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Scotland Island - Western Shores - Mackerel Beach

June 17, 2016

Newsletter for Offshore Residents of Pittwater, Australia

2016 - No Election Polling Booths on Scotland Island

Nearest Election day polling places for the electoral division of Mackellar

Note: Election day polling places open at 8am and close at 6pm s


Loquat Valley Anglican Preparatory School
1977 Pittwater Rd
Assisted wheelchair access

Mona Vale

Mona Vale Memorial Hall
1 Park St
Assisted wheelchair access
Mona Vale Surf Club
Surfview Rd
Not wheelchair accessible
Pittwater High School
Mona St
Assisted wheelchair access


Lakes Parish Hall
21 Lagoon St
Assisted wheelchair access
Narrabeen Lakes Public School
1299 Pittwater Rd
Assisted wheelchair access
RSL Lifecare
RSL ANZAC Village Pompey Elliot Lounge 90 Veterans Parade
Wheelchair accessible


Newport Public School
Stuart St
Assisted wheelchair access
Newport Surf Club
Barrenjoey Rd
Not wheelchair accessible

More details can be found here - http://www.aec.gov.au/



Emergency Water Monitor Line 1

Closes 23 June 2016

SIRA would be pleased to receive Expressions of Interest for the above position following the departure of Nathalie Muir after many years’ service

Position Description:
  • This position requires the availability for bookings by phone, email or text from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. 7-days per week
  • Preference will be given to someone who is already a user of Line 1 and lives within a reasonable distance of the meters at Bell Wharf to facilitate line changing on allocated days and emergencies
  • Customer Service skills required to liaise with residents in varied scenarios of water demand and delivery
  • Days allocated for Line 1 are Thursday from 8 a.m. through to Sunday 10 a.m. each week
  • Access to a computer and mobile phone are a pre-requisite to take and record bookings
  • Accurate record keeping of bookings, readings and payments is essential
  • Readings to be requested within 24 hours of booking and payment advice sent, online transfer of funds recorded and reminders sent within the required payment period
  • Experience with Excel spreadsheets required for monthly reconciliation of bookings/payments
  • Willingness to learn the intricacies of the emergency water system so that they will be able to troubleshoot problems in order to assist customers with their booking
  • Identifying any damage or leaks on the line to be reported immediately for rectification
  • Follow the Emergency Water Guidelines and Procedures for Monitors
  • 20% of gross water purchases plus fee of $10.00 per booking
  • Invoice, with ABN number, to be submitted monthly once the reconciliation is complete
Please address your expression of interest complete with contact details to the Treasurer (Boyd Attewell) no later than 23 June 2016, Email:  treasurer@sira.org.au or by post: Treasurer, SIRA, P O Box 70, Church Point

 Click for Emergency Water Guidelines and Procedure for Monitors or request them to be  emailed/posted.

PDF version of this document



To assist vehicle owners with registering their vehicles, in 1995, SIRA negotiated and obtained permission approval from the RMS for the Fire Station to become a registered inspection station.  Pink slips are issued annually and are valid until the registration date within the year.  Warriewood RMS is aware of this arrangement and will accept renewals with these pink slips.

SIRA supports the registration of all motor vehicles on Scotland Island.  Residents with unregistered vehicles in use are putting the community at risk through the lack of third party liability cover.  Should an accident ever occur that results in injury to the driver, passengers or pedestrians, it would devastate our community.

Please be responsible and make your vehicles available for registration. If your vehicle does not pass registration or you are currently the user of an unregistered vehicle, SIRA recommends that it be removed from the Island.




COST:       $60.00 PER VEHICLE $10.00  S.I.R.F.B. TOTAL: $70.00


This will be a once only inspection - please present vehicles in roadworthy condition
Rejection slips will be issued for vehicles not conforming to RMS regulations



Disaster Recovery Information Centre

A Disaster Recovery Information Centre will open at Council’s Customer Service Centre, at Mona Vale on Friday 10 June for residents who have been impacted by the recent storm.

Administrator Dick Persson said that Council had been working very closely with the Office of Emergency Management NSW to set up the centre, which will be a hub for information and advice on a range of government and welfare services.

“Resident safety will always be our first priority, but now that a few days has passed and we have a clearer idea of what we are dealing with, we are now able to help our community with rebuilding their lives,” said Mr Persson.

The Disaster Recovery Information Centre will operate from Friday 10-17 June. The Northern Beaches Council has also opened a temporary 24 hour Coastal Erosion Hotline for residents - 9942 2557.

The Disaster Recovery Information Centre will provide a range of services, these include:

  • Disaster Welfare Services
  • SafeWork NSW
  • NSW Fair Trading
  • Housing NSW
  • LegalAid
  • NSW Health
  • Insurance Council of Australia
  • NRMA, CGU and Coles Insurance
  • Red Cross
  • Chaplains

Northern Beaches Council
Customer Service Centre
1 Park Street, Mona Vale

Weekdays 9am-7pm
All long weekend 9am-4pm
Enquiries 9970 1666

For those requiring assistance, representatives of key welfare, business and insurance agencies will be on hand, or via referral from the site to give help, advice and information to affected residents and business people.

Visit the Emergency NSW website: emergency.nsw.gov.au/publications/publications.html

Letter to the Editor...

Thank you to all involved

 On 15 May, Bev felt ill and was having some difficulty breathing. We set out for Mona Vale Hospital on the ferry but duirng the brief trip Bev became much worse and by the time the ferry was docked at Church Point she was unable to move without severe pain. A large number of passengers, many visitors to our neck of the woods, stopped to render assistance and comfort her. Someone called the Water Police who attended and gave her oxygen while we waited for the ambulance. There were a number of young women we believe may have been staying at the Youth Hostel who were extremely caring and Mary Romeo and staff provided cushions and blankets as Bev was feeling very cold.

She was treated by paramedics and taken to Mona Vale Hospital, subsequently being transferred to the Royal North Shore where she was kept in the ICU until being discharged last Friday (10 June). We were met by Graham, driving the Community vehicle, who drove us home. Apart from that Bev received many good wishes from all who were aware of her being ill.

I would like to thank all involved, too many to name individually, and a number who stopped, assisted and disappeared, to remain anonymous but who contributed what assistance they could.

Steve Pollard

Come and Boogie !

Scotland Island Kindy Disco is back


Saturday 25th of June 5pm 
$5 entry - kids under 4 free
Scotland island kindy


Come an dance with us.

Food & drinks for sale

Moving House Sale

Sunday 19th

  • 4 ft Fish tank and stand with accessories, including fish books.                  $50
  • Pine chest of drawers with mirror    43 X 105 X 112 high                              $50
  • 5 piece rush lounge setting 2 side tables, coffee table, lounge and chair       $150
  • Vintage dressing table and mirror and stool. Needs re-polishing                   $50
  • Vintage/antique rosewood dining setting with table, 6 chairs and sideboard   $300
Prices are negotiable.

Lots of other items too numerous to detail:
  • 4 drawer filing cabinet
  • Laminated office desk in reasonable condition
  • 2 small Chest of Drawers
  • 1960’s small wrought iron glass-topped kitchen table
  • Loads of FREE stuff... Picture frames, pictures, canvasses (previously used)
Lots and lots of free stuff as well.

PLEASE RING IF INTERESTED. I will be open for business again Sunday, 19th June.
Lizzie Brand on 0424341458 or 99972026 if interested

Glasses Found 


These glasses were found down at the park last Monday morning.

Please contact 0450 334 565.

Polycraft for Sale poly


4.5m Drifter Centre Console Polycraft with 60HP  4 stroke Yamaha. 2008.
  • 540 hours
  • Fully serviced
  • Rego Feb 2017
  • All safety gear  
Larry Eastwood.
0417 244406.

Morning Bay.


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

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