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Scotland Island - Western Shores - Mackerel Beach

August 1, 2016

Newsletter for Offshore Residents of Pittwater, Australia - Volume 17, Issue 920





Water and Wastewater

Community Update

August, 2016

SIRA has been meeting with State Government and Council officials to progress the connection of Scotland Island to water and sewerage. While sewerage services are a SIRA priority, residents commented in the survey conducted in 2015 that a permanent Sydney Water connection was also desirable. If it is possible, SIRA will pursue the connection of both sewerage and water for residents of Scotland Island.

SIRA met with Minister Blair on 26 November 2015 to reinforce the necessity for Scotland Island to remain on the Government’s Priority Sewerage Program and that the works needed to be scheduled.  As suggested by the Minister, SIRA investigated alternative options to Sydney Water’s proposal. A representative from the company PS Solutions visited Scotland Island in December to familiarised himself with the terrain of the Island and with issues related to the installation of mains sewer. PS Solutions then consulted Flow Systems, a sustainable utility providing drinking water, recycled water and wastewater services to greenfield and urban infill communities. SIRA also requested that the report of the expected costs to connect mains sewerage to the Island, as determined by Sydney Water, be provided and was received in early March.

A meeting in Minister Blair’s office on 31 March was attended by the policy officers of Minister Blair and Rob Stokes, representatives of PS Solutions and Flow Systems and Judy Readman, Cass Gye and Bill Gye from SIRA. The outcome from the meeting was that Minister Blair’s office expected a feasibility study of connection of sewerage to the Island be conducted, that the costs quoted by Sydney Water to connect sewerage were very high and PS Solutions and Flow Systems believed it could be undertaken at a much lower cost. The action from the meeting was that Minister Blair’s policy officer contact Sydney Water for further discussion on their costings, feasibility and implementation, plus timeframe.

A meeting on 8 April with the local member Rob Stokes was attended by Bill Gye, Cass Gye and Judy Readman from SIRA, a representative of Rob Stokes staff, representatives of Pittwater Council and representatives from PS Solutions and Flow Solutions. Commitment of the NSW Government to this project through the Northern Beaches Regional Action Plan in 2012 was confirmed by Rob Stokes, MP. PS Solutions presented a concept plan and Flow Systems were able to give examples of work in which they had been involved. All agreed that mains water and sewerage should be done at the same time. PS Solutions and Flow Solutions estimated that the project to supply mains water and sewerage could be at a significantly lesser cost than quoted by Sydney Water.

Following this meeting, Rob Stokes wrote to Minister Blair to seek funding from the State Government for the feasibility study. The Northern Beaches Council, at its meeting on 16 June 2016, resolved to seek NSW Government funding in 2016-17 for an options study for the provision of water and sewerage services to Scotland Island and write to the Member for Pittwater, the Hon. Rob Stokes MP to seek his support for the project.


  • SIRA will continue to liaise with Minister Blair’s office, Rob Stokes and the Northern Beaches Council to progress the feasibility study and an appropriate solution to provide sewerage and water to the Scotland Island community.
  • SIRA will provide input into the terms of reference for the feasibility study and inform residents of the outcome when the report is released.
If you are interested in being further involved in this issue and lending a hand, we encourage you to join the Water and Wastewater Group.

Please email Marie Minslow mminslow@bigpond.net.au Water & Wastewater Group Leader

Available as a download PDF HERE

New Water Line 1 Monitor

Nathalie Muir has finally retired as Line 1 Water Monitor.

Nathalie has carried out this task with the utmost efficiency and commitment and SIRA thanks her for the dedication she has given to this vital service.

Nikki Gibson, who lives on Richard Road, has been chosen to take up this demanding role from August 1.
She can be contacted on her mobile 0425 227 792 or by email: water1@sira.org.au

The same booking procedures apply, please read the Guidelines.

Please give her your support as she navigates her way through the world of water bookings!

Please read the full notice (pdf) here.

Happy watering!

Cass Gye

Scotland Island Fire Shed Dinner


Saturday 20 August at 7pm

Online booking at www.sirfb.org.au

Encore Performance: 20 August at 8pm. 

Don't miss out.

Call Annette Ritchie 0410 007 501 to book.


Cast: (in alphabetical order):
Betsi Beem, Cheryl Byrne, Jessie Booth, Rachel  Carter, and Susan Muranty.
Luke Ratcliff, Matt Bowden, Matt Lakeman and Tim Byrne.
via Annette Richie at 0410 007 501
a mad-cap, pants-dropping, cross-dressing mayhem of a crazy two hours on the Island. Some boisterous language, lots of laughs, rudeness about some Islanders, - some would say a typical Bob Bolton effort.




'Fortunately the Milk' by Neil Gaiman

Tuesday 16 August, 6-7pm

Primary school aged children and their parents are invited to come and listen to a reading out loud of Fortunately The Milk by Neil Gaiman.

The Reading Hour is about promoting reading to
children and the social and educational benefits it brings

Mona Vale Library
Ages 5 + (crafts available for younger children)
Refreshments will be provided Bookings 9970 1600


Wanted House to Rent

Young family looking to rent a house (3 bedrooms) on the island from end of August- September on a 12-18 months lease.

Could you please give us a text / call on 0450040976
Hope to hear from you.


Calling all unloved Monopoly board games.

Are you stuck in a dark draw waiting for the next round of family fun?

We have a solution to your woes!!!
Cleo Westley (age 9) is doing a school project and requires some old monopoly board games.
They do not have to be complete sets, ideally the board will be the four fold version.

Please contact
Home 9999 5598, Camille 0401 245 298, Giles 0414 398 333


Studio Wanted to Rent

Single, Professional lady looking for a studio to rent
Non Smoker
No Pets

Please call Nicole on 0411 267 997


For Sale:

Volvo S40 T4 saloon  -  $1000

  • good condition
  • good runner
  • 224,000 kms
  • rego till November 2016
  • 2016 car park sticker
  • new battery June 2016
  • one lady owner (true!)
  • red (what other colour would she drive?)
Contact: Lee 0408 801 657


Free Petsimage

We have a Bunny rabbit, Guinea pig and hutch FREE!!
To give away.
The animals are very child friendly and they love to be held!

Ph) 0438 074 486 image
Hm) 9997 8559


Long Term Rental Wanted

Mature couple looking for long term rental ( 12 mths plus) furnished or not, from early October.
  • Min. 2 bedroom
  • Deep water mooring jetty
  • North facing
  • Up to $800 p/w
  • Small dog (non shedding)
  • Excellent references can be provided.
Dianne & Steve Oliver
Mob. 0488 674 000 (D)
        0427 427 095 (S)


For Sale Commuter Boat - $2500

  • 3.5m Red Polycraft Hull (Smartwave 3500) 2010 model with Yamaha 15HP Outboard (2015)
  • Outboard is short shaft/ 2 stroke/ 18 months old
  • Includes motor lock, oars and rowlocks, fuel filter, 25L fuel tank, fuel line, bimini top, bow rope and steel cable
  • Boat registered to March 2017

New, unused but not attached to boat. packaging damaged on some items...$250
Bilge Pump, Float switch, Battery AGM DC 20A, Battery  RM 12-7.2 Dc, Battery charger 1.6 amp, Solar Panel sun 10W, Navigation light set, Fold down stern light, Marine cable/black 4m, red 4m, Cable clamps, Extra Rope

also available second hand....$50 the lot
2 dolphin torches, Anchor, Spare fuel containers 10L and 5L, Clears for bimini (not correct size but can be adjusted to fit), Lifejackets and kids lifejackets

Call Sophie 0432611976
or email sophie_hay@hotmail.com        

Giving Away:

  1. Sewing fabric collected over the years.
    Come and have a look and take what you want.
  2.  A Brother HL-2142 laser printer.
    Works well.
0418 640 910


House for Rent - $600

3 bedroom waterfront house
Available on short or long lease
Furnished or unfurnished

Call/text Rachel 0406 239 946
Email rcarteroneill@gmail.com


Free Furnitureimageimage 

Free lounge and chair.....
Must be gone asap.....

call Phillippa 0407 244 677


Studio for Rent:

Studio is Situated on waterfront property near Tennis Court Wharf.
 It is a small but liveable space including bathroom and tiny kitchenette.
Private shared wharf included.  $230pw

Call 0415058922


Queen Size Mattressesimage

King Koil Chiropractic Medium Pillow Top Mattress
Endorsed by the International Chiropractic Association
Pick up from Robertson Road
Looking for a good home, make me an offer

Call Lizzie 0477 939 408


Polycraft for Sale



Clean Fill Available

Clean fill available on Scotland Island, delivered to your property in bulk at no costs.
Please contact Peter 0407 379 666


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


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 - 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
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
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
Offshore a capella choir –  Saturdays at 2:30 pm, SI Community Hall. Call CB on 9997 2035.

Government Organisations

Pittwater Council - 9970 1111  -
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:


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

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The Island website is at www.scotlandisland.org.au

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