Scotland Island - Western Shores - Mackerel Beach

January 17, 2016

Newsletter for Offshore Residents of Pittwater, Australia



Robertson Road, Richard Road, Thompson Road Roadworks

Dear Resident,

Re:  Robertson Road, Richard Road, Thompson Road Roadworks

Council has allocated funding in the 2015-16 Capital Improvements Program to undertake drainage upgrade works at various locations on Scotland Island including Richard Road, Robertson Road and Thompson Road as follows:

Richard Road (west of Hilda Ave):Reconstruction of existing stormwater pits as on grade gully pits with concrete V drain gutter

Robertson Road (south of Amoa St):Construct new stormwater pit with pipe stubs and new pipe under road

Thompson Road: (south of Cecil St):Installation of new concrete V-drain gutter and minor bank remediation works

The works will take place in three stages. The drainage upgrade in Richard Road will be undertaken first, followed by the works in Thompson Road and then Robertson Road. The first stage involves the reconstruction of existing drainage pits, pipe stubs and the installation of subsoil and concrete v-drains.

During the third stage of the works at Robertson Road, there will be temporary closures of the road whilst the pipe under the road is installed. Residents will be informed when a date for the closure is finalised. Council also requests that all vehicles parked on the side of the road at these locations be moved for the duration of the works as well as the vehicles on the corners of the concrete ramp from Cargo Wharf to Robertson Road to enable vehicle access. 

Frequently Asked Questions

When will the work commence?

We expect that the preliminary works will begin on Monday 27th of January and continue for up to 3 months pending continued dry weather.

Who do I contact for design and construction information?

David Munday (Project Engineer) will be the engineer responsible for the construction works and can be contacted on 9970 1248 to discuss any questions or concerns relating to the construction and how it will affect your property.

Due to the challenges of working at a remote location such as Scotland Island there are significant risks that Council has to manage, however, with the cooperation of SIRA and the residents of the Island we can minimise the risks and will endeavor to minimize the impact on residents during the works.

Kind regards,
David Munday

(02) 9970 1248

PDF Notice here - (Note Date change to 27th)


On Monday evening (January 11) there was a special Pittwater Council meeting on Amalgamation

It was an emotional meeting with some Councillors focusing on the passing of Pittwater and proposing that it can still be fought. Other were accepting the seemingly inevitable and focusing on the future opportunity to ensure that the spirit, style and environmental values of Pittwater Council is taken up in the new Council. There was a motion, much debate, tears and a vote and the latter group prevailed.

Our new future Council has had some extra suburbs added including Killarney Heights (so that it also has a small waterfront at Middle Harbour – i.e. from Pittwater to Sydney Harbour).

Our new Council area includes most of the current Warringah Area and 55% of the Warringah population. There are 63,338 people in Pittwater and we will add 77,343 people from Warringah.  There is the same population as the new Southern Council (Manly, 45% Warringah and Mosman) – roughly 150,000.

Shortly a “Delegate” from the Premier’s Department Mr Richard Pearson, will arrive in Pittwater, he is tasked with examining and reporting on the merger proposal.

The Delegate will conduct a Public Meeting to discuss how we think the new Council should function etc...

Submissions can also be made up till the 28th of February!

From mid-2016 the current Councillors may continue on, or an Administrator appointed by the Delegate will act as the Council while the transition process is entrain.

There are many details, such as that there are four GMs in the current 4 effected Councils (Mosman, Manly, Warringah and Pittwater). Two will be retrenched and two continue on, depending upon the Delegate’s recommendation.

There will probably be Council elections mid-March next year for the new Council.

We spoke to the GM and senior staff afterwards and they assured us that this will not affect the CP infrastructure project, as all ongoing projects are to continue.

This is an opportunity for us to get in early and see to what extent we can get a new deal with the new Council so that for example our annual allowance for roads works (currently $100,000) might be improved, etc. etc..

Offshore residents should be prepared to attend the public meeting and make submissions, so that we can get the offshore communities into the awareness of the Delegate.

It may not do much, but it can’t hurt.

Bill Gye

Read more:

Public Meetings and Making Submissions on the Pittwater Council merger

There will be two public inquiry meetings on Tuesday 2 February from 1-5pm and 7-10pm at Mona Vale Golf Club.

Those wishing to address the public hearing must register to speak by 12 noon on 29 January 2016 by contacting 1300 813 020 or visiting

You can also make a submission online or via post before the Sunday 28 February 2016, 5pm deadline:
C/- Council Boundary Review Submissions , GPO Box 5341, Sydney NSW 2001

For details on the NSW Government merger proposals with accompanying boundary maps visit


Kindy Press Release


The relevant links are:
Kindy page on website:
Enrolment form:

Evil Madeira Vine ??

By Tracy Smith

For years we have struggled with the evil Madeira vine.

BUT now it turns out that Madeira vine is highly edible. Medicinal, even.

Madeira vine leaves can be cooked like spinach and are highly nutritious

Madeira vine roots (rizomes) can be baked like potato

Madeira vine bubils (the aerial seed-ish things) are used extensively in Chinese medicine as an anti inflammatory, anti ulcer and liver protectant, but don't attempt to eat these.
I found this article on it, Thank you google and Milkwood blog.

Maybe if we all try to eat it with at least one meal a week we can eradicate it or at least keep it manageable.

Try Madeira spanacopita, Madeira quiche, Madeira and Paneer curry. or just wilted Madeira with your poached eggs.

Happy eating Cheers Tracy

Island Art School



Get ready for winter, because you know it will eventually get cold....
Firewood delivered for $170/cubic metre (1/2 tonne) or $320/tonne

Be quick,- limited supply

Call Matt Lakeman for more detail
0404 876685

Want Long Term Rental

Hi there ,we are a family living on the island and looking for a bigger rental long term.
One of us currently work from home so property will be well looked after and care for.

If there are any private home owners out there looking to rent there home on the island long term please be in contact.

We need a 4 BDRM home  or 3 BDRM + Study/Studio.
We have 2 dogs.
And chooks.

Currently renting through a local agent so references aren't a problem.
Will consider any serious long term offers.


Free Cot

One Childcare cot, that converts to toddler bed, excellent condition. Mattress in excellent condition also. Mattress protector and linen available too. Cot sides easily fitted. Pick up from Thompson St, above kindy.

Please call/text Georgina 0402 219 636.

For Sale

Boat for sale!!! $3,000 ONO

Smartwave. 2 stroke. 3.5m foam filled.
Very stable. 4 year old. 30hp Tohatsu outboard.

Did I mention it's very stable?

Call Sam 0468718953.

Wanting a Long Lease House to Rent

We have been living off shore for 18 months and the house is up for sale.

Looking to rent a 3 bedroom house long term.
Have good references.
The off shore community is our home now and a great way to bring up my boys.

Please contact Amanda on 0406 654 466.

Lost Bird

Our little bird, Olivia, escaped last weekend.

Olivia is a pastel faced, cinnamon pearl pyed female cockatiel.  
She is hand raised and very tame. 

If anyone sees her could they please call Peta on 0400 260 342.

Boat for sale!!! $3,000 ONO

Smartwave. 2 stroke. 3.5m foam filled.
Very stable.
4 year old. 30hp Tohatsu outboard.

Did I mention it's very stable?

Call Sam 0468718953


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Alternatively, there are offline methods of joining, read more here or contact

Join  the WPCA (Western Pittwater Community Association)

To join the Western Pittwater Community Association
Contact Michael Wiener at

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