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Scotland Island - Western Shores - Mackerel Beach

June 1, 2015

Newsletter for Offshore Residents of Pittwater, Australia - Volume 16, Issue 841


  • WPCA Notice
  • SIRFS Winter Fireshed Dinner
  • Pittwater Weather Update
  • Local Council Notices inc.
  • United front - No change to council
  • Warringah Council - to bow out of SHOROC ?
  • School lunch
  • SIRFB Fireman's Ball
  • Co-Op Club - June Bookings
  • Cottage to Let
  • Wanted Runabout
  • Free Chooks
  • Polycraft for Sale
  • Boat & House goods for sale
  • Island Car for Sale
  • For Sale
  • The Local Contact Guide
  • Join SIRA
  • Archived Newsletters
  • Your subscription Information


    Representing the communities of McCarrs Creek, Elvina Bay, Lovett Bay and Morning Bay

    Box 289, Church Point, NSW 2105

    www.wpca.org.au e-mail: community@wpca.org.au ___________________________________________________________


    Companion Animals and the Lower Western Foreshores

    Recently there have been a few sightings of rabbits in Lovett Bay (north) and rental enquiries to include cats on the western shores. The WPCA would like to remind offshore residents that Pittwater Council has a Development Control Plan (DCP) for keeping companion animals on the Lower Western Foreshores covering McCarrs Creek, Elvina Bay, Lovett Bay and Morning Bay. The DCP states:

    D8.12 Companion Animals
    “The keeping of cats, ferrets and rabbits is prohibited.

    Owners who wish to keep permitted domestic animals shall prevent them from entering the National Park and any Wildlife Protection Area at all times.

    A maximum of 2 dogs are permitted per household”
    P21 DCP Part D,  02.06.2014

    Thank you for your consideration and cooperation,
    West Pittwater Community Association - WPCA


    Scotland Island RFB Fire Shed Dinner

    Saturday 13 June 2015 from 7pm




    Project Update

    On 5th May we brought www.pittwaterweather.com online to replace the individual links that were previously necessary during our development stage.


    Initially on entering the site we have Snapshots of the Temperature, Humidity and Wind at each of our present operational stations via the clickable list.

    Then on clicking on the individual stations at the top of the page access is made to the full comprehensive data for each station.

    We now have 4 stations operational and 3 more in the pipeline.

    The TABS on our individual stations give access to the following data –

    • All present weather parameters updated every 2 minutes.
    • Data freezes at last reading if power lost to unit - Always check time of data.
    • Top banner photos cycle automatically or mouse over & click.
    • Today,Yesterday
    • This Month, This Year, Monthly, Time
    • Standard, Steel Series, Flying – analog & digital
    • These graphs present temperature, pressure, rainfall, and wind speed trends for the last 24 hours. The thumbnail graphs are sampled every 10 minutes.
    • Click on a thumbnail to display the corresponding larger graph.
    • The large graphs are sampled every 1 minute.
    • Tides & Moon (supplied by WillyWeather)
    • 7 day Forecast (generated by WeatherUnderground)
    • Slideshow of surrounding area
    • Webcam – not available yet. Coming to some stations
    • Station
    • System – maintenance overview
    • Information – description & location of equipment
    • Contact us – comments or questions
    The crucial need for these stations was demonstrated during the horrendous weather of 20th and 21st April when Western Foreshore & Scotland Island residents were totally dependent on the information to know when it was safe to leave their homes.

    The wonderful volunteers of the SES, Rural Fire Service and Marine Rescue could also have an overview of the weather at various locations around the peninsula.

    On 21st April over 350 hits were recorded on the Palm Beach station, over 250 at The Quays and 170 for Scotland Island. This was from a service that was little known at that stage.

    Now, as of 9th May, Total Hits on all the stations are approaching 14,000.

    The aim of this Project is to establish weather Observation stations around Pittwater that transmit the present ACTUAL conditions to the internet.

    The Bureau of Meteorology and many other providers produce Forecasts and the BoM produces Observations for many locations but NOT Pittwater.

    When the Barrenjoey Lighthouse installation receives approval from National Parks and Wildlife Service then that weather information will not only benefit Pittwater users but coastal traffic as well.

    Barrenjoey will be equipped with a webcam as well as other suitable locations giving a bird’s eye view of the surroundings.

    The National Manager, Marine Weather, for the BoM is fully supportive of our endeavour as is Seabreeze.com.au and the NSW Minister for Planning.

    Hopefully this project could be a blueprint for other locations around Australia that are lacking BoM Actual weather information to create their own network to not only be available directly but through the BoM WOW (Weather Observation Website) facility -

        http://www.bom.gov.au/marine/?ref=ftr    Observations/ Live wind map for Sydney area

    PittwaterWeather is a not-for-profit association helping the community with vital information.

    It is hoped that Governments, both State and Federal, will see fit to help fund the ongoing running of this service.

    Rohan Walter
    President – PittwaterWeather Incorporated
    9997 2600    0404 803 747


    Local Council Notices

    United front at public meeting on amalgamation.

    Pittwater residents unanimous in their voice for ‘no change to Pittwater Council or its borders without community support’.

    Over 350 residents attended the public meeting which saw an overwhelming backlash against the NSW Government’s proposed Council amalgamation plans as part of its ‘Fit for the Future’ program.

    The meeting, held at Pittwater RSL Mona Vale, opened with the Hon. Rob Stokes MP stating his support for Pittwater Council and its’ good governance historically, whilst calling for Council to be willing to take on the challenge of expanding upon this in the future.

    “This is an opportunity to say; Can change benefit us? Make our community stronger? Safer and better? And if so, that is a good thing,” he maintained.

    Mr Stokes agreed that while some of the reasons Pittwater saw itself separating from Warringah remain valid today, “the Pittwater boundary does not make complete sense, as it divides a catchment in two, and from an environmental perspective this does not encourage good or inexpensive environmental outcomes.  Better to manage catchments holistically,” he stated.

    Ian Kennedy spokesperson for ‘Pittwater Forever’ summed up the sentiment of the meeting in stating  “ …we feel betrayed by the politicians as we are in a process  assessed by IPART, which is a sham,… there is no evidence that amalgamation provides better community values.”

    Marcia Rackham, spokesperson for Mona Vale Residents Association stated,
    “…we do not wish to return to the inefficiencies of Warringah and unsympathetic developments” and in saying no to any change “We are not being elitist, we are being true to ourselves and our environment,” she insisted.

    Pittwater Council’s General Manager Mark Ferguson called for calm stating “this is not a campaign yet, it is community engagement.  Effective community engagement and consultation is of the utmost importance”, Mr Ferguson stated.

    A key outcome of the meeting saw the 350 residents put forward a motion, carried unanimously, for:

    Pittwater to remain as we are without any boundary changes, and amended this by calling for reaffirmation of the Government’s pledge that there be no forced amalgamations.

    Mayor Jacqui Townsend concluded proceedings in reaffirming the commitment of Pittwater Council to its residents in providing local representation and delivery of local services.

    Cr Townsend urged “Please do not underestimate the importance of your voice in this process” and encouraged the community to continue to have their say.

    Residents unable to attend the meeting are encouraged to go online have your say via the online survey on our website, www.pittwater.nsw.gov.au/reform .

    If you haven’t already, contact your councillors individually.

    Stay informed at our Reform page on the web.

    Warringah Council - to bow out of SHOROC?....

    under the guise of saving money in its bid for a mega-merger.

    “It’s not about saving money – it’s about Warringah Council undermining SHOROC, an organisation that works well, to instead ensure its own agenda at the expense of others” Pittwater Council’s General Manager Mark Ferguson stated emphatically today.

    These comments were in response to a resolution from Warringah Council at its meeting last night.

    This resolution stated, that at the next SHOROC (Shore Regional Organisation Of Councils) Board Meeting, the Warringah Mayor bring forward the following proposal that “the Administration component of SHOROC be immediately abolished.”

    Warringah’s reasoning for this is that SHOROC’s current model of operation is “inefficient, costly and ineffective”.

    Pittwater Mayor Jacqueline Townsend argues that “this partnership of State Government, Northern Beaches Councils, and SHOROC has to date delivered outstanding results for our region, realising major infrastructure funding for significant public transport, road upgrades, and of course the Northern Beaches Hospital”.

    Cr Townsend supports this stating “SHOROC has received the highest honour for excellence in NSW Planning in 2014, winning The Planning Institute of Australia’s President’s Award for its Shaping Our Future strategy.”

    Mr Ferguson said that this resolution to abolish SHOROC is a clear example of Warringah showing its unwillingness to work with others. It is another example of Warringah’s misinformation campaign.

    “Quite clearly Warringah Council is forgetting its previous rhetoric of uniting the Northern Beaches utilising its key values of respect, integrity, teamwork and responsibility, which is quite laughable as it is directly undermining an organisation which has clearly shown its capacity to work strategically with Pittwater, Manly, Mosman and Warringah Councils” Mr Ferguson added.
    “We would lose the grants and other revenues, and hide the costs alongside Warringah’s ‘Smoke and mirrors’ campaign, Mr Ferguson stated.

    “If they need to save money, maybe they could redirect some of the money they are wasting on their current misinformation campaign for one mega-council,” he said.

    Mr Ferguson concluded, “If the status quo is not an option, and we are forced to merge, a Greater Pittwater and a Greater Manly with two councils of equal size - formed to create an equal partnership for strategic decision making for our region, would make sense … definitely not a ‘three-into-one’ model where one mega-council would have ultimate regional control.”

    To stay informed, please visit www.pittwater.nsw.gov.au/reform


    School lunch & fussy eating workshop

    Do you find that your child’s school lunch often ends up in the bin?

    Pittwater Council is holding a free workshop to help busy parents pack a healthy lunchbox and to deal with fussy eaters.

    The workshop will be led by Lynsey Bradley from Tuckshop Workshop on Wednesday 3 June at Warriewood from 6.30pm to 8.30pm.

    Environmental Compliance & Waste Manager Jeff Lofts said that quite a high proportion of school lunches are thrown away, with the workshop showing parents how to break the cycle of fussy eating and prepare healthy food for their children that is enticing to eat and will sustain energy levels.

    “Good nutrition during early childhood is vital, as is avoiding unnecessary food waste,” said Mr Lofts.

    The free workshop will include:
    • Tips on keeping kids healthy through food and nutrition
    • Lunch box ideas and recipes
    • Simple, healthy school lunches that kids will love
    • How to pack a waste free lunch
    The workshop will be held at Warriewood, with venue details provided on booking.

    Bookings are essential as places are limited.
    To book call 9970 1194 or email eceducation_team@pittwater.nsw.gov.au

    For more information on reducing food waste visit www.pittwater.nsw.gov.au/lovefoodhatewaste


    SIRFB Fireman's Ball

    Celebrating 60 years of the Scotland Island Rural Fire Brigade

    Saturday 11 July  from 7pm


    Dress Code - Formal

    RSVP by 20th June -  Online Only
    (no tickets sold at the door)


    The Co-Op Club  Presents: June 2015 Bookings

    Church Point CafeArtists play between 3-6pm

    Artists play between 3-6pm

    Sun June 7: Shane Flew  :image

    Shane Flew returns to the Co-Op Club after a huge response to his first show at the beginning of this year. The band featuring Clare O’Meara on keys, violin & vocals, Dan Johnson slide guitar & Dave Armstrong on percussion will present music that is a mixture of roots, rockin Americana and folk.

    ...”A song-craftsman & original entertainer for the heartlands of the world stage…”
    -  United Artists - USA

    Sun June 14: Mick Daley’s Corporate Raiders  :image

    Best known for his work as frontman with NSW's renegade country rock and roll outfit The Re-mains, (described by the Melbourne Age as 'Australia's best country rock band'), Mick Daley has taken a turn for the verse, writing a set of quieter acoustic songs and a new album, Courage and Shuffle the Cards.

    He's also just recorded a new EP of pure acoustica, Tiny Violins, with Melbourne's Matt Walker and is playing all along the East Coast with his band The Corporate Raiders. They check into the Co-op Club on Sunday June 14 for an afternoonages.

    Sun June 21: The Swing Merchants  :image

    Formed in early 2015, The Swing Merchants have been playing to sold out venues across the country and have collectively performed alongside jazz luminaries including Jeff Clayton, Gordon Goodwin, James Morrison, Don Burrows, Emma Pask and George Golla.
    Featuring Olivia Chindamo on Vocals, Jake Barden and Lachlan Karl Hamilton on reeds, William Morrison on guitar, Harry Morrison on double bass and Patrick-Earl Danao on drums, they are a group of like-minded young players whose main aim is to swing, and to swing hard with influences drawn from Ella Fitzgerald, Coleman Hawkins and Ray Brown, The Swing Merchants swinging arrangements will take you back in time to celebrate the early years of jazz, dating as far back as the Dixieland era.

              …“With guys like these, the future of Jazz is in good hands” – James Morrison (AM)

    Sun June 28:  Joy Yates with Dave McCrae & band :image

    Joy Yates with Dave McCrae & band are masterfully creative musicians with immense capability and the flexibility to interpret and add to any song or composition. Joy is known for her emotive & powerful performances of a broad mix of material. Her career includes time working with Van Morrison, Neil Sedaka, Cat Stevens along with a period of progressive pop with ‘Esperanto’, a highly acclaimed rock orchestra and then the formation of Jazz-fusion band ‘Pacific Eardrum’ with Dave McCrae who has had an eclectic career in Jazz with international credits ranging from bebop to fusion to solid mainstream swing with Buddy Rich, Chet Baker, Annie Ross & more.. his performances have been described in review as

    …”dipping into the fireworks box…”

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



    Cottage to Let in Towlers Bay

    Enjoy a spacious cottage overlooking the scenic Towlers Bay and national park.
    Recently renovated, the waterfront cottage has a dock, one bedroom, bathroom with laundry facilities, fireplace and sunny verandahs. 

    Suitable for 1-2 people, non smoker and available from 1st June.

    Please call Suzanne on 9332 2611 or email info@walkabouttours.com.au

    Wanted - Runabout

    Wanted to buy a used runabout with canopy. 
    Please contact:

    Carolyn Andrew 0411221051


    Free To Good Home

    Friendly Chooks


    Julie Hutchings


    For Sale Polycraft 4.1 with Yamaha 50hp

    For sale my Polycraft 4.1 with a Yamaha 50hp 2 stroke 3 cyl.
    Low hours used for the last 6 months as commuter boat (no trailer).

    Very reliable boat.

    Bimini, nav lights, bilge pump, fuel tank, jerry can, life jackets, etc.

    Any questions feel free to ask.



    Boat & House goods for sale




    Island Car for Sale

    (better than a buggy - stay warm & dry in winter and traverse those hills with ease)

    TOYOTA RAV 4 1997 (3 DOOR) image
    4 SEATER
    155660 KM
    REGO JULY 2015


    PHONE: 0415058922


    For Saleimage

    Diswasher for Sale

    Used Dishlex Dishwasher (good condition)


    Contwct Chris


    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 Water
    Complete details on website inc.
    General Information, Map & Contacts
    Emergency Water Guidelines September 2014
    Agreement For Sale Of Water Updated 2013
    SIRA Membership Application 2014-2015
    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 Forecasttop
    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 by clicking here.
    Look for the membership form link on the page. Return the completed form to SIRA at this address:

    The Treasurer, SIRA, PO Box 70, Church Point 2105.
    Please NO CASH.
    Contact the Treasurer at

    Join WPCA

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

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