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Scotland Island - Western Shores - Mackerel Beach

October 1, 2020

Newsletter for Offshore Residents of Pittwater, Australia - Volume 21, Issue 1135


Sunday 4 Oct 2020 - Daylight Saving Time Starts


When local standard time is about to reach
Sunday, 4 October 2020, 2:00:00 am clocks are turned forward 1 hour to
Sunday, 4 October 2020, 3:00:00 am local daylight time instead.

Sunrise and sunset will be about 1 hour later on 4 Oct 2020 than the day before. There will be more light in the evening.


Have your Say | Scotland Island Water and Wastewater Feasibility Study

Council is seeking feedback on the study. Comments close on Wednesday the 28th of October.

Now that the feasibility study has been completed, it has to go to the NSW government from Northern Beaches Council. SIRA will be working with Northern Beaches Council, Rob Stokes and Jason Falinski, our local State and Federal reps, who all support that this work needs to be carried out.

The new study shows that the work would be a lot less than Sydney Water estimated previously In their submission to IPART for their current licence.

Rest assured that the Scotland Island working group along with SIRA will lobby IPART and the NSW government very strongly in the next few months so that the feasibility study be accepted and planning work started for implementation.

The working group has not yet seen the final study but once we have received it we will be able to give you more information.

Colin Haskell
SIRA President

Download Draft Final Report - DRAFT FINAL REPORT

Scotland Island Outage - Power outage 13/10/2020

Another outage planned for the 13th October as well as another for the 14th, 15th & 20th of October.

These are smaller outages that only affects a portion of the island on each day.

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Thank you to everyone who completed the survey and here are the results of the survey.

Colin Haskell
SIRA President


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As you might have noticed, the public exhibition on Your Say for the Scotland Island water and wastewater study hasn’t gone live yet.

I expect it to go live early next week. In the meantime you can look over the document we provided you, which sums up the overall case for investment.

I will also be attending the island to put up signs at each wharf on the day it goes live, so that will be another sign that the full set of reports is available and the submission period is open.

Thanks for your patience.

Ruby Ardren
Project Leader-Water Management

Coast & Catchments
t 02 8495 6702    m 0403 479 422


Joe Romeo

Condolences and congratulations for a life supremely well lived.

Carissima Mary,

Joe is, with you, the foundation stone of Church Point life. A force that has shaped the way we, residents of the water access-only areas of Pittwater, have lived our lives for at least two generations: what we drank and ate, how we met at a convivial table -Southern Italian/Australian for the simplicity in decor, in eating, and for tranquil exuberance, inventiveness, mateyiness.

Arriving late at Church Point for the Ferry or Water Taxi was a lucky opportunity for the cappuccino at the Romeo’s and, of course, a chat about anything: flowers and plants, issues of the day, always accompanied by an offer on the side of Joe’s or you, dear Mary: the art of giving personified and not only from a shelf, but of oneself: family stories in two continents, over 2 or 3 centuries, good life in Australia and the deep love for it.

Now Joe is still living, strong as ever, but in our memories and our affection.

Please accept our condolences and congratulations for a life supremely well lived, that continues through you and your splendid offspring.

Paolo Totaro AM
(Woody Point)


Sunday 11th October 

Sunday 25th October

Thank you for supporting your community and we look forward to seeing you there! 💙☕️

The Co-Op Club Presents

October Bookings

Church Point Cafe -  3:30 - 6:30pm


Sunday 4th October: Look out!.... BRAD JOHNS and THE CROWD PLEASERS

BRAD JOHNS and THE CROWD PLEASERS brings a very special album project to the Co-Op. Brad has been wowing audiences across Australia with his unique musical style for many years. He is a guitar virtuoso and dynamic vocalist and recently has put this powerhouse band of his favorite musicians together to bring to you THE ULTIMATE repertoire including a raft of his new original material as well as much of his specially arranged crowd pleasing tunes.

Brad has played with Tommy Emmanuel, Ian Moss (Cold Chisel), James Blundell, Lee Keraghan and Troy Cassar-Daley… believe me there is nothing this man can’t play and sing well.

He brings the talented Tony Boyd on drums (Kate Lush, Simon Kinney-Lewis, Eric Steckel (U.S.) Mal Eastick.), Christian Young on Bass (Jack Jones (Southern Sons) James Morrison, Steve Balbi (Noiseworks) & members of Frank Zappa’s band.) as well as Phil Grove on Keyboard (The O’Sheas, The Hippos, The Cockroaches, The Wiggles.)

Sunday 11th October: The Co-Op Club are proud to present ROSHANIR

From dirt poor beginnings in Sri Lanka to explosive multi instrumental one-woman powerhouse, the music of ROSHANI is as captivating and uplifting as her life story.

Her father the village drummer, her mother the singer, impoverished and with no hope, had to give ROSHANI up for adoption. At 6 weeks old fate led her to the other side of the world, to a musical family living in regional NSW. ROSHANI’s music defies pigeonhole, timelessly crossing genre. Using loop pedals to lay down guitar, harmonica, keys, percussion and a voice that gives you goosebumps. ROSHANI developed her one-woman show while living in her van, busking on the streets and travelling wherever the wind took her. In 2015, ROSHANI reunited with her Sri Lankan family after 28 years apart. 60 minutes Australia followed her with camera crew and her story has had millions of views. Her mission in this life is to inspire and uplift the world with song and story.

“ROSHANI may be originally from Sri Lanka, now she calls Sydney home. .... and in my humble opinion. Is READY.......FOR THE WORLD . I LOVE YOUR TALENT, YOUR MUSIC, YOUR VIBE.” - Peter Noble, Festival Director Bluesfest Byron Bay “ A deep, dark soulful songwriter with a voice to match” - James Blunt

Sunday 18th October: The Continental Blues and BoOGaLoO PartyCBBP

LIVE from the Co-Op Club at the Waterfront Store, it's The Continental Blues and BoOGaLoO Party. "Hit Single" Adam Pringle guitar and vocals, "Baby Hewey" Alex Hewetson bass and vocals, Skinny Jr Antero Ceschin drums and vocals & Ol' "Continental" Robert Susz singing, sweating and blowing harmonica. BLUES AND SOUL FUNK COMBO.

“Continental” ROB SUSZ will be “shimmying it up” with his latest soul/blues/down home funk combo. Rob and the guys have been turning on audiences with their electrifying, soul charged, R'N'B workouts to packed audiences all over Sydney. Mixing "Continental" Robert's own blues & soul compositions with show-stopping versions of tunes from the greats like - RAY CHARLES, MUDDY WATERS, JAMES BROWN, JOE SIMON, CURTIS MAYFIELD, BB KING to name a few!! Featuring an all star band. This will be an exceptional afternoon of great vibes. If you feel like finishing the week off with a super feel good Sunday then this is one not to be missed!!

Sunday 25th October: The NLB! nlb

Fronted by the amazing NARELLE LEWIS with her soulful R&B gospel blues voice covering some of her favorite artist, from Bill Withers to Beth Hart. Narelle is backed by Andrew Snow on guitar and vocals, Jason Smith on bass guitar, Aiden Danser on the Nord/keys, and Chuck Bradley in the engine room. No doubt tables will fill quickly, so grab yours & join us for a fabulous afternoon of great music!

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 by the waters edge with friends and family, your favorite beverage and a huge range of delicious menu specials. This is a very special and unique location - 1860 Pittwater Rd Church Point. Ph 99796633 to book a table.

*** please make note that there can be no dancing. All social distancing and Covic 19 government directives apply***

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Wall/under bench oven for sale.
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Call Tim at 0408 608628


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
Palm Beach Cruises  - 02 9997 4815
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

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
Mark Allan -  www.waterfrontpropertysles.com.au - 0419 777 500
Sam Thompson - McGrath Estate Agents - SamThompson@mcgrath.com.au

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
J&M Property Care - Jamie - 0488665 685, Michelle - 0402 942 063 - Brochure - michellesala00@gmail.com
Nikki Gibson Qualified Bookkeeper and Registered BAS Agent - 0425 227 792 - nikkigibson22@gmail.com
Aaron Tree Carpentry & Building - 0406773691 - aarontree.a1@gmail.com
Professional Chainsaw Sharpening - Peter - 0410 633 351 - plfishfingers@bigpond.com

Island Classes (Fitness, Dance, Art etc)

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.
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
Mackerel 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

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


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

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A Photographic Record of Offshore Community Events

Updated 1st Jan 2020
  • Christmas Eve Dog Race
  • Christmas Lunch

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