Scotland Island - Western Shores - Mackeral Beach

-November 2003 -

Newsletter for Offshore Residents of Pittwater, Australia  Volume 5, Issue 49; November 2003


The SIRA committee visited Dangar Island last Saturday to examine what it is that some people think is better about Dangar resident's environment. (thanks John Aufmanis for providing transport and sustenance) No doubt the next monthly meeting of the SIRA committee will talk about the pluses and minuses of living on Dangar. On another matter, you will notice there is a lot of emphasis in this edition on fire matters - it does look like a long and hot summer. PLEASE read this information carefully.

In this Issue:

  • TWO Special Social Events
  • Energy Australia to remove redundant substations
  • Scotland Island Website
  • Fire brigade Bushfire season
  • Parking at the Point
  • Bushfire Awareness Session
  • Land and Environment Court Decision
  • Emergency Water - How to get it!
  • Scotland Island Community Fireguard Information
  • Pittwater High School's 40th Anniversary
  • Pittwater 21
  • Pittwater Council's Online DA Service
  • The Local Guide
  • Archived Newsletters
  • Your Subscription Information

    TWO Special Events - LAST chance

    November 16th 2003

    Sydney Working Harbour Exhibition
    Australian National Maritime Museum
    Shar Jones, well known Scotland Island resident is the exhibition curator. 

    On your behalf, SIRA has organised a visit to this exhibition at a reduced rate that will include afternoon tea and a conducted tour.  If you wish to attend you should reply to the editor of this newsletter within a few days! (address below)

    Price Breakdown: Entry to exhibition: $10, Afternoon Tea:$5 You can certainly come and make your own way. You do not need to catch our special bus.

    Sunday November 16th is the proposed date. If you wish to attend, please email the editor ASAP.


    November 30th 2003

    The Making of Sydney Harbour

    Meeting at Pyrmont Bay Wharf at 1pm, enjoy a two and a half hour History on the Harbour Tour on board one of the Fleet’s 100 year old heritage vessels.

    Check out Goat Island, Garden Island, Mort’s Dock, Woolwich Dock, Spectacle and Cockatoo Islands and learn from a professional Tour Guide’s commentary about their historical significance to Sydney Harbour and the people of Sydney..

    Splash out and enjoy this unique harbour tour designed to encourage understanding and appreciation of the history of Sydney Harbour. Educate the kids!

    SIRA have tentatively booked 20 places on this cruise. There are very few spots left. Most other available days are already sold out!

    Price: Adults: $35 Child: $20 Family (2x2) $90 - includes afternoon tea.

    On this occasion you will need to book by ringing 'The Australian Heritage Fleet' 9298-3888 (Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm). You must tell them you are part of the Scotland Island Residents Association group! It would be nice if you let the editor know if you are coming (email:

    Energy Australia to remove redundant substations

    Following years of correspondence, telephone calls and letters to politicians, the SIRA committee is pleased to report that the following letter has been received from Energy Australia

    Please be advised that the work of removing five (5) redundant distribution substations on Scotland Island has been programmed to commence on the 1st December 2003, weather permitting. The work is expected to take approximately one week.

    No electrical power interruptions are involved with this work.

    Every effort will be made to minimise disturbance to the Islands residents and Energy Australia apologises for any inconvenience caused to customers while undertaking this work.

    Fire brigade Bushfire season

    Permits required

    The bushfire season officially started on the 1st October and runs through to the 1st March 2004. During this period, permits are required for all burns. Call the fire shed for further information 9999 4404 Is your property prepared. Spring is a good time to give the house and garden a good clean up before the bushfire season really gets going. Ensure your roof and gutters are kept clear of leaves and sticks, move woodpiles away from the house. Talk to all members of the family about the possibility of an emergency and prepare a plan for the household that everyone clearly understands.

    Upcoming events

    Movie afternoons The brigade is continuing to run the very successful movie afternoons on the first Saturday of the month at the fire station at 4.00pm Melbourne cup day The station will again open its doors to the public for the Melbourne cup. The fun starts at 2.00pm with entry costing just $2.00 per person. This includes snacks and nibbles, with a viewing of the race on our big screen. $2.00 and $5.00 sweeps.

    Parking at the Point

    For a long time now the parking situation at Church Point has been getting worse and worse with many residents receiving fines that they felt were unfair. You are not alone! A meeting is being organised to coordinate details of fines received and possible solutions to the problem. We are trying to get council to agree on a fairer system until such time as adequate parking is available. If you are interested in attending or would like to submit ideas please contact Richard Hairs at All submissions will be helpful and will go towards the creation of a document to be submitted to council by SIRA.

    Scotland Island Website

    Work is progressing well on the new website design. Now is a good time to think of an area of interest that you would like to contribute to for the site. For example, if you are a timber boat builder, what about some background information on your hobby. Perhaps you are very familiar with the history of Scotland Island and would like to add some text and pictures.

    If you would like to help - and we will not need the information until the beginning of 2004, please send the web committee an expression of interest by clicking here or emailing:


    Bushfire Awareness Session

    The Scotland Island Rural Fire Brigade invites all Offshore residents to attend a free Bushfire Awareness Session at the Fire Station. The presentation will cover fire behaviour, preparation for a bushfire emergency (including preparing your property and evacuation plan) and what action the Brigade will be taking. These presentations were very well-received last year and given the outlook for this summer, are designed to assist residents to plan and prepare for the upcoming bushfire season.

    The presentation will be given  on Sunday 2 November at 11.00am. The session will last for approximately an hour and will be held at the Fire Station (Catherine Park). Tea, coffee and biscuits will be available and there will be ample time for questions.

    Land and Environment Court Decision

    The Land and Environment Court recently handed down a decision relating to the Development Application for the Pasadena at Church Point. Pittwater Council will continue to monitor this DA and we will continue to keep you up to date on this important issue.

    This decision can be read online by clicking here

    Emergency Water - How to get it!

    One of the most common requests the editor of this newsletter receives relates to how to obtain emergency water.

    DISTRIBUTORS as at February 1, 2003
    LINE 1 Bell, via Carol’s,

    Eastern to Pathilda Reserve




    Nathalie Muir

    P.O. Box 263, C.P.

    9999 4449
    LINE 2 Bell, via Cargo, Tennis to Pathilda




    Tuesday – Day


    Karen Burns

    P.O. Box 423, C.P.

    9999 4960



    LINE 3 Bell, via Top of


    to Kevin Street

    Tuesday - Night


    Cass Gye

    P.O. Box 52, C.P.

    9979 5853

    0418 220 107

    These are the initial steps, but the full details about how to get water, what it costs, who is responsible, problem solving and everything else you might need to know is now on a page on the web at this address:

    The editor knows NOTHING about emergency water! Please contact one of the distributors listed above for more information!


    Scotland Island Community Fireguard Information

    Important information about your property should be promptly reported to the Scotland Island Rural Fire Service. You are asked to download the attached document and return it to the Scotland Island Fire shed as soon as possible.

    The information will be used by the fire service to help protect your home during the approaching summer bush fire season. If you are unable to download or read the document, you can obtain a copy by asking Bruce at the Fire Shed for a copy.

    To get a copy of this pdf document either click here or go to this website:

    Pittwater High School's 40th Anniversary

    All former students, staff and friends of Pittwater High School are invited to be part of the 40th anniversary celebrations. Two major events are planned for Saturday November 22nd.

     An open afternoon and evening reunion and celebratory dance in the school hall are being planned. Please contact the school: 9999-4035 or to register your interest in either or both these events.

    Pittwater 21

    Last Chance to Have Your Say! 

    This is your final chance to have a say on Pittwater 21 draft DCP and make a difference! The draft DCP and background information is available on the Pittwater website at and for public viewing until 17 November 2003 during normal opening hours at Customer Service Centres at Warriewood and Avalon, Mona Vale Library and the Coastal Environment Centre. Email, fax, post or hand-deliver written submissions to us by 17th November 2003.

    Pittwater Council's Online DA Service

    Pittwater residents are now able to track the progress of their Development Applications in real time – from lodgement to determination. This initiative is thought to be unique to New South Wales, and maybe Australia.

    Development Application Tracking is located within the Pittwater website under “Planning & Building” or “E Services”. The system allows applicants and other persons interested in an application (neighbours, objectors etc) to access information on the progress of an application as it travels through the lodgement, notification, referral, assessment and determination phases.

    It provides on-line publicly accountable target dates and names the officer handling the application, as well as all the information submitted with the application, including shadow diagrams, schedule of finishes, technical reports such as geotechnical, structural or traffic studies, plans, perspectives and application forms.  It will soon contain letters of objections received.  All these documents can be viewed on the internet.

    The local guide

    As our newsletter continues to grow (nearly 600 readers) we are including some links to other nearby organisations and events that may be of interest. If you would like to contribute, please send a message to the editor by clicking here.

    Local Real Estate Agents:

    Botham Real Estate L.J.Hooker Mona Vale
    PMC Hill (subscribe to their newsletter here) Pittwater Real Estate

    Government Organisations:

    Local Transport:

    Local Accommodation:

    Emergency Contact Numbers

    • NSW Police: 000, general information 9281 0000
    • NSW Fire Service: 000, general information 9265 2999
    • NSW Ambulance Service: 000, general information 9320 7777
    • Rural Fire Service: 000, general information 9450 3000
    • State Emergency Service, Warringah/Pittwater SES: 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

    Emergency Scotland Island Water Contacts: click here for information (while online)

    Airlines, Buses and Railways

    Sydney Airport: Arrivals and Departures

    Qantas Information

    Sydney Buses information.

    Virgin Blue Information

    NSW Railway Timetables and Information.



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    Archived Newsletters

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