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Scotland Island - Western Shores - Mackerel Beach

December 17, 2016

Newsletter for Offshore Residents of Pittwater




Scotland Island Community Vehicle - Christmas Services



The Northern Beaches Independent Assessment Panel - North refused the DA for the Pasadena in its assessment published today. Please find the full text of the determination below:

Refurbishment, BCA upgrade and fitout of the existing building in order to achieve a licensed restaurant and motel accommodation and the construction and use of a new day spa

At: 1858 PITTWATER ROAD, CHURCH POINT NSW 2105 (Lot 142 DP 752046)

That the development application be refused for the following reasons:-

1. The panel considered the issue of existing use rights for the purposes of Part 4, Division 10 of the Environmental Planning & Assessment Act 1979 (NSW) and concluded that the subject land does not enjoy the benefits of “existing use rights”.

2. The proposed motel use is prohibited within the B1 Neighbourhood Centre Zone under PLEP 2014.

3. The application is unsatisfactory in that the parking demands are not met on the site having regard to the shortfall in existing and future parking demand in the Church Point Locality, and particularly in peak demand periods.

4. The application is unsatisfactory in that it has not adequately addressed the requirements of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulation 2000, as submitted information has not provided information that specifies the maximum number of persons proposed to operate the development as a whole.

5. The application is unsatisfactory in having regard to Section 79C (1)(c),(d) submissions made in accordance with the Act or the regulations and (e) the public interest.


1. This determination was taken under delegated authority on behalf of the elected Council pursuant to Section 377 of the Local Government Act 1993.

2. An applicant may under Section 82A of the Act, apply to council to review this determination.

3. Section 97 of the Act confers on the applicant who is dissatisfied with the determination of a consent authority a right of appeal to the Land & Environment Court exercisable within 6 months after receipt of this notice.

4. Any person who contravenes this notice of determination of the above mentioned development application shall be guilty of a breach of the Environmental Planning & Assessment Act, 1979, and shall be liable to a monetary penalty and for a restraining order which may be imposed by the Land and Environment Court.


Council today confirmed to the SIRA Executive in a meeting that the Traffic Committee adopted the final recommendation for the changes to parking arrangements (Stage 1), and that these, including those in the current (old) car park, will be in place by Christmas.

This will mean that the Church Point Parking Permit exclusive parking in one row of the car park will be in force from 6 pm to 6 am every day. This should create some relief for us during the busy holiday period. The parking conditions for the other rows in the car park will remain unchanged until the new car park is ready for use.

Changes to parking in the Church Point Streets will also be introduced, however roadworks will be required to complete all changes, which means these changes will take longer to be introduced.


Not long ago SIRA submitted a grant application with the NSW government for the restoration of middle Elsie Street Track. A grant of $15,000 has been awarded! We owe our gratitude to Bill Gye for making the application as one of his last actions while he was SIRA President.

The committee will form a project group to manage the project and will welcome input and help from residents to make this a success.



Eastview Road - upgrade works Sunday 18 December

Please be advised that upgrade works will take place on Eastview Road between number 7 and Quarter Sessions Road over two days commencing on Sunday 18 December 2016 between 7am-5pm.

These works are part of Stage One – Church Point Parking Demand Management  Strategy and consist if road widening works followed by road markings to provide a white edge line and No Stopping.

All vehicles are to be removed from Eastview Road in this area (both sides) to allow for works to commence.

I am sorry for the disruption and understand the timing of these works but this the only available time that our contractor can carry out the works.  The next available date would be early February 2017.

Residents who may park in this area and advise them to seek other parking arrangements to allow the work to commence without disruption.

As it is a weekend, we  understand that the area will be extremely busy and we will manage the situation to provide advance notice through letter box drop, social media, VMS signs and traffic control.  

Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

Michelle Carter
Active Travel Officer
Transport & Urban
Northern Beaches Council
P: 02 9970 1196

Commuter Wharf access restrictions – 20 December 2016

Dear offshore resident

Please note that the work on the commuter wharf access ramp originally scheduled for Monday 19 December has been delayed due to the wet weather and will now be carried out on Tuesday 20 December (refer to email sent on 13 December).

The works will include the installation of the permanent seawall components under the current relocated ramp/gangway on to the commuter wharf.

From 9am to 4pm on Tuesday, there will be no access to the existing ramp/gangway. Between these hours, Wards (the Contractor) will provide a small boat to transport people from the wharf to the shore.

If at all possible, please avoid using the commuter wharf between 9am to 4pm that day. Outside of these times, the commuter wharf will be accessible as usual.

Boats tied up at the commuter wharf will be not be affected by the work to the gangway.

As always we appreciate your ongoing patience during the construction works.

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

Further project information and updates can be viewed at our web page:

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

Church Point Parking Demand Management Strategy - Update

Dear Residents,I would like to advise you all that the Church Point Parking Demand Management Strategy was supported at Council on 8 November 2016 and at Traffic Committee on 6 December 2016.

We are working to implement Stage One of the strategy prior to Christmas. 

These works will consist of:
  1. No Parking and No Stopping in certain areas in Baroona Road, Eastview Road and Quarter Sessions Road
  2. Road widening in certain areas in Eastview Road
  3. Church Point Reserve car park, Row 1:
    • 12P 6am – 6pm, CPP excepted
    • No Parking 6pm – 6am, CPP only
Michelle Carter
Active Travel Officer
Transport & Urban Northern Beaches Council
P: 02 9970 1196

Church Point Car Park Update - Quick Poll

Council are seeking your feedback on the preferred car park bay widths of the new

carpark. This will not affect the design of the disabled (DDA) car spaces.

CP upgrade

Council are seeking your feedback on the preferred car park bay widths of the new carpark. This will not affect the design of the disabled (DDA) car spaces.

The options are

Option 1:
  • The carpark bay widths at 2.6m (status quo)
  • This will provide easier vehicle manoeuvering and access and will comply to a ‘Class 3’ carpark under Australian Standards
  • This is the current design specification and produces the original amount of design spaces (120 number in total)
Option 2:
  • The carpark bay widths at 2.5m
  • This will make vehicle manoeuvering and access more difficult and will comply to a ‘Class 2’ carpark under Australian Standards
  • The smaller bay widths will allow for a minimum 2 extra spots per level (so minimum 4 extra spots in total) in the new carpark. There is an opportunity in further detailed design to potentially have an extra 2 spaces in total with this option (so possibly 6 extra spots in total).

Share your thoughts with us in a quick poll visit; http://yoursay.northernbeaches.nsw.gov.au/carspacewidth

Fireworks across the beaches for New Year’s Eve


Fireworks are on across the Northern Beaches this New Year’s Eve, with fireworks displays over Pittwater, Dee Why Beach and Manly Cove.

Some of the best vantage points will be our beaches, foreshores and reserves – come early and get a picnic spot to bring in New Year’s Eve with a spectacular fireworks display.

Fireworks are on at:
  •     Rowland Reserve, Bayview, with vantage points around the area, at 9pm & 12pm
  •     Dee Why Beach, 9pm
  •     Manly Cove, 9pm.
With fireworks displays available locally our local families can enjoy New Year festivities without having to travel into the city to watch them on Sydney Harbour, and all displays are free of charge.

There is an alcohol prohibited zone in place at Rowland Reserve, Bayview from 6am on 31 December until 6am on 1 January 2017.

For Sale

We still have a few items to sell before we leave this Monday. Please feel free to make an offer.
  • Large coffee table 130cm x 70cm
  • Small 21 inch Samsung TV
  • Small bike
  • Small oil heater
  • Carpet cleaner
  • Buddha Heads
  • Photo frame 100cms x 38cms
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Call Kirsty 0405 110 564

Trampoline for Sale

Perfect Xmas pressie

Never used  Premier Spring Trampoline in excellent condition
10 FT with ladder, safety nets and basketball hoop, worth $420 new take a look at www.premiertrampolines.com.au for all the info

If you would like a look just give Claire a call on: 0479 072 200


Pine dbl bed frame with slatted timber base, in good condition and with all parts, available free to anyone who can use.

Located near Bells Wharf. Call Christine if interested 0418 968 033.

Handyman Services Required

Handyman required for electrical and locksmith works at our property on the island ASAP.

My number is 0422 358 939.
Sam Jacobson


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