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Scotland Island - Western Shores - Mackeral Beach
May 1, 2013
Newsletter for Offshore Residents of Pittwater, Australia - Volume 14, Issue 748

  • Gwyn's Illustration
  • Church Point Commuter Wharf Notice
  • ANZAC Day
  • SIRA  Working Group Needs You
  • SI Fire Brigade Matters
  • Winter Fire Shed Dinner
  • Dogs on the Ferry
  • Offshore Community Choir
  • Red Shield Appeal
  • Local Council Notices
  • Chuck Bradley Exhibition
  • Floating Landcare
  • Author Talk
  • Kindy Trivia Night
  • Asparagus Out - Thank You
  • Found
  • Free
  • For Sale
  • The Local Contact Guide
  • Join SIRA
  • Archived Newsletters
  • Your subscription Information

  • Gwyn's Illustration 'Gossip'

    To download a full version  of this months image ready for printing,  just click on the  image.

    You can contact Gwyn Perkins by email at g.perkins@gwyn.com.au



    Notice to Users of Church Point Commuter Wharf

    We wish to advise that Council will be enforcing the non-compliance of the Church Point Commuter Wharf usage as of the week beginning 6 May 2013.

    Failure to display a valid sticker on your boat could result in:
    1. placement of a sticker informing the owner to make contact with Council within 14 days
    2. after this period council will place an impounding sticker on those who have not contacted Council and they maybe impounded after 7 days from the date displayed on the sticker,
    3. and if impounded a release fee and infringement being issued will apply.
    To avoid any problems in this regard, users are reminded to please forward signed temporary licence agreements and payments to Council as a matter of urgency before the 6th May.

    Should residents have any further queries, please email: pittwater_council@pittwater.nsw.gov.au


    ANZAC Day, Thursday, May 25

    On a perfect morning, a good crowd of mainly offshore folk attended the local ANZAC service at Church Point.

    A moving address was presented by well known offshore resident Paul Purvis, followed by Liam Rogers very able trumpet playing of the Last Post and Reveille.

    It is such a pleasure to see the numbers growing each year with more and more young children attending, and the pride with which many relative display their family heroes medals and citations.

    Click any image to see the PON Offshore Photo Gallery - more photos to follow soon...


    SIRASIRA Working Groups need YOU!

    Your invitation to join the SIRA Working Groups

    Love the island? Got a passion for water and waste? Interested in wharves and marine issues? Enthusiastic about our community spaces, or community collaboration? Here’s your chance to get involved.

    SIRA Working Groups now invite members of the community to join, have their say, and help shape key areas of interest.

    Meetings are held every 6-8 weeks to discuss vital issues such as water, wharves, waste, our parks and reserves, our vision, and how to improve community engagement. The decisions, recommendations and discussions are then reported to SIRA for further action.

    How to get involved:

    Each Working Group has a charter outlining its specific areas of interest. Please read the Charter of any Group you are interested in, then email the SIRA Committee Team Leader with your Working Group of interest in the subject line.

    Go on: get involved!

    SIRA Working Group overviews and Charters:

    Community Engagement: to enhance community participation, collaboration and engagement, as well as increase awareness of SIRAC and its work. Read the Community Engagement Charter, here then email Team Leader Betsi Beem

    Island Vision: to develop a sustainable vision for the island in consultation with SIRAC and residents, aligned with the Pittwater Strategic Plan. Read the Island Vision Charter, here then email Team Leader Jon Maxim

    Parks & Reserves: to preserve and promote a well maintained space for community access, preserving as far as possible the natural environment of each area. Read the Parks & Reserves Charter, here then email team Leader Sue Dickson

    Water & Wastewater: to ensure a sustainable Water and Wastewater plan for the island. Options must be healthy, environmentally friendly and cost effective. Read the Water & Wastewater Charter, here then email Team Leader Judy Readman

    Waste & Recycling: to consult with residents, review method and frequency of services, encourage recycling, educate on composting and vegetation. Read the Waste & Recycling Charter, here then email Team Leader Cass Gye

    Wharves, Boats & Marine Issues: to ensure public wharves are easily accessible, wharf reserves managed, provide a fair system for commuter vessel tie-ups. Read the Wharves, Boats & Marine Charter, here then email Team Leader Judy Readman

    Not sure which one to join? Please email the SIRA President, with any areas of expertise and interest.

    Thank you.


    logoScotland Island Rural Fire Brigade


    Your Brigade

    Phil Clear has finished his BF training and passed assessment  and is now an operational fire-fighter. Phill is also equipment officer .

    We are building a better and more efficient brigade and welcome the following probationary members;

    Kerry Baird
    Aaron Bradley
    Chuck Bradley
    Anthony Bush
    Kale Hally
    Stephen Hally
    Stewart Hasell
    Stewart Hodges  (who has become the social secretary)
    Mark Kirby
    Peter Lalor
    James Leslie
    Jon Maxim
    Stephen Pollard
    Garrett Sherman
    Hubert van Mierlo  (who has become secretary)
    David Wagner - M... (Waggs)

    The probationary members will undergo training on the island prior to assessment at Terry Hills, they will be trained and mentored by our brigade on the island under the watchfull eye of our new training officer Wayne Gluyas.

    If you are interested in joining the brigade and feel you can make the commitment please contact any member of the brigade or come and see how we operate at Brigade training 9.0am at the fireshed first Sunday of the month.

    David Wardman SIRFB
    9999 5944


    Scotland Island Winter Fire Shed Dinner
    Saturday May 11th, 7pm


    Cuisine by Nathalie & the Crew
    Includes Dessert

    Live Music Joe's Garage

    Adults $20
    Children under 12 $5



    Dogs must be restrained whilst on the Ferry

    We have had several complaints from passengers regarding dogs behaviour on the ferry. We would like to remind all dog owners that they must keep their dogs on a leash at all times whilst on the Church Point Ferries.

    Currently, dogs are not generally permitted on Public Transport in NSW unless in a travelling box. However, we feel that the dog owners who are responsible should be able to travel with their pets on the ferry without this inconvenience.

    However, in allowing dogs on the ferries we expect a level of responsibility from the dog owner. They must ensure that the dogs are always on a lead and behaving in a socially acceptable manner. This includes not allowing dogs on the seats, not allowing them on board wet or dirty, and they should not at any time cause any distress to other ferry users.

    Restrained and controlled dogs will continue to be allowed on the ferry at the Ferry Masters discretion. However, unrestrained dogs will not be permitted to travel on the ferry and owners may face a total ban on the Church Point Ferry Service if continued flouting of the use of leashes continues.


    Offshore Community Choir 'The Last Ferry Home'
    **Call for members **

    As acappella legend Tony Backhouse said: 'Everyone wants to sing. Singing with others in harmony is a total joy.'

    Do you love to sing? Have you always had a secret desire to sing?
    You don't have to have a 'great' voice to get involved- when you sing in a group, it is everyone's voices added together that makes a beautiful sound. You don't have to do a solo unless you want to. The ability to read music is not required.

    We are a small friendly group who meet on Saturdays and work on a (fairly) simple acappella repertoire with two and three part harmonies. We sing an eclectic mix of songs: a bit of gospel, some world music, the occasional pop song. And of course tea and cake is also a important feature...

    We meet Saturdays 2.30-4.30 at various island houses. Cost is $10 per week for lesson materials, leader's preparation time, tea etc.

    Contact Jessica on 0422474279 or email jessica_mcgowan@yahoo.com.au for more info.


    SAT 25 & SUN 26 MAY 2013 Appeal

    Hi everyone,
    The annual Salvation Army Red Shield Appeal is on Sat 25 & Sun 26 May this year and I'm getting started early to coordinate the Island & Bays doorknock campaign for this wonderful cause. With the fantastic support of local businesses (ferries, water taxis and cafes) we achieved a great result last year, so I'm hoping that with more doorknock volunteers, we can raise even more. I am looking for energetic and enthusiastic people who can spare an hour or two-everyone is welcome. For any high school students involved in the Duke of Edinburgh  Award, this is a great community service opportunity.
    Jenny Frazer

    Ph: 99994460
    Mob: 0410533728
    Email: jenny_frazer@hotmail.com
    Click image to load flyer


    Local Council Notices
    Pittwater Food & Wine Fair Bigger than Ever!

    The Pittwater Food & Wine Fair will take place at Winnererremy Bay Reserve in Mona Vale on Sunday
    5 May between 10am and 4pm.

    Fourteen wineries together with 4 Pines Brewery and Feral Brewing will be at the Fair for tastings, along with gourmet food stalls. Visitors can also choose from a selection of hot food including Himalayan, Thai, Mexican, Dutch, Spanish, German and Turkish.

    Gourmet food on offer to try and buy includes freshly baked breads, biscuits and cakes, olive oils, roasted nuts, jams and chutneys. Brian Lizotte from Lizottes Restaurant will hold cooking demonstrations throughout the day.

    Mayor Jacqui Townsend said this year’s Fair would be the biggest yet, including a ‘volunteer expo’.

    “Last year we estimated around 4000 people came and had a great day out, so we’re hoping for even
    bigger numbers this year,” she said.

    ““Over 20 volunteer organisations will be at the Expo, highlighting how people can give just a few hours a week to our community,” said Cr Townsend.

    Another highlight of the Fair will be a ‘sustainability lane’ of eco-living stalls offering tips on saving power and recycling, activities for children and a live native animal show.

    Live music from the 2 Shots Classic Rock Band and the Kristen Lane Band will play throughout the day and a range of kids entertainment will be available, including bungee tramp, dodgem cars, teacup rides, a uni-cyclist, arts & craft, cake decorating and face-painting.

    The winners of the Fair’s online competition will be drawn at 2pm. Enter online at

    Winnererremy Bay Reserve is located at Mona Street, Mona Vale. Parking is available at the Council
    car park adjacent to the reserve (pay and display) or at Pittwater High School for a gold coin donation.
    Free bike racks are also available.

    Pittwater’s fourth Food & Wine Fair is proudly sponsored by URM, McWilliams Mt Pleasant, Hunter
    Valley and Currawong Beach Cottages and supported by Cooks Lot, Lizottes and First Creek Wines.

    For more information about the Food & Wine Fair, contact Nikki Griffith on 9970 1355 or visit

    Nikki Griffith, Pittwater Council Ph: 9970 1355

    Local Artists Invited to apply for Artzpace 2014T

    Pittwater Council is inviting emerging local artists to apply for ArtZpace 2014. 

    Held in January, ArtZpace is a biennial project in which up and coming artists get to plan and present a professional exhibition.  The show is staged at the Avalon Recreation Centre. 

    Council’s social and community development coordinator Melinda Hewitt said ArtZpace offered young and emerging artists the chance to display and sell their work in a professional setting, while also building their networks and skills as artists.

    “They can draw upon the expertise of an art show coordinator to guide the planning, hanging and marketing of their work,” said Ms Hewitt.

    “In 2012, 13 artists were chosen to exhibit their work over the ten day exhibition,” said Ms Hewitt.

    “The group was highly successful in making sales and promoting their works to a wider audience, with some artists being approached by private galleries and for commissions,” she said.

    “ArtZpace is a popular fixture in Pittwater’s cultural calendar.  It provides excellent exposure for emerging artists, as well as a great opportunity for audiences to access art,” Ms Hewitt added.

    Applications for ArtZpace 2014 are now open and will close at 5pm on Friday 31 May 2013. Exhibition space will be available from Friday 3 January to Sunday 12 January 2014.

    Application packs and further information on the ArtZpace 2014 project can be obtained from Council’s customer service centres and libraries or at www.pittwater.nsw.gov.au/artzpace

    For more information call Zoe Johnson, Community Development Officer at Pittwater Council on 9970 1171.

    Pittwater's Finances Rated as Sound

    A NSW Treasury Corporation report on the financial sustainability of the state’s 152 councils has rated Pittwater as ‘sound’.

    The rating means that Pittwater is in the top 20% of NSW councils for long-term financial viability.

    The report defined financial sustainability as being the ability ‘to generate sufficient funds to provide the levels of service and infrastructure agreed with its community.’ It looked at each council’s financial results between 2009 and 2012 and their 10 year financial forecasts, focussing on key benchmarks such as operating performance, liquidity, the level of debt, capital expenditure and asset management.

    Mayor Jacqui Townsend said the report vindicated Pittwater’s approach to long-term strategic planning.

    “The Council has placed great emphasis on financial modelling and future projections for income and expenditure and was one of the first councils in the state to produce long-term financial and asset management plans,” she said.

    “On average we are spending around $20 million on capital works and projects each year which our community have told us they want.”

    General Manager Mark Ferguson said the Council’s operational plan for the next four years and its 2013-2014 budget were currently on public exhibition for comment.

    “We’re having a community meeting on 1 May to take questions from residents about our budget and delivery program.”

    Mr Ferguson said the Council’s budget projections for the new financial year showed a forecast surplus of around $1 million.

    “We are also starting work on major capital projects this year, including the $3 million redevelopment of Avalon Beach surf club and the $6 million multi-storey car park at Bungan Lane Mona Vale.”

    To view the Council’s delivery plan and 2013-2014 budget visit www.pittwater.nsw.gov.au/exhibition To RSVP for the community meeting on 1 May phone 9970 1224.

    Avoid Drink Driving - Choose a Plan B
    Drink driving is one of the biggest killers on our roads after speeding, and Warringah and Pittwater Councils are encouraging everyone who goes out drinking to choose a Plan B instead of driving.

    “Men make up 97 per cent of drink drivers involved in fatal crashes,” said Peter Wright, Warringah Council’s Road Safety Officer. “Despite the dangers, too many men on the northern beaches continue to drink and drive, seemingly without considering the potentially deadly consequences.”

    Although the Plan B road safety campaign is primarily targeting young men, the message should be heeded by all age groups and genders.

    “When planning a night out that involves drinking, we encourage everyone to look at alternatives to drinking and driving – ensuring the car is not an option,” said Michelle Carter, Pittwater Council’s Road Safety Officer.

    The Plan B road safety campaign is featuring in print, radio, TV and online advertising as well as on the back of buses and taxis.

    “This campaign is not about telling people what to do, it’s about reminding them in a positive way about the alternative choices they have to driving,” Mr Wright said.

    Although the Plan B advertising is partly humorous, there is a serious message to the ad - if you drink and drive you run the risk of being arrested and losing your licence, and worse
    still, ending up in a serious car crash, potentially injuring yourself and others.

    “There are plenty of Plan Bs. Avoid drinking and driving during the holidays and every week of the year,” said Ms Carter.

    For more information please call the Communications Team
    on 9942 2221 or media@warringah.nsw.gov.au


    Chuck Bradley - Nostlagica
    Manly Art Gallery & Museum

    Details of dates and talks can be found in the accompanying poster....


    Floating Landcare is coming to Scotland Island!

    Residents are invited to join in and help tackle the weeds in Catherine Park on Saturday 11th May.   This is an opportunity for residents to join with volunteers and be a part of Floating Landcare, a project being coordinated by the Hawkesbury-Nepean Catchment Management Authority in partnership with Pittwater Council and others, with funding from the NSW Environmental Trust.

    Rebecca Mooy, Floating Landcare Coordinator said it’s a great way for people to get directly involved in improving their local landscape, see new sites and meet like-minded people. Volunteers get a free lunch and snacks and it’s really a chance to get out there and learn some new bush regeneration skills.  We will work together on the day to manage the spread of weeds assisting the bushland in the Park to recover.

    Willing residents should meet in Catherine Park at 9am.  Others coming to the Island to help out should meet at Church Point Wharf at 8:30am. Volunteers need to bring along a bottle of water, wear long sleeves, trousers, enclosed shoes, hat, sun cream and bug spray (RID or Bushmans).  All tools, gloves and training will be provided.  This is a FREE activity and includes the transport to and from the Island. The day will conclude at 1pm on the Island and for those returning to Church Point we anticipate returning by 1:30pm.

    To assist with catering and ferry bookings your RSVP is essential please contact Rebecca Mooy on 02 4725 3055 or email rebecca.mooy@cma.nsw.gov.au by Monday 6th May 2013.  Places are limited to 20 volunteers.

    Can’t make this activity but would like to find out more?  There are another 7 Floating Landcare activities planned for the remainder of 2013.
    To download a copy of the 2013 Floating Landcare Calendar visit


    Air Disaster Canberra.
    The plane crash that destroyed a government

    By Andrew Tink

    1940 Wartime Australia. Key members of Menzies’ govenment die in a fiery plane crash. What went wrong and what happened next?
    Controversially, this book also tells the story of whether the Air Minister rather than the RAAF pilot had been at the controls.

    Author Talks 2013
    Date: Thursday 30 May 2013
    Time: 6.30pm
    Venue: Mona Vale Library
    1 Park Street, Mona Vale
    Cost: $8.00 Adults
    $6.00 Concession - Pensioners and Students (passes must be shown)
    Phone: 9970 1600
    Bookings essential!
    Payment within 3 days of booking

    Face of Extraordinary:

    By Stephanie Brown


    To celebrate Volunteers Week, Mona Vale Library will host local artist and teacher Stephanie Brown presenting her recent book and art project: Face of Extraordinary: Volunteers on Wednesday 15 May.

    The book Face of Extraordinary: Volunteers combines the portraits and personal stories of the many volunteers who work for various non-profit organisations and groups on the northern beaches.

    Inspired by those who battled the Black Saturday fires in Victoria, Stephanie was concerned that communities did not hear enough about the kind deeds of those who give us hope and inspiration in times of need.

    She returned to Sydney to discover other extraordinary individuals within her own community. 

    Stephanie Brown’s composition for this project included 22 portraits of 22 volunteers with each portrait 40 cm2 in size, painted in oils and wax, which were produced over a two-year period.

    The 22 portraits were exhibited at Avalon Recreation Centre as part of the Artspot show in January this year.

    A full time artist, teacher and a committee member of Portrait Artists Australia, Stephanie Brown has been selected as a finalist in many Australian portrait awards including the Black Swan Prize in Perth for her portrait of inventor Sam Kutner OAM and also the Archibald Salon de Refusès for her depiction of Sydney Morning Herald journalist, Adele Horin.

    The free talk will run from 5pm until 6.30pm at Mona Vale Library, 1 Park Street, Mona Vale.  Bookings are essential; to book phone 9970 1600.
     has barely been recognised.

    Author Talks 2013
    Date: Wednesday 15 May 2013
    Time: 6.30pm
    Venue: Mona Vale Library
    1 Park Street, Mona Vale
    Cost FREE
    Phone: 9970 1600
    Bookings essential!
    Payment within 3 days of booking


    Kindy Trivia Night
    Saturday 18 May - 7.30pm, Scotland Island Hall

    It’s that time of year again for our Annual Kindy Trivia Night.

    Bar open, Raffle (lots of prizes), Auction and lots of fun to be had.
    Please contact Liz on 9979 7856 to purchase tickets $20 pp including nibbles
    Look forward to seeing you all there for a great night.
    Liz – Director SIOCS Kindy


    Asparagus Out at Morning Bay.

    Thanks to all those that stayed at the Pittwater YHA and worked two April mornings removing Asparagus Fern from Morning Bay.

    Thanks to all the locals that joined in as well.

    The next Weekend Asparagus out event at the Pittwater YHA is 6 - 8 September.

    Contact Sarah and Michael on P: 99995748 or E: pittwater@yha.com.au to  join in.

    Work sponsored by the Hawkesbury-Nepean Catchment Authority with funding from the Australian Government's Caring for our Community Programme. Project: Pittwater Estuary Care.




    During the week-end my young granddaughter brought home a hand held Garmin GPS 72 which she had picked up somewhere. Might even have been left at Bells Wharf deliberately by someone who had no further need for it. It appears to be in working order.

    I have it if someone wants to claim it

    John Thixton


    Couch 2 1/2 seater + armchair
    Call or text Nicole 0403 229 677

    Baby Gear
    High chair and room divider/gate/playpen.
    Both in good condition and free!

    Col & Marjolyn Batt, Florence Terrace
    9997 4037


    For Sale
    bedDouble Bed
    Hardwood queen bed and 2 bedside tables for sale .in good condition
    $250 Ono.

    Phone Julie ,99795135

    Upright Stove & Bed
    Brand New Single  Bed & Base ready to pick up now  for sale $200
    Chief stove good working order being disconnected  prior to 11th May $200

    Julie Munroe



    The Local Guide
    Community Information

    Scotland Island Web Site  www.scotlandisland.org.au
    What's On in Pittwater - Self Editing Event Calendar 
    click to go to the Calendar
    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 Application - click here to download
    West Pittwater Community Association (WPCA) - http://www.wpca.org.au
    Scotland Island Water
    SI Emergency Water Contacts and Guidelines for water: click here for information and contacts
    Scotland Island 'Water Agreement' - click here to download
    Scotland Island Children's Centre - (SIOCS - Scotland Island & Offshore Childrens Services)
    Catherine Park (Long Day Care Service)  7.30am - 5.30pm (Tues, Weds, Thurs & Friday)
    Other services include: School Holiday Programme / Facility & Equipment Hire
    For information call 02 9979 7856 or email:  siocs@comcen.com.au
    Scotland Island Community Hall Bookings:  Kez on 9999 4092 or kezborthwickbolton@gmail.com

    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 Rus on 0415-464-733
    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 your door on Scotland Island. Contact Graeme on 0419 460 331 or click here for full details
    Justice of the Peace - Bob Bolton - 9999 4092
    Justice of the Peace - Paul Purvis - 9979 9667
    Justice of the Peace - Paul Burchall - 0414 975 793
    Justice of the Peace - Bob Mitchell (Mackeral Beach) - 0419 745 628
    Justice of the Peace - Maureen Anderson - Morning Bay resident. - 02 9997-2659 or  0417-279-346
    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  www.yha.com.au/hostels/details.cfm?hostelid=31  
    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

    Island Classes (Fitness, Dance, Art etc)
    Pilates, Meditation and Group Fitness with Patrice -  0406 483 036 patrice.corrie@gmail.com
    Anusara Yoga -  Thursdays -  0421762236 dominiquemarill@gmail.com or floydcbg@ozemail.com.au
    Art with Max - Watercolour classes. Phone Max on 9997 4527
    Art Classes- drawing and painting in oils, acrylics and mixed media- Marion 9979 3993 or 0431 457 431
    @ Nathalie's Table - Cooking Classes - Mediterranean cooking - Nathalie - 9999 4449
    Dru Yoga - Tuesday 9.00 to 10.30 Tuesday morning - Phone Katya on 0414 187 916
    Dynamic Yoga  - Saturdays from 9am - 10.30am 0402 752465 nadineomara@gmail.com

    Gurdjieff / The Forth Way - Call John on 9979 5584, Marion on 9979 3993 or Anne on 9999 3478
    Green Group For Catherine Park - Run by SIOCS - Emmie Collins on 0405 330 781
    WOW - Women on Water - meets 4 times a year - Jenny Frazer 0410533728 / 99994460.
    Parents & Kids Groups Playgroup - Run by SIOCS - email Emma trysemz@tpg.com.au
    Scotland Island Players - contact Bob or Kez on 9999 4092
    Catherine Park Bush Care Group, 2nd Sunday @ 9.30am, Sharon Kinnison @ 9997 6017
    Elizabeth Park Bush Care Group, 1st Saturday @ 9 am, Bob Bolton @ 9999 4092
    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  - email  pittwater_council@pittwater.nsw.gov.au  Web site click here
    Member for Mackellar Bronwyn Bishop, email clicking here or Bronwyn.Bishop.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:

    Scotland Island Tides, Moon phases, Sun rise & set
    Local Weather Forecasttop
    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 Brigade  9999 4404
    NSW Fire Service General Information 9265 2999 9265 2999
    Rural Fire Service 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
    Join SIRA
    You can now join the Scotland Island Residents Association by clicking here. Please print the page and return the completed form to SIRA at this address:
    The Treasurer, SIRA, PO Box 70, Church Point 2105.
    Please NO CASH.

    Contact SIRA at
    Join WPCA
    To join the Western Pittwater Community Association, contact Michael Wiener at

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