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Scotland Island - Western Shores - Mackerel Beach

March 1, 2015

Newsletter for Offshore Residents of Pittwater, Australia - Volume 16, Issue 830


  • Editorial
  • International Women's Day Event
  • Local Council Notices inc;
  • RAD Group(Residents Association Design)
  • Ask a Sustainability Expert
  • Pittwater Artist's Trail
  • Peninsula Music Club Concert
  • Truth about not picking up Dog Poop
  • Co-Op Club - March Bookings
  • Pittwater Offshore Wine Syndicate Wine Tasting
  • Wanted Property to Rent
  • House to Rent
  • The Local Contact Guide
  • Join SIRA
  • Archived Newsletters
  • Your subscription Information

  • Editorial

    More thefts in our area..

    Over the last couple of months I seem to be reporting more and more thefts in our local area, most but not all related to boats, fuel etc.

    We have three more incidents this last week, one where tools were stolen from a locked tool box off a truck at Church Point Car park; a boat stolen, then found at Portuguese beach with the motor removed, and another where tools were removed from a boat tied up at Tennis Wharf,

    Time for all of us to keep a good look out for anything untoward, take note and report and help protect our area. Don't hesitate to let the local police know if you suspect something, or see anything suspicious. How about using your smart phone to take a photo if you suspect something is not right. You never know it may just be the little bit of information that you provide which allows the authorities to apprehend the offender ! And if you are a local that's nicking our stuff then go somewhere else before you are caught - you are not wanted here !

    Tool stolen from truck at CP.

    I've had tools stolen from church point car park on Tuesday 17 th February and the 23 rd February both at night. Can you let people know they are targeting steel lock up boxes on the back of trucks.

    Luke Ratcliff
    BD Remedial  Building and Waterproofing Pty Ltd 
    Ph: 0413043810

    Stolen polycraft

    A 4.1m blue polycraft was stolen from Carols wharf overnight Friday 27th/Saturday 28th of February. We discovered it missing at 8am this morning, and last saw it about 6pm last night.

    The water police have since recovered the hull from Portuguese Beach, but the 40hp Yamaha outboard was removed and is still missing.

    This has caused a huge issue for a young family, as my husband needs to leave for work at 5am, before the taxi or ferry are running.
    If anybody saw anything or has any information that may be able to help us locate the outboard motor, it would be very much appreciated.

    Outboard details:
    40hp 2 stroke Yamaha
    Model # 40VMHD
    Serial # 1000048

    Phone 0432 088 355 or 0425 376 986

    Theft at Tennis

    Ah, the joy of coming to your boat in the morning to discover it has been raided for spare parts!   The theft from our boat involved screw drivers and tools and was thus planned - fuel obviously wasn't on their shopping list this time!  As everything was there yesterday afternoon when I parked the boat at Tennis and unfortunately wasn't there this morning, this has happened at Tennis.  We have reported this to the Water Police. 

    All I can say is be it local or not, yet again we are reminded to keep a look out for unusual activities - if it looks a little weird chances are something is a miss.

    Regards Linda and Jonathan


    International Women’s Day Event



    Local Council Notice

    SAVE THE DATE for RAD Interactive Workshops in 2015

    RAD Group(Residents Association Design) - Interactive Workshop

    Saturday 21st March  and Saturday 16th May 2015


    We are looking to build on the achievements of RAD in 2015 with  two exciting events scheduled for March and May and we would like you to SAVE THE DATES:
    Saturday 21st March  and Saturday 16th May 2015
    There are two sessions on each day…
    10.00am – 12.00pm – Residents Association Members only
    1.00pm – 3.00pm – Members of the General Public

    These RAD workshops are being held in line with the Mona Vale Place Plan Community Engagement Program. Expert guest speakers from the field of Place Management will be hosting the interactive facilitated workshops. This  is your opportunity to provide input for the future of Mona Vale.
    A copy of the full program is attached  beside...

    Further details on guest speakers and workshop topics will be forwarded to you in the near future.
     Click image to load flyer                 

    Until then please save these dates – we look forward to you joining with RAD.
    Kim Reading
    Executive Assistant to Mayor & Councillors
    P: 9970 1104

    “Ask a Sustainability Expert”

    flyerMonday 23rd March

    On the night architects, tradies and designers will be providing free advice on solar, water re-use, green roofs, native bees and more!

    Come along to network and be inspired. Light refreshments will be provided.

    The event is ideal for anyone looking to build or renovate a property in the Pittwater local government area.

    Many thanks to the members of Sustainable Towns and Villages Reference group (STV) who have contributed to the planning of this event.

    The event will also launch the revised Steps to a Sustainable Home Guide an outcome from the (STV) working group.

        Click image to load flyer                     

    Pittwater Artist's Trail

    Weekend of 7-8 Marchflyer

    Residents and visitors to Pittwater can combine their love of walking with a love of the arts with the next Pittwater Artist's Trail.

    The public can visit 20 artists and artisans’ home studios across Pittwater during the weekend of 7-8 March.

    The Pittwater Artist’s Trail which is in its 5th year is coordinated by Pittwater Community Arts and aims to showcase the local area’s artistic talents.

    According to Pittwater Mayor, ‘Pittwater is home to painters, jewellery-makers, sculptors and many other creative people and this is a great opportunity to view their work in their studios.’

    Participating craftspeople and artists are listed in a brochure which is available at numerous cafes and businesses along with community centres and libraries.

    Vicki Ratcliff from Pittwater Community Arts said home studios can vary from the kitchen table, to the extraordinary Pittwater vista of the historical home of third generation artist Nada Herman.

    Ms Ratcliff said you can see incredible works varying from international Pop Art, encaustic painting, glass art, ritual objects, lithographs, to our Pittwater national treasure, ceramicist Willi Michalski.

    “Trail goers will be welcomed into the creative worlds of artists where they can converse with the artists and buy directs at great prices should they wish,” added Ms Ratcliff.

    The brochure provides information on each participating artist and their work. A handy map is also included in the brochure indicating the location of the artist’s home studio.

    A series of open weekends will also be held later this year on 5 - 6 September and then from 5 - 6 December.

    For more information on the Pittwater Artist's Trail visit www.pittwaterartiststrail.com.au



    Tango Paradiso’ on Friday the 6th March

    Peninsula Music Club is holding its first concert of the 2015 series ‘Tango Paradiso’ on Friday the 6th March doors will open at 7.20 for a short AGM before the performance at 8pm.
    Please show your membership card at the door.

    Purchase 2015 Four Concert Series for $70.00 casual single tickets are $25.00 Students $10.00 or free when accompanied by an adult.
    The concert will be followed by a Sparkling Wine Supper.



    The Shocking Truth About...

    Not Picking Up Your Dog’s Poop !

    by Justin @ TheILoveDogsSite

    Sure, we all know that it’s rude and disgusting to not clean up after your dog, but some of these facts really surprised me. Especially the very last one.

    How do you react when you see someone who doesn’t pick up their dog’s poop?

    Infographic courtesy of PoopBuddy.



    The Co-Op Club  Presents:

    March 2015 Bookings

    Church Point CafeArtists play between 3-6pm

    Artists play between 3-6pm

    Sun March 1: Costa Rae :image

    Sun March 1: Costa Rae play an alluring blend of Indie folk. It’s a richly textured sound, reminiscent of times gone by delivered in their own unique fashion.

    Since releasing ‘Shot from the moon’ (Tony Buchen - The Preatures, Washington, John Butler) the band has toured both Australia and Brazil extensively, playing festivals such as Peats Ridge, Open Arms and supporting the likes of The Beautiful girls, Jeff Lang and Ash Grunwald. Costa Rae played at the Co-Op club for the first time last November and they were fantastic!
    “…harmonies, thoughtful lyrics and strong songwriting...’Shot From The Moon’ is an album to get to know so by the time summer comes around you can be singing along during festival season or firing it up as the soundtrack to a lazy Sunday afternoon” - Monique Cowper, Drum Media

    Sun March 8: The Backsliders :image

    The Backsliders.  Australian blues legends Dom Turner & Rob  Hirst (Midnight Oil) with Joe Glover will present a very special ‘campfire’ blues session, performing in acoustic mode taking their 21st Century blues back to it’s pre-war origins for 2 sets at the Co-Op Club on Sunday March 8, 2015. The band will perform acoustic versions of their originals as well as treatments of 1920’s songs by blues heroes such as Mississippi Fred McDowell and Robert Johnson.
    This is a one-off event not to be missed!

    Sunday March 8, 2015 3-6pm
    Tickets $15 at the door but strongly suggest pre booking on 9999 2793

    …without a dispute the best blues band in Australia. Their material is impeccable and their musicianship is a wonder to behold…” – SMH

    Sun March 15: Matt Trapnell & The Sly Dogs :image

    Matt Trapnell & The Sly Dogs return to the Co-Op Club for their first gig for 2015.

    Our beloved house band play once a month and the word is spreading about this very cool outfit with their own brand of dirty blues & funky grooves & special guests.

    Sun March 22:  Acca Daiquiries :

    Acca Daiquiries are an established Sydney-based jazz quartet (piano, bass, drums and saxophone/vocals) specialising in hip and original arrangements of some of the great pop and rock songs of the past half century, giving them a swinging and refreshingly contemporary sound.

    The repertoire includes swing versions of ‘Wild Thing, ‘Am I Ever Gonna See Your Face Again’, ‘Stairway to Heaven’ & Latin versions of ‘Long Way to the Top’, ‘Smoke on the Water’ & ‘Sunshine of your Love’. .

    Sun March 29:  Liza Ohlback :

    Liza Ohlback covers all styles of blues, including jazz, gospel, soul & swamp. With a voice that can growl, howl or soothe your furrowed brow this 2013 triple blues ‘Chain Award’ winner for her album Trouble Goin Down can deliver her unique style with frankness and a wicked sense of humour. She will be joined by Dave Longo on guitar, Geoff Rosenberg bass &  Greg Ohlback drums/vox.

     ...”Liza is a class act…”  -  Brian Lizotte

    Music is every Sunday between 3-6pm  
    1860 Pittwater Rd Church Point – bookings 9999 2793




    Australia's Largest Selling Wine Syndicate


    Sunday March 22nd, 3 - 5pm.


    Can you feel the chill winds of winter? I certainly can't and it may be necessary to stock up the beverage cupboard (or room) for those delightful autumn barbecues and parties that we all look forward to.

    The Wine Syndicate is holding its next tasting from 3pm on Sunday March 22nd. You and your offshore friends are cordially invited. It is likely to be at Greg and Louise Robert's home at Pittpoint at the North end of Scotland Island. But like the seasons, this location may change. Watch for updates!

    As to the wines - I suspect they have yet to be chosen. But as always they will be of great quality and at an excellent price. We will let you have the tasting notes and the price list as soon as they come to hand.

    See you there...


    Wanted - Property to Rent

    Short Term Accommodation Sought

    I’m looking for a boatshed or a small cottage to rent in Elvina or Lovett Bay (accessible by foot from the Elvina Wharfs) for a couple of weeks for my Mum who is coming to visit from the UK. She’s a carer so she doesn’t have a big budget so something small would be perfect.

    The dates are 7th to 19th April.
    Please get in touch if you think you could help.
    I’m also looking for a house to rent for the weekend 17-18th April when we have more family arriving and so need a spill over space for a few nights. Three bedrooms plus would be great. All visitors are adults – no kids or dogs – and we essentially just need the extra bedroom space so they’ve somewhere to lay their heads so the kitchen doesn’t need to be large, etc.
    Please get in touch if you have a vacant property and are able to help.
    Many thanks, Rachael Babin Rachael@PittwaterDigital.com.au or 0450 254 533.

    Lovely family looking for house to rent on Scotland Island. 

    We have recently returned to the island and would love to resettle amongst friends and neighbours.  We are seeking a two bedroomed house, which would be ideal but would consider all options, big or small which could accommodate myself and 2 children. 

    Great tenant, happy to tend or 'tame' the garden, references available. 

    Please call Lizzie 0477 939 408 if can anyone help or know of any options.

    Studio/Boathouse Accommodation Wanted

    My partner and I, both writers, are looking to spend some time offshore this year in order to delve deep into the writing process without disruption.

    Do you have a quiet, creative, and beautiful space from which we can work and live for a few months in order to finish our projects? We're happy to house sit/look after your place in the winter whilst you're away if necessary.

    We are unable to offer money in exchange, however we would love to gift/pay it forward in any way we can in exchange for our stay.

    Please contact Aimee via text if you can assist us:
    0405 344 154.


    House to Rent

    House Available Now

    66 Florence Tce, Scotland Island close to Eastern Wharf.

    3 bedroom plus attic room house for rent,available now.
    Recently renovated with landscaped gardens.

    $550 per week.
    Contact James Ph 0416 092 160

    Short Term Rental

    Available for short term rental  (approximately a month ) from March 20th , a delightfully peaceful cottage on the Western Foreshores of Pittwater, recently completely renovated, in a beautiful waterfront setting just a short stroll from the ferry.

    Fully furnished including all kitchen utensils, open plan downstairs, large bedroom upstairs, polished timber floors, ceiling fans, fire place and plenty of wood, two outdoor decks, flyscreens all around, a very private bushland retreat. Enough space for a couple, or a small family.

    $400 per week inclusive, dates negotiable - can be longer too

    Call 0405 097 424

    House for rent/available now

    3 bedroom plus attic room house available  (close to eastern wharf) 66 Florence Tce. 
    Recently renovated with landscaped gardens. $550 per week.
    Contact James, 0416 092 160


    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  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
    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   

    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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