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Scotland Island - Western Shores - Mackerel Beach

February 1, 2018

Newsletter for Offshore Residents of Pittwater, Australia - Volume 19, Issue 1012


Scotland Island Rural Fire Brigade

Community Fire Unit Training Announcement

Following the very successful series of briefings at the four Community Fire Unit cabinets we have now scheduled a Community Fire Unit Training Course on Sunday 11th February 2018 from 9am to 4pm.

The course will provide you with the knowledge and skills required to prepare and protect your home and assist the Brigade in the event of a fire. The key things we will cover include:
  • Working safely
  • Preparing your property
  • Bushfire behaviour
Fire fighting equipment and operations
If you would like to complete the course please register using this link.

Community Fire Unit Training

We had a lot of interest in doing the training and places on the course are limited so please register asap.

You will also have to apply for membership of the Rural Fire Service prior to the day of the course. The first step to do this to complete this online form.


If you have completed a previous CFU training course you can also register to do it again and refresh your knowledge and skills.

More information about the Scotland Island Community Fire Unit is available on our web site here http://www.sirfb.org.au/cfu

Its exciting to imagine our beautiful island well equipped with fire fighting equipment and with lots of well trained and prepared residents. Lets make it a reality!


Pete Lalor

  Stew Hasell
CFU Leader


Scotland Island General Clear Out

Monday, February 5

General, White goods & Metals (Bulky Goods)


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The total quantity per household should not to exceed 3 cubic metres (3m x 1m x 1m)


  • Asbestos, batteries and household chemicals
  • Building materials – wall linings, gyprock, studs, timber beams, tiles, concrete
  • Car, motor and boat parts, rubber tyres – rims are accepted
  • Food, full gas bottles (open valve), glass including windows, panes, mirrors, panels, shower screens, picture frames, liquid paints, oils, fuel, soil, earth, fill, bricks
  • Recyclable materials – paper and cardboard, soiled wrappings, vegetation, plants

Unacceptable Items will not be collected – please remove from roadside


  • Appliances such as stoves and fridges – remove doors; frames with glass removed – break glass into newspaper, wrap securely and put in household garbage
  • Paint tins and fuel containers – with the lid off and no liquid
  • Manageable quantities of: delivery pallets, wooden stairs, decking, gates, fencing, guttering, down piping, iron sheets and water tanks – cut down to 1.2 metre lengths and able to be lifted by one person; nails must not stick out – please hammer down; hot water systems – emptied
  • Metals to be kept separate, where possible, to be taken to Kimbriki Recycling & Waste Facility for re-processing and re-use
  • Place metals in a separate pile to other general clean up materials



The On Quay Choir will be starting again this Saturday.

Come and have fun and experience the joy of singing in harmony with other people.
We do a variety of different musical styles, mostly a cappella (unaccompanied) in 3 parts.

2.15pm-4.30 Saturdays at the Scotland Island Community Hall.
Only $15 a week.

No scary audition, all welcome.

Your first week is free.

For more info call Jessica on 0422 474 279.


A Big Thank You to Church Point Ferry Service


Not so newly engaged Scotland Island couple, Alec and Cameron, would like to give a big thanks to Penny and Church Point Ferry Service, for helping make their engagement party such a wonderful experience.

The outpouring of love on Saturday was gratefully received with a fun and relaxed time had by all as we chartered the ferry up the Pittwater.

It has been a long and at times arduous path, but the support shown from the community around us, makes it more sweeter than sour.

A magical day and a generous gift.

Thank you!


Dru Yoga

The Co-Op Club Presents

February 2018 Bookings

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

Sun Feb 4: Feel The Manouche : RW

Feel The Manouche is George Washingmachine’s latest musical adventure and what a band it is. George is one of the very best fiddle players in Australia and a great singer and storyteller. Feel The Manouche has a world music feel though it's use of double bass, guitars, accordion, fiddle & vocal helps the band achieve a strong melodic groove that can take on gypsy waltzes, swing jazz & many other flavours of music from our diverse planet. We invite you to sit back or dance and 'Feel The Manouche.'

But it is within a quieter bare bones approach as a trio that they can simply relax and remind themselves of all the music that they cherish from New Orleans, blues and soul from Memphis and Chicago. The band features Rob Woolf on keyboards and vocals, Carlos Adura on drums and Rowan Lane on bass and is in my opinion an afternoon not to be missed.

Sun Feb 11: The Fukers : LG

The Fukers are the Freshwater Ukelele Society and these guys rock the house and have become a Co-Op Club favourite. They blend quirky takes on hit songs from Dean Martin to The Church to INXS with Hawiian shirts and a margarita or two. With 5 ukes, double bass, guitar, drums & vocals they will have you laughing, singing & dancing on tables. Book for this one.

Sun Feb 18: Jeff Lang Solo :
Tix are $20 and bookings are essential.

Australian guitarist-songwriter-vocalist-producer, Jeff Lang has built a reputation for making startling music that is accomplished, intricate, gutsy, melodic and loaded with soul. Often taking unexpected turns, he has consistently inspired his audiences by creating a stylistically diverse catalogue of over 25 albums. 
Australia’s best roots-music musician – Rolling Stone

Australian guitarist Jeff Lang weaves remarkably skilled blues guitar around his songs, effortlessly playing complicated parts but never at the expense of the songs themselves.”  – The Onion

“Lang’s only reference point is himself, a unique, singer-songwriter-guitarist who follows his own path.”  - Le Soleil, Quebec

Don’t miss this legendary Australian musician for the first time at the Co-Op Club on Sunday Feb 18 from 3.30pm.

Check out Jeff here live at the Fuji Rock Festival.... https://youtu.be/Gn98_bZZdMM
Tix are $20 and bookings are essential.

 Sun Feb 25 : Sly Dogs:BKSLS

Sly Dogs featuring Matt Trapnell, David Richards, Chuck Bradley Stewart Eagles and Narelle Lewis are back for another round to see in the new year. Book a table!

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


Are your water tanks almost empty and your water taste disgusting?

Our tank is very low. We are bringing in water for drinking and washing from the mainland as every drop of rain that has fallen over the last year has missed the rain shadowed  Morning Bay

We at Living Water in Mona Vale are offering free drinking water for any offshore resident .*

Come into the shop and buy a water bag and you can have unlimited Kangen Drinking water.

We are at Shop 6,
Gateway Building,
1  Mona Vale Rd,
Mona Vale.
( Above Bing Lee and next to the Medical Centre.)

Open 9-5 Monday to Friday.

Call Rowena for details on 0406 046 256.

* For health reasons you must use one of our clean BPA Free, water bags.

Dingy For Saletinny

Commuter boat for sale.
5 HP Yamaha motor 5 years old with little use.

$2000 ono

Please phone Peter 0432635566


Car for Sale Car

2008 Toyota Yaris YR , auto , only 130,000 kms ,always serviced.
Great car.

Selling because I have purchased a bigger vehicle , only $3999.

Call Nickie


For Sale Sea kayak

Ultra lightweight plastic sea kayak about 5 years old, in good condiition except the rudder strings need replacing and front hatch cover is missing .

  • Weight: 39Lbs / 17kgs
  • Length: 16’ / 4.88M
  • Width: 23” / 60cm
  • Cockpit opening: 33” x  15” /  84 x 40 cm
  • Storage Capacity: 44Gal / 170 litres
  • Material:  Vacuum Thermo formed Plastic

You can buy it new from ProKayaks, Narrabean Lake for $2,995.00 or make us an offer around $1,000

Contact             Shar Jones   0438299 148
                        Jan Sindel Hand  0447 777 755


For Sale Vintage Cane Chaise Longue

Perfect for relaxing while looking at the view, reading a book or watching the sunset chair

Only $30

Contact Barbara 0402 542 883 or btink@gmp.usyd.edu.au

For pick up at 33 Richard Rd


Free to a Good Home

chair 2 chair1

Call Louise  9979 5228


Amy wanting compost bin

Looking for an above ground tumble compost bin that any Islander wants to get rid of/ didn't end up using and has ended up as a eye-saw in their backyard. 

We will pick up.

Please contact Amy or Andy on 0400 428 038


Tinny for Sale boat

Stable sturdy tinny

  • fenders, seats, floor, portable lights.
  • tiller steer,
  • Suzuki 30 Hp 3 years old , pull start.
  • The perfect commuter boat, includes commuter wharf permit .
Selling because the kids are going OS and we don’t need 2 boats.


Call John 0416315569 John,  for a test drive.


Old Picture Frames

To anyone who would like them

Contact Jan on
9986 0172


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 BookingsBarbara 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
Blue Toro Mobile Mechanics Northern Beaches - Ben (owner operator) on 0420 851 706 Vehicle servicing and repairs by coming to you...

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
Catherine Park Bush Care Group, 2nd Sunday @ 9.30am, Sharon Kinnison @ 9997 6017
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

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