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Scotland Island - Western Shores - Mackerel Beach

November 1, 2020

Newsletter for Offshore Residents of Pittwater, Australia - Volume 21, Issue 1139





Scotland Island Energy Reliability Project Construction work - Scotland Island update

As you are aware, Ausgrid is currently installing a new electricity cable between Church Point and Scotland Island. This cable will improve the reliability of the power supply to Scotland Island.

Dunstans Construction Group is doing this work on behalf of Ausgrid. The work involves using a directional drilling machine to bore a hole to Scotland Island, install a steel sleeve and then install conduits (plastic pipes) into the steel sleeve. The cable will then be installed into one of the conduits.

Progress to date
Dunstans have now finished drilling and installing the steel sleeve along the length of the bore between Scotland Island and Church Point. The next step is for the conduit and cable to be installed in the next couple of weeks. Unfortunately, the final section of drilling was more difficult than we expected and was only completed last week about six weeks behind our planned schedule.

The drilling rig has now left site and we will be able to reduce our construction compound and return eight parking spaces for use by the community next week.

We will then start work to complete the trenching work in the carpark, within our compound and then restore the carpark. This work should be completed by mid-December 2020, weather and ground conditions permitting.

We understand this timing is very unfortunate and that we have inconvenienced the community for most of the year. We really appreciate your patience while we carried out this important work.

Work on Richard Road, Scotland Island
Next week, work will start on the corner of Richard Road and Harold Avenue installing the plastic conduits and new cable (see map overleaf). We will also be digging a trench to the new kiosk in mid-November. The construction works will take about four weeks to complete, weather and ground conditions permitting. The area will then be restored.

Following the cable installation, Ausgrid will need to return to access this area early in 2021 to complete jointing and connection work. We will notify you before we do this work.

Access at Richard Road, Scotland Island
During the work, we will:
  • Work to maintain pedestrian access in most instances to Richard Road and to the wharf and reserve from the road. However, there will be times when access will be restricted during work hours
  • Road closures will also be required intermittently during this period. We will notify the community in advance of any road closures and vehicle turn around areas will be in place
  • Access to the wharf from the water will be maintained at all times. Ferry, water taxi and boat activities will not be affected
Location of work on Richard Road, Scotland Island

Parking and traffic at Church Point Carpark
The temporary parking restrictions in the Church Point Reserve Carpark will remain in place, while the trenching and restoration work is being done, until the mid-December 2020. We will contact residents who have kindly swapped their parking permits for Rowland Reserve, to discuss the extension.

Work hours
With statewide changes to construction working hours due to Covid-19, our work hours will continue to be:

  • Monday to Friday 6am to 6.30pm
  • Saturday 7.30am to 5.30pm
  • Sunday 7.30am to 5.30pm

We will continue to monitor noise levels and will shorten work hours, if required or if the statewide changes to construction working hours change.

What to expect during our work
Work will be noisy at times, and there will be an increase in vehicle movements. We will minimise the impacts to you by:

  • installing noise blankets around excavations and noise generating equipment
  • directing lighting away from residential properties, and
  • carrying out regular inspections to ensure minimal impact to surrounding residents.

Keeping you informed
Ausgrid will issue email notification updates detailing work locations and dates. Residents can register for these updates to be emailed to them at majorprojects@ausgrid.com.au.

For enquiries related to construction, please contact Dunstans on 0490 750 197 (24 hours) or at community@dunstans.com.au.

For information related to the project visit our website at www. ausgrid.com.au/scotlandisland. Alternatively, you can contact Ausgrid on 1800 604 765 or majorprojects@ausgrid.com.au.

We apologise for any inconvenience this work may cause you and thank you for your continued patience.

Yours sincerely,
Adrian Woodford
Project Director

Scotland Island Outage - Power outage 5/11/2020

Another outage planned for the 5th November

These are smaller outages that only affects a portion of the island on each day.

impacted homes
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Affected Addresses - click to load file
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Council Fine Fuel and Vegetation Collection Information


Residents of Scotland Island

 To help reduce the risk of bushfire and ember attacks, Council is organising another fine fuel and vegetation collection.
Fine fuel collection – November 2020
 Fine fuel includes leaves, twigs and bark that can easily catch fire. Fine fuels are less than the diameter of your little finger.
What do you need to do?
  1.  A fine fuel bag supplied by Council (one bag per household) will be distributed from Sunday 25 October 2020 arranged via the Scotland Island Residents Association.
  2.  Clear your roof and rake up all the fine fuel around your house and tip it into the large bag.
  3.  Place your bag on the road reserve outside your property for collection.
When is it happening?
Bag collection starts from Monday 23 November 2020 until all the bags are collected.
(Note: There will be no collection from Monday 9 November. The collection was rescheduled to commence 23 November 2020)
Additional Fine fuel collection – February 2021
 A further fine fuel bag collection will commence 1 February 2021. Bags will be distributed from Sunday, 17 January 2021.
Vegetation collection
 In addition to the work carried out to reduce fine fuel in your community, Council is working with their contractor URM who are providing your scheduled vegetation collection service.  The following March collection date will appear on your 2021 Waste Calendar that will be delivered at the end of the year.
What do you need to do?
  1.  Present your vegetation in tied bundles or a hard-sided container the weekend before the scheduled collection date. Please note material presented in plastic, nylon, hessian bags, cardboard or foam boxes and untied bundles will not be collected.
  2. Place your vegetation on the road reserve outside your property for collection.
  3. Pick up starts from Monday 1 March 2021.
Please ensure a three-metre gap is left on the road to allow trucks to collect the vegetation.
Do not use the bags which are provided for the fine fuels collection, as these bags too heavy and are collected by mechanical means only. 
Please note that the collection of bags of fine fuel material and bundled vegetation will be collected at different times and not together.
Who can I ask for more information?
 You can contact Scotland Island Residents Association Cass Gye on 0418 220 107
Northern Beaches Council Email: WasteEducation@northernbeaches.nsw.gov.au
For more information about preparing for bushfire and for the latest updates, visit www.rfs.nsw.gov.au
Kind regards,
Cathryn Hannemann
Waste Education Officer
Waste Services
t 02 8495 6218    m 0434 602 582

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Scotland Island Cafe News

Next Cafe - Sunday 8th November

Scotland Island cafe + Maker's Stalls! Upcoming dates for November to add to your diaries:
Sunday 8th November
Sunday 22nd November
Thank you for supporting your community and we look forward to seeing you there! 💙☕️

The Co-Op Club Presents

November Bookings

Church Point Cafe -  3:30 - 6:30pm

Sunday 1st November: Craig Calhoun #FunkSighting!

The Co-Op is thrilled to present one of Australia’s all time great musicians CRAIG CALHOUN #FUNKSIGHTING feat Eric Rasmussen-Guitar, Chris Kamzelas-Guitar, Carlos Adura-Drums. Hailing from the US, and now residing in Australia, the legendary funk bassist Craig Calhoun has been "Slappin da Bass" in the face of audiences from San Francisco to Berlin to Sydney.

Across the USA, Europe, Australia and Asia, this world class musician has worked with the Motown Supremes, Will Calhoun of "Living Colour" and Australian icons Marcia Hines, Jimmy Barnes, Kevin Borich, Diesel, Renee Geyer, Jack Jones, John Farnham & Danielle Gaha among other greats.

Whether expressing himself as the Lead vocal/Bassist of "Craig Calhoun" & The Brothers of OZ, or as a Music Producer, Film composer and Educator or opening shows for Santana, Joe Cocker, Kool & The Gang, he is an incredible musician and live performer and a very special guest performer for the Waterfront Store.

Sunday 8th November: Tina Harrod & The StickmenTh

The Co-Op Club is thrilled to present TINA HARROD & THE STICKMEN. Featuring Rachael Henderson, Meredith Damon and Tina Harrod with John Marshall on guitars, Geoff Bullock piano, Brett Johnson bass and Basil Daher on drums began their incarnation as a vocal harmony band for the Scotland Island festival Island Daze in November last year.

The festival, which was put together by some of the island residents to celebrate 50 years since the iconic Woodstock festival in 1969, celebrated by presenting music that was originally played at Woodstock. The Stickmen were enlisted to cover some of the great Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young repertoire as well as some Neil Young and Creedence Clearwater and they had so much fun they decided to keep going.

The Co-Op club will hear the expanded version with the sublime ‘West Coast’ sounds of the Doobie Brothers, Fleetwood Mac, Seals and Crofts, Simon & Garfunkel, Bob Seger and Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers for that extra dose of great rock music.

Sunday 15th November: Daddy Longlegs & The Swamp DonkeysDDL

The Co-Op Club welcomes for the first time DADDY LONGLEGS & THE SWAMP DONKEYS renowned for their unpredictable and raucous live show.

From the murky depths of the Balgowlalooga swamp, rises the smoky mud stained rhythms of the Swamp Donkeys. Riding astride the donkeys like a golf ball balanced on eight toothpicks is the auburn vagabond known as Mr Daddy Longlegs. He can be heard growling his ‘Gut Butter Blues’ throughout the urban forest. When these creatures of musical madness step together, the sound of their march is like an infusion of blues/rock/rambles. After journeying across vast landscapes, Daddy Longlegs & The Swamp Donkeys have returned home to share their debut single ‘Salty Sea Dog’.

The howling vocals of Aaron Houston aka Daddy Longlegs bellows an ancient tale accompanied by the wailing harmonica of Jay McKay, driving bass grooves of Felix Akurangi and thumping drums of Steve de Wilde.

Their journey so far has taken them to various festivals and venues throughout the distant corners of Australia, winning the Perisher Peak Festival competition for undiscovered treasure and sold out performances at the legendary Many Feg, The Shack along with festival appearances at Illawarra Fold, Love Culburra and Manly Jazz.

Sunday 22nd November: The Kate Lush Band - The Co-Op Club KL

Look out! THE KATE LUSH BAND …Recently Chain Award nominated for Best Blues Band, Best Album and Best Single for 2020!

Think Soul Anthems, Funky Blues, R&B with a dash of New Orleans 2nd line grooves. Inspired by old and new school greats of soul, rhythm & blues, her show is a rich journey through seriously foot stomping get up and dance songs, joyful, inspiring storytelling including bittersweet raw and soulful ballads .....as well as a whole bunch of songs from STEVE MILLER, JOE COCKER, KOKO TAYLOR , TEDESCHI TRUCKS, COSBY STILLS & NASH to name a few.

Performing her original work on many festival stages around Australia, she has 5 original albums - many charting #1 in Aust and internationally, combined with a swag of songwriting awards including Best Female in U.S. IAMA, U.S. Blues Blast Awards, U.S. SAW and Aust Chain and ASA Rudy Brandsma awards to name a few, she has earned a big reputation as a powerhouse singer songwriter.

Feat: Matt Roberts – Guitar and vocals, Tony Boyd – Drums, Tim Wilson – Vocals & Bass and Wes Harder on Hammond, Keys and vocals.

Sunday 29th November: Joy Yates & David MacRae Band  nlb

JOY YATES & DAVE MACRAE. The Co-Op Club welcomes the return of our very own internationally acclaimed Jazz legends.

Joy has worked and toured with an incredible Who’s Who list of artist’s such as Van Morrison, Neil Sedaka, Cat Stevens, Chaka Khan, Randy Crawford, Gladys Knight, Ronnie Scott, Cleo Laine, Andrew Lloyd Weber to name only a few.

Dave MacRae has had an equally prestigious musical journey having shared the stage with all time Jazz greats Buddy Rich, Chet Baker, Annie Ross and many more.

You will be treated to the best jazz and blues you will hear anywhere in the Southern Hemisphere. With a lifetime of working at the uppermost echelon’s here and internationally, both David and Joy present sublime original works, as well as illuminating and reshaping our favorite classics.

Just making it back from Cuba before Corona virus struck, they are really looking forward to playing the Co-op again and will be playing a varied and entertaining program, ably assisted by luminaries, Hamish Stuart and Craig Scott. More info can be found about our long international adventures at

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 by the waters edge with friends and family, your favorite beverage and a huge range of delicious menu specials. This is a very special and unique location - 1860 Pittwater Rd Church Point. Ph 99796633 to book a table.

*** please make note that there can be no dancing. All social distancing and Covic 19 government directives apply***

For Sale

Lemair upright freezer 6 drawer. as new. $300. Photo has measurements

Pine Edwardian Dresser. Restored. $500 Photo has measurements.

Scotland Island waterfront pickup.
0419 417555 or 0408 164 361

fridge        Oven 2


Upcoming workshops from Apple Tree Wholeness




BBQ FREE!  Getting on a bit but works OK. 

Collect at Lovett Bay.

Call Tim  0408 608628


Runabout for sale $7,000


444R Aluminium Stacer with Yamaha 60ph 4-stroke outboard (serviced annually at Pittwater Marine.)
  • Front steering, new starter motor, new trim motor, full canopy and side clears.
  • All working navigation lights and bilge pump and two 20-litre fuel tanks.
  • Runs like a (fast) dream and a very reliable commuter boat.
  • The metal bar that runs around outboard for protection needs to be re-attached.
Call Jane 0488 415 567

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
Aaron Tree Carpentry & Building - 0406773691 - aarontree.a1@gmail.com
Professional Chainsaw Sharpening - Peter - 0410 633 351 - plfishfingers@bigpond.com

Island Classes (Fitness, Dance, Art etc)

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.
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


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

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