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Scotland Island - Western Shores - Mackerel Beach
May 1, 2014
Newsletter for Offshore Residents of Pittwater, Australia - Volume 15, Issue 767

  • Gwyn's Illustration
  • SIRA Notices
  • ANZAC Day image on Offshore Gallery
  • Woody Point AGM and Auction for Paul
  • Scotland Island Bake-Off Competition
  • Family Fun Day at Health Space
  • The Great Offshore Shave Images
  • Prenatal workshop by Nadine
  • Local Council Notices
  • Scotland Island Fire Shed DInner
  • Author Talks
  • Tai Chi to start at Community Hall
  • Pittwatter YHA Bush Regeneration Event
  • Co-Op Club May bookings
  • Pittwater YHA Bush Regeneration
  • Floor Sanding on Scotland Island
  • House to Rent Elvina Bay
  • House Sitter wanted
  • For Sale
  • Moving Sale
  • Wanted house to Rent
  • The Local Contact Guide
  • Join SIRA
  • Archived Newsletters
  • Your subscription Information

  • Gwyn's Illustration

    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




    Wednesday, May 7

    Background History and Present Challenges

    Presented by Bill Gye

    Warringah Council 1986 Combined Floating carpark/commuter boat wharf proposal
    Warringah Council 1986 Combined Floating carpark/commuter boat wharf proposal

    When: Wednesday, May 7 

    Where: Community Hall 

    Time: 7.30 pm to 9.00 pm

    Do you want to be more informed about Church Point parking? 

    Come and hear about the 40 year historical background of this issue.  

    There are some surprises here for even some seasoned Church Point watchers!! 

    Tea and coffee will be available

    RSVP: billgye@gmail.com


    Anzac Day 2014 images on the Offshore Gallery.
    Images by June Lahm.

    More images by June Lahm of the ANZAC day celebration at Church Point on the Offshore Gallery.
    Click any image to go to the Gallery


    Woody Point AGM and Auction for Paul

    The Woody Point AGM and Auction for Paul is just around the corner.

    The generosity of this community in supporting Paul has been fantastic and watching the donations stream is has been simply magical.

    We hope to get a great turnout for Saturday night to raise money for our dear friend and neighbour!

    click poster for more details...


    Scotland Island Bake-Off Competition

    This Saturday 3rd May !

    Community Hall from 3pm- 6pm

    A Shitbox Rally Fundraiser


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    Join Us for Family Fun Day @ Health Space
    Mona Vale

    3 May 2014 11am-2pm

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    The Great Offshore Shave Images
    Offshore Photo Gallery

    More wonderful images by June Lahm of the  Great Offshore Shave on the Offshore Gallery.
    Click any image to go to the Gallery or click HERE


    Couples Conscious Birth Workshop
    Saturday 10th May 2-5pm
    Health Space Mona Vale
    Join Nadine for a bonding experience between you, your partner and your expectant baby.

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    Local Council Notices

    Planning Proposal for 2199 Pittwater Road, Church Point (Quarter Sessions)
    Council has received a draft Planning Proposal relevant to two properties known as 2199 Pittwater Road, Church Point (Lots 15 and 15A of DP 10583).

    Full details available HERE at Pittwater Council website.

    The draft Planning Proposal intends to amend the Pittwater Local Environmental Plan (LEP) by rezoning the lots from 6(a) (Existing Recreation “A”) to 2(a) (Residential “A”). The draft Planning Proposal also seeks to reclassify the subject lots from ‘Community’ to ‘Operational’ under the Local Government Act 1993.

    As the subject properties are owned by Pittwater Council, urban planning consultants, MB Town Planning, have been appointed to independently assess the draft Planning Proposal.

    Submissions should be in writing and addressed to the General Manager by 5:00pm, Friday 2  May 2014 to:

    Mail - Pittwater Council, PO Box 882, Mona Vale, NSW 1660
    Email - pittwater_council@pittwater.nsw.gov.au
    Online - Submission Form
    Fax – (02) 9970 1200

    Fun For All At The Food & Wine Fair

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

    Fourteen wineries together with 4 Pines Brewery, Feral Brewing and Rocks Brewing will be at the Fair for tastings, along with gourmet food stalls. Visitors can also choose from a selection of hot food including Mexican, German, Crepes,  Vegetarian, Turkish and Korean to name a few.

    Some additions to this year’s line-up include the sweet selection by Pittwater RSL and BCD Foods will have cheese platters for sale.

    Gourmet food on offer to try and buy includes freshly baked breads, biscuits and cakes, olive oils, jams and chutneys.

    Event Manager, Nikki Griffith said cooking demonstrations will start from 11am with Jane Grover, then Brian Lizotte and Rebecca Jones from the Sustain Me team, who’ll show you how to love your leftovers!

    Mayor Jacqui Townsend praised the format of the event, saying it not only profiled local companies and suppliers, but promoted local volunteer organisations and sustainable living.

    “Sustainability Lane offers the popular native plant giveaway for Pittwater residents, eco-living stalls, a exhibit by the Coastal Environment Centre and a native animal display,” added Cr Townsend.

    “Pittwater Council’s Compliance staff will be available at Sustainability Lane, ready to answer all building queries or questions about your pool or spa fence.

    Cr Townsend said the Food & Wine Fair, which attracted over 7000 people last year, had grown to include the Volunteer Expo.

    “We have over 20 volunteer organisations who’ll be exhibiting at the fair.  Even if you only have a spare couple of hours, there is something for everyone to get involved in,” said Cr Townsend.

    Live music from the 2 Shots Classic Rock Band and Desert Sea will play throughout the day and a range of kids entertainment will be available, including bungee tramp, climbing wall, rides and face painting.

    The winners of the Fair’s online competition will be drawn at 2pm.  Entries will need to be placed in the barrel located in the marquee near the children’s playground prior to the draw.

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

    Pittwater’s fifth Food & Wine Fair is proudly sponsored by URM, The Manly Daily, McWilliams Mt Pleasant and Currawong Beach Cottages, Pittwater RSL, Kimbriki Resource & Recovery Centre and The Rocks Brewing Co.

    Information about the Food & Wine Fair

    Contact: Nikki Griffith
    Phone: 9970 1355


    Scotland Island Winter Fire Shed Dinner

    To start off the season we have Moroccan Feast
    Saturday May 10.  

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    Tickets can now be purchased ONLINE at  new SIRFB web site.

    Book HERE



    The Wardrobe Girl

    by Jennifer Smart

    A delightfully witty novel full of romance and
    family dramas set among Sydney’s beaches
    and eastern suburbs, The Wardrobe Girl offers a
    fascinating backstage look at the Australian TV and
    film industry – think Bridget Jones lands of the set
    of Home and Away – and is a laugh-out-loud read!

    Thursday 15 May 2014
    Time: 6.30pm
    Mona Vale Library
    Cost - $8, Concession pensioners & Students Only

    Bookings essential, call 9970 1600, payment required within three days of booking.

    Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) FREE Community Talk

    The Royal Flying Doctor Service of Australia (RFDS) is one of the largest and most comprehensive aero-medical organisations in the world. Using the latest in aviation, medical and communications technology, it delivers extensive primary health care and 24-hour emergency service to those who live, work and travel throughout Australia.

    The RFDS is a not-for-profit organisation. Today, the RFDS has a fleet of 60 aircraft operating from 21 bases located across the nation and provides medical assistance to over 270,000 people every year – that’s one patient every two minutes in remote and rural Australia!  Covering 90% of Australia - no patient is more than two hours away from the help of the Flying Doctor.

    MONDAY 19 May, 2.30pm
    Bookings essential 9970 1600


    Tai Chi and Qi Gong Classes on Scotland Island

    Tai Chi and Qi Gong are based on understandings from Chinese traditions of well being, fitness and the subtle interplay of human energy that contributes to health.  Sets of movements are performed slowly combined with awareness on our breathing.  These movements encourage relaxation by turning off the mind.

    Relaxation allows the emotions, thoughts and physical body to rest and be quiet. At the same time Tai Chi and Qi Gong movements improve balance, flexibility, strength and fitness. Heart function, digestion, the immune system and feelings of well being are strengthened by Tai Chi and Qi Gong.

    You will be welcomed! No experience is needed and Tai Chi is useful for everyone.

    Classes are in the Scotland Island Community Hall on Fridays 10-11 am. Autumn term commences 16 May.

    Please phone Chris for information and bookings. 0416221040


    Pittwater YHA Bush Regeneration

    Thanks to all for the effort and the fantastic result.


    Good company, laughter and hearty meals were all had the April 2014, Pittwater YHA bush regeneration event.

    Next one is 13 and 13 September 2014.

    Contact the hostel on 9999 5748 or pittwater@yha.com.au for more information


    The Co-Op Club Proudly Presents May Bookings
    at Church Point Cafe

    Sun April 27.
    Virna Sanzone with special guest Matt McMahon on piano. Renowned for her passionate delivery, remarkable improvisational skills and striking voice of honeyed gold, Virna has lent her voice to projects with many of Australia’s greats.

    …”On Saturday night, I saw the light in the form of Virna Sanzone…”  -  SMH

    Sun May 4.
    Liza Ohlback covers all styles of blues, including jazz, gospel, soul & swamp. With a voice that can growl, howl or soothe your furrowed brow this 2013 triple blues ‘Chain Award’ winner can deliver her unique style with frankness and a wicked sense of humour. She will be joined by Rick Melick on keys/vox, Chris Frazier bass and Greg Ohlback on drums/vox.

    ...”Liza is a class act…”  -  Brian Lizotte

    Sun May 11.
     Jonathan Zwartz Trio featuring Jonathan Zwartz double bass, Hamish Stuart drums and Ben Hauptmann guitar

    Award winning bassist & composer Jonathan Zwartz is accompanied by two of the most highly regarded musicians in Australia

    Sun May 18.
    The Sly Dogs.  Scotland Island residents and The Co-Op Club house band rock the Point with their brand of soul & blues featuring vocalist Narelle Lewis

    Sun May 25.
    Pat Powell is a singer you need to hear.. there’s an honesty in his voice that is rare in this country.. a soulfulness that has unexpected depth and a  heartfelt warmth. He will be joined by  Illya Swec on guitar, Rob Woolf keys and Declan Kelly on drums playing a funky, soulful bag of bluesy grooves with a hint of reggae

    Artists play between 3-6pm
    Free entry
    Children Welcome


    Pittwater ECO Floor Sanding and Decking Revival

    We would like to let the Pittwater Offshore community that we are here, and invite any questions or info regarding quotes!

    CALL LUCIO: 0425 376 986
    Braza Flooring - All about timber flooring

    69 Thompson St
    Scotland Island
    NSW, 2105


    House for Rent Elvina Bay
    Delightful fully furnished, Elvina Bay waterfront, 2 bedroom house.

    Available from 1 May to rent

    Spacious open plan kitchen, dining and living area with an abundance of natural light.
    Fully equipped modern kitchen.
    Outdoor BBQ on front deck, rear sunny courtyard and large grassy backyard.
    Two double bedrooms with all linen supplied.
    Extra single mattresses available if needed.
    Two bathrooms.
    Close to Elvina Bay North Ferry Wharf.
    For more information please ring Mick 0427 043 867


    Wanted House sitter

    House sitter wanted mid-June  to mid-July
    We will be overseas from June 19 to July 19 this year and we are looking for a responsible house sitter to mind our 3bd home and look after our pets – chooks, bunnies and a dog.

    We live directly above Bell Wharf. Accommodation is rent free; the only cost would be an agreed contribution to the household bills for the month. Might suit the in-laws of a family already on the island.

    Please call Lisa 0418 428 511 if interested.


    tableFor Sale
    Single Divan bed with foam mattress.


    June 9978521 or 0417679801

    For Sale
    Water Pump

    Water Pump - $30

    One unused submersible dirty water pump complete with hose connection, float switch, etc
    Ideal for ensuring your tank water aerates and cleans properly
    0412 135 160


    Moving Sale
    Deck sale

    Cheap as chips !

    All must go  heaps of stuff ,21 years on island

    Saturday 10th may 9.00 till 4.00

    21 Thompson st "Serendipity "
    Next door to Julie (hairdresser)

    Don and Bev Dwyer


    Looking for House to Rent

    We are looking for a house on the island(!) to rent from 1.7.14 til 30.11.14, while we are renovating ours.

    Ideally, it has easy access, as my husband has breathing problems and can’t climb too many steps.

    Max rental A$ 450/wk.
    Furnished or unfurnished - no issue, water front preferred, but not necessary.

    Min. suitable for 3 - us and our teenage daughter.

    Please call Andrea 0414922199 or Dirk 0414819150 or home on 99995828.


    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
    Pittwater Online Newshttp://www.pittwateronlinenews.com
    Tick Fact Sheet

    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 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
    Art with Max - Watercolour classes. Phone Max on 9997 4527
    Art Classes- drawing and painting in oils, acrylics and mixed media- Marion 0431 457 431
    @ Nathalie's Table - Cooking Classes  - Nathalie - 9999 4449
    Dru Yoga - Tuesday 9.00 to 10.30 Tuesday morning - Phone Katya on 0414 187 916
    Dynamic Yoga  - Tuesday PM. & Saturday AM. Phone nadine 0402 752465 nadineomara@gmail.com

    Gurdjieff / The Fourth 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 Service  9999 4404
    Elvina Bay Rural Fire Service
    9997 3795
    Lovett Bay Rural Fire Service
    9979 1612
    Mackerl Beach Rural Fire Service
    9974 1162
    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
    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
    www.wpca.org.au, contact Michael Wiener at

    Archived Newsletters
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