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Scotland Island - Western Shores - Mackerel Beach

October 1, 2016

Newsletter for Offshore Residents of Pittwater, Australia - Volume 17, Issue 934





Inflammatory flyer to onshore residents

Dear Residents,

In response to damage to a few cars that were parked in McCarrs Creek Road, recently someone from the offshore communities has produced an anonymous flyer and put in the letter boxes of houses along that road. While we understand the upset of those whose vehicles were damaged, the flyer implies that this damage may have been done by onshore residents. The Flyer also says that this vandalism“… puts YOU at risk of Counter-vandalism attacks”. This is a police matter and there is no absolutely evidence for this accusation and the vailed threat is to say the least “not helpful”, and very offensive.

The flyer says “If you know anything could you please contact the Water Police or SIRA”. This has been interpreted by some onshore residents that this flyer came from SIRA. So we are making this public statement that this Flyer was not produced by, endorsed by, nor are the producers of this flyer known to SIRA. We do not support the implied accusations and while we are in no way responsible we apologise on behalf of the off-shore communities for any offence taken.

At this time we need to rely on the onshore community’s support for our push for a residents’ parking scheme including an exemption from parking restrictions in the local streets in Church Point, this action of distributing offensive flyers could be damaging to the prospects of the whole of the offshore community.

As we approach a joint onshore and offshore meeting about “Parking and Demand Management” strategies for Church Point we need to ensure that we have maximum opportunity to achieve where possible some consensus between onshore and offshore groups. 

The SIRA Committee.



NSW Daylight Saving - Forward 1 hour

Daylight saving begins in NSW on Sunday, 2 October 2016

Daylight saving begins in NSW on Sunday, 2 October 2016 when clocks go forward one hour at 2:00am.

Daylight saving will end in NSW on Sunday, 2 April 2017 when clocks go back one hour at 3:00am.

For future summers, daylight saving in NSW begins at 2:00 am, Eastern Standard Time, on the first Sunday in October and ends at 3:00am Eastern Daylight Saving Time on the first Sunday in April.


Scotland Island Fire Shed Dinner


Saturday 8 October at 7pm

Online booking at www.sirfb.org.au 


Island Kindy Now Enrolling



A Comedy Night at the Hall

Friday 21 October & Saturday 22 October from 7:30


No BYO (relax, there will be a bar)

Tickets $25
Concession $10


To book, ring Annette Ritchie on 0410 007 501


Celebrating 100 Years of Community Hub

BAYVIEW BATHS: Pittwater Tidal Enclosure-Swimming Pool.


The Bayview Wharf was officially opened 1 December 1900.  It comprises an earthen groyne/wharf construction which was common at the time but of which very few remain.  The adjoining Bayview Baths were added circa 1915.  The available history indicates that apart from Maybanke Anderson’s nearby house the Bayview Baths and adjoining groyne and wharf are the earliest intact items in Bayview. They significantly pre-date both the nearby 1920 Aquatic Club/Ambulance Station/Scout Hall, and Pittwater’s ocean beach rock pools.

Historical detail presently to hand:
1900: ‘The new pier at Bayview, Pittwater, officially opened 1 December 1900’ (newspaper item)
1915-1916: Baths appear to have been built during this period. 
1921: Real Estate Sale notice of 27.3.21 advertises ‘6 residential blocks near Professor Anderson’s home and within one minute’s walk to Bayview wharf and swimming pool with a refreshment store’.

Members of the local Williams family who ran the adjacent boat builders for three generations and as children lived nearby, remember the Baths and groyne in the early 1940’s as much bigger than at present and reaching right up to the road.  The present parking lot and lawn area has obviously been in-fill along the way.  The Williams family remember the Baths as a great and constant meeting place for all the local children, after school and in weekends and holidays.  They also recall that their grandmother was reported to have frequented the pool when she was young, which would have been in the very early days.

Indeed, many long-time Pittwater residents fondly remember the Bayview Baths over the years as an irreplaceable opportunity for people of all ages and abilities to safely access Pittwater’s salt water for bathing, swimming and paddling, and for children to learn water safety.  They strongly support this facility being maintained to benefit today’s children and into the future, and see it as a total contrast to the ocean beaches and pools. The long row of steps provides seating for parents supervising children, and for safe entry to the water.  The adjacent grassland is a great spot for family picnics.

The area continues to be a popular community hub.  Although concerns have been raised about water quality Sydney Water has acknowledged responsibility for any water quality issues relating to its nearby pipe. A detailed Sydney Water review is scheduled for 2016 and Sydney Water has committed to work with Council on any remediation required. The historical record shows repeated requests by Bayview Church Point Residents Association when repairs have been indicated, and these requests continue

Bayview Church Point Residents Association is currently planning an on-site Centenary Event on Sunday 20 November between 11.00 am and 2.00pm to celebrate the continuing  importance of this historic community hub.  All welcome but keep in mind limited parking and walk if you can.  Any historic photos to add to a planned display would be much appreciated. 

The member for Pittwater and NSW Planning Minister Rob Stokes will unveil a commemorative plaque and there will be a band from Pittwater High School.

The President  of the Association, ( Bayview, Church Point Residents Association), Roberta Conroy will begin the formalities and Margaret Makin/Dr. Jenny Rosen will give a short talk on the History of the Wharf and Baths.

Should any of your members have any photos of the original baths and wharf, we would love to hear from them




Games and Lego

Wednesday 5 October, 10am-6pm

Drop-in for some hands-on activities in the Pelican room and throughout the library. There will be lego, jigsaws, board games and colouring in, available all day.

Mona Vale Library
Ages all ages


HSC students are invited to exclusive study sessions with FREE pizza!
A Youth & Families team representative will be on hand to offer HSC help.

  • Wednesday 5th October, 6-9pm
  • Wednesday 12th October, 6-9pm
  • Wednesday 19th October, 6-9pm

Open at 9am for HSC students - 26 September to 28 October
Mona Vale Library will open early on weekdays during the exam period.



Work at Commuter Wharf

Dear Residents,

As a local resident you are no doubt aware that Council has commenced works on the upgrade to Church Point.

Specialist civil engineers Ward Civil and Environmental Engineering have commenced the first stage of the works, namely the new carpark and new road alignment.

As part of these works, McCarrs Creek Road will be realigned and land reclaimed at the water’s edge to accommodate the new road and carpark. Due to this land reclamation, the existing commuter wharf needs to be moved  4 metres further into the channel so that safe access for dinghies and small vessels to the inshore berths can continue. The realignment of the existing wharf has been approved by the Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) and will not disturb the seafloor as the existing wharf piles will be reused .

The relocation of the wharf will be done at the same time as the reclamation works to minimise construction noise and will be undertaken during normal construction hours of 7.00am - 5.00pm Monday – Friday, 7.00am - 1.00pm on Saturdays.  

If you have any further questions regarding the proposed upcoming works please feel free to contact me on 0466 513 567.

Additionally, project information and updates can be viewed at our web page: www.pittwater.nsw.gov.au/majorprojects

Grant Tighe
Project Manager Church Point
Northern Beaches Council
M:  0466 513 567
PO Box 882 Mona Vale  NSW 1660

Holiday fun at
Community Coastal Environment Centre (CEC)

School Holidays - About our program


Link to the CEC Event Calendar

 Kids on the Coast is a fun and educational program with a wide range of activities, teaching kids the value of our natural environment.

 Download the Spring Brochure (26 September - 7 October 2016)

  •     $60 - Full day (10am - 3pm)
  •     Includes morning and afternoon activity
  •     Plus supervision over lunch
  •     BYO lunch (as it is not provided)
 Please note
  • Children must be six (6) years or older
  • Please make sure that you arrive at the CEC no more than 15 mins before the advertised start time of the activity. Pick up times are as advertised. We are unable to provide supervision for participants outside these times
  • We love your feedback, so be sure to tell us what you think about our program or your suggestions. Please email your comments to cec@pittwater.nsw.gov.au
  •  Please advise us of any medical issues when booking


Pittwater Offshore Wine Syndicate

Sunday October 23rd 2016 at 3pm.


It hardly seems possible that another tasting is due. And that is true - it is NOT due - at least until Sunday, October 23rd. So sit back, open another bottle of the beautiful red that you bought at the last tasting. But it might be smart to circle your virtual calendar so as to be ready to frock up and prepare for the final tasting before the 'season' gets to us. As always, family and friends are very welcome.

DATE AGAIN: Sunday October 23rd 2016 at 3pm.

WHERE: Paul and Pamela's small cottage in Elvina Bay.
The sunny home, third jetty on the south side of Elvina Bay
They might even fire up the pizza oven....

If coming by ferry, alight at Elvina South, head east on the fire trail until you smell the wine... 


The Co-Op Club Presents

October 2016 Bookings

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

Sun Oct 2:  The Fukers:image

The Fukers are the Freshwater Ukelele Recital Society and they have been wowing audiences up and down the coast with their quirky take on hit songs from Dean Martin to the Church, Louis Jordan to INXS blending in their own groovy original tunes. With 5 ukes, a double bass, guitar, drums, washboard and vocals they will have you laughing, singing & dancing on the tables. A perfect gig to welcome in daylight savings. Hawaiian shirts & beachwear are mandatory.  Book now!

Sun Oct 9:  Doggin It :image

Doggin It play original Australian acoustic blues about Sydney’s waterfront, timber cutting, whaling and bush towns like Tambar Springs and Aboriginal communities like Hopevale and the stories they tell about those places will leave you spellbound. Jed and Cletus play steel body guitars, mandolin, harmonica, didgeridoo & wood body guitars. The boys have played in Memphis and Nashville and many Australian festivals.

Sun Oct 16: Kate Lush:image

Kate Lush and band return armed with material from her forth coming new album that she’s looking to release in the coming months as well as her soulful spin on other great rock and soul classics. Add to her great songs, a devastating voice and rockin band and you have some of the best Sunday’s we’ve enjoyed at the Co-Op Club. Think soul infused rock, Memphis blues with a dash of Susan Tedeschi.

Sun Oct 23: Kim Hart:
Kim Hart has had a stellar career which includes chart topping records in Australia and New Zealand. She has appeared and hosted ABC’s Countdown, supported Elton John, The Commodores & Roy Orbison and most recently performed as a backing vocalist on Australian Idol. She joins us for the first time at the Co-Op Club with a band who have played with a who’s who of Australian music royalty.

Sun Oct 30: Matt Trapnell & The Sly Dogs:
Matt Trapnell & The Sly Dogs return to the Co-Op Club. This northern beaches/Scotland Island band have performed more times than any other band at the Co-Op Club. Don’t miss hearing them with special guests including vocalist Narelle Lewis as they play their brand of soul, pop & rock n roll including well- known favourites along with some of their own material.

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


Once again it’s that time of year for the

Annual Snowy Ride!

The Snowy Ride is on Saturday 5 November 2016

What is the Snowy Ride you say? It’s a motorcycle ride organized by the Steven Walter Childrens cancer Foundation held in the Snowy Mountains region each year (see further details here http://www.snowyride.org.au/ ).

As an offshore community member at Pittwater (living on Scotland Island) I see many of us commute and enjoy the lifestyle that not only Pittwater offers but also that of motorcycles, the freedom and comraderie of riding with your mates.

This will be my 9th attendance at this awesome event where some 2500-3000 motorcyclists make their way from all over Australia to ride some of the most beautiful and fun roads in Australia. Of course sharing that fun with a group of riders rather than on your own is part of the experience. So I’m putting it out there. If you are a rider who is already going down but would like to join up with another group and make new friends, if you are a new rider and want to travel with experienced riders or if you never heard of this ride before and think it’d be fun, I’d be happy for you to tag along and enjoy the experience.

Just a little bit about me and the ride. I have marshalled for the Honda club (HRCA) for many years with Crossy (Brett Cross – anyone who was in HRCA will know Brett) taking groups as large as 150 bikers so I’m used to organizing groups, I’ve taken up to 15 bikers down to the Snowy Ride for a number of years and know the roads well both going to and on the event so you won’t get lost and you WILL have fun! I cater for fast and slow riders (no one will get left behind, however experienced riders will have fun too). We will have plenty of stops along the way to ensure everyone is rested for each leg of the trip and no one gets lost. The planned itinerary goes something like this:

  •  Friday - 6:30am- Leave Church Point, travel via Wollongong, Berry, Nowra, Narooma, Lunch at Tilba before heading up Brown Mountain to Cooma then onto Jindabyne and finally Thredbo.
  • Saturday - 7am start ride around Alpine Way via Jindabyne, Dalgety, Berrydale, Adaminaby, Cabramurra, Kanchoban then back to Thredbo by 3pm for procession and presentations then drinks!
  • Sunday - 9am start back to Sydney route to be chosen depending on weather
The entry fee is excellent value (visit the snowy ride at website above). It includes a 3 day Kosiosko Park Pass, a raffle ticket to win a new HONDA Fireblade as well as other items.

It’s a great charity and a great ride!

Any interested parties please contact me via email at jderonse@bigpond.net.au or you can call me (Jean-Paul) to discuss it on (0412) 475 119.

Hope to see you there.

Wanted House on Island to Rent

  • We are a family of 5, kids are 2, 5 and 8
  • We would love to move to the island
  • The kids will be enrolled at Newport Primary
  • We are looking for a 2 year + rental up to $1100 a week
  • We would need a minimum 3 bed 2 property
  • We would like to eventually buy on the island and make this our permanent home but for now we must rent to save for the dream.
Please contact Lucy Gregg



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
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 - 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
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
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 Fridays 9am - 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
Offshore a capella choir –  Saturdays at 2:30 pm, SI Community Hall. Call CB on 9997 2035.

Government Organisations

Pittwater Council - 9970 1111  -
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, 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

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