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Scotland Island - Western Shores - Mackerel Beach

October 1, 2017

Newsletter for Offshore Residents of Pittwater, Australia - Volume 18, Issue 991



Start of the Bushfire Danger Period – Fire Permits Required

Given recent weather conditions, the lack of rain and a number of Total Fire Bans, the risk of bushfire in our community is already quite high. In fact, we’ve had a number of bushfires in the local area already.

However, the 1st October marks the start of the official Bushfire Danger Period which will run through until at least 31st March.

During this period residents wishing to do hazard reduction or pile burns will require a Fire Permit as well as a Hazard Reduction Certificate.
  1. Fire Permits are valid for a period of 21 days

  2. They are automatically suspended during Total Fire Bans and periods when the Bushfire danger is rated Very High or above. Before issuing a Fire Permit, the Permit Issuing Officer will need to be convinced that appropriate plans are in place for supervising the fire, containing the fire and extinguishing the fire

  3. You are also still required to notify neighbours and the Rural Fire Service at least 24 hours before you plan to do the burn and before you light the fire

  4. Other conditions may also be imposed when the Permit is issued.
You should read the Before You Light That Fire document which is available on the RFS web site.

If you need a Hazard Reduction Certificate this can be arranged by contacting the Northern Beaches Fire Control Centre on (02) 9450 3000.

When you have the Hazard Reduction Certificate you can obtain a Fire Permit by contacting the Scotland Island Brigade on 9999 4404 (or the West Pittwater Brigade for offshore residents on 9997 3795) or the Northern Beaches Fire Control Centre.

 Lighting of fires at Cargo Beach, Scotland Island

There have been a number of fires lit on Cargo Beach Scotland Island over the past couple of months.

The Scotland Island Rural Fire Brigade would like to remind everyone that lighting fires on Cargo Beach is a breach of the Rural Fire Act and is illegal. There are significant penalties for breaching the Rural Fires Act.

Fires on the beach, particularly when they are left unattended or smoldering overnight represent a significant fire risk to the community.

When fires at the beach are reported (and they should be reported by calling 000) the Brigade has no option but to respond and extinguish the fire.


Bush dance at he next Fire Shed Dinner

Saturday 14th October from 7.00pm



If you want to dress up, you’re most welcome! 

Classic wide skirts, bib and braces dungarees, flannelette shirt...

Interlace Costume hire has numerous outfits!



ON QUAY - The Pittwater Offshore Community Choir

Saturdays at 2:15pm in Community Hall


Is looking for members!
We meet every SATURDAY afternoon at 2.15pm in the Scotland Island Hall.

Only $12 a week! Pay as you go. First week free.
It's a Community Choir. No audition.
You don't have to read know how to read music, (but it helps.)
Fun and welcoming atmosphere. Men are welcome too.

Join us!
Call or text Jessica on 0422 474 279 for more info.


Ferry Walking Group



Kindy Fund Raiser

Namatjira Project Screening

Saturday 28 October, 7:30pm Community Hall

Having premiered at this year's Melbourne International Film Festival, Namatjira Project is heading to Scotland Island on Saturday 28 October for a special screening brought to you by the Scotland Island Kindy.

A Big hART production, the documentary in part grew from the stage, but "it's far more than a straight bio or theatre-on-film adaptation" (SMH, 2017).

Not to be missed, this is a special fund raiser for the Kindy.

Join us for wine and cheese before the start of the film. Do not miss out - book your tickets now:



Nettie Lodge Artworks Sale

Saturday 14 October

12 Richard Road from 2:00pm

(Geoff's Deck



Marty Fund Raiser

Help Marty get to the Special Olympic National Games

Marty Fundraiser


Empowerment in Ageing
by New Way to Stay - Louise Mace

Thu. 9 November 2017
6:30 pm – 8:30 pm AEDT

At Royal Motor Yacht Club Broken Bay
46 Prince Alfred Parade
Newport, NSW 2106

"...Most Australians in their advanced years would like to have the choice to remain living independently in their own homes, even when their mobility and health declines. We believe they can do this far more often than they realise. This event is hosted by New Way To Stay, a a new business concept and true end-to-end partner in aged care. Louise Mace, who founded New Way To Stay from her own real life experience, invites all ages of the community to join us for a drink and canapés in the beautiful surrounds of the Royal Motor Yacht Club, Newport, whilst hearing from leading experts on how to better navigate your own path at this critical time....."

New Way To Stay to help people navigate their older years, in particular to help them stay at home and fund in-home aged care. The business features in the latest issue of Pittwater Life - it's a new business concept, that Louise was inspired to start after going through the loss of her own father in his final years.

The event is an information evening themed 'Empowerment in Ageing' that will be held at the Newport Royal Motor Yacht Club on 9 November.

The line-up of speakers includes a solicitor (to talk about wills and estates), a financial planner and a home care expert, and Jason Falinski MP will also be speaking (he has a background in health care as a small business owner).

Tickets can be purchased online here or directly through the club for $25.


Australia's Largest Selling Wine Syndicate

All the Wine that's fit to Drink :)

Sunday 22nd October 2017
The Chapman/Roberts homes on the north side of Scotland Island


Wow! What happened to winter? I must of dozed off and missed it. So here we are again, ready to face spring and then the Christmas holiday season and we all know what that means (apart from sunburn) - quality wine time!

Apart from the obligatory inclusion of a top bubbly at a great price, there are some terrific surprises - and some old faves.


  • DATE: Sunday, October 22nd
  • WHERE: The Chapman/Roberts homes on the north side of Scotland Island - boatshed adjacent to Greg and Louise's home 'Pittpoint'
    On the northern side of Scotland Island
  • TIME: 3pm
  • TO BRING: Friends and family, a plate of bite sized food to share and a printed copy of the attached tasting notes - and a pen! We only have a limited number of tasting glasses so it is a good idea to come with one of your own

WPYC Commodores Cocktail Party

Early Notice !


November  11

Put it in your Diary .....


Looking for a private berth for commuter boat

Quiet, respectful islander looking for a berth on a private jetty – preferably close to Carols or Bells.

I need a deep water berth to ensure an easy commute for work.

Happy to discuss a fee for the use of the jetty.

Please contact Eileen on 0414714891.

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 Island Kindy in Catherine Park
Days of operation: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday
Times: 8.00am - 6.00pm
Before & After School Care
8.00am until walked to school ferry - collected from school ferry until 6.00pm
Vacation Care, Casual Care and Playgroup on Fridays
Hire the Kindy for Birthday Parties
Please call 02 9979 7856 or email SIOCSdirector@gmail.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/theislandkindy
Website: http://scotlandislandkindy.business.site/
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 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
Solicitor - Rachel Carter - Carter O'Neill Legal - 0406 239 946

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 8.30am - 10.00am. 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

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

Offshore Gallery

Pittwater Offshore Photo Gallery


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