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Scotland Island - Western Shores - Mackerel Beach

December 1, 2019

Newsletter for Offshore Residents of Pittwater, Australia - Volume 20, Issue 1092


Pittwater Carols Afloat

Thursday 19 December 7pm at Lovett Bay,

then onto Church Point Wharf from 8.30pm


Everyone is welcome


Afternoon with Young Musicians

Today !

Sunday 1st December at the Community Hall



Scotland Island Dog Race

It's on again!

Same time same place

Christmas Eve 6pm at Church Point


Register your Dog from 2:30 to 5:30pm
Entry fee is 1 Longneck (Cold !) and 1 x Large Tin Dog Food

Official starting time around 6pm at Bell Wharf


Scotland Island Fire Brigade Goodwill XMAS Lunch

December 25th from Midday at the fire shed

Booking is essential !

To help us with the catering please RSVP by 18th December at the latest

Contact Nathalie 0419 432460 or nathalie@muir.net


Church Point Ferry Service

Ferry Fare 2020

Fare increase


The Scotland Island Recreation Club (SIRC)

Summer Table Tennis Sessions on Saturday

Over the summer Saturday afternoon table tennis sessions will be from 4.00-6.00pm.

Come along and have some exercise and fun.


The Co-Op Club Presents

December 2019 Bookings

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

Sun December 1st:  CJ Raggatt Rhythm & Blues BandCJR

Get ready to stomp your feet, shout & holler & shake your booty. The Rhythm & Blues Spectacular at Church Point Music Co-Op Dec 1st will take you to a better place. Where you can boogie woogie, boogaloo, shimmy shango and shake.
Meet the six piece band…
Vocals: Ms Milena Barrett - winner of Syd Blues International Blues Challenge
Guitar: CJ Raggatt - fantastically talented singer / guitarist
Drums: Mr Rosscoe Clark - the king of swing & the sheik of shuffle
Bass: Paul Christie - from Mondo Rock, The Party Boys, The Big Daddys & Rockhouse.
Harmonica: Kelvin Carlson, a killer harp player
Keyboards: John 'The Storm' Tweed.

Sun December 8th: The Bellhops - Award Winning Blues, Jump’n’Jive Swing Band
THE BELLHOPS Sydney’s Premier Award Winning Blues, Jum’n’Jive & Swing Band!! With numerous award winning albums under their belts, they are frequently found performing at Blues Festivals as well as many clubs, winery’s and ski fields all around NSW - If you love to dance this is a Sunday at the Co-Op you won’t want to miss.

The Bellhops have been influenced by Chuck Berry, Wilson Pickett, Big Joe Turner, James Brown, Ray Charles and Louis Jordan to name a few and pay tribute to the Swing and Jive ear of the late 40’s, the Rock’nRoll of the 50’s, the Soul and R&B of the 60’s and the East Coast Blues music of the USA.

Their lineup is big and brassy, featuring their very own Horn Mafia. Virtuoso Guitarist and slide specialist John Russell with Ian Ditman on Vocals together with Kevin Egan and Mark Roulston in the rhythm section.

Sun December 15th: Jade MacRae - Tickets On Sale Now!
he Co-Op Club are proud to present ARIA AWARD winning JADE MACRAE! While touring the globe with U.S. guitarist Joe Bonnamassa she steps away to bring home an incredible new body of work ‘Up Above Your Head’ to sell out shows in Sydney & Melbourne, together with her absolute monster team of Sydney musicians.

Sept 11 2019 - Sydney Morning Herald’s – John Shands…
“Gladys could have saved us all a fortune by having Jade MacRae demolish the Sydney Football Stadium. One note should have done the job, such is the singer's staggering power. Having penned a batch of songs buried deep in the R&B tradition. MacRae, who should have become a major star 15 years ago, were such matters decided by talent rather than luck, joins a rich tradition of Australian female R&B singers that includes Wendy Saddington, Jeannie Lewis, Renee Geyer and Tina Harrod”

Raw soul, delivered with a unique blend of vulnerability and power. Jade MacRae’s voice tells a thousand tales, from joy to despair, bearing all the marks of humanity in between. Daughter of local Australian Jazz Royalty Joy Yates & David MacRae, Jade’s rich and varied musical history colours not only her vocal delivery, but also her song writing which channels the great RnB artists of the 50s and 60s, and tips a hat to her love of jazz sewn from a young age.

Jade has worked with Jimmy Barnes, Cold Chisel, Renee Geyer and Neil Finn, as well as international luminaries such as Ray Charles, James Brown, Dave Stewart (Eurhythmics) and John Legend.

Don’t miss this opportunity to see our own incredible Australian Artist Jade MacRae.

Tickets $15 - Contact Waterfront Store (Co-Op Club)

Thurs. December 19th: Carols AfloatCarols

The first performance is at the Lovett Bay Boatshed at 7 pm. This is one for those in boats which can raft up around the boatshed and hear the choir’s dulcet tones echoing around Salvation Creek.

Following the first show the choir embarks on a ferry – courtesy of Penny Gleen and the Church Point Ferry Service - for the trip to Church Point for the second performance which will start about 8.30.

The choir sings on the end of the old ferry wharf and can be seen and heard from Thomas Stephens Square, the Waterfront Restaurant and many other vantage points on land as well as from the water for those in boats.

Sun December 22nd: The Fukers - are back by popular demand!Fukers

The FUKERS are back! Look out Folks!! The Big Men of Little Music are returning once again to the Co-Op!! If it hasn’t already sold out then it will shortly after this event goes up… so don’t wait until tomorrow to book a table…

That's right, quirky crowd favorites The FUKERS will be back with their crazy bunch of Ukuleles to warm up your winter blues. Bring your friends, bring the kids, bring Grandma & Grandpa but most importantly bring your dancing shoes for yet another afternoon of great tunes and madness. Their last few shows here have packed the joint, so make sure to book a table early, you wouldn't want to miss out on the fun!!

Tues. December 24th: John Brownrigg - Classic Rock ‘n Roll, Soul, R&B & MotownJBR

On the Eve of Christmas and the Scotland Island Dog Race, The Co-Op presents the JOHN BROWNRIGG BAND with friends galore!

Please note the early start time of 3pm.

John is a life long musician from Liverpool UK. From the golden age of Merseybeat to today’s memories of yesteryear playing Classic Rock ‘n Roll, Soul, R&B & Motown.
A feature of the local Aussie music scene since the sixties. John continues working today presenting music from the Brit Invasion era as well as his ever growing original music. Influenced by the blues music of America and the interpretations of the British beat bands. The melodies of Lennon, McCartney
Harrison and Starr and the sensual appeal of Jagger, Richards and Stones.

Grab a table booking & join us for a fabulous afternoon of great music, this is one afternoon you won’t forget!

Sun December 29th: Look out! The Lionel Robinson AgendaLRA

Look out!.... THE LIONEL ROBINSON AGENDA.  Local Keyboard player, singer songwriter has enlisted the Northern Beaches’ top musical talents for this end-of-year show at the Co-Op Club.

Lionel has been wowing audiences across the Northern Beaches with his jazz, blues and popular music of the 1960s with the rhythms of Latin America.

His show is guaranteed to get you up and dancing! Expect Ray Charles, Georgie Fame, Beatles, Bacharach as you’ve never heard them, plus a stack of Lionel originals. Make the most of this Sunday and join this amazing afternoon of entertainment from 3.30pm.

The Waterfront Café’s Co-Op Club presents the finest live music North side of the bridge from 3.30pm every Sunday. Come and immerse yourself in some wonderful music by the waters edge with great friends, your favourite beverage, some wonderful music and a huge range of delicious menu specials. 
1860 Pittwater Rd Church Point – bookings 99796633



So long and thanks for all the…


The list could be quite lengthy so I think THANKS says it all. 

We have truly enjoyed our time here on the Island and have often mavelled at the amazing spirit and generosity of this very eclectic community.  But, after 13 years of Island life Jonathan and I are looking forward to our next adventure.

Officially homeless as of the 26th November, we plan to roam the country for a while in our twin cab ute, Rex the Raptor.

The new owner of our old home is Christine Simpson.  She is already known to a few of you on the Island, everyone else please make her welcome.  Among many things Christine is a sculpture and exhibitor at Sculpture by the Sea this year.  

So farewell and hoping that some of our paths will meet again and one last thing before we sign off…don’t forget to miss us!

Linda & Jonathan



Stella Folkboat, Stella Ilimo

On April 19, 2010, the Pittwater Offshore Newsletter carried an advertisement for the sale of the Stella Folkboat, Stella Ilimo, that was built in 1978 for Ann Gash after the loss of the original Ilimo.

Ann Gash was a female Joshua Slocum: the first woman known to have sailed a small boat around the world, westbound with stops, between 1975 and 1977. It was not an official record attempt nor an official circumnavigation. She was simply proving to herself that she could do it, as a 52 year-old grandmother from Pittwater with no blue-water experience.

She was sailing a Folkboat named Ilimo, which ironically hit an uncharted rock and sank at the entrance to Broken Bay a few months after she returned. The Australian Folkboat Association raised money for a second boat for her, named Stella Ilimo, which she sailed to America and back.

I have heard that this boat is still in Pittwater, and am wondering if anyone there knows if this is the case. I'm writing a piece about Ann and I'm trying to establish what happened to the Stella. If possible, I'd also like to find a photo of her.
I would certainly appreciate any information or memories about either boat or about Ann. I can be contacted at: chrystopher.spicer@jcu.edu.au.

Chrystopher Spicer


Lost - Blue Corrective Glasses

If by any chance anyone found a pair of blue corrective glasses around the time of the festival, could you please contact me?

Jean Paul Raynaud


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 Rural Fire Brigade - 9999 4404 - http://www.sirfb.org.au
West Pittwater Rural Fire Brigade
http://www.westpittwater.com.au/rural-fire-brigade/WPRFB-contacts - 9997-3795
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:  Lucy Gregg M: 0424 233 674  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/
John Gavagna 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
Mark Allan -  www.waterfrontpropertysles.com.au - 0419 777 500

Services, Clubs & Accommodation

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
Justice of the Peace  -  Graham Stenner - 0407216405
Justice of the Peace  -  Carolyn Milani - 0409914699
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
Top water purification system installed for offshore homes:  Call Juliette 0418349448
Solicitor - Rachel Carter - Carter O'Neill Legal - 0406 239 946
Island Based Domestic Cleaner - Kath - 0405097424 - kathando@yahoo.com
Building Design and Drafting Services  - Samuela Madej – Murphy ph. 0450331573
email: samuelamadej@gmail.com
Architect / Drafting / 3D sketches / Council submissions services - Sabrina Phillips, NSW Architect 0426223407  - sabrinaaphillips@gmail.com
Qualified Deep Tissue & Swedish Massage - Mona 0490701213
Island Based Cleaner - Uses predominantly Organic & Natural Products - Mona 0490701213
Broken Bay Barges & Sydney Commercial Diving Services - Brent Taylor - 0409 269 404 - taylordmarine@gmail.com
J&M Property Care - Jamie - 0488665 685, Michelle - 0402 942 063 - Brochure - michellesala00@gmail.com

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
Outdoor Circuit Training Classes on Scotland Island - Lowri Dwyer - 0450 201 650 - lowri_89@icloud.com - https://www.facebook.com/lowri.dwyer/
Dynamic Yoga Saturdays from 8.30am - 10.00am.
Drop-In Easy Hatha Yoga - Monday Evenings 7:00pm - 8:15pm
Nadine 0402 752465 / nadineomara@gmail.com


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
Northern Beaches eNewsletter - Sign up for the Northern Beaches Council monthly e-newsletter Northern Beaches Have your Say - https://www.northernbeaches.nsw.gov.au/council/have-your-say
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

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, Sunrise & Sunset
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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