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Scotland Island - Western Shores - Mackerel Beach

November 1, 2016

Newsletter for Offshore Residents of Pittwater, Australia - Volume 17, Issue 940





Notice of Annual General Meeting

Notice is given that the Annual General Meeting

of the Scotland Island Residents’ Association

will be held on Sunday, November 13, 2016 at 10:30 am

Scotland Island Community Hall

IMPORTANT: Nominations for the Committee, including office bearer positions should be submitted online between before Sunday 6 November, 11 am. Click here to read the rules and how to submit your nomination.

The Ordinary Business of the meeting will be:
  •     To confirm the Minutes of the previous Annual General Meeting and of any General Meeting held since that meeting
  •     To receive the Annual Report of the Association during the preceding year
  •     Updates from Subcommittees and Working Groups
  •     Results of the SIRA Survey 2016
  •     Short demonstration of an online SIRA Water booking system.
  •     Motions by notice and from the floor
  •     To elect Officer Bearers and Ordinary Committee Members of the Association
Please RSVP (click here) to make registration at the AGM quicker and easier!

Documents for the meeting will be uploaded, keep an eye on further emails regarding the AGM.



Church Point Ferry Service News



Melbourne Cup Day at the Fire shed

Tuesday 1st. November at 2pm



Annual Lovett Bay Fire Shed Dinner

Saturday 12th of November.


We have decided that a little anticipation is a wonderful thing...

..so we have changed the date of the Annual Lovett Bay Fire Shed Dinner to Saturday 12th of November.

The date has changed but not the spectacle. So do come and join us, as there will lashings of fun and laughter served up at the long tables under the stars.

Bring friends or bring yourself and meet new neighbours to this once–a–year (some say once in a lifetime) special dinner for our community.

Date: Saturday 12th November (not the 5th as previously posted)
Time: 6:00pm
Where: Lovett Bay Fire Shed
Adults: $25 per head 

All proceeds go to the West Pittwater RFS. 
ps: Fire Shed dinners are a volunteer community event. As such any help you can give with setting up and cleaning up would be very much appreciated.

The West Pittwater RFS would like to stress that all Fire Brigade Dinners are no dog events - so please leave pets at home for the evening.


Spring into Summer Ball

12 November - Royal Motor Yacht Club, Newport

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Thursday 10 November 12-1:30pm

Join us to hear Catherine Berry talk about her book, But You are in France, Madame.

 If you are passionate about France and the French language, if you love living just a bit like the French, or if you have ever wanted to pack up your family and put down roots in another country then you will enjoy hearing her story.

Mona Vale Library
Cost: $8 adult $6 concession
Light lunch included
Signed copies of her book available for sale
Bookings 9970 1600


Saturday 19 November, 12-2pm

Expert or beginner - join us for a drawing class in the library. Bring along your own paper/charcoal etc. and concentrate on capturing what you see before you! A great way to keep your drawing skills alive.

Mona Vale Library
Bookings 9970 1600


Peninsula Music Club Presents

'From Paris to Buenos Aires'

Friday 4th November 8pm




2017 HSC Success Workshop for Parents and


Northern Beaches Council is holding a workshop to help parents and students prepare for the 2017 HSC at Mona Vale Library on 3 November.
Presenter and educational consultant, Jennifer Michalski, said students often do not realise that the marks for the HSC begin now, in Term 4, when the first assessment tasks are completed.

"The more information parents and students have, the better prepared they are for the challenging HSC year.

"Parents and students are often confused by a multitude of opinions and ideas and this workshop will give clarity and answer important questions," said Ms Michalski.

The workshop will help families prepare by ensuring they understand the cycle of the HSC year, how the final mark is calculated and the pitfalls and things they need to watch out for.

"If it is at the beginning of the assessment program, in Term 4, or at the end, all marks are equal.

"Students need to understand they should start early and overcome any thought that it can be all done at the end.

"They need to work consistently throughout the four terms and continue to live a balanced life while enjoying their final senior year of schooling.

"For parents, remaining positive and doing what will assist their HSC student to achieve their best is a challenge, and lines of communication need to be open," Ms Michalski said.

Ms Michalski has managed and supported HSC students for more than 15 years, and has executive management and teaching experience across the public and independent sectors.

Surviving the 2017 HSC for Parents and Students
Thursday 3 November, 6.30 - 7.30pm
Bookings essential on 9970 1600.

Almost Summer Sessions - Music at Mona Vale

Summer is almost here and so is Almost Summer Sessions, a band night by and for young people on 4 November.

Almost Summer Sessions is an initiative of some of the area's emerging young changemakers and Northern Beaches Council.

The line-up includes some of the best young bands on the Northern Beaches - Black Iguana, After Hours, Down for Tomorrow and more with musical styles as diverse as jazz, alternative, indie pop and punk rock.

"We were delighted when a group of passionate young people proposed a local band night for young people that will not only be a great night out but showcases our local talent," said Suzi Pawley, Council's Youth and Families Coordinator.

"This is a wonderful opportunity to provide an all ages, alcohol and drug free event for young people to enjoy music and a BBQ, catch up with friends and meet new people outside the school environment.

"It's great to be able to work with these young people and help them organise the event from the ground up.

"That includes everything from organisation and promotion to stage management and front-of-house duties," said Ms Pawley.

Almost Summer Sessions is proudly supported by Mona Vale Music.

Almost Summer Sessions

  • Friday 4 November, 6-10pm
  • Mona Vale Memorial Hall
  • Entry only $5.25 presales/$10 at the door, includes BBQ and a non-alcoholic drink
  • All ages, alcohol and drug free
Presales: almostsummer.eventbrite.com.au

Nominations called for Northern Beaches 2017

Australia Day Awards

Northern Beaches Council is inviting the local Community to nominate deserving people for its five 2017 Australia Day Awards.

Categories are
  • Citizen of the Year
  • Young Citizen of the Year (16 to 26 years)
  • Community Event of the Year
  • Sportsperson of the Year
  • Outstanding Community Service Award
The awards aim to acknowledge outstanding achievements during the past year and/or contributions to the Northern Beaches community over a number of years.

The prestigious awards will be presented as part of Northern Beaches Council's Australia Day celebrations on Thursday, 26 January 2017.

Australia Day is the largest event in Australia, with millions of people across the country, including two million in New South Wales, participating in the celebrations.

Northern Beaches Council's Australia Day Community Awards celebrate and acknowledge what has been accomplished in our community on the very day Australians come together to consider our past and present as a nation - and to reflect on our community achievements with pride.

The category of Sportsperson of the Year reflects the Northern Beaches' distinctive sporting history and the high representation of sports played and enjoyed in our local area.

The Community Event of the Year and Outstanding Community Service Award are presented with the selflessness of volunteers in mind, especially those who give their time to create events that support and assist those in need.

The Northern Beaches Australia Day Awards recognise outstanding contributions made by local residents and groups in the Northern Beaches local government area in:
  • Community Service
  • Conservation
  • Education
  • Environment
  • Visual and/or Performing Arts
  • Culture, or
  • Sport
Nominees for the Citizen of the Year must be 26 years or older on Australia Day 2017, the Sportsperson of the Year Awards nominees must be 16 years or older on Australia Day 2017; and the Young Citizen of the Year Award nominees must be under 26 years of age on Australia Day 2017.

If you wish to nominate someone who you believe is deserving of an Australia Day Community Award, you can download a nomination form and nomination guidelines/criteria from warringah.nsw.gov.au

Nomination forms need to be emailed to events@warringah.nsw.gov.au by 5pm Monday 28 November 2016.

For further information contact Northern Beaches Council Events Team on 9942 2603.


Music afternoon for Young Musicians

Sunday, 4 December 2016



The Co-Op Club Presents

November 2016 Bookings

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

Sun Nov 6: Rebecca Johnson band :image

Rebecca Johnson band return as a Co-Op Club favourite. Rebecca is a seasoned, kick ass bass player and she sings great as well! Joining her is her funky drummer husband Con Settineri and James Vertley on guitar. Together they whip up versions of songs by Bob Marley, Prince, Stevie Wonder & Macy Gray that will have the whole joint jumping.

Sun Nov 13: Glenn Cardier & The Sideshow :image

Glenn Cardier & The Sideshow are a rock solid staple of the Australian music scene. Enthralling audiences around the country with their original, captivating blend of rock & blues, which will include Byron Bay Blues fest in 2017. But before that they’ll be joining us at the Co-Op Club, playing songs from a rich tapestry of music from a number of albums released over the years. Glenn Cardier is a powerful frontman &The Sideshow features Jeremy Edwards on guitar, Dave Fester drums & the one and only Mick Malouf on bass.

Sun Nov 20: Rob Woolf Trio :image

Rob Woolf Trio have collectively played with a who’s who of Australian artists from Diesel to Jimmy Barnes, hip hop artist Phrase to Silverchair & Guy Sebastian, and are collectively members of the best loved Australian reggae outfit King Tide who will be joining us at the Co-Op Club on Sun Dec 11. All that aside, as a trio, it is with a more bare bones approach that they will share with us music from Jamaica, New Orleans and great blues & soul from Memphis & Chicago. On top of it all is Rob’s singing that will blow you away with his sweet, tough falsetto, making you believe you have stumbled across a back water bar in the deep south of the USA. 

Sun Nov 27: Backsliders :
Tix $20. Bookings essential!

Backsliders featuring founding member Dom Turner Guitars & vocals, Rob Hirst (Midnight Oil) drums and vocals & the prodigious Joe Glover (son of ABC radio broadcaster Richard Glover) on harmonica return to the Co-Op Club. Their latest album Heathen Songbook has been described as …”an album that both shimmers & grinds – something truly special yet again…” so no doubt we’ll be in for a treat when they join us for their third gig at the Co-Op Club. As Rhythms Magazine wrote in 2015 ...” A Backsliders show is like no other. Far from the Mississippi Delta, they took us to the water’s edge till we felt the riverbed beneath our feet..”  Tix $20. Bookings essential

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


EARTH - Four Elements

Thursday, November 17, 2016 - 6:00pm to Sunday, November 27, 2016 - 4:00pm


Earth is the first exhibition of the series, Four Elements responding to: earth, water, air, fire.

This exhibition presents the work of over 20 artists responding to earth as inspiration and subject matter. These works include sculpture, installation, painting and photography exploring the physicality and spirituality of what we consider terra firma.

Opening night Thursday 17 November 6-8pm

The gallery will be open daily from 10am-4pm and closed on Monday 21 November


Comedy Night Video Highlights

The Comedy Night in the Community Hall on Friday and Saturday, 21 and 22 October, was a great success.

 Here are some images and video highlights (and lowlights) at the links below 

The evening was a fundraiser for our much loved Island Kindy. If you enjoy the videos, please consider making a small donation direct to the Kindy bank account at BSB 032 196 account 233039.


  1. Story Time chapter 1, Nettie Lodge


  2. WPYC Poem, John Travers


  3. Commercial break, Larry Woods & John Jarrat

  4. Working on Water by Boyd Attewell and David Richards, with Essie Dakers, Toby Jay and Bob Blackwood


  5. Carmel Patterson, two songs

  6. War Reporter episode 1, Church Point Precinct Report

  7. Story Time chapter 2, Nettie Lodge

  8. She’ll be Coming Round the Carpark, Scotland Island Singers

  9. War Reporter episode 2, Tinny Wars with Luke Ratcliff

  10. Story Time chapter 3, Nettie Lodge

  11. Dr Who at Tennis Wharf, John Travers, Emmie Collins, Matt Lakeman

  12. Asynchronised Swimming with The Bluebottles

  13. War Reporter episode 3, Fleshpots of Florence Terrace with Jessie Booth, Lachy Whitford

  14. Story Time chapter 4, Nettie Lodge

  15. Jess McGowan & Vince Wray     I Didn’t F** It Up


    And a bonus track from Island Players history; An Island Coup, classic skit from 2005

 Many thanks to Boyd, Jon and their helpers for spending the time preparing these and making them available...


Plant Sale


Dolly found image

I fell into the water around Tennis wharf. I have had a good wash and I feel fine, but I miss my best friend and want to go home.

Can you help me?

Please call Di on 0417 425 085


    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 Scotland Island Kindy,
    Catherine Park, Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday
    8.00am - 6.00pm
    Before & After School Care
    8.00am till walked to school ferry - collected from school ferry till 6.00pm
    Vacation Care, Parents Group on Mondays
    Hire the Kindy for Birthday Parties
    Please call 0431 125 142/02 9979 7856 or email SIOCSdirector@gmail.com
    Scotland Island Community Hall Bookings:  Barbara 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 – Belle Property Mona Vale – 0449 901 669 – Murray.Bakker@belleproperty.com

    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
    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
    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

    Government Organisations

    Pittwater Council - 9970 1111  -
    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, 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

    Join SIRA

    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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