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Scotland Island - Western Shores - Mackerel Beach

June 1, 2016

Newsletter for Offshore Residents of Pittwater, Australia - Volume 17, Issue 907


Thank you to the island's RFB & colleagues

We would like to express a very big thank you and sincere acknowledgment to the Scotland Island Rural Fire Service volunteers, and their onshore colleagues, who last Tuesday night helped us save our island home from fire.

As these things generally do, the fire got going in the early hours of the morning, this however didn't affect the timely arrival and effective response by Ian, Wayne & Sharon to our 000 call for assistance.

Along with their mainland colleagues, the RFA team provided invaluable support and assistance in getting things under control and ensuring everyone was safe and sound before departing on daybreak, probably for some to go to their day job!

We can not thank you enough and truly think you guys as volunteers do an amazing job.

Sincere appreciation and thanks
Christine & Terry
Richard Rd
Scotland Is


Go Cat!


How resourceful is this?
Faced with the problem of carrying Manet to the vet, local resident and great person, Jan Sindel Hand now manages with the help of a $20 kids' stroller.
Where there's a will........




Once again members of our Community will be knocking on doors collecting for the Salvation Army.

Please welcome them and help the Salvos in their work amongst the homeless, those caught up in disasters, domestic violence and rural support, to name just a few areas in which they are working.

Please give what you can when one of our Collectors knocks on your door between Monday 23 May and Sunday 5th June.

Any queries, please call
Annette Ritchie - 0410 007 501
or text the Salvation Army - 0429 22 66 44
if you have any queries.

Attention Collectors:

House numbering around Scotland Island is a bit of a mystery, so if you are having a bit of trouble finding your collection houses, please give me a call. The Fire Brigade has a wonderful, accurate map of the Island residences which we are happy to share with you.

0410 007 501


CALLING ALL SINGERS or those who secretly want to!


You don’t even have to cross the moat.

We are a small group of people who enjoy singing together. We have been through a couple of incarnations, ie. The Last Ferry Home. Now, we just want to get together and sing. Some of us are going to take turns leading, using our musical knowledge. We are also looking at getting some guest conductors to come and give workshops. (any singing teachers out there…?)

Songs will be 2- and 3-part harmonies and rounds, easy stuff to start with. We have a lot of material crossing several genres from gospel, folk, African, classical… the main criteria is that the songs are enjoyable to sing. Acapella mostly. It’s about blending our voices…. And it’s about having fun.

A choir needs some ‘great’ singers, yes. But it also needs some people who aren’t going to feature or do big impressive solos – it needs some singers to stay in the background and just add bulk to the sound. You don’t have to have a big powerful voice, as long as you’re (mostly) in tune!

Next meeting is the 5th of June from 2.30pm-4.30 pm. Following that, June 19th.

We will be meeting fortnightly on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month at Suzie Boyd’s house*, 2.30pm-4.30pm, with a break for tea and cake.

Cost - free for now, but guest workshop leaders may cost in the future. You can bring cake if you like.

For more details, or to get on the mailing list, email jessica_mcgowan@yahoo.com.au or call Jessica on 0422 474 279.

*Suzie Boyd’s is on the waterfront, the second wharf to the West of Tennis (grey house with a grey boatshed). Coming from the back it’s 69 Robertson Rd, second house before the big stairs to Tennis Park. The only house with a driveway. If you don’t see a golf cart at the bottom, you’re in the wrong place.


Scotland Island Fire Shed Dinner

Saturday 11 June





Welcome to the Northern Beaches

Dick Persson

I recently had the pleasure of presiding over the first meeting of the Northern Beaches Council. It was an historic occasion and the general mood was extremely positive. It was an historic occasion and the general mood was extremely positive.

Clearly there are opportunities for improving services to our 260,000 residents and along with the new General Manager, Mark Ferguson, and the new senior management team, I will work hard to identify opportunities to achieve as much as possible.

Former Mayors Jean Hay and Michael Regan, and former Deputy Mayor, Kylie Ferguson, have agreed to play important leadership roles through a newly established Implementation Advisory Group, and by Chairing new Local Representation Committees.

These Committees, made up of many former Councillors from all three Councils, will provide advice and guidance to me on the widely diverse range of Council issues as we complete the task of creating the new Council in the lead-up to the September 2017 elections. They will provide a direct link between me and the tremendous knowledge and experience of the previous Councillors.

Many readers would now be aware that I took the opportunity at the first meeting to break a longstanding frustration by adopting a 'One Council One Sticker' approach. As of last week, beach resident parking stickers from all three of the previous councils will be accepted at all beaches.

I am personally honoured to have been asked to take on the role of your Administrator and thank residents and Council staff for their very warm welcome. I will do my best to deliver a smoothly running organisation that meets your needs and expectations.

Dick Persson
Administrator, Northern Beaches Council

Walking app takes out regional award

A tech savvy walking app has seen the Northern Beaches Council recognised in the Parks & Leisure Australia Awards for Excellence in the Use of Technology.

The award was for the Walking Pittwater App developed by the former Pittwater Council in partnership with Macquarie University’s PACE (Professional And Community Engagement) program.

Each year Parks & Leisure Australia recognise outstanding initiatives and innovative efforts of ‘the people behind the places’ promoting and enhancing opportunities for the good use of leisure time that benefits our community.

Northern Beaches Council Deputy General Manager, Mr Ben Taylor applauded the staff, students and community who worked collaboratively on this project, over two years.

The regional award will now be considered for Parks & Leisure Australia’s National Awards which will be announced in October 2016 in Adelaide.

The Walking Pittwater App, launched last year, was developed with students from Macquarie University providing them with invaluable practical experience while at the same time giving them a head start on their career.

Stephen Smith, Unit Convenor at Macquarie University said development of the App highlighted that (Macquarie) university students, in collaboration with industry, can do great work.

“Our students will be the future of our society one day and it’s nice to see them deliver a useful project,” added Mr Smith.

The Walking Pittwater app boasts numerous points of interest, historical information, and video footage embedded.  The app can be personalised allowing the user to mark areas of interest and tag them so they can be found again.

It is available in both android and Apple® versions, and can be downloaded free from Google Play or the App Store.

PACE at Macquarie University is happy to hear from other partners interested in developing similar tools or resources for their organisation.  Please contact pace.science@mq.edu.au for more information on how to get involved.

Contact: Community Relations

Phone: 9970 1114, 9970 1119



Australia's Largest Selling Wine Syndicate Newsletter

All the Wine that's fit to Drink :)


Here is a date and time to remember! Sunday June 19th from 3pm. Your wine syndicate will be holding the next tasting at the sunny and warm premesis of Greg and Louise Roberts @ Pittpoint on the Northerly tip of Scotland Island.

Your editor has absolutely no idea as to the identity or quality of the the wines to be tasted but can assure you that the panel of selectors will be hard at it as you read this, discussing and choosing some of the best wines to be bought in Australia.


Friends signup HERE

The Co-Op Club Presents

June 2016 Bookings

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

Sun June 5: Kate Lush:image

Kate Lush & band return armed with material from her forthcoming new album that she's looking to release later in the year as well as her soulful spin on other great rock & soul classics. Add to her great songs, a devastating voice & rockin band and you have some of the best Sunday's we've enjoyed at the Co-Op Club. Think soul infused rock, Memphis blues with a dash of Susan Tedeschi.

"..there's a kind of infectious joy that comes out of Kate Lush's music that captures your imagination. Go prepared to be blown away.."

  Sun June 12: Robert Susz:image

Robert Susz and band are back at the Co-Op Club. Do not miss this master of soul, blues & funk because Robert & his great band are some of the best in Australia. They play old hits from their days as The Dynamic Hepnotics including 'Soul Kinda Feelin' & 'Take You Higher' as well as anything soulful & funky that takes their fancy. Go prepared to dance.

Sun June 19: Milan Hendik EXP:image

Milan Hendik EXP are based in Byron Bay but they will be heading to Sydney in June to road test their third studio album 'Applegate Drive'. Nominated for a 'Chain Award' for best new artist for their last release, 'Soul Food at Johnnie Lee Fongs' & featuring in the blues, roots charts, they have established themselves as a formidable act with great original songs, mixing blues, soul, roots and sweet harmonies. With Milan on acoustic guitar, stomp box, harmonica & vocals & Hendrik on bass & vocals, they will be joined by Greg Ohlback on drums.

Sun June 26: The Sly Dogs:image

Sun June 26: The Sly Dogs return to the Co-Op Club as the house band this month. Don't miss this one as they will take a couple of months off & return again in September just in time for Spring and new beginnings. Swampy blues, funky soul pop with special guests.

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


Nourish Yourself flyer

The "Nourish Yourself” Playshop is the perfect opportunity to experience Nia and its many benefits. The focus of the Playshop is “tuning into the voice of your body” and it promises 2 hours of body-centred workshop exploration, followed by a 1 hour Nia class experience that incorporates movement from the dance arts, healing arts and martial arts.

Local Nia Blue Belt teacher, Mandy Loveday says “Nia is a low impact, movement practice to music that’s open to all ages and body types. The movements are simple and repetitive on purpose, designed to condition the body and bring up feelings of comfort and joy. Nia teachers will share mindful tools and movement practices to bring you a morning of pleasure and deep connection to self. There's no pressure to perform or keep up so you can move in a way that feels safe and nurturing for you.”

When, where and how much: 9.30am Sunday, 5 June 2016 at the Newport Community Centre, 11-13 The Boulevarde, Newport. The cost is $45 if you book online http://tinyurl.com/zedwgqc or $55 at the door. 

Mandy Loveday
Mindful Movement Practice
Nia / Ageless Grace / Mindfulness / Meditation
Email mindfulmovementpractice@gmail.com
Mobile 0411 645 389


Polycraft for Sale

4.5m Drifter Centre Console Polycraft with 60HP  4 stroke Yamaha. 2008.

  • 540 hourspoly
  • Fully serviced
  • Rego Feb 2017
  • All safety gear

Larry Eastwood. 0417 244406. Morning Bay.


Work Available

Are you 15years or over?

Do you want to earn some money on a Saturday morning?Are you reliable?

Can you work happily with others your age?

Then this could be the job you are looking for.

  • 2 to 4 hours on Sat morning helping us deliver groceries to Island families.
  • You need to use brains as well as some brawn!!
  • It’s a fun job with a great team and you will learn a lot about wok practice and ethics.
Give me a call!!


Moving House Sale

Sunday 5th - Sunday 12th and Monday 13th

First come - first serve....

  • 4 ft Fish tank and stand with accessories, including fish books.              $50
  • Pine chest of drawers with mirror    43 X 105 X 112 high                         $50
  • 5 piece rush lounge setting 2 side tables, coffee table, lounge and chair   $150
  • 1970’s bentwood rocking chair in good condition except for some scratches $40
  • Vintage dressing table and mirror and stool. Needs re-polishing                 $50
  • Vintage/antique rosewood dining setting with table, 6 chairs and sideboard   $300
Prices are negotiable.


Lots of other items too numerous to detail:
Books, CD’s, videos, vinyl records, glassware, kitchenware, pictures and frames, and an original Fabia Tory painting etc.
Lots and lots of free stuff as well.

Please contact Lizzie Brand on 0424341458 or 99972026 if interested, or just rock up on Sunday 5th June, or the following Sunday or Monday.




My name is Soren Tinberg. I’ve grown up on the island
and understand the demands of general block
maintenance, be it stacking firewood, cleaning gutters,
gardening or moving building materials.

So I’m offering to do it for you at 20$/hour.

I’m returning for the University break and will be
available from the 15th of June until the 15th of July.

You can reach me on:
m: 0430 052 426
e: sorentinberg@gmail.com

Look forward to working for you.


Deck Sale

Sunday 5th June 9:30am to 1pm

55 Robertson (big blue house near tennis)

Items include
  • Garden lounger
  • Dressing table stool
  • Small coffee table
  • Artificial flowers
  • Size 4 ladies designer shoes am and boots
  • Size 10 and 12 ski wear
  • Towel rail
  • Mirror
  • Antique phone
  • Bath mat set in aqua
  • Coffee maker
  • Many other items
  • Runaround boat - $6000 offers
Call 0417322134 Sue for any more info

Free Bedsbed

2 x Single beds
Timber with slated base.
No mattresses

Please text or call. Nicole 0403 229 677


Found mobile phone:

We found on Saturday morning a mobile phone near Tennis Wharf.

Please contact Marjolyn Batt 0404 066 403


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  - 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:


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 www.westpittwater.com.au, contact Michael Wiener at treasurer@wpca.org.au

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

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