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Scotland Island - Western Shores - Mackerel Beach

January 21, 2018

Newsletter for Offshore Residents of Pittwater





Council secured funding from Transport -  Roads & Maritime Services for funding towards the costs of improvements to Carols Wharf and Bell Wharf.

The SIRA committee is extremely pleased to announce that we have secured another win for our community. Although a detailed design is yet to be done, we expect that the works will be in line with the proposals submitted by SIRA last year. They are expected to deliver:
  • 30 new commuter boat tie-ups at Bell Wharf
  • 38 new commuter boat tie-ups at Carols Wharf
The legwork for this was done by the Wharves Working Group under leadership of Alec Beckett. Well done to all!

SIRA will start talks with Council on the timing and details of the work next month. The funding deal stipulates that the works are completed before the end of 2019 and of course we hope for a much earlier delivery.

Hubert van Mierlo, SIRA President.


Kindy News

Scotland Island Kindy Community Garden/ Fencing Extension

Dear all,

The children, parents and staff of the Scotland Island Kindy are very excited to present you with our plans for a new sustainable community garden.

As you may have noticed, the Northern Beaches Council has this summer replaced the Kindy’s old fencing, and we thought this would be the perfect opportunity to extend the fence to the corner of the building so that we could make the most of what is currently unused space in the park.

Our dream is to turn it, with the children’s active participation, into a beautiful community garden for all to enjoy and, should you wish, also be involved in developing/ gardening.

A Master Plan of the layout will be available in a couple of weeks, but in the meantime you can head down to Catherine Park and check out the proposed new layout of the fencing.

This is a once in a decade opportunity as council workers are waiting and eager to start, having already completed the first part of the fencing. Catherine Park is of course a public park for the enjoyment of all, and your support and partnership in this project would be greatly appreciated. If you have any questions, please let us know in the comments section below before Monday 22 January, or contact us directly.

Once the fencing has been put in place, we will be in touch again with drawings of the space and proposed layout of garden, for your input, along with a long-term project management plan.

On behalf of our children, thank you!

The Scotland Island Kindy Staff & Committee

More information: SIOCSDirector@gmail.com

Celebrating Brigitte Mahler Mills' life

We are putting together a book for Andrew and the boys which will be available on 18th February at Frog Hollow to write in, draw in, paste in and record your memories of Brigitte. If you have any photographs or written memories you would like to send us before-hand please email them to:-


Marion and Michael
0431 457 431

WPYC Putt Putt Race

It's Jan. 27th Saturday, day after Australia Day

Treharne Cove 11am start be there at 10am to register.

WPYC Putt Putt

11 a.m. staggered start from Treharne Cove, around the island anti clockwise.

Gentlemen's Launch start 11 am

Puttputts 12

Registration online or with Toby on the day on the 'Laurel May' $10 entry.

Trophy 's
Free WP calendars
Sausage sizzle on the beach after the races
Prizes for best dressed boat
Heaps of fun for all
Beer Wine Soft drinks available


would like to invite expressions of interest in:

An Island Comedy Night

I am starting to organise a Comedy Night, and would like to invite anyone interested to a Creative Workshop
Sunday 4 Feb 2:00pm in the hall.

It is a ‘franchise’, where you bring your own sketch/film/whatever, and I pull them together so they all appear on the stage on the same night (ideally), but not the same time.

Just have an idea?  Come along and explore possibilities!
Petra 0404 867 768

International Women’s Day 8 March 2018

Each year, there is a night of music/talking/rap/mime/food/drink to celebrate International Women’s Day, supported by SI Players.  Anyone can perform.

This year, it is planned for Saturday 10 March
Are you interested in contributing?
More importantly – are you interested in organising it?
‘Cos if someone else doesn’t, it’s me again, isn’t it?  Muggins, here!

Expressions of interest to:
Petra 0404 867 768

General Call

Do you have an idea for a play/musical/performance/exposition/spectacle/exhibition?
Just need some help?
The Players can provide advice, insurance, a stage, lights and an email distribution list to find willing participants!  All you need to bring is your enthusiasm and your drive!
2018 is here!  Don’t let the grass grow!
Contact one of the committee:

Petra 0404 867 768
Barbara 0400 377 056
Emmie 0405 330 781
Shane 0413 514 825

A big thank-you to everyone that helped save my boat on Sunday

Living here on Scotland Island you really do see, hear of and experience little acts of kindness on a regular if not a daily basis, but the winds on Sunday really showed the Community spirit and willingness of residents to help others even if they don’t know who they are helping.

My little tinny was tied up (and locked) at Cargo pontoon and took the brunt of the strong winds resulting in the engine guard being ripped off leaving two significant holes in the transom well below the water line.  Luckily quick thinking and action by those on the spot when it happened resulted in my boat being saved and pulled up onto the beach out of harms way, if looking a little sorry for itself.

I know this task would not have been easy (bolt cutters were required just to release the boat from the pontoon and the amount of bailing is something I certainly can’t even imagine) and I don’t even know everyone that helped… so this is my BIG THANK-YOU to everyone, however small a part you played… Gillian thanks for running up my 80 steps as you recognised it was my boat and Amy for posting on Facebook to get help… I think it was Andree that we bumped into on the way down to Cargo and I’m sure there were others that I was too shell shocked to thank properly or catch your names…

Thank-you all again

Additional photos added to the Fireshed Christmas lunch.

Click any image to go to the online album....
Images courtesy of Phillippa Thomas

Floating Floor For Sale flooring

I have approx 9 square metres of floating floor boards.
Some are brand new. Rest is second hand
Bought from carpet court.


Louise 0414991110

For Sale


Yamaha 15hp engine, with fuel tank

Well looked after and it starts easily BUT it has gone under twice and it is getting old (though I’m not sure of the year. Serial number 15FMH 684K S 105039 S J). $400.

Good for a small tinny, and its worth the price in parts alone.

Contact Boyd boydatt@bigpond.com or 0417 991 499


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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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