - kathando@yahoo.com
Building Design and Drafting Services  - Samuela Madej – Murphy ph. 0450331573
email: samuelamadej@gmail.com
Architect / Drafting / 3D sketches / Council submissions services - Sabrina Phillips, NSW Architect 0426223407  - sabrinaaphillips@gmail.com
Qualified Deep Tissue & Swedish Massage - Mona 0490701213
Island Based Cleaner - Uses predominantly Organic & Natural Products - Mona 0490701213
Broken Bay Barges & Sydney Commercial Diving Services - Brent Taylor - 0409 269 404 - taylordmarine@gmail.com
J&M Property Care - Jamie - 0488665 685, Michelle - 0402 942 063 - Brochure - michellesala00@gmail.com
Nikki Gibson Qualified Bookkeeper and Registered BAS Agent - 0425 227 792 - nikkigibson22@gmail.com

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
Outdoor Circuit Training Classes on Scotland Island - Lowri Dwyer - 0450 201 650 - lowri_89@icloud.com - https://www.facebook.com/lowri.dwyer/
Dynamic Yoga Saturdays from 8.30am - 10.00am.
Drop-In Easy Hatha Yoga - Monday Evenings 7:00pm - 8:15pm
Nadine 0402 752465 / nadineomara@gmail.com


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
Catherine Park Bush Care Group, 2nd Sunday @ 9.30am, Sharon Kinnison @ 9997 6017
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
Northern Beaches eNewsletter - Sign up for the Northern Beaches Council monthly e-newsletter Northern Beaches Have your Say - https://www.northernbeaches.nsw.gov.au/council/have-your-say
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

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, Sunrise & Sunset
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
Mackerel 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

Scotland Island website is at www.scotlandisland.org.au


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.

Pittwater Offshore Photo Gallery


A Photographic Record of Offshore Community Events

Updated 1st Jan 2020
  • Christmas Eve Dog Race
  • Christmas Lunch

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