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Scotland Island - Western Shores - Mackerel Beach

September 1, 2015

Newsletter for Offshore Residents of Pittwater, Australia - Volume 16, Issue 858


  • Church Point Parking Permit Reminder
  • Art in the Top Room
  • Kindy Cafe
  • RFS Open Day
  • SIRFS Fire Shed Dinner - London Night
  • Local Council Notices
  • Mona Vale Library Events
  • Co-Op Club Presents September Lineup
  • Pittwater Offshore Wine Syndicate - Wine Tasting
  • Wanted
  • For Sale
  • Boots Found
  • Runabout for Sale
  • Jetty Tie-up Wanted
  • Wreck Wanted
  • Casual Work
  • The Local Contact Guide
  • Join SIRA
  • Archived Newsletters
  • Your subscription Information

  • Church Point Precinct Parking Permits

    Parking sticker reminder

    Don’t forget to get your new parking sticker on your vehicle by 1 September.

    Parking permits will be required throughout the precinct including Church Point Reserve through to the top of McCarrs Creek Road (above Holport Marina).

    2015/2016 Church Point Precinct Parking Application Forms


    Art in the Top Roomimage

    Your favourite offshore artists from the successful GONE FISHING GALLERY will be exhibiting again in the fabulous refurbished TOP ROOM at the Waterfront Cafe at Church Point from Sunday August 30, throughout the summer.

    Paintings, works on paper, photography, jewellery and  sculpture will be on display and there will be rotating exhibitions monthly.

    All work will be for sale.

    So check it out and support your local artists.


    Scotland Island Cafe

    Kindy Cafe open 1st Sunday of the Month

    Sunday 6th September at the Kindy




    Scotland Island Rural Fire Brigade

    Save the date

    Sunday September 13

    Rural Fire Service Open Day

    The Rural Fire Service Open Day is a key step in preparing the island and its residents for the upcoming fire season.

    This year we are hosting a fire shed dinner on Saturday September 12 and we will then be opening the fire shed from 10am on Sunday September 13

    There will be plenty of things to do – fun things for the kids including learning the basics of fire- fighting and using a fire hose. 

    Adults can practice using fire extinguishers, explore the fire dangers in typical island homes, test different types of smoke alar

    Scotland Island RFB Fire Shed Dinner

    Saturday September 12th from 7.00 pm



    Local Council Notices

    Imagine the future of Mona Vale

    20 Aug 2015

    Pittwater Council considered the community engagement outcomes from the Mona Vale place planning process at its meeting this week.

    Pittwater Mayor Jacqui Townsend said the report that came to Council contained a detailed account of how the community would like to see the future of Mona Vale.

    Mayor Townsend said the Imagine Mona Vale – Engagement Summary report highlights feedback from engagement activities undertaken over the last 18 months, in particular the urban talks series earlier this year.

    “We were delighted with the level of interest in our urban talks and workshops, with 1,300 community comments received over the engagement period, including input from local businesses and support from the local chamber.

    “We had expert panelists and interactive discussions around ‘people & destinations’, ‘retail & economics’, ‘access and linkages’ and ‘urban fabric and the public realm’,” said Mayor Townsend.

    “These sessions provided the framework for capturing key ideas about place planning in the context of the future of Mona Vale Town.

    “We also saw a number of social ‘activation’ events in the centre which offered the chance for Council staff to interact with community members that perhaps would not usually attend Council’s engagement events.

    “These included an outdoor cinema in Village Park, the Mona Vale Long Lunch, art installations, along with a series of pop-ups events offering food, music and temporary bars.

    “There is a great opportunity for Mona Vale to take advantage of predicted economic growth and position itself as the peninsula’s vibrant urban town centre -  it will be an exciting time for Mona Vale!” added Mayor Townsend.

    Place Planning Manager Melinda Hewitt said the community’s feedback will inform the next phase of the place planning process which includes:

    • proceeding with a parking & traffic study
    • shaping draft planning controls that address the priorities expressed by the community
    • identifying innovative housing opportunities
    • finalising concepts for Village Park
    • developing a program of ‘quick wins’ for the town centre.

    To view the document Imagine Mona Vale – Engagement Summary visit http://places.pittwater.nsw.gov.au/

    Contact: Media: Community Relations
    Phone: 9970 1172 or 9970 1119


    HSC study lock-ins

     To help Year 12 students with the HSC Studies, Mona Vale Library will be offering PIZZA at study evenings on 30 September, 7 October & 14 October, from 6-9pm (students must be in the library by 6.15pm).

    It's FREE and no booking is required.

    Mona Vale Library will also be opening early from 9am (weekdays only) for HSC students from 12 - 30 October

    Spring into the library this September

    Visitors of all ages will be kept entertained at Mona Vale Library next month with a host of activities and events planned for September.

    Fun starts on Tuesday 8 September with the new Interactive Baby Play program, running from 9.30-10am for babies aged 6-12 months.   The program will be facilitated by Tammie West from Playgroups NSW.

    During History week, residents are invited to take part in a guided walk to discover both European and Indigenous heritage of Angophora Reserve, Avalon.

    The free walk will be led by Karen Smith from the Aboriginal Heritage Office on Wednesday 9 September from 10am.  Participants are asked to meet at the entrance of Angophora Reserve, Palmgrove Road, Avalon.

    To keep young hands and minds busy the library will host a Lego Robotics Workshop for children aged 10 years and over.  The event will take place on Saturday 12 September from 10.30am until noon.

    Workshop facilitator Mark Boyle, said the session combined Lego® compatibility with Meet Edison robots, which are both affordable and compatible.

    There are two events planned during the school holidays.  The first being a children’s storytelling with Stefanie Godinho – for children aged three and over.

    Stefanie will captivate children with a special storytelling of Lily & the Magic Wall on Wednesday 13 September 10 until 11am.  This fun event includes a live appearance from Lily the dog, face painting and cupcakes.  Books will be available for purchase, with $1 from every sale going to the International Brothers & Sisters House.

    Youngsters aged 10 and over will enjoy the Kids Party Confidential event with comedian Sean Murphy.  Murphy shares many humorous anecdotes from kids’ parties and embarrassing tales.

    This show dishes the dirt on how to survive festivities for people who can’t drink yet. The kid laugh thinking it’s fiction, parents cry knowing it’s all true and everyone learns how to tie a serious balloon sword!  This event is on Wednesday 30 September from 11am.

    Details on these and other events at Mona Vale Library

    Bookings are essential, please call 9970 1600 and reserve your seat today.

    Contact: Community Relations
    Phone: 9970 1119, 9970 1114, 9970 1172





    Karen Smith from the Aboriginal Heritage Office will lead a walk through Angophora Reserve.

    Come along and learn about European and Indigenous history of this significant area.

    This walk requires a medium level of fitness.

    Meet at the entrance to Angophora Reserve, Palmgrove Road, Avalon.

    Call 9970 1600



    Hear local author and artist Joshua Yeldham discuss his beautiful book, ‘Surrender: a journal for my daughter’, at Mona Vale Library.

    Yeldham describes his work as “a book of integrated text and images that chronicles my life and my work and the lessons I have learnt along the way”.

    Actor Richard Roxburgh praised the book saying: “Welcome to the extraordinary and wonderful world of Joshua Yeldham. I hope you wore sensible shoes”.

    MONDAY 14 SEPTEMBER, 12 - 1:30PM
    Call 9970 1600


    The Co-Op Club Presents: September 2015 Bookings

    Church Point CafeArtists play between 3-6pm

    Artists play between 3-6pm

    Sun Sept 6: Matt Trapnell & The Sly Dogs:image

    Sun Sept 6: Matt Trapnell & The Sly Dogs are back from their 2 month hiatus as the house band for the Co-Op Club. We look forward to welcoming them back and experiencing their brand of dirty blues, funky grooves & special guests.

    Sun Sept 13: LOS PIBES:image

    Sun Sept 13: LOS PIBES Features three of Australia's most respected and renown Latin musicians, multi-instrumentalists, Enrique Berbis and Steve & Cesar Marin combine intense rhythms and delicate harmonies with tight and exciting arrangements, performed at a world class standard... including over 10 string, wind and percussion instruments. This dynamic trio perform a variety of authentic styles ranging from Son, salsa, rumba, samba, bossa nova, cumbia, bolero, cha cha cha, mariachi, Andean, and much more...
     With over 20 years international experience, these musicians have been an integral part of the Australian-Latin music scene, leading and contributing to the best from around the world including, Los Lobos (USA), Dominic Marte (USA), Aloe Blacc (USA), Osvaldo Chacon (Cuba), Maelo Ruiz (Puerto Rico) & Luis Rico (Bolivia).
     Playing all the favourite 'classics' plus contemporary hits, get ready to dance your socks off or just sit back and listen to the magic that is Latin American music, played and performed at its finest...

    Sun Sept 20: Rebecca Johnson Band:image

    We’re excited to welcome to the Co-Op Club for the first time bass player & vocalist Rebecca Johnson & her funky band featuring Con Settineri on drums & Mark Johns on guitar. Rebecca is renowned for her bass playing and has been compared to Mark King from Level 42 & Flea from The Red Hot Chili Peppers. She has toured extensively with artists such as Richard Clapton, Margaret Urlich, Ian Moss & many more. Their funky repertoire consists of classics from Stevie Wonder to Bob Marley, Prince & Macy Gray.

    Sun Sept 27:  The Urban Gypsies Quartet:image

    The Urban Gypsies Quartet are an instrumental Jazz, Latin, contemporary band featuring nylon string guitars, cello and percussion. They represent an exciting direction in Latin/Jazz mixed with world music influences exploring a wide range of styles and genres from breezy Bossa Novas to fiery improvised virtuosity. Each instrumentalist is a master of his medium and the results are imaginative, mesmerising and highly evocative.
    Take yourself out of your comfort zone and don’t miss this amazing band!

    "Astonishing versatility and technique, a shimmering high class act!"  -  Lloyd Bradford - Australian Stage”

    Music is every Sunday between 3-6pm  
    1860 Pittwater Rd Church Point – bookings 9999 2793




    Australia's Largest Selling Wine Syndicate

    All the Wine that's fit to Drink :)

    Greetings Wine Lovers

    Spring is sprung, the grass is riz.....

    It does seem to have been a long winter. Selfishly I tend to sip on reds during winter and thus miss out on the wonderful range of white wines that we produce in Australia. So here is my - and your - chance to replenish the stock in your wine rack.

    Our next tasting is on SUNDAY October 11th at 3pm at 'Caloola' in Elvina Bay. I know the western shores crowd have been anxiously awaiting a local tasting and of course it will be with much pleasure that we invite islanders, their friends and family to join us.

    No tasting notes yet but they will be in your inbox before you can say 'cheers'
    Much more detail soon.

    For the moment, please circle October 11th 2015.

    Best Wishes


    Wanted - Picnic Table

    I am looking for a used picnic table that seats six people.

    Carolyn Andrew 0411221913


    For Sale poly

    2010 Blue Poly

    a robust commuter boat, in good condition - for sale for $600.

    Call Paul


    Do you recognise these boots? 

    Do you recognise these boots?

    An Aldi bag was accidentally picked up (presumably from Church Point) containing these size 8 ladies boots, a pink & navy blue dress, a dog lead and other items.

    To claim them, please contact Kira on 0497 079 619 or email clancassidy@gmail.com


    Runabout/Commuter Boat for Sale

    Haines Signature 1750 LE runabout

    • 1988 fibreglass hull with 2008 Yamaha F115 four-stroke motor.
    • Regularly serviced and antifouled. But could do with some extra TLC
    • Registered until July 2016
    • Navigation lights etc.
    • Auto bilge pump. Usual safety equipment.

    as is where is. (at the end of my jetty)


    I will have the motor undergo its annual service and have the boat cleaned and antifouled at Pittwater Marine and Slipway, Holmeport.

    Give me a call if you’re interested
    Martin Didsbury – 99799477 or 0419430929


    Wanted: Jetty space to rent!

    We've just recently moved to the island and bought a bowrider to get around in - now we just need somewhere to tie up!

    If you have some jetty space between Bell and Eastern (via Carols) which you'd be prepared to rent out, I'd love to hear from you. 

    I can be contacted via email on clancassidy@gmail.com or mobile on 0497 079 619.

    Kira Cassidy.


    Old boat wreck wanted boat

    Do you have an old boat you want to get rid off

    If you have an old (preferably wooden boat) sitting in your backyard that you happily give away for $50 please call me.



    Looking for casual work.

    I'm a backpacker from Germany and currently live on the Island for the next 12 weeks.
    Looking for casual work.
    Anything from construction work, to wood splitting, please give me a call

    Philipp 0404 622 246


    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) - http://www.wpca.org.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 Children's Centre - (SIOCS - Scotland Island & Offshore Children's 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:  http://www.scotlandisland.org.au/community/community-hall/
    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 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 - 9999 4092
    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
    @ 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
    Tai Chi & Qi Gong classes – Friday 10-11 am. Chris 0416221040 or chris@syntivityaustralia.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 Forecast
    Radar weather for Sydney (128k circle)

    Emergency Contact Numbers   

    and reviewing recordings
    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 through the online Self-Service Portal at sira.org.au

    Alternatively, there are offline methods of joining, read more here or contact  secretary@sira.org.au

    Join WPCA

    To join the Western Pittwater Community Association www.wpca.org.au, contact Michael Wiener at

    Archived Newsletters

    A complete set of past electronic newsletters since May 2000 can be found and read at https://ymlp.com/archive_gesgjgm.php  or by clicking here or by visiting the Mona Vale Library.

    The Island website is at www.scotlandisland.org.au

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