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Scotland Island - Western Shores - Mackerel Beach

July 1, 2015

Newsletter for Offshore Residents of Pittwater, Australia - Volume 16, Issue 848


  • Scotland Island Cafe
  • Scotland Island RFB Memorial Service
  • Island Motor Rego Day
  • SIRFB Fireman's Ball
  • Local Council Notices inc.
  • Pittwater - Strong, Independent and Fit
  • Holiday fun at the Library
  • Mona Vale Library Events
  • Scotland Island Traders
  • For Sale
  • Polycraft for Sale
  • The Local Contact Guide
  • Join SIRA
  • Archived Newsletters
  • Your subscription Information

  • Scotland Island Cafe

    Sunday July 5 from 10am

    Following another successful re-launch of the Sunday morning cafe, we're going again from 10am, Sunday 5 July at the Kindy.


    Once again, it would be great if you could come along for a coffee, great if you could spread the word, and even greater if you'd like to bring a cake, or something, or help on the day! :-)

    Take the opportunity to let the kids play while you relax with a cuppa & cake and while you're there, even check out all our wonderful kindy has to offer! The play areas at kindy will be open for all to enjoy during the cafe.

    If you are able to bring something and/or help, please let me know so I have an idea of how things are looking for the day. Thanks!

    Funds raised will go to the Scotland Island Kindy.

    The cafe will continue to run from the Kindy on the first Sunday of each month from 10am.

    Hope to see you there!

    Ian Laughton-Smith



    Scotland Island Rural Fire Brigade

    Memorial Service for Brian Donohoe

    The Scotland Island Rural Fire Brigade hosted a memorial service for Brian Donohoe on Sunday 28th June.
    Brian lost his battle with Leukaemia on 11 June after it turned aggressive 3 months ago and will be sadly missed by his partner Jill and his family.
    Brian joined the Scotland Island Fire Brigade in 2002 and was a very active member.  He then also joined the Community First Responder team who are called out to medical emergencies on the island, when the unit first started in 2011.


    At the request of Brian's family his ashes were scattered on Pittwater following a short ceremony at Tennis Wharf where Assistant Commissioner Steve Yorke spoke in appreciation of Brian’s service to the Scotland Island community through his work with the Rural Fire Service and Ambulance NSW.
    This was followed by a farewell get together at the fire station where Brian’s partner Jill was presented with Brian’s 10 year service medal from the RFS by Assistant Commissioner Steve Yorke and his service appreciation certificate from Ambulance NSW by Inspector Grahame Rathbone. Member and guests then shared memories of Brian with Jill and family over refreshments.
    Brian will be sadly missed by all of us.
    Members and Supporters
    Scotland Island Rural Fire Brigade


    Scotland Island Motor Vehicle REGO DAY

    Saturday, July 4 2015



    SIRFB Fireman's Ball

    Less than  2 weeks to go !!

    Saturday 11th July 2015 commencing at 7:00pm

    The Scotland Island Rural Fire Brigade was formed in 1955 and will be celebrating its 60th anniversary with a formal ball at the fire station on Saturday 11th July 2015 commencing at 7:00pm

    Everybody is invited but you need to book and pay online in advance.

    If you are unable to pay online please contact our treasurer by email to treasurer@sirfb.org.au to make alternative arrangements.

    We look forward to your support to make this an enjoyable celebration.

    The team at the SIRFB.



    Local Council Notices

    Pittwater – strong, independent, local and fit!

    30 Jun 2015

    There’s no doubt about it, Pittwater’s community remains firmly opposed to forced mergers and wants Pittwater Council to stay independent, strong and local. Council’s Fit for the Future submission due today will reflect exactly that.

    Last night at Council’s extraordinary meeting, Pittwater Council unanimously reaffirmed that it wishes to maintain the status quo and remain as it is within existing boundaries.

    Council will today lodge an Improvement Proposal Case (without a supplementary business case) to IPART.  This submission outlines a case for a strong, independent Pittwater.

    Council commissioned an independent research company to conduct a random sample telephone survey with 89% of respondents supporting Pittwater standing alone.  The result of Council’s community engagement also demonstrated overwhelming support for the status quo.

    When asked about their support for a single council, an overwhelming 80% were not supportive.

    Pittwater Mayor Jacqui Townsend said Pittwater’s independence remains front and centre in the community and last night’s well attended Council meeting was yet another testament to that.

    “This follows our well-attended public meeting last month with some 350 attending, and the 3500 surveys our residents completed as part of our Fit for the Future community engagement process”, says Cr Townsend.

    “I’m not surprised that so many of our residents have voiced their opinions – Pittwater people are passionate and hold this place very close to their hearts.

    “It’s been an intense few months of community consultation in Pittwater and I can honestly say I’m so impressed with the level of engagement from our community,” she added.

    Mayor Townsend also said that at the meeting Council also reconfirmed its commitment to the concept of regional collaboration for efficiencies through the Shore Regional Organisation of Councils (SHOROC).

    “Continuing to work with neighbouring councils under SHOROC will allows us to achieve regional outcomes around lobbying, planning and supporting efficiencies; this partnership also gives us the scale that the State Government is looking for,” she said

    All Council submissions are due to IPART today. IPART will then provide its recommendations to NSW Government in October 2015.

    For the latest updates refer to our website www.pittwater.nsw.gov.au/reform

    To stay informed, please visit www.pittwater.nsw.gov.au/reform   

    Contact: Community Relations
    Phone: 9970 1119

    A host of holiday fun at Mona Vale Library

    There’s fun for the young and the young at heart at Mona Vale Library in the lead up to, and during, the school holidays.

    Mona Vale Library is always keen to encourage budding writers, and this week will launch their non-fiction short story writing competition: ‘When I was eight years old…’

    Whether you are eight or 80, this is a great opportunity to write a creative piece describing what being eight years old means to you.

    You may have grown up in Pittwater or arrived here later in life; either way Mona Vale Library would love to hear your recollections of that time.

    There are three categories, each one with a cash prize up for grabs.  Adults up to 1500 words, cash prize $200; secondary students up to 1000 words – cash prize $100; primary students up to 500 words – cash prize $50

    To enter simply pick up an entry form from the library or download from www.pittwater.nsw.gov.au/library.

    To submit your entries, simply hand in a hard copy at the library or email to library@pittwater.nsw.gov.au  Entries close at 5pm, Saturday 15 August, 2015.

    Holiday highlights include the hands-on activities and games program being held on Tuesday 30 June and Wednesday 8 July, from 10am until noon.

    This session provides a space for young children to enjoy making Lego® creations, putting together jigsaws, connecting dominoes or playing board games – with the added benefit of no clean-up!

    For an activity with a cultural twist, why not come along to the library and learn about Japan.  The library will host a display of all things Japanese – complete with messages from children from the library’s sister city Tadaoka.

    This cultural experience will provide our young residents with an opportunity to become pen pals with children their own age from Japan.  In turn, our Japanese pen pals will have the chance to build their English skills and make new friends.

    There is no need to book for either of these sessions, simply drop in and enjoy.  Parents and carers will need to stay with young children.




    Thursday 23 July with Li Feng

    In this historical piece, Li Feng traces her family history through four generations of women who sought to offer their children a better future against overwhelming odds.

    Li Feng grew up in Mao’s communist China but came to Sydney as an adult to free herself from her mother’s huge expectations and demands. As her book depicts, many generations before her were also faced with a similar situation.

    Date: Thursday 23 July
    Time: 12 - 1.30pm
    Venue: Mona Vale Library
    1 Park Street, Mona Vale
    Cost: $8 Adults $6 Concession
    RSVP: Bookings essential!
    Call 9970 1600 and reserve your seat today.



    MON 29 JUNE - FRI 10 JULY

    10AM – 6 PM

    KINDY - 12 YEARS

    Drop in anytime during the school holidays and visit our display of all things Japanese!

    Learn about Japan
    Read messages sent from Japanese children
    Do some origami or write a letter to a new friend overseas!

    Bookings not necessary - just drop in!
    Parents to stay and supervise little ones.

    For more info call 9970 1600


    flyer30 JUNE & WED 8 JULY

    10AM – NOON

    KINDY - 12 YEARS

    Drop in during the school holidays
    Hands on activities and games for all children
    Lego, jigsaws, dominoes and board games
    Come alone or bring a friend.

    Bookings not necessary - just drop in! Parents to
    stay and supervise little ones.

    For more info
    call 9970 1600


    Scotland Island Traders

    Home Deliveries from either G2U or Woolworths Online-shopping...

    Tired of lugging your shopping home ?

    Why not give Scotland Island Traders a go!


    Scotland Island Traders will deliver all supermarket items ordered from G2U, including fresh fruit, vegetables, and liquor as well as WOOLWORTHS ON-LINE SHOPPING

    This gives you the customer a CHOICE!!

    Please contact us at scotlandislandtraders@gmail.com to register as a delivery customer.

    We will supply any extra info upon contact.

    Scotland Island Traders
    Happy shopping

    Email Graeme Richmond at scotlandislandtraders@gmail.com to register.


    For Sale

    Walker Bay For Sale

    $650 ono

    Weighs only 32 kgs, easy for one person to handle. 

    Has a wheel in the keel and is great to row.  In very good condition, great transfer boat for yacht. 

    Only selling as we do not use anymore,
    Contact Claire  0479 072 200


    Poly Runabout for Saleimage

    SMARTWAVE 3500 with 15HP Motor 

    Both Only 12 Months Old

    $3,800 ONO

    This is a fantastic 3.5 meters Polyethylene boat which is a reluctant sale as we are moving interstate.
    Great motor which starts first time. Both motor and boat are just 12 months old.
    Great commuter boat, great first boat, great fishing boat! Comes with safety gear, anchor, bilge and battery.
    The boat is rego'd for 12 months.
    The motor is a 15hp Maxus, is powerful and is in great mechanical condition.
    The boat is currently located near Church Point, Pittwater.
    Additional Features: Anchor well, Bow roller, Stern and bow rails, Rod holders, Drink holders, oars and rowlocks, Centre seat/storage, Rear seat squabs/storage, Bow tow eye, Foam filling, Fuel tank storage, Rowing positions.

    Specifications: Length 3.5m Beam 1.7 Hull weight 100kgs Capacity 3-4 Adults HP rating 25hp.
    If interested please call Graham on 0450 213 154.


    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 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 details - click here for details
    West Pittwater Community Association (WPCA) - http://www.wpca.org.au
    Scotland Island Emergency Water
    Complete details on website inc.
    General Information, Map & Contacts
    Emergency Water Guidelines September 2014
    Agreement For Sale Of Water Updated 2013
    SIRA Membership Application 2014-2015
    Scotland Island Children's Centre - (SIOCS - Scotland Island & Offshore Children's 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:  http://www.scotlandisland.org.au/community/community-hall/
    Pittwater Online Newshttp://www.pittwateronlinenews.com
    Tick Fact Sheet


    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/
    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 www.g2u.com.au -delivered to your door Scotland Island by Scotland Island Traders -  Graeme Richmond - Mobile: 0419 460 331
    email scotlandislandtraders@gmail.com
    Justice of the Peace - Bob Bolton - 9999 4092
    Justice of the Peace - Paul Purvis - 9979 9667
    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
    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
    Pittwater ECO Floor Sanding - LUCIO: 0425 376 986 pittwaterecofloorsanding@gmail.com
    Free Pump Outs for Boats - Council with RMS installed a pump out at Careel Bay wharf

    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
    @ 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 PM. & Saturday AM. Phone Nadine 0402 752465 nadineomara@gmail.com
    Tai Chi & Qi Gong classes – Friday 10-11 am. Chris 0416221040 or chris@syntivityaustralia.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   

    and reviewing recordings
    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.
    Look for the membership form link on the page. Return the completed form to SIRA at this address:

    The Treasurer, SIRA, PO Box 70, Church Point 2105.
    Please NO CASH.
    Contact the Treasurer at

    Join WPCA

    To join the Western Pittwater Community Association www.wpca.org.au, contact Michael Wiener at

    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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