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Scotland Island - Western Shores - Mackeral Beach
January 1, 2014
Newsletter for Offshore Residents of Pittwater, Australia - Volume 15, Issue 747


  • Gwyn's Illustration
  • Sassy a Winner & Dog Race images
  • 2013 Carols Afloat
  • SI RFS Christmas Lunch Images
  • SIRA Notices
  • Ferry Service Fares 2014
  • Chelsea Lane Gallery
  • Island Players Reading
  • Local Council Notices
  • Deck Sale
  • For Sale
  • The Local Contact Guide
  • Join SIRA
  • Archived Newsletters
  • Your subscription Information

  • Gwyn's Illustration

    To download a full version  of this months image ready for printing,  just click on the  image.

    You can contact Gwyn Perkins by email at g.perkins@gwyn.com.au



    Sassy takes out the coveted Island Trophy

    Sassy and Ruth

    Sassy Gaines, winner of the 2013 Scotland Island Dog Race.
    Sassy is a 5-year veteran of the race and her race strategy finally paid off this year.
    She is a 7 year old rescue labrador retriever who LOVES to swim.

    Scotland Island Dog Race Images


     Click an image to see more at the Offshore Gallery
    Images by June Lahm


    2013 Carols Afloat

    Carols Afloat Carols Afloat

    Click an image to see more at the Offshore Gallery
    Images by June Lahm


    SI Rural Fire Brigade Christmas Lunch

    Click an image to see more at the Offshore Gallery
    Images by Phillippa Thomas

    A short time-lapse video

    Christmas Dinner 2013.


    logo SIRA

    SIRA January 2014

    It has been a busy year for the SIRA Committee and residents. A considerable amount of work has been done to advocate for the community and achieve some common goals.

    SIRA will continue to work with Council on current projects: the Church Point Plan of Management, the Roads/Drainage/Stormwater Masterplans and management of Leahvera Reserve/Cargo Wharf to include a Traffic Management Plan.

    The introduction by Council and URM of new waste skips at public wharves and collection methods for General and Vegetation material will hopefully see an improvement to Island waste management practices.

    The Communications Sub-Committee is busy working on a new improved design for the SIRA website and we hope this will go live within the next couple of months. 

    The SIRA AGM will be held on February 23 and nomination forms will be available for residents to put forward anyone who wishes to be a candidate for election.

     The SIRA Committee wishes to thank all those who participated during the year and wishes all residents a Happy and Prosperous New Year!


    On Monday, December 16, Pittwater Council voted to move forward with Option 2, as recommended in the report to Council on December 2 (see below). 

    Here are links to all Council documents for those who may have missed the whole saga!  Report, Report minutes, Motion, Motion minutes

    Approved Motion
    1. That based on the comparison and evaluation of carpark options including Triple Bottom Line Assessment as detailed in this report along with the analysis of the submissions received and the intent of the adopted Plan of Management, that Option 2 – the single deck carpark that provides scope for 120 car spaces - be adopted as the carpark layout to take forward for Precinct 1 at Church Point.
    2. That Council apply to the State Government for LIRS funding for this project. Should the LIRS funding be unsuccessful, a further report to be provided to Council on funding and user pays implications.
    3. That a further report be presented on transport options, resident parking scheme, availability of parking stickers and other mechanisms to reduce parking demand at Church Point for consideration by Council.
    4. That the Design Group be thanked for its assistance in this process.
    5. That a detailed Review of Environmental Factors and Part V Assessment be undertaken for Option 2 and reported to Council prior to physical commencement of the project.
    6. That Council give consideration to calling the walkway the “Ian Souter Walkway”.
    Congratulations go to Pittwater Council for making such a decision, indeed any decision, which has been a long 20 years and more process with many conflicting stakeholder views.

    Moving Forward - What Next?
    1. 1.    Council’s implementation of the components of the motion
    2. 2.    For those who have opposed this Option:
    (i)    Some will accept the decision and move forward, and
    (ii)    Some will continue to oppose it

    The Offshore Survey clearly indicated a majority community preference for the successful Option and the SIRA Committee has worked to support the majority view.   There has been a long and, at times, acrimonious debate over this issue but, now that a decision has finally been made, it is time to come together again as a community and put past divisions behind us. Whatever personal views one may have, we have other challenges ahead of us and we need to work together as a community to address them.

    There are two areas where opportunities exist for broader community input during implementation of the decision on Church Point, including joint Onshore and Offshore participation:
    1. The report on strategies for reducing parking demand
    2. The fine details of the design and aesthetics of the deck and surrounds
    SIRA will be seeking to encourage all community members to become involved in these activities.

    Finally, just before Christmas the NSW Land and Environment Court, refused the Pasadena DA and dismissed the Appeal.   All we can say is … watch this space….!


    On December 24, the Land and Environment Court handed down its decision on the Pasadena DA.

    Court Decision:
    1. The appeal is dismissed.
    2. Development Application No. N0021/13 for alterations and additions to an existing building for continued use as a restaurant, cafe, motel and retail shop is refused.
    3. The exhibits, other than exhibits 10, A and D, are returned.
    Here is a link to the full case document:  LINK

    Keep your eyes peeled for any future information as it comes to hand!!


    Church Point Ferry Service - Fares 2014

    Click to download flyer


    The Chelsea Lane Gallery
    Saturday, 4th January from 4-7pm

    The Chelsea Lane Gallery in Avalon features new work every month from artists of the northern beaches including Eunice McAllister.

    If you're looking for something to do this school holidays, the January show opens Saturday, 4th January from 4-7pm although the work can be viewed from 2nd January".



    Scotland Island Players
    Player Reading, Tuesday, Jan 21, COMMUNITY HALL, 8pm

    Tuesday, Jan 21, COMMUNITY hall, 8pm

    Play reading for production later in 2014.

    All female cast in 'THE ISLAND LADIES SWIMMING TEAM'

    If you can't make it then, but are still interested, call
    BOB on 0414994 092


    Local Council Notices

    The wharf at Queen Street Newport will receive an upgrade through Council’s major works program during January, with work expected to be completed by early February.

    The wharf will be closed for approximately one month while upgrading works are undertaken , during which time commuter vessels will need to use other public wharves such as Rowland Reserve, Bayview and Church Point Wharf.

    Council’s Reserves and Recreation Manager Les Munn said the upgrade would involve the removal of the old wharf and construction of a new wharf and steps.

    “The upgrade has been planned during January in order for work to be completed before school resumes in February,” he said.

    “There are a large number of school students who commute from our western foreshores, so council will endeavour to have the upgrade completed by 2 February.”

    Mr Munn said that if wet weather held up construction the Council would provide a shuttle bus service for those offshore students affected by the closure.

    “If needed the shuttle will take children to and from Newport Public School directly to Church Point wharf in the mornings and  afternoons.”

    In addition to the work being carried out by the Council, Rowell Marine will also be installing a pontoon and ramp to the new wharf as a community benefit project.

    “This initiative will provide additional access for recreational boats wishing to use Newport wharf,” added Mr Munn.

    For further information about Council’s planned upgrade to Newport Wharf visit www.pittwater.nsw.gov.au/council/major_projects

    Media contacts:    John Berry  Pittwater Council Ph:     9970 1370

    This notification is relevant to all the Newport Public School kids utilising the ferry service to school and back again..

    Works are expected to be completed prior to return to school after the summer holidays and school ferry service should run as normal.
    However, if due to unforeseen circumstances these works are not completed, ferry service will be unable to use Newport wharf but Council will ensure there is a shuttle bus service for the children from Church Point to Newport Public School and again after school from Newport Public School back to Church Point.

    As we receive progress updates we will advise via PON.

    Jenni Arnott
    0450 444 100


    Deck/Moving Sale
    Saturday 4 Jan 10-4pm

    Moving out and trying to cram two homes into one.... we have bargains and give aways galore......

    Heaps of toys, games and books for kids all ages
    Kitchen appliances, crockery and heaps of of other stuff
    Miscellaneous Furniture items etc

    Nikki''s place - 69 Thompson Street - walk up the hill from Carols and turn left onto Thompson Street. 
    Orange house 2nd on left


    For Sale
    Free to good home  
    5 mattresses and 2 bed bases - take 1 or the lot. (there are another 2 mattresses not in this picture)

    Also kitchen hutch - it's a lovely piece and would look good with some TLC but just isn't fitting in with our plans
    It may need some removing as its bolted on to the wall.  Cost $1.

    Pick up only before Jan 5 from the Swiss Chalet at Elvina Bay.

    Call Reggie 0403397060

    Freezer for Sale
    Centrex chest freezer for sale
    • 200L capacity
    • great condition
    bought $450, sell $150

    Deb 0418 842 300


    The Local Guide
    Community Information

    Scotland Island Web Site  www.scotlandisland.org.au
    What's On in Pittwater - Self Editing Event Calendar 
    click to go to the Calendar
    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 Application - click here to download
    West Pittwater Community Association (WPCA) - http://www.wpca.org.au
    Scotland Island Water
    SI Emergency Water Contacts and Guidelines for water: click here for information and contacts
    Scotland Island 'Water Agreement' - click here to download
    Scotland Island Children's Centre - (SIOCS - Scotland Island & Offshore Childrens 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:  Kez on 9999 4092 or kezborthwickbolton@gmail.com

    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 Rus on 0415-464-733
    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 your door on Scotland Island. Contact Graeme on 0419 460 331 or click here for full details
    Justice of the Peace - Bob Bolton - 9999 4092
    Justice of the Peace - Paul Purvis - 9979 9667
    Justice of the Peace - Paul Burchall - 0414 975 793
    Justice of the Peace - Bob Mitchell (Mackeral Beach) - 0419 745 628
    Justice of the Peace - Maureen Anderson - Morning Bay resident. - 02 9997-2659 or  0417-279-346
    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  www.yha.com.au/hostels/details.cfm?hostelid=31  
    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

    Island Classes (Fitness, Dance, Art etc)
    Pilates, Meditation and Group Fitness with Patrice -  0406 483 036 patrice.corrie@gmail.com
    Art with Max - Watercolour classes. Phone Max on 9997 4527
    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 evening & Saturday morning 0402 752465 nadineomara@gmail.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   
    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. Please print the page and return the completed form to SIRA at this address:
    The Treasurer, SIRA, PO Box 70, Church Point 2105.
    Please NO CASH.

    Contact SIRA at
    Join WPCA
    To join the Western Pittwater Community Association, contact Michael Wiener at

    Archived Newsletters
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    The Island website is at www.scotlandisland.org.au

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