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Scotland Island - Western Shores - Mackerel Beach

March 6, 2016

Newsletter for Offshore Residents of Pittwater, Australia

Thank You to the Scotland Island

Rural Fire Brigade


SIRFB Top Burn from Editor @ Scotland Island on Vimeo.
Images and video by Bill Gye

The Scotland Island residents and particularly the top of the Island residents would particularly like to thank the SIRFB including all the new recruits, with the support of the West Pittwater who spent much of their Saturday carrying out a very successful hazard reduction burn at the top of the Island.
Bill Gye

Hazard Reduction Burn Basin & Coasters Retreat

The Rural Fire Service and National Parks and Wildlife will be conducting a 300 ha Hazard Reduction at the Basin and Coasters Retreat starting on 7th March and continuing up to the 9th March.  This burn will provide future protection to the residents of Coasters Retreat, Currawong and Mackerel Beach and create a safety zone around the camping grounds at the Basin in the event of a Major Bushfire.
Smoke will be seen throughout Pittwater during the 3 days of the burn, but especially Morning Bay and Towlers Bay and especially on Monday 7th March.  We ask all residents to be vigilant and if they see a fire that is not being attended by a fire truck or fire boat to please ring 000 to report it.
The attached map shows the area where the burn will take place.  If you have any queries regarding this burn please contact the Warringah Pittwater Rural Fire Office during office hours on 9450 3000.


0409 936 281


Council Communication

No Mega Council – Second Merger Proposal– Speak Up Now

The NSW Government has announced a further merger proposal to amalgamate  Manly, Warringah and Pittwater councils.

The new merger proposal for Pittwater will again be conducted by the delegate  in the same way as the initial merger proposal for Pittwater and (part) Warringah for which consultation has now closed.

Following a period of community consultation on the new proposal for Manly, Warringah and Pittwater, a report will be prepared by the Government’s Delegate, Mr Richard Pearson, and submitted to both the Minister for Local Government and the NSW Boundaries Commission.

The merger proposal is not yet available, but links to this will be uploaded once known.

Have your say

Public submissions may be made via the Council Boundary Review website or by mail Council Boundary Review, GPO Box 5341 Sydney NSW 2001 until 5pm, Friday 8 April 2016.

The merger proposal is not yet available, but links will be uploaded once known.

Public Inquiry

The Delegate Mr Richard Pearson has announced today that Public Inquiry meetings will be held:
Date: Monday 21 March
Time: 6-10pm
Venue: Mona Vale Golf Club

Date: Tuesday 22 March
Time: 6-10pm
Venue: Manly Golf Club

Date: Wednesday 23 March
Time: 6-10pm
Venue: Dee Why RSL
The Delegate has confirmed that the same person cannot speak at all three meetings so it will be important that your group coordinates speakers from your group across the three meetings.

These meetings will be well attended so it is important to register as soon as possible as it is first in first served.

We are asking that all groups should be encouraging as many members as possible to attend.  It would also be important to have as many speakers as possible.


Whilst there is currently no documented merger proposal on the Council Boundary Review website submissions are open and will close by 5pm, 8 April 2016.
Jane Mulroney
Manager – Community Engagement & Corporate Strategy
P: 9970 1108
M: 0409 938 472

Thank you from the Kindy

A big thank you to all our Scotland island community Volunteers, who helped this Saturday at the sausage sizzle at Bunnings Belrose to raise funds for Scotland Island Kindy & after school care.

We raised over $1600 in 8hours.

Big thank you to you!

Great team work and amazing outcome, we couldn't have done this without you this amazing group of community volunteers.

If you want to find out more about our Scotland islands Kindy activities please like our Facebook page.

Spotlight On Sustainability Of Pittwater Estuary

Office of Rob Stokes

Member for Pittwater Rob Stokes today announced the NSW Government is commencing consultation on the future of commercial fishing within the Pittwater estuary.

The NSW Marine Estate Management Authority has put forward a range of management initiatives to help improve marine conservation and maximise community benefits in key coastal areas.

The Pittwater estuary has been identified due to evidence of resource-use conflict between commercial net fishing and other user groups and the threats posed to the estuary’s long-term environmental sustainability and social value.

“The Pittwater estuary is our community’s most valuable natural asset,” Rob Stokes said today.

“Boating, fishing, kayaking, sailing and swimming are key parts of our community’s lifestyle and are all supported by this incredible waterway.

“Countless marine based businesses, tourism operators and retail providers also heavily depend on the estuary’s attractiveness and sustainability.

“Managing risks and conflicts is vital to help protect this valuable community asset and the continuation of commercial netting is now squarely under the spotlight.

“Various controls such as closures to commercial netting on weekends have been implemented but concerns still remain.

“For the first time an extensive threat and risk assessment has been undertaken and our community is now being asked to have our say on the future of commercial netting and the best ways forward.

“Community feedback will help inform further evaluation of the management responses and final recommendations to the NSW Government later this year.

“Copies of the report, and details on how to provide feedback, are available by visiting www.marine.nsw.gov.au .

“Submissions close on 24 April – so I encourage everyone who uses and enjoys the Pittwater to get involved and have their say,” Rob Stokes said.


The Marine Estate Community Survey undertaken in 2014 informed the design of the Hawkesbury project.

Key findings

Over 1,700 people across NSW were surveyed. Some of the key findings of the survey are:
  • the health of the marine estate is considered to be a core value
  • the marine estate is viewed as integral to the NSW community's social and cultural well-being
  • benefits are amplified for coastal Indigenous communities as many of their core traditions are linked to the marine estate
  • the diversity and abundance of marine life and natural beauty of the marine estate are considered key economic values for nature-based and regional tourism
  • pollution of the marine estate, from littering, spills and land-based runoff, is perceived as the major threat
  • less than one in five people considered overfishing a priority threat
  • key management opportunities that were identified included:
    • addressing pollution
    • greater public involvement in decision-making
    • more on-ground environmental action support programs
    • improved public education
    • increased public access
    • actions to rehabilitate coastal habitats and address coastal inundation and erosion

Final reports


With thanks to West Pittwater Community Association web site

Blue is the Hottest Flame

You are invited to the sunset launch of
Blue is the Hottest Flame,
an EP of romantic new songs by award-winning singer/songwriter Susan Muranty.

Live show featuring Susan and her band “Fyre”
David Richards, Basil Daher, Matt Lakeman and Nic Andersen.

Top Room of the Waterfront Cafe, (next to the Ferry Wharf at Church Point )

Friday Night, March 11 from 6.30 pm.

Susan M

Polycraft For Sale



What:    Pair of Ascent black school shoes Mens Size 9 or 10

When:    Friday afternoon 26th Feb

Where:    Church Point

(swim after school and before departing on the ferry)
Bells Wharf

(Could have been assumed they were being thrown away, as they could have been left in the wharf)

Please Phone:
0400 067 722 for any information

Thank you!!

Office Job Available

We are looking for a highly organised individual who has  strong attention to detail and excellent problem solving skills to help run all aspects of our commercial cleaning business administration.

Looking for a great customer service person who loves getting things organised, well presented and could introduce new initiatives to help the office run smoothly.

Duties & Responsibilities:

Answering incoming calls
Customer Service 
Co-ordinate jobs with the cleaning team
Adapt and create office procedures to support the business functions
Maintain Work Health and Safety records, insurances and training
Quoting, receivables, processing of supplier invoices
Maintain job lists and on-line diary
All sort of odd jobs and a bit of bookwork!

Skills & Experience required:

Previous admin/PA or book keeping  experience a bonus
Excellent verbal and written communication skills
Great attention to detail and problem solving skills
Excellent customer service and time management skills
Professional and have integrity
A desire to help our business grow

Initial training will be from our home office in Lovett Bay, but we are looking to move office on-shore.
Flexible approach in that some days work could be done from your own home.
Minimum 5 hours per day required Mo - Fr, but could job share if more than one candidate.

Please email Kim@suspenderscleaning.com.au or telephone Sarah on 0410 461 544.

Kayak for Sale 

I have this kayak for sale.


Please phone Judy

I’m Moving onto a Boat House Sale

I’m moving onto my boat and really can’t take my furniture—in fact I can’t really take much so a whole house load of stuff is up for sale.

Come along and see what you want, items include:

  • Two queen beds and mattresses—one on stilts so you can put a desk underneath, both 3 years old.
  • Wooden Dining table and Chairs
  • One kitchen table
  • Three draw metal filing cabinet
  • Large HP printer
  • Large wooden bar stools
  • Large wood book shelves
  • Large Freedom Furniture bookshelves (3)
  • Various work desks (kids and office)
  • Three door TV stand (black and glass)
  • Various small book shelves
  • Various bedside tables and drawers
  • Lots and lots of other kitchen and house hold stuff
Come in and look all week, open house day on Saturday—everything must go!

We’re upstairs at Annette’s House on Kevin Street just up from the Fire Brigade

Call Phil on 0411 882064—can send photos on request.

Mountain Buggy for Sale

$125  price not negotiable 

Mountain buggy swift 2 years old

rain cover and sun over
Lamb sheep insert cover
Coffee/water bottle holder

Selling as no longer needed little  humans grown legs. 

Perfect for Scotland island territory - easy to push up heels. 

Call Aggy 0424209242  for genuine enquiries


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 www.westpittwater.com.au, contact Michael Wiener at

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