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Scotland Island - Western Shores - Mackerel Beach

June 1, 2017

Newsletter for Offshore Residents of Pittwater, Australia - Volume 18, Issue 975




 Significant drainage works will be carried out at two Island locations as follows:



Installation of 70m of concrete storm water pipes, Installation of 2 inlet pits and 70m of asphalt dish drain. Installation of water bars across the road.




Installation of an inlet pit, asphalt dish drain and replacement of the existing broken concrete dish drain with a reinforced concrete dish drain. Installation of 3 water bars across the road.

STAGE 2 UPDATED JUNE 2017 – SITE 1         AND SITE 2 

Queries:  Email allasphalting@gmail.com


Kindy Market Cafe

Sunday 4 June 9am -12pm



Fire Shed Dinner - Paella Fiesta

June 17 from 7pm


The Salvation Army Red Shield AppealRedShieldAppeal

Between Monday 22 May and Sunday 4 June a volunteer collector will knock on your door seeking a donation for the 2017 Salvation Army Red Shield Appeal.

Your donation will ensure The Salvation Army can continue providing HOPE to the homeless in our community.

Volunteers will be wearing an identification badge and will give you a receipt for your donation.

Thank you. 

Annette Ritchie
0410 007 501


Young Musicians Invitation

For a Winter Concert on Sunday June 25

Dear Young Musicians,

You will all remember the wonderful concert that we had on 11 December last year. It was such a success that many people asked if we would do it again.

So we are planning a winter concert for Sunday, 25 June at 1.00 – 3.00 pm in the Scotland Island Community Hall. This will enable people who wish to go to the Church Point music to get there in time.

We would love to welcome back the musicians who played last time and, of course, some new faces and instruments. Maybe you can perform something that is somehow associated with a winter theme.

Again, we will ask for a gold coin donation and a small plate of food for afternoon tea. If we have anyone who would like to be a compere, please let us know.

Please contact Robyn Iredale (rriredale@gmail.com) or David Richards (drjavoo@gmail.com) by 20 June if you would like to play or sing or dance, etc. Also, give us a list of what you intend to perform and we will put together the program.

Robyn and David


Protect Pittwater Crowd-funding Campaign

As you might know, former Pittwater councillor Bob Grace has been working on a community campaign to protect the area into the future.

Protect Pittwater crowd-funding campaign, which went live at 1pm Tuesday.

The campaign, run by the community association Protect Pittwater, aims to raise money for legal action to restore Pittwater Council and we hope you will be able to help us.

Our initial goal is to raise $10,000. Any amount donated - however large or small - will help.

Bob – a retired barrister - says that's enough for legal advice and a statement of claim to get us into court.

Any money not used for legal costs will be put towards an ongoing campaign to protect the environment and character of the Pittwater area.

Please take a look at the crowd-funding page for more details:


Proposed New Ferry Service

To Connect East & West Southern Pittwater Wharves

Seeks Community Feedback

Taylor Booth, son of former Olympian Mitch Booth, has an idea he’d like the community to provide some feedback on – a long-weekend Ferry Service to connect the west and east bays of Pittwater that revisits some historic former Pittwater ferry runs.

Taylor Booth
Taylor Booth

The proposed standalone service will operate in and out of Newport Wharf and service Rowland Reserve, Church Point, Scotland Island, Elvina Bay, Morning Bay, Paradise Beach, Taylors Point, Saltpan and the RMYC.

The timetable will run on Friday from 1200, Saturday 1200 and Sunday 12.00 to 20.00 providing a reliable and handy travel option to the public connecting these southern Pittwater wharves with west to east options and a means for visitors to get to the Pittwater YHA from Newport or those working on the Oceanside to get home to Church Point.

Those who peruse out history features would know some of these wharves were once part of the ferry (or earlier steamers) runs in Pittwater and meant both sides of the estuary were accessible without having to go near a road. In fact, when most Pittwater roads were dusty tracks they were the only option to access these places.

"For the past year I have been seeking approval from the NSW Government to operate a ferry service on the Northern Beaches of Sydney in Pittwater.
At this stage all attempts to get this service underway have fallen on deaf ears by ministers and decision makers alike." Taylor explained this week.

"However, as the proposal is still formally pending, there is still hope and with the community's support and help then who knows?"

The schedule Taylor has mapped claims won't clash with the existing services being provided by the Church Point Ferry Service and would even work in to enable those who want to visit Newport or Avalon from the western shores with a connecting service.

"The benefits of the proposed service are endless. " Taylor explains, listing these as those he has identified:

1. Give another parking option for offshore residents of Pittwater and open up the abundance of parking space at Rowland Reserve.
2. Reduce parking congestion at Church Point, Newport and other problem areas.
3. Connection to and from the L90 bus that stops at Newport.
4. Giving residents of Clareville and surrounding suburbs a public transport service that doesn't really exist except the bus into Avalon.
5. Safe and affordable travel to and from The Newport and RMYC.
6. Reducing the amount of drink driving on the water during the weekend.
7. Reducing the amount of cars on local roads.

Taylor has set up a petition to gauge community feedback.

"The goal is to get to 1000 signatures and present this to both the Secretary of Transport NSW and the Minister for Transport in the hope they may then listen to the local community’s needs." Taylor stated.

Additional information about this ferry service can be obtained by contacting Taylor at taylor@tbmarine.com.au (email).

The petition is available here while the Newport Ferry Service facebook page will post updates when and as they occur.

Source: Pittwater Online News
May 28 - June 3, 2017: Issue 314




Church Point Boardwalk Extended

May 2017

Northern Beaches Council is proposing to extend the new boardwalk at Church Point to improve access and safety, and to provide an uninterrupted connection through to Mona Vale.

Council Administrator Dick Persson AM said the project had been mooted for some time but the previous Pittwater Council did not have the resources to fund it.

“With the amalgamated Northern Beaches Council we finally have an opportunity to build this much-needed community facility.

“The extended boardwalk will complete the Church Point upgrade and better connect Church Point with Mona Vale,” Mr Persson said.

The extended boardwalk will integrate the existing café to Thomas Stephens Reserve to provide a safer connection to the new, larger carpark and commuter wharf, removing a dangerous pinch point.

The request for funding came through a consolidated submission from the local resident associations representing the precinct, including Bayview and Church Point Residents Association, Church Point Friends, Scotland Island Residents Association and the West Pittwater Community Association.

Bayview/Church Point Residents Association President Rob Conroy said they were very pleased.

“This will make the foreshore much more accessible and thanks to the extra funding, this extension will help connect the whole area. It will make a lot of people very happy.”

Other key features of the Church Point upgrade include a new seawall, boardwalk and 120 space carpark, associated pedestrian and other safety improvements and a realignment of McCarrs Creek Road between the café/general store and Rostrevor Reserve.

“The community can be assured that this $10 million upgrade is on track and will deliver a new and improved amenity for locals and visitors to enjoy as well as a much-needed parking solution for our offshore residents,” Mr Persson said

Council has sought $900,000 in the 2018 Budget for the project, which will be tabled at an Extraordinary General Meeting of Council on Wednesday 3 May.

The project is due to be completed by mid 2018, weather permitting.




Fiona Higgins Author Talk CB

Thursday, 8 June 2017 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Glen Street Library
Cnr Glen Street, Blackbutts Road
Belrose NSW 2085

Join bestselling Northern Beaches author Fiona Higgins as she discusses her novels Fearless, The Mothers’ Group and Wife On The Run.

Afterwards, join us for Q & A and have your book signed by Fiona.

Books will be available for purchase on the night.
Bookings essential.
Reserve a book by Fiona Higgins.

Let us know if you have any accessibility requirements.
Reserve a book by Fiona Higgins.

Don’t want to miss a thing? Subscribe here to the library events mailing list to find out about upcoming events.

Enquires: 9942 2449.

Let us know if you have any accessibility requirements.


Household Chemical Cleanout

Date: 24 & 25 June 2017

Waste matters. CleanOut your household chemicals the right way.

Drop your household chemicals off for FREE. Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 June

The safe way to dispose of potentially hazardous household chemicals is at a Household Chemical CleanOut event which are held across NSW on specified dates. CleanOut is a free service for the safe disposal of a range of household chemicals that could cause harm to human health and the environment if they are not disposed of correctly.

Drop off these materials:
  • Solvents and household cleaners
  • Floor care products
  • Ammonia based cleaners
  • Fluorescent globes and tubes
  • Car batteries
  • Motor oils, fuels and fluids
  • Paint and paint related products
  • Pesticides and herbicides poisons
  • Gas bottles
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Pool chemicals
  • Hobby chemicals
  • Acids and alkalis
Venue: Mona Vale Beach car park, Surfview Rd, Mona Vale.

Time: 9am-3.30pm.

Contact: EPA Environment Line ph 131 555

Website: www.epa.nsw.gov.au/managewaste/house-chemicals.htm

See more at: http://www.westpittwater.com.au/BookingRetrieve.aspx?ID=67154#sthash.q9A9d50j.dpuf

Source: West Pittwater Community Association


Scotland Island Weather Station

If Islanders follow the local weather on http://scotise.pittwaterweather.com/ they may have noticed that the rain readings have been low compared to their general observations.

We discovered that the rain gauge component of the weather station was full of dirt. Hopefully it will be providing more accurate readings now that we've cleaned it out.

Col Batt


The Co-Op Club Presents

June 2017 Bookings

Church Point Cafe -  Artists play between 3:30 - 6:30pm

Sun June 04: Bec Jenson : BJ

Bec Jenson is back at the Co-Op Club and we’re so happy about that because if you caught her show in March you will know that she tore the place up with great songs and a great band that had everyone up dancing. She is a fantastic Australian singer/guitarist partly because she is the daughter of one of Australia’s great singers, Shauna Jenson who is an ex northern beaches gal.

Bec will be joining us at the Co-Op club with a fine band playing some soulful tunes, some that she’s written and some by other artists.

Sun June 11:  Sly Dogs : SD

The Sly Dogs are back at the Co-Op Club with their own brand of blues, pop and soul with special guest as always.

A crowd favourite.

Sun June 18:  Katye Lush : KL

Kate Lush is taking off into a whole new stratosphere right now. The Aust Blues Chain Award winner is in creative overdrive, turning out a #1 album last year & rocking festival stages & venues all over Australia. Here she is again touring her brand new album LET IT FLY with her unmistakable soulful grit, that red hot band & some great new original songs (one of which hit the U.S IAMA’S Song writing Awards finalist list)

Don’t miss this one folks!

Sun June 25:  Wendy Mathews : WM

Wendy Matthews needs no introduction to most of you as she is one of the greatest voices in Australia. Originally from Montreal Canada, Wendy joined her first band and left home as a teenager, busking her way across the USA to Los Angeles where she met Glenn Shorrock who invited her to tour with him in Australia in 1982. The rest is history.

She’s worked with a who’s who in Australian music but it was after touring with the band Absent Friends that she recorded her first solo album Émigré which went double platinum and spawned the hits Token Angels, Let’s Kiss and Woman’s Gotta Have It which earned Wendy the best Female artist and best Debut single with Token Angels at the 1990 ARIA AWARDS. She was also voted best female singer in the 1990 Rolling Stone Reader’s Poll.

This was followed by the multi-Platinum album Lily which sold over 500,000 albums and contained the highest selling single of 1993 and single of the year. The Day You Went Away We are very pleased to present Wendy and her band playing all of her classic songs in a special 90 minute show.

Tickets are just $30.

Get in quick so you don’t miss this very special artist for one show only at the Co-Op Club.

Music is every Sunday between 3.30 - 6.30pm  
1860 Pittwater Rd Church Point – bookings 9999 2793


Island Based Domestic Cleaner

I now have spaces to take on a few new clients for weekly, fortnightly or monthly house cleans on the Island or Western Foreshores.

Please get in touch.
Invoice / ABN provided.

Annie Hurn - 0410 688 008


A Mac Consultant

I could use a Mac-savy, Microsoft Outlook tech to help me get Outlook glitches fixed and to sort out the mess that is my iPhoto file, both on the Mac Air and the iPhone.

Jan Murray
91 Florence Trce, Scotland Island
0408 689 733


Pittwater YHA Housekeeper Required

Housekeeper required @ Pittwater YHA (see website)

Sundays: 11-3pm
Fridays: 9-1pm

Possible additional hours and other related hostel tasks.

Please apply by email with resume.

Pittwater YHA
Managers Sarah Polomka & Michael Doherty
Contact: Michael 0414 983 488
p: (02) 9999 5748 (8-10 am and 5-8 pm)
w: http://www.yha.com.au/hostels/nsw/sydney-surrounds/pittwater/


Have your groceries delivered through your door!

FACT: It costs you approximately $70 (inc. time) to do your Island shop.

That equates to 7 Woolworths boxes, a very large family order.
Make this money work for you, instead of you working and still spending it.

To avail yourself of this money-saving service, send your details to scotlandislandtraders@gmail.com or call us on 0419460331.

WE have been operating on Scotland Island for 30 years, employing local youngsters.

Free yourselves of the drudge of shopping and paying for the privilege, and have it dlivered through your door.

WE look forward to hearing from you soon.



Lost Keys

I lost my car/house keys at either Church Point, Cargo Wharf or on the way to my house behind Yamba.

Not sure exactly when, I think it was over the last couple of days.

Please contact Ant on 0415 846 172 if you have found them.

Thank you.


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) - 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 Scotland Island Kindy,
Catherine Park, Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday
8.00am - 6.00pm
Before & After School Care
8.00am till walked to school ferry - collected from school ferry till 6.00pm
Vacation Care, Parents Group on Mondays
Hire the Kindy for Birthday Parties
Please call 0431 125 142/02 9979 7856 or email SIOCSdirector@gmail.com
Scotland Island Community Hall Bookings:  Barbara Labram M: 0473008339  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
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
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

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 - 0414 994 092
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
 Justice of the Peace  -  Lexie Le Blang 0418399674 or 99992574
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
Island Based Domestic Cleaner - Annie Hurn - 0410 688 008 - annie.hurn8@gmail.com

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
Dru Yoga - Tuesday 9.00 to 10.30 Tuesday morning - Phone Katya on 0414 187 916
Dynamic Yoga Saturdays from 9am - 10.30am. Nadine 0402 752465 / nadineomara@gmail.com
Nia Dance Fitness Classes WEDNESDAYD 7pm - Mandy Loveday 0411 345 389


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
Scotland Island Players - contact Bob 0414 994 092 or Kez on 0414 994 094
Catherine Park Bush Care Group, 2nd Sunday @ 9.30am, Sharon Kinnison @ 9997 6017
Elizabeth Park Bush Care Group, 1st Saturday @ 9 am, Bob Bolton @ 0414 994 092
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
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
Pittwater Council Cooee! Environmental Newsletter http://www.pittwater.nsw.gov.au/environment/get_involved/cooee_newsletter

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, Sun rise & set
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
Mackerl 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


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

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

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Pittwater Offshore Photo Gallery


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