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January 20, 2019

Newsletter for Offshore Residents of Pittwater




Wharves Project Update

Northern Beaches Council advised on 10th January, 2019 that, after calling for tenders in November for Bell and Carols Wharves designs, they are now sorting out contracts. Their aim is to consult the community about a design concept in the first few months of this year.

Council has also advised that they have to negotiate with Crown Lands NSW as many of the potential concepts are outside the existing reserves.

They intend to organise a kick-start meeting with the Wharves working group and the consultant once all the contracts are finalised, which should be in the next couple of weeks.

Pittwater Waterway Strategy 2038

Draft on Exhibition

Chance to talk with Council staff at Church Point on 3/2/19

Northern Beaches Council is seeking comment on the Pittwater Waterway Strategy 2038 (Draft).

The draft Strategy sets the future direction for how the Pittwater Waterway will be sustainably managed over the next 20 years.

View the Council Report (Item 11.3) - 27 November 2018
View Council Minutes(External link)

View Pittwater Waterway Strategy 2038 (Draft) - Attachment Booklet 6

How to be involved
  • Online Submission
  • In writing marked 'Pittwater Waterway Strategy 2038 (draft)' to Northern Beaches Council PO Box 82 Manly NSW 1655
Hard copies of the relevant documents can also be viewed at Council’s Customer Service Centres during business hours.

Submissions close Sunday, 3rd February, 2019.

Council also wants to ensure you have the opportunity to talk to them about the draft Strategy. Staff will be available at the following times and locations to hear your thoughts and answer questions.

"Come along and see us at Church Point Wharf - Saturday, 2nd February, 2019, 12 - 2pm."

Enquires: Strategic & Place Planning on 1300 434 434

Draft Scotland Island Traffic Management Plan - open for comment until mid-February

Thank you to those of you who were able to attend the stakeholder meeting on Scotland Island on 9th December.

Transport Network Manager, Phil Devon, presented the proposed draft plan and addressed questions from attendees.

The Your Say project page is now live and provides an opportunity to view the Draft Plan, notes from the meeting and comment online.

Due to the holiday period, we have extended the comment period until Sunday, 17th February, 2019.

Make a comment
In writing –Northern Beaches Council, PO Box 82, Manly NSW 1655, marked ‘Draft Traffic Management Plan – Scotland Island’
Full details are available on the Your Say project page.

Comments close Sunday, 17th February.
Community Engagement Team

Fare Increase for the Ferries

fair increase

A Survey On Ticks And Wildlife In The Northern Beaches

The University of Sydney is conducting a study to better understand how residents and their pets are encountering ticks and wildlife in their backyards. We invite all Northern Beaches residents to participate in our survey.


Coastal bushland remnants and other green spaces across the Northern Beaches are home to a variety of native plants and animals. They also provide a place for residents to enjoy their favourite outdoor pastimes. Paralysis ticks (Ixodes holocyclus) are common in the Northern Beaches and feed on a wide range of animal hosts during their life cycle. Understanding the complex relationship between ticks and their host species is an essential part of our research. The information we gain will contribute to our growing knowledge of ticks and will guide future research efforts.

We aim to identify:
  • Areas where people are encountering ticks more than others (tick 'hotspots'),
  • Backyard and landscape features that may influence tick presence, and
  • Wildlife using backyards and how this might or might not influence tick occurrence
To meet these aims, it is important for you to provide a street address. If you would prefer not to, we ask that you provide your street name and nearest cross street. It is important for us to create a map of tick encounters to understand what landscape features might influence tick presence and where to target future research.

All identifying information will be removed from any data presentations.

The survey should only take approximately 10 minutes to complete and is voluntary.

If you have any questions about the project, please contact PhD candidate Casey Taylor on 02 9351 3189 or casey.taylor@sydney.edu.au. This project is being undertaken by the University of Sydney in association with Northern Beaches Council.

Your participation is greatly appreciated.

This research has been approved by the University of Sydney Human Ethics committee. (Approval no: 2018/157)

Further details HERE

Thanks to https://www.facebook.com/ScotlandIslandCommunity/

Woody Point Yacht Club Putt Putt Race

Sunday 27th January


Local Architect

Local Architect Sabrina (based on Scotland Island) is looking for projects to help with.

She has 26 years experience in design and can help with concept sketches, 3D renderings, floorplans, and development applications as well as overall management of a project from concept to completion.

No job is too small or too big as she is happy to help with anything from a small bathroom renovation up to a billion dollar airport which she has designed in the past.

She offers reasonable rates to help you get your architecture project finished.  Contact Sabrina on 0426223407 or email at sabrinaaphillips@gmail.com


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

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