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Scotland Island - Western Shores - Mackerel Beach

December 1, 2020

Newsletter for Offshore Residents of Pittwater, Australia - Volume 21, Issue 1141



Santa's Christmas Eve Tour of the Island on Thursday 24 from 4pm

Santa Claus is coming to Scotland Island from 4pm on Thursday 24th December in one of his last public appearances before a marathon effort to deliver presents to people all around the world.

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Santa Claus will travel around Scotland Island on our Island Fire Brigade truck with lights flashing and siren blasting!

Tell your kids, tell your friends, tell everyone to come and see Santa as he passes by your house on the Scotland Island.

Merry Christmas !





Wharf Upgrades, Bell and Carols Wharf Scotland Island
Construction phase

We are excited to announce construction is set to start following the recent construction contract being awarded to GPM Marine Pty Ltd.

The project, jointly funded by Council and NSW Government’s NSW Boating Now scheme, will provide an additional 32 commuter berths at both Bell Wharf and Carols Wharf as well as upgrades to the ferry berthing facilities. Repairs and accessibility upgrades to the existing fixed wharves will also be completed.

Construction is expected to start in November 2020 on the fixed portion of Bell and Carols Wharf, followed by the installation of the floating pontoons which will be completed by mid-2021.



Enquiries on this project can be emailed to Projects@northernbeaches.nsw.gov.au.

View details online - https://yoursay.northernbeaches.nsw.gov.au/wharf-upgrades

If you require any further information please contact the Northern Beaches Council on 1300 434 434 or email projects@northernbeaches.nsw.gov.au. Alternately you can contact our Project Manager, Cristofer Lacerda on 02 9882 3755 or email cristofer@gpmmarine.com.au.

Cristofer Lacerda
Project Manager – GPM Marine Constructions
Council Ref: 2020/006

Water and Waste Water Feasibility Study

Endorsed by Council Nov 2020

We recently completed a study to investigate the feasibility of providing water and wastewater services to Scotland Island.

A report went to a meeting on Tuesday 24 November updating Council on the outcomes of this study.

At that meeting Council resolved to:

1. Endorse the outcomes of the Scotland Island Water and Wastewater investigations and associated reports.

2. Write to the Hon Rob Stokes, MP, Minister for Planning and Member for Pittwater, the Hon Melinda Pavey, MP. Minister for Water, Property and Housing, and Roch Cheroux, Managing Director, Sydney Water, providing copies of reports and requesting the Scotland Island water and wastewater project be programmed for implementation.

View Council Report (Item 11.1)
View Council minutes, page 10

We will provide updates on this page should the state government proceed with this program.

Full details can be found HERE - Northern beaches Council Have Your Say....


Next Cafe - Sunday 6th December

Scotland Island cafe + Maker's Stalls! Upcoming dates for November to add to your diaries:
Sunday 6th December
Sunday 13th December
Thank you for supporting your community and we look forward to seeing you there! 💙☕️

The Co-Op Club Presents

December Bookings

Church Point Cafe -  3:30 - 6:30pm

Sunday 6 December: Declan Kelly's - 3rd Eye Lazercat - Dub, Soul, Jazz, Cinematic Electronica!

The Co-Op Club present DECLAN KELLY’S new project 3RD EYE LAZERCAT! 3rd Eye Lazercat is a deep dive into trio improvisation. Drawing from elements of dub, soul, jazz and cinematic and electronic music, the trio is about developing music in the moment. Daniel Pliner (keys), Adm Ventoura (bass) and Declan Kelly (drums) have worked as musicians alongside many of Australia's top artists across pop, soul reggae and electronic genres and release music in their own right. With Third Eye Lazercat, each performance is the creation of a new musical moment which will never be repeated.

Declan has drummed, recorded & written Bernard Fanning, Kasey Chambers, Katie Noonan, Passenger, Kingtide, Eugene Hideaway Bridges, Alex Lloyd, Stan Walker, Guy Sebastian, Karise Eden, Stranger Cole, Johnny Osbourne, Jon Stevens.....To name a few.

They have one hell of a great feel good repertoire of cool tunes that make you want to get up & dance dance. Kick back by the waters edge…. you might never want to leave! Grab a table booking & join us for a fabulous afternoon of great music!
Be quick to book!

Sunday 13 December: The NLB!Th

The NLB! Don’t miss the The Co-Op’s sell out house band. Every month is a full house, come and find out why! Fronted by the amazing NARELLE LEWIS with her soulful R&B gospel blues voice covering some of her favourite 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!
There are very limited numbers available for bookings, so grab a table booking & join us for a fabulous afternoon of great music, this is one afternoon you won’t forget!

TUESDAY, 15 DECEMBER FROM 19:30 UTC+11-20:30
Christmas Carols! Feat: Joy Yates JUBLILATION singersJY

There will be a very special Christmas Spirit down by the Waterfront on Tuesday the 15th of December when Joy Yates and her incredible JUBILATION singers share their beautiful Carols with all the very lucky diners.

Don’t miss out! (Tickets will sell very quickly for this event.)
Contact Waterfront Store (Co-Op Club)


 The Co-Op Club are pleased to present the wonderful LIZA OHLBACK & MERCY TRAIN! With special guest Eric Rasmussen on guitar and vocals. This will be an inspiring afternoon of Soulful Blues/Jazz/Funk with a Gospel spirit.
Liza has been Influenced by the great Southern singers like Mavis Staples, Etta James and Aretha Franklin while telling her stories with verve and a wicked sense of humour, Liza has a voice drenched in Blues - Soulful and passionate with a stunning range.. she gives it all till the last drop…..

A founding member of the First Ladies of Soul, Theatre Rockumentary Pearl – The Janis Joplin Story and a triple Chain winner with no 1 album’s both here and top 3 in the U.S.

Joining her is special guest Soul Man Eric Rasmussen on Guitar/Vocals (Craig Calhoun, Doug Williams) …and one of the best engine rooms around Mick Malouf (Pearl, Genevieve Chadwick) Bass/Vocals and Greg Ohlback (Pearl, Julian Lennon) Drums/Vocals/Percussion.

Thursday 24 December: The Weird Assembly - Super funky, a positive groove for days!

Christmas Eve! THE WEIRD ASSEMBLY. Think super funky Soul, a positive Groove for days, Blues, Reggae...…yes you will probably want to get up and dance!

Lead by talented Saxophonist and singer David Weir. Influenced by the great Soul Funk and Blues artists of Motown, Stax, New Orleans and everyone with a bad-ass groove Featuring the music of… James Brown, Jackie Orszacsky, Otis Redding, Sly and the Family Stone, Al Green, Joe Quartermain & the Free Souls, Albert King, The Meters, Bill Withers, Joe Cocker, Ray Charles, Donny Hathaway, King Curtis, The Headhunters, Little Feat.

Sunday 27 December: Don't Miss Clayton Doley & The Flashy Dash-Backs!
Fortunate we are!!! Clayton Doleys’ Flashy Dash-Backs. Clayton Doley's epic organ trio is out of this world! They are coming back to earth to take over Church Point for an afternoon of Clayton's original music and some quirky Jazz and Blues inspired by the 60’s Souljazz Boogaloo movement. Be amazed by Tim Rollinsonson’s interstellar guitar licks, Jamie Cameron's heavy zero gravity beats and Clayton's cosmic Hammond Organ groove.

Internationally renowned organist/keyboard player Clayton Doley has for the last 10 years been touring around the globe with his own projects as well as backing up Canadian Bluesman Harry Manx and Texan guitar traveller Eugene 'Hideaway' Bridges. A master musician, a killer boogie woogie piano player, a super funky Hammond player and remarkable singer/songwriter with a passion for creating new works that could have been recorded by the R&B GREATS from the 50’s & 60’s, and now, we are fortunate that he is landing his latest interstellar project, The Flashy Dash-Backs for us!!

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***

WANTED Flat or Cottage to Rent

For Six Months or more at a reasonable cost

  • Close to water
Scotland Island,  Elvina  or Lovett Bay areas .
  • Retired active couple used to Island living
  • Starting this year or next .
  • References available .
We own our home on South Coast but would love to return to Pittwater  in the near future .
Tel 0435758776 or 0414604748
Robyn Lamond


Tinny for Sale

Excellent 14 foot tinny.

Complete with battery, solar panel, led lights, bilge pump, all safety gear, 24 litre fuel tank and 5 litre fuel tank, anchors, torch, fire extinguisher, paddles, floor.



$600 ono

Call Kath 0405097424


For Sale


Contact Eunice on 0418 240 495 


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
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

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.

Pittwater Offshore Photo Gallery


A Photographic Record of Offshore Community Events

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

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