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Scotland Island - Western Shores - Mackerel Beach

December 1, 2015

Newsletter for Offshore Residents of Pittwater, Australia - Volume 16, Issue 876


  • Your Action is Needed to Protect our Future Access
  • Notice of SIRA AGM
  • Community Summer Celebration
  • Pittwater Farewells Harvey Rose
  • Carols Afloat 2015
  • Church Point Ferry Service Christmas Timetable
  • Family Friendly Events at Mona Vale Library
  • Coastal Environment Center School Holiday Events
  • SIRFS Goodwill Christmas Lunch
  • Co-Op Club - December Line-up
  • For Sale
  • Timber Skiff for Sale
  • Free Lounge
  • Cot for Sale
  • Kayak for Sale
  • Wanted
  • The Local Contact Guide
  • Join SIRA
  • Archived Newsletters
  • Your subscription Information

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    Your Action is Needed to Protect Future Access

    to Our Homes

    Pittwater Council has just released the ‚Äčlong awaited Report on future parking infrastructure at Church Point.
    This report has been produced in preparation for the matter to come before Council on Monday, December 7 .

    We need more time to fully analyse this report, but from our initial analysis these are the headlines:

    Exclusivity for Church Point permits

    There is a proposal for unspecified “portions” of exclusive parking in the evenings for vehicles with Church Point Parking Permits in both the main carpark AND the new proposed infrastructure.

    Cost and Fees

    1. The proposed CP Permit Fee is $500 (a second Permit is $750)
    2. The cost for non-local residents purchasing a CP Permit will be $1,000
    3. There is a proposal for 50 leased spaces, with their annual fee at $4,939
    Once the new infrastructure is paid off in 10 year’s time, the fees remain in place at a reduced level.

    Proposed changes to parking arrangements in Eastview Road

    1. Removal of parking spaces on the water side of Eastview Road
    2. The remaining side of Eastview parking regulations will be changed to 4P only between 8 am to 10 pm.


    1. We need you to communicate with Councillors to convey your views. Some key points you might consider:
      • A significant amount of exclusivity is needed in the evenings – 6pm to 6am (e.g. at least 50% in the main carpark and 100% of the new infrastructure).
      • CP Permit Fees should remain at their current level until the actual final cost of the project is determined.
    2. Please email us a copy of all your communications at secretary@sira.org.au
    3. We need your attendance at the Council meeting on December 7th
    The report can be found here: http://www.pittwater.nsw.gov.au/council/projects/current/mccarrs_creek_rd_realignment

    The contact number and email address of your Councillors is: http://www.pittwater.nsw.gov.au/council/About_Council/coun


    Notice of Annual General Meeting 

    Notice is given that the Annual General Meeting

    of the Scotland Island Residents' Association

    will be held on Sunday, December 6, 2015 at 11 am

    Catherine Park, Scotland Island

    The Ordinary Business of the meeting will be:

    1. To confirm the Minutes of the previous Annual General Meeting and of any General Meeting held since that meeting
    2. To receive the Report of the Association during the preceding year
      • Updates from Subcommittees and Working Groups
      • Church Point
      • Roads and Drainage
      • Water and Wastewater
      • Parks and Reserves
      • Waste Management
      • Community Vehicle
      • Community Hall
      • Community Engagement/Communications
    3. To receive and approve the Audited Financial Statement submitted by the Association to members
    4. To elect Officer Bearers and Ordinary Committee Members of the Association
    Nomination forms must be received by 11 am November 29, 2015

    Note: If insufficient nominations are received by November 29, additional nominations can be proposed at the AGM  


    Community Summer Celebration

    An Afternoon on the Green

    Sunday December 6th, 2:00pm


    sira poster


    Pittwater Farewells one of its own..

    Harvey Rose
    Harvey outside Parliament House, RAID Rally to save Currawong, 2008.
    Pittwater Council is mourning the loss of former Mayor Harvey Rose who passed away on Friday 27 November 2015.

    A passionate Avalon resident since 1971, Cr Harvey Rose was elected as Mayor of Pittwater in 2009 a position which he held until 2012.

    It was during his leadership as Mayor, Currawong was secured into public hands forever and the Currawong State Park Advisory Committee established.

    Harvey was an advocate for the ‘Friends of Currawong’ and the Chair of both the ‘Pittwater Residents Against Inappropriate Development’ and ‘Save Mona Vale Hospital’ committees.

    Pittwater Mayor Jacqui Townsend said Currawong was particularly close to Harvey’s heart.

    “Harvey said that  ‘to think that Currawong, a place where all the people, no matter how well off or not well off could go and have a good holiday with the family, would be taken away and turned into an exclusive sub-division for the mega rich, I found that abhorrent’.

    Harvey is fondly remembered for his love of prose, so it seems only fitting to recall a piece from his Mayoral Column from 26 March 2011."

        “Currawong has been saved. Pittwater Park has emerged – through long, hard, persistent effort based for so many involved, in the belief that such a significant site should be in public ownership forever. I am sure many involved would recognise the somewhat idealistic spirit in that little poem by William Wordsworth:

        “My heart leaps up when I behold,
        A rainbow in the sky,
        So was it when my life began,
        So it is now I am a man,
        So be it when I shall grow old”

        Sometimes rainbows translate into realities.”

    Mayor Townsend said Harvey was renowned for his passionate community advocacy, and was presented with the Pittwater Citizen of the Year award in 2005 for Outstanding Service to the local community.

    Harvey will be remembered by our community and we send our thoughts and prayers to his wife Wilga, sons, daughter and adored grandchildren.

    Friends of Currawong


    It is with deep sadness that we acknowledge the death of Harvey Rose.

    Harvey was a passionate supporter of Friends of Currawong and played a vital role in its preservation.  Harvey fought tirelessly for Currawong for many years in his various roles as Pittwater Councillor and F.O.C committee member. Harvey eventually became the Chairperson of F.O.C before resigning to become Mayor of Pittwater.

    As passionate about the English language as he was about the various political and community causes he fought for, Harvey was an outstanding orator and was never more at home than when he was’ megaphone in hand’ leading the charge at a rally. Harvey Rose was one of a kind and was an inspiration to all who knew him.

    Shane Withington
    President Friends of Currawong

    Manly Daily article published on Harvey’s contribution.

    Harvey Rose: Passing of a passionate Pittwater icon

    by John Morcombe
    Manly Daily Dec. 2015


    Carols Afloat 2015

    It's on again on Tuesday 22nd December

    7.00pm at Frog Hollow

    8.00pm at Church Point Wharf


    Everyone is welcome

    Share the fun with family and friends .. bring along that silly hat, a picnic and the dogs.


    Church Point Ferry Service

    Christmas Time Table



    Family Friendly Events at Mona Vale Library

    Christmas Panto flyer

    Saturday 12th December

    3.15pm Christmas Panto

    Memorial Hall, Mona Vale  $5

    What better way to get into the festive season than with a traditional pantomime coming to Mona Vale for the first time!

    ‘Mrs Claus Christmas’
    It’s Christmas Eve and Santa Claus has been kidnapped by Barry Von Baddie, who has always been on the naughty list. Mrs Claus must spring into action!

    Performance lasts for 45 minutes and is suitable for all ages!

    Call 9970 1600 and reserve your seat today.

    Christmas Movie screening of ‘Elf’ FREE

    Thursday 17th Decemberimage

    6.15pm Christmas Movie screening of ‘Elf’ FREE

    Call 9970 1600 and reserve your seat today.



    Mary Anderson
    Community Development Librarian
    P: 9970 1606
    Mon, Tues, Wed

    Library Opening Hours

    Mona Vale Library will be closed 24 December and will re-open on Tuesday 29 December. The library will also close at 2pm on 31 December and re-open Saturday 2 January 2016.

    Avalon Library will be closed on Friday 25 December and will re-open on Tuesday 29 December. The library will also close Friday 1 January 2016.


    Coastal Environment Centre School Holidays



    Click image to load full brochure....

    About our program

    Kids on the Coast is a fun and educational program with a wide range of activities, teaching kids the value of our natural environment.


    •     $60 - Full day (10am - 3pm)
    •     Includes morning and afternoon activity.
    •     Plus supervision over lunch.
    •     BYO lunch (as it is not provided).
    Booking online here....


    Scotland Island Rural Fire Brigade

    Goodwill Christmas Lunch

    Christmas Day 12 noon - 2pm

    christmas lunch


    Please let us know if you would like to join us.
    Booking is Essential !

    Contact Nathalie 0419 432 460 or nathalie@muir.net


    The Co-Op Club Presents

    December 2015 Bookings

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

    Sun Dec. 6: Shane Flew : image

    Shane Flew  is a regular contributor to the Sydney live music scene performing as a solo artist and adding musicians to the unplugged format as well as his five piece electric band, "The Cuckoo's Nest", made up of some of the very best musicians Sydney has to offer. At the Co-Op Club on Dec 6 Shane will be joined by Clare O’Meara on keys & violin, Dan Johnson, slide guitar & Dave Armstrong, percussion.

    ...”A song-craftsman & original entertainer for the heartlands of the world stage                                  United Artists USA

    Sun Dec. 13:  Backsliders ** $20** – bookings essential ph: 9979 6633 :
    It’s from the northern hill country surrounding the Mississippi delta that Australian blues stalwarts Backsliders take their sonic cues. That driving, repetitious groove, it’s minimal chord changes giving it a distinct feeling and focus, something that Backsliders have proven adept at mastering, all while adding their own unique Australian way to it. With guitar & vocals by Dom Turner, drummer extraordinaire, Rob Hirst (Midnight Oil, Ghostwriters) and the harmonica attack of Joe Glover. With their 11th studio album, Darkside, Backsliders are proving that there’s new meat to be pulled from old bones as they continue to put a new take on the blues.

    Check them out here at Bluesfest 2012  https://youtu.be/8-EJ8u_QSCM

    ..’Without a dispute the best blues band in Australia. Their material is impeccable and their musicianship is a wonder to behold’ – SMH

    Sun Dec. 20:  Matt Trapnell & The Sly Dogs :image

    Matt Trapnell & The Sly Dogs return to the Co-Op Club as our monthly house band. Don’t miss this very popular outfit as they deliver their version of dirty swamp blues & funk that will have you dancing the day away.

    Sun Dec. 27:  LA CHUSCA :image

    LA CHUSCA is a Latin band led by Magdalena Mira, a Chilean Singer and musician who has lived in Australia for the past eight years where she has focused on her love of Latin and Jazz music. She has a unique ability to absorb and express music from her culture as well as others, creating an interesting hybrid. Teaming up with Gavin Ahearn on keys, Peter Firth on bass and Ben Kidson on percussion this will be a day of deep musical journeys certain to make your hips move and your soul smile.

    “..Magdalena Mira is an exquisite sounding and feeling singer, with a rare gift for interpreting and communicating songs..”

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



    For Sale

    ALL ITEM MUST GO by 5th December - no reasonable offer refused
    Please call Toby 0415812457

    Quintrex FISHABOUT MKII -1983 hull
    14 foot aluminium dinghy
    2010 30 HP YAMAHA CV MOTOR  - 704hr
    Forward Steer - Rear motor guard
    Lowrance Fish Finder
    Nav Lights, Battery, solar panel, automatic bilge pump, compass
    Safety equipment - 6 jackets, oars, torch etc
    2 X 20L Petrol tanks
    regularly serviced @ pittwater marine
    Includes tow doughnut and new bridle and tow rope
    $3500 ono

    2009 EZ-GO ST400 Workhorse golf buggy
    345 hr - 400cc petrol motor
    bull bar and towball with rear step
    Poly tilt tray back with rear seat
    Also with flat bed tray and rear seat
    spares include 2nd roof, spare wheel + tyre,  oil and other spares
    Owners manual and PDF workshop manual
    + small trailer
    $6500 ono

    6 seater Teak outdoor setting - extends to 8 seater
    6 chairs
    $200 ono

    Quintrex Champion 10ft dingy
    Fold up wheels on stern.
    $400 ono

    green myak kids kayak with paddle
    $150 ono


    For Sale: 14 foot Timber Rowing Skiff: $9,300


    This gorgeous, almost 'classic' pulling skiff is the real deal. Has been lovingly restored locally right down to the plaque that vouches 'Built by Ian Smith, Sydney Wooden Boat School, Mortlake - 1993'.

    Complete with near new aluminium dolly, full canvas cover, hollowed timber oars, timber outriggers and sliding seat.
    Varnished inside, two pack epoxy topside.

    Kept in Elvina Bay garage since renovation.

    Very safe and perfect for Pittwater conditions. 14ft 1in (4.3m) x 5ft 11 in (1.8m) widest, 3ft 9in (1.1m) inside.

    Contact David: 0474 297 919


    Free Loungeimage

    Small lounge suite in good condition, free to good home.

    Please contact Margaret on 9907 8287


    White slatted cotimage for Sale

    White slatted cot in good condition, just a donation of $25 to the Kindy.

    Call Louise 9979 5228


    Kayak for Sale




    Wanted used outdoor wooden table for 6 - 8 people.

    Please call Carolyn 0411221051.


    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) - http://www.wpca.org.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 Children's Centre - (SIOCS - Scotland Island & Offshore Children's Services)
    Catherine Park (Long Day Care Service)  7.30am - 5.30pm (Tues, Weds, Thurs & Friday)
    Other services include: School Holiday Programme / Facility & Equipment Hire
    For information call 02 9979 7856 or email:  siocs@comcen.com.au

    Scotland Island Community Hall Bookings:  http://www.scotlandisland.org.au/community/community-hall/
    Pittwater Online News -  http://www.pittwateronlinenews.com
    Tick Fact Sheet


    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
    L.J.Hooker Mona Vale - 9979 8000   http://www.ljhooker.com.au/monavale

    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 - 9999 4092
    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
    Pittwater ECO Floor Sanding - LUCIO: 0425 376 986 pittwaterecofloorsanding@gmail.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
    @ Nathalie's Table - Cooking Classes  - Nathalie - 9999 4449
    Dru Yoga - Tuesday 9.00 to 10.30 Tuesday morning - Phone Katya on 0414 187 916
    Dynamic Yoga  - Tuesday PM. & Saturday AM. Phone Nadine 0402 752465 nadineomara@gmail.com
    Tai Chi & Qi Gong classes – Friday 10-11 am. Chris 0416221040 or chris@syntivityaustralia.com


    Green Group For Catherine Park - Run by SIOCS - Emmie Collins on 0405 330 781
    WOW - Women on Water - meets 4 times a year - Jenny Frazer 0410533728 / 99994460.
    Parents & Kids Groups Playgroup - Run by SIOCS - email Emma trysemz@tpg.com.au
    Scotland Island Players - contact Bob or Kez on 9999 4092
    Catherine Park Bush Care Group, 2nd Sunday @ 9.30am, Sharon Kinnison @ 9997 6017
    Elizabeth Park Bush Care Group, 1st Saturday @ 9 am, Bob Bolton @ 9999 4092
    Island Thinking Group - Roy Baker, 9999 6891, roybaker99@yahoo.com
    Offshore a capella choir –  Saturdays at 2:30 pm, SI Community Hall. Call CB on 9997 2035.

    Government Organisations

    Pittwater Council - 9970 1111  - email  pittwater_council@pittwater.nsw.gov.au  Web site click here
    Member for Mackellar Bronwyn Bishop, email clicking here or Bronwyn.Bishop.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:


    Scotland Island Tides, Moon phases, Sun rise & set
    Local Weather Forecast
    Radar weather for Sydney (128k circle)

    Emergency Contact Numbers   

    and reviewing recordings
    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
    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 WPCA

    To join the Western Pittwater Community Association www.wpca.org.au, contact Michael Wiener at

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