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Scotland Island - Western Shores - Mackerel Beach

July 1, 2019

Newsletter for Offshore Residents of Pittwater, Australia - Volume 20, Issue 1069




Pino and the crew have been on the Island for a couple of weeks cleaning drains/pits, patching roads with cold mix and maintaining/creating water bars.
Sadly, they must leave to carry out mainland work, but SIRA is negotiating to have quarterly maintenance implemented from now on.  There are also upcoming scheduled Capital Works in the new financial year at the intersection of Cecil Street and Richard Road to improve drainage in that area.
The intersection of Hilda Avenue and Thompson Street has had some surface maintenance using cold mix.  The longevity of this surface is dependent on vehicles not driving on it for a few days and also PLEASE DRIVE UP HILDA AVENUE AND DOWN THOMPSON STREET NOT THE OTHER WAY!  This road is not in great shape and, until it can be scheduled for a complete resurface, this one-way access should be maintained to avoid further deterioration and any subsequent road closure.  The wheels of vehicles spinning on the road as they get traction up the hill from Thompson Street is what creates further damage.


 Council has advised that the new Waste Calendars are due to be delivered at the beginning of July.  These will be left at all wharves for residents to collect and SIRA will have some spares on hand.

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SI Waste calendar

WFS Waste Calendar

The dates for collections are as follows:
Those residents who have material out on the road verge, PLEASE remove onto your property until collection time arrives to prevent the visual pollution that it creates for everyone!!  Material should only be placed out the WEEK PRIOR to collection.


Booking arrangements for the community vehicle.



Scotland Island Fireshed Dinner

Christmas in July

Saturday 13 July from 7 pm.

Dinner starts at 7.30pm

XMAS dinner

reserve your seats - book online at www.sirfb.org.au

Live music

Brought to you by SIRFB
Nathalie and the cooking class crew


Looking for 10 Elves to help out at the Christmas Fireshed Dinner

Saturday 13 July from 7 pm.

We are looking for 10 Elves to help serve and clear tables at the next Fireshed Dinner on Saturday 13 July.
You need to be between 13 - 16 years old, have a white shirt, or t-shirt and black pants.
If you are interested, please call Melanie Marshall on 0415 440 662 to reserve a spot.
Santa may well have a little gift for your efforts !

Thank you


Scotland Island Annual Rego Day

Inspections Saturday July 13 from (9am to 1pm)




Online publication portal 'MEDIUM" Special Report


A very interesting special report with a collection of articles regarding ticks.

Although US centric, the articles are informative and a good incite into the global issues caused by ticks.
Topics such as Lyme's disease & prevention, the black legged tick, when a tick bits etc. form part of this report.

Note; unless subscribed to, there is a limit to the number of articles you can view in one sitting


The Co-Op Club Presents

July 2019 Bookings

Church Point Cafe -  Artists play between 3:30 - 6:30pm

Sun July 7th:  Continental Robert Susz’s Blues PartySusz
Continental Robert Susz was the lead singer of the famous band  the Dynamic Hepnotics.  His shows are always upbeat & he is renowned for his harp playing & unique take on songs from people like Ray Charles & many other great Rhythm & Blues artists from the 60’s.  He always brings a great band. He is a very well loved & always attracts big audiences.

Sun 14th July: Bonnie K & The BonafidesBonnie
Authentic Australian Blues band playing well known upbeat covers

Sunday 21th July : Psycho Zydaco!Zydaco
This is a wonderful Zydaco band. Cajun, Blues & Swamp music. Very theatrical & upbeat.  This is a band for everyone.  They play lots of festivals. Playing washboard, drums, guitar, saxophone, organ & some amazing accordion playing.  Everyone dances.

Sun July 28rd: Jazz Legends Joy & Dave MacRae MacRae
They are world class Jazz Legends. They have worked and toured with artist’s such as Van Morrison, Neil Sedaka, Cat Stevens, Chaka Khan, Randy Crawford, Gladys Knight, Cleo Laine,  Andrew Lloyd Weber to name only a few.

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 in some wonderful music by the waters edge with great friends, your favourite beverage, some wonderful music and a huge range of delicious menu specials. 
1860 Pittwater Rd Church Point – bookings 99796633



Kindred Families Yoga &Tai Chi Retreat

11 - 13 October 2019

Well known islanders Nadine and Jay will be holding a Yoga and Tai Chi Retreat at Wangat Lodge in the Barringtons



Island Woodstock Arts and Culture Festival

Artists Get Together

Dear artists,peace &Love
You might have heard talk of a community festival this year ?…

2019 is the 50th Anniversary of Woodstock and Cass Gye has floated  the fine idea of an Island version. So many talented musos & it’s a perfect all-weekend opportunity for Cass to showcase her tye dye.
This will be a large-scale festival - planned for the weekend of the 25th -27th October.

In keeping with tradition, we’re aiming to exhibit the work of Offshore Artists in the revamped Community Hall  - opening Friday night, carrying through the weekend – taking down the Sunday afternoon.

If you are interested or know of other artists please let them know.
New artists welcome.

Paul and Tracy’s Boatshed - or house if they have Air BnB guests.

Saturday 13th July, 3pm
BYO your poison of choice etc.

Emmie, Paul, Tracy and June
0405 330 781/ 0416 800 040


For Sale - $490.00ono  tender

3 meter poly craft tuff tender

All round a very good boat, great for the family, and one the most stable boats on the water there is. Registered until 14/1/2020.
Steel Engine Guard to prevent damage at commuter wharf.
Reason for sale is we are upgrading and don’t have room to store it.
Comes with 2 life jackets, bilge pump, navigation lights and anchor.
Call 0413489148
Lovett Bay


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
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/
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

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

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
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.
Drop-In Easy Hatha Yoga - Monday Evenings 7:00pm - 8:15pm
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
Mackerl 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


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 West Pittwater Community Association

To join the Western Pittwater Community Association http://www.westpittwater.com.au/Contact/join-the-wpca

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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