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Scotland Island - Western Shores - Mackerel Beach

April 1, 2016

Newsletter for Offshore Residents of Pittwater, Australia - Volume 17, Issue 900


Daylight Saving

Sunday 3 April 2016 - Daylight Saving Time Ends

When local daylight time is about to reach
Sunday, 3 April 2016, 3:00:00 AM clocks are turned backward 1 hour to
Sunday, 3 April 2016, 2:00:00 AM local standard time instead

Sunrise and sunset will be about 1 hour earlier on 3 Apr 2016 than the day before.
There will be more light in the morning.

Change Your Clock

Change Your Smoke Alarm Battery!

At the end of daylight saving in each year, change your smoke alarm battery with a long life battery when you change your clock. House fires occur more frequently during the winter months, and making sure you go in to winter with a working smoke alarm makes good sense.

If you have a hard-wired smoke alarm, these still have a battery as a back up and the battery needs to be changed as well.

Find the Your Home Fire Safety brochure in the Fire Safety page of the Publications section.

Smoke alarms don't last forever!

Smoke alarms have a lifespan of about 10 years. After that, you should replace them.

Most smoke alarms have a use-by date printed on them. If your alarm is still beeping after you have changed its battery, it should be replaced with a photo-electric model.

Old smoke alarms can be safely thrown out with household rubbish.


Scotland Island Vegetation Collection

Monday 4th April

Regular Vegetation Collection Guidelines Still Apply:
  • A maximum of 2 cubic metres of vegetation for each household
  • Leaf litter, grass clippings and prunings TO BE PLACED IN HARD SIDED CONTAINERS
  • Branches to be no longer than 1.2m and BUNDLED AND TIED TOGETHER WITH TWINE
  • No plastic, hessian or nylon bags
  • No cardboard, foam or polystyrene boxes
  • No soil or untied bundles
  • Any material not complying with collection guidelines will be left on the road side for residents to arrange private collection
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Church Point Ferry Service Notice

Newport Athletics Carnival Ferry Times

In order to get the kids to school by 7.00am, we would need to drop them at Newport at 6.40 am. This should ensure that they are not late for the buses.

Pick up from;
Bells Wharf 6.15
Tennis Wharf 6.20
Eastern Wharf 6.25
Carols Wharf 6.30

We would request a nominal fee of $2.00 per child. Any adult is welcome to catch the ferry at the normal fare. Please feel free to give me a call to discuss or pass my details onto the teacher organising the event.

Penny Gleen
Church Point Ferry Service
Reduce your carbon footprint - Catch the Ferry
0433 038 408

Woody Point AGM

Bayview Scout Hall

30th April 6pm


COMEDY NIGHT – expressions of interest

On a scale of 1 to 10, how amusing are you?

I’m looking for people are really quite funny, to take part in a Comedy Night. 

Aiming for June, no firm date yet.  The night will be a series of sketches, possibly loosely linked by a theme, possibly not.  There is space for two ways to participate – create and deliver your own piece, or take part in someone else’s (depending on need).
Are you interested?  Text or email myself or Lizzie Brand.
Petra Godfrey 0404 867 768 petragee@tesco.net
Lizzie Brand 0424 341 458 lizziebrand@outlook.com


Scotland Island Fire Shed Dinner

1st Dinner for the Year - Saturday 14 May

Time to dress up and be the person you always wanted to be !!




Savour the flavours of Pittwater's Food and Wine Fair

Foodies and wine-lovers can start packing the picnic rug in preparation for the 2016 Pittwater Food and Wine Fair.

Now in its seventh year, the Food and Wine Fair will once again take place at picturesque Winnererremy Bay in Mona Vale, next to the children’s playground and Flying Fox Café on Sunday 1 May from 10am-4pm.

Residents and visitors are encouraged to ride their bikes, walk, or take public transport to the Fair. Pittwater Council is providing plenty of bike racks and a courtesy shuttle bus which will be on a constant loop from Winnererremy bay to the Mona Vale bus stop on Pittwater Road throughout the day.

Come along and sample fine Australian wines from boutique and classic wine makers, enjoy tasty gourmet foods while tapping your toes to some fabulous live reggae from Revolution Incorporated and others.

Mayor Jacqui Townsend reiterates “there will be something for everyone at this year’s fair, with an amazing variety of wines and food, cooking demonstrations of paella, pickles and preserves, and delicious deserts, as well as eco-stalls, a volunteer’s expo, children’s entertainment and live music!”
“You can pick up useful tips on living sustainably and protecting our environment, as well as collecting a free native plant,” said Cr Townsend.

“The expo will profile a variety of volunteering opportunities including community transport, community service groups, accessibility and disability services,” she said.

Recyclable/reusable wine ’glasses’ will be sold on the day from the Council stall for $5. These ‘glasses’ will be required to buy wine tastings from the wineries.

Attendees are also encouraged to bring drink bottles on the day which they can fill up at the water stations provided by Sydney Water.

Winnererremy Bay Reserve is located at Mona Street, Mona Vale.

For more information visit www.pittwater.nsw.gov.au/foodandwinefair
Contact: Media contact:
Phone: Community Relations: 9970 1172 or 9970 1119

People of Pittwater say no to mega council

As another council merger is considered, Pittwater residents spoke out at the first of three public inquiry meetings at Mona Vale to reaffirm their opposition to Warringah’s mega council proposal.

Of more than 70 speakers, almost 80% spoke against the proposal to merge Pittwater with Manly and Warringah with losing voice, community connectedness, and areas of environmental sensitivity being under threat by over development the major concerns voiced to the independent delegate, Mr Richard Pearson.

Residents, businesses, sporting groups, community organisations and councillors spoke passionately about their areas with the majority stating a mega council is too big, too removed and too bureaucratic.

A broad cross-section of the community including business chambers, surf life saving clubs, environmental groups, councillors and residents voiced their concerns about council mergers and in particular the scale and bulk of one really big council.

There were concerns about the homogeneous approach to planning and the lack of recognition of cultural and demographic differences that characterise the more metropolitan south to  open space and bushland of the north.

The proposal’s omission of any references to Mona Vale Hospital as a major health facility and any commercial assets north of Dee Why were also highlighted by speakers.

This is the second proposal the Pittwater community is now being asked to comment on – this time from Warringah Council to merge Pittwater with Manly and Warringah.

Pittwater Mayor Jacqueline Townsend said it was inspiring to hear about the strong connection and love the people of Pittwater have for their area.

“Local government reform is about value for the community, not just financial savings. Value comes from connection, voice, being local, responsive and independent, as well as good financial management. The issue is about balance and how reform can be achieved while not creating a large bureaucratic agency that is disconnected to its people. Pittwater wants a proposal where size and scale work to retain a closeness and connectedness to the community and the environment.

“Pittwater is financially sustainable, met all the NSW Government financial benchmarks and continues to work with our SHOROC partners for financial efficiencies. Amalgamation into one large council is not necessary for this to happen.

“The financial benefits of both the NSW Government’s proposal for two councils for the SHOROC region and Warringah Council’s mega council proposal are very similar and both will yield strong financial results. The government estimated its proposal would mean a community benefit of $121 million over 20 years – a benefit of 1.77% of annual operating revenue compared to 1.98% of one council.

“The real difference is in community voice, representation and engagement. Our residents told us they don’t want a centralised bureaucracy making planning and budgeting decisions away from the community.

“We are a council supportive of reform but not when it will negatively impact our community. Even local government expert Professor Dollery has said that SHOROC two council model is ‘the most sensible and economically responsible for the region possible’. Let's work together to create a council linking areas of similar character, culture and density with appropriate levels of representation and community connectedness,” Mayor Townsend said.

Submissions on this new proposal can be made at www.councilboundaryreview.nsw.gov.au; or Council Boundary Review, GPO Box 5341 Sydney NSW 2001 by Friday 8 April.

Contact: Community Relations
Phone: 9970 1119, 9970 1172, 9970 1114


Library School Holiday Activities



Special Story time

TUESDAY 12 APRIL , 10 - 11AM

Calling all pre-schoolers!

Meet local authors Beck and Matt Stanton, who will read their new book

‘Did you take the B from my _ook?’.

Bookings not essential  99701600.


Wild About Whales

WEDNESDAY 13 APRIL , 10:30 - 11:30AM


Meet local authors Beck and Matt Stanton, who will read their new book

‘Did you take the B from my _ook?’.

Bookings  essential  99701600 !


LEGO Robotics



Meet local authors Beck and Matt Stanton, who will read their new book

‘Did you take the B from my _ook?’.

Bookings  essential  99701600 !


Craft with Robyn



Bookings NOT essential  99701600 !


The Co-Op Club Presents

April 2016 Bookings

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

Sun April 3:  Chich & The Soul Messengersimage

Chich & The Soul Messengers are the 'soul revivalists' and they're bringing their soul & blues revue to the Co-Op Club on Sun April 3. The boys will be showcasing their critically acclaimed tunes from their 2015 EP 'Dirty Soul' which rose to #14 on the Australian Blues & Roots charts, alongside new takes on classics from soul greats like Bill Withers, Donny Hathaway & Curtis Mayfield. They also have a new album being released this year to watch out for.

Sun April 10: Green Limousine :image

Green Limousine is a great new band specializing in soulful rock, funk & blues. They deliver some of the best grooves in town from the likes of Ray Charles, Greg Allman, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Neville Brothers, Tim Buckley and much more. The band features John Spense on guitar (Fargone Beauties) & Co-Op Club and Top Room favourite, Rick Melick on piano, (Joe Bonnamassa, John Hiatt, Dragon) along with Ian Lees on bass, (Moving Pictures, Chasin The Train) and Bill Handley drums. (Stone Parade, Blues Delux)

Sun April 17:  Liza Ohlback :image

Liza Ohlback is back at the Co-Op Club after having an absolute crazy 2015 where she starred in the fantastic stage show "PEARL" the Janis Joplin Story that took her on a crazy journey around Australia. We look forward to hearing some new material from her 2nd album "Give You Hell" which she released in Nov last year. Liza always brings with her a fantastic band with hubby Greg Ohlback on drums.

Sun April 24: The Sly Dogs  :image

The Sly Dogs are back with their very own brand of swampy blues, pop & funky soul featuring Matt Trapnell on guitar, vocals & harmonica along with guest vocalist, the fabulous Narelle Lewis.

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


For Sale honda

Honda Civic 2009 Sports  - $13,500

  • 2 Litre - 5 Speed Manual
  • One Owner
  • Sunroof
  • Leather Seats
  • Alloy Wheels
  • Rego to Jan 2017
Deryn 0412-616152


Boat for Saleimage

 Stacer 489 easy rider run about (2008)

  • Yamaha 4 stroke 70 HP motor with Alloy prop (2013). 233 Hours on motor
  • Full custom made bimini with strataglass clears and sumbrella canvas (2013)
  • NAVMAN VHF7000 Radio
  • NAVMAN Fish 4431 Fish finder / depth etc
  • Full Yamaha instrumentation.
  • Carpeted
  • Anchor and chain (hardly used) in bow locker
  • Seats 5 with room for extra in bow (removable seats)
  • Marine ply floor section fitted (ideal for fishing platform entry / exit
  • Safety gear included (life jackets, fire extinguisher, paddles etc)
  • In built fuel tank.
  • 11 months rego.
  • Has been regularly serviced and antifouled (receipts can be provided).
  • Could do with a paint touch up.

$16000 ono.

Owners must sell as we have departed the island.
All genuine offers considered 

Peter (0428644976)


Clean Fill Available


Up to 35 cubic metres in bags are available for delivery.

Please ring or txt Toni 043108279


Moving Boxes Wanted

Contact Amanda on 0406 654 466
or email aghamilton11@gmail.com

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 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:  Barbara Labram M: 0473008339  or hall@sira.org.au
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 - 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
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
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
Tai Chi & Qi Gong classes – Friday 10-11 am. Chris 0416221040 or chris@syntivityaustralia.com
Nia dance fitness classes Fridays 9am - 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
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:


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 www.westpittwater.com.au, contact Michael Wiener at treasurer@wpca.org.au

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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