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Scotland Island - Western Shores - Mackerel Beach

December 1, 2014

Newsletter for Offshore Residents of Pittwater, Australia - Volume 15, Issue 809


  • "Dig in for Dennis"
  • Scotland Island Fire Shed Christmas Lunch
  • Scotland Island Art Trail - Yellow Flag Road
  • Lovett Bay Fire Shed Dinner Images
  • WPYC Christmas Party
  • Carols Afloat 2014
  • Local Council Notices
  • Huge Art Sale
  • Water Access Only for Sale
  • Gala Fashion Parade
  • Pittwater Library - Movie
  • Temporary Tattoos
  • Co-Op Club - December Bookings
  • Christmas Massage
  • Missing Cat
  • Commuter Berth available
  • For Sale
  • Stolen Phone
  • Lost
  • The Local Contact Guide
  • Join SIRA
  • Archived Newsletters
  • Your subscription Information

  • 'Dig in for Dennis'

    Friday 5pm-8pm

    Church Point Cafe


                      We’ve secured a heap of great raffle and auction prizes for the day, and hope to
    raise  good deal of money for Dennis.


    Scotland Island Rural Fire Brigade

    Goodwill Christmas Lunch

    Christmas Day 12 noon - 2pm

    Booking is Essential

    RSVP by 11 December please


    Nathalie 0419 432 460


    Meet the Artists, Artisans, Photographers & Writers of Scotland Island

    December 6th & 7th from 10am to 4pm

    flyer  map

    Click map to load full size image


    Images from Lovett Bay Fire Shed Dinner

    Courtesy Rachel Dulson

    Head over to the Offshore Photo Gallery to see many more photos.


    Saturday 6  December from  12pm



    Portuguese Beach

    Includes: BBQ, Music, Kids games (12 – 3pm)

    Members Free, Non-Members $25
    “Reliance” Ferry rides during the day – C.P, Island and RMYC





    Venue:        Elandra, Elvina Bay (thanks to Scott and Colin)

    (Elandra is at the junction of Wirringulla Avenue and Elvina Walking Track on the point between Elvina Bay and McCarrs Creek.

    Use the right hand jetty.
    Take inclinator or steps to the higher house.)

    Time:            6.30 arrival for 7.00 pm start

    Tuesday November 25th
    Tuesday December 2nd
    Tuesday December 9th
    Tuesday December 16th
    Performance:    Thursday December 18th           

    Choir Master:     John Lloyd

    Please bring a plate for the supper after rehearsals and some liquid refreshment if you wish to partake!


    Words for the Carols can be downloaded:

    HERE in PDF format 
    HERE in .Doc (word format)



    Local Council Notice

    New rules under 10/50 vegetation code welcomed by Council

    This week the NSW Rural Fire Services (RFS) announced, with immediate effect, a reduction in the entitlement area under the10/50 Vegetation Clearing Code: Category one vegetation is reduced to 100 metres and category two vegetation to 30 metres, down from 350 metres and 150 metres, respectively.

    Previously, there were 12,960 Pittwater properties included in the entitlement area but with this week’s changes to the code—which reflect the bushfire prone land mapping—there’s now 6,760 homes affected.

    Heavy penalties apply to residents who clear vegetation without authorisation. The easiest way to work out if you're covered by the entitlement area is checking the RFS website, which carries the latest information on areas covered by the code.

    “We welcome the formal review of the 10/50 Code, and interim changes to the entitlement area, announced by the RSF this week. The change offers greater protection of our vegetation, especially threatened species, whilst the code is being further refined,” said Mayor Jacqueline Townsend.

    “However, we would still prefer the previous system, where a holistic approach was taken; involving the RFS assessing individual properties and actual benefits of vegetation removal, and other issues such as building and garden maintenance,” she added.

    Pittwater would like to see a return to the RFS assessing each property on an individual basis and then issuing of a hazard reduction certificate that would override the council’s tree and bushland preservation requirements and other provisions.

    “The change is a positive sign, and one that has come about as the result of a sincere commitment to preserving our natural environment from deep within the community, across Pittwater and further,” said Mayor Jacqueline Townsend.

    “We will continue to lobby the Baird Government for permanent changes to the code to remove the risk of indirect tree loss”.

    The RFS, in partnership with the Department of Planning and Environment, is reviewing the scheme due to abuse of the fuel reduction provisions for other purposes.

    The RFS received more than 1800 submission. Pittwater’s submission can be viewed at our website, by visiting the agenda for the Council meeting scheduled for 3 December.


    Kids on the Coast – school holiday fun!

    Kids on the Coast is a fun and educational program with a wide range of activities that teach kids the value of our natural environment. The program is on at the award-winning Coastal Environment Centre (CEC), during the 2015 Summer School Holidays, for boys and girls aged 6-12 years.

    There is a range of exciting and fun-filled activities to choose from. Activities run from 10am to 3pm from Monday 12 January to Friday 23 January. The cost is $55 for a full day, which includes morning and afternoon activities, plus supervision over lunch (BYO).

    The activities include Reptile Romp, Flying High with Kite, Summer Science, Coastal Art Workshop, Sculpture Workshop and Treasures from the Sea. Each activity is as entertaining and exciting as the next one, with an activity to suit every child.

    Be sure to pack them lunch and snacks, a refillable water bottle and a hat. Please dress appropriately (no singlets) and wear sturdy enclosed shoes. Bring a spare pair of wet/waterproof shoes for wet activities.

    For bookings and more information call 1 300 000 CEC (232) or visit pittwater.nsw.gov.au/ceckids

    Contact: David Lowery
    Phone: 9970 1259

    Caring for your Pet this Christmas

    The noise and excitement that comes with the Christmas holiday season can be overwhelming for pets—even those with very social and friendly characters—but by following a few pet care tips your puss or pooch can have a happy Christmas too.

    Pittwater Council’s Environmental Compliance Manager, Mr Jeff Lofts suggests keeping pets away from large groups of people and loud noise—like fireworks—is a good start.

    “Fireworks can be really upsetting for pets, in some cases causing them to run away, so it’s always a good idea to bring them inside and settle them before the noise starts,” says Mr Lofts.

    Mr Lofts stresses the importance of micro-chipping and registering pets and checking that the details on record are up to date as well as ensuring they wear an up to date collar and identification tag, which will help locate them in the event they run away.

    With the Christmas period being a popular time of year to go away, it’s important to plan pet care for transit times and ensure your pet is safely secured at the destination.

    “Residents taking pets on extended car trips should never leave them unaccompanied in vehicles and should always have plenty of water on hand.

    “Those holidaying without pets should always arrange to have them minded by family, friends or a professional pet sitting service—never leave a pet unaccompanied for more than a day.

    Mr Lofts acknowledges Christmas is a popular time of year for families to buy animals as a gift but reminds residents; buying a pet is a decision that shouldn’t be taken lightly.

    “A pet is a long-term commitment with the responsibility of ensuring they are, microchipped, registered and looked after, long after Christmas.”

    Mr Lofts said families thinking about getting a pet for Christmas could consider charities such as the Animal Welfare League, which have pets—already microchipped and vaccinated— and available for adoption.

    Full details on microchipping and registration can be found at your local veterinarian or on our website.

    The Animal Welfare League are located at 11 Cicada Glen Road, Ingleside and can be contacted on 8899 3333 or at their website  www.awlnsw.com.au

    Contact: Emma Mackay
    Phone: 9970 1226

    Huge Art Sale

    Paul and Tracy smiths house

    Sat 6th Dec and Sunday 7th from 9am - 4pm

    25 years of our work to go +Paul's new range of home furnishings..



    New Offshore Residents!

    Here’s A Great Local Christmas Gift

    “Water Access Only, Tales and Images from Pittwater” 

    Written by residents of Scotland Island and Pittwater’s Western foreshores,
    Water Access Only is a treasure of real life stories, poems and artwork that
    captures what it’s like to live an Offshore life where getting home is always a boat ride!

    Contact Juliette Robertson (SI Island)  99792411, 0418349448

    $25.00 - Buy 1 and get one freeJ 


    Gina invites you to Gala Fashion Parade

    Saturday 6th December 2014

    Doors open 7:30pm


    70 Thompson Street, Scotland Island

      From Bell wharf: Ascend Hilda Avenue, turn right and take the third pathway on your left.
    From Carol’s wharf: At the top of Cecil Street turn left and take the stone steps 30m on your right.
    Follow the glamour! 


    Free movie at Mona Vale Library

    Christmas is near, so get into the spirit and bring the whole family down to Mona Vale Library, for a free screening of The Grinch.

    Residents of all ages are welcome to the free screening on Thursday 18 December from 5.30 to 8pm. It’s sure to be a fun and entertaining night for everyone.

    The Grinch is a great family movie, about a creature intent on stealing Christmas.

    Inside a snowflake exists the magical land of Whoville. In Whoville, live the Whos, a community of little people who love Christmas. Yet just outside of their beloved Whoville lives the Grinch!

    The Grinch is a nasty creature that hates Christmas, and plots to steal it away from the Whos which he equally despises. Yet a small child, Cindy Lou Who, decides to try and befriend the Grinch.

    Mona Vale Library’s Manager, Cathy Howie said the movie session is guaranteed entertainment. “It will also be a great way of reminding residents of our extensive DVD collection that can be borrowed free of charge!”

    Ms Howie reminded residents that the library is more than just a place to borrow books. “It’s a community facility where people can go to learn, listen to authors, read, access the internet or simply meet and enjoy a movie together.”

    The movie commences at 6pm, however light refreshments will be available free-of-charge from 5.30pm.

    Bookings for the free movie can be made at the front desk at Mona Vale library or by phoning 9970 1600.

    Contact: Heather Thomson
    Phone: 9970 1600


    LOOK OUT for the HIT accessory for Summer!

    Golden Goddess Temporary Tattoos

    These gorgeous, jewellery inspired gold and silver temporary tattoos have been a huge hit in the US and are now here for you to glam up! Cut out, add a dab of water and apply. They give you 5-6 days of shimmering temporary jewellery for the beach, evenings out and New Year’s bling!

    Just $7.50 a sheet or 3 sheets for $18. You can get your tattoos from www.goldengoddess.com.au
    With FREE post and 14 designs to choose from they make great Christmas gifts for girls and woman of all ages.

    A new business started on the island by Jess Shelley who is studying Business and Marketing at Macquarie and testing out the theory with her own business. If you could spread the word and/or tag @goldengoddesstt on Facebook and Instagram I’d really appreciate you helping me raise awareness.



    The Co-Op Club  Presents:

    December Bookings

    Church Point CafeArtists play between 3-6pm

    Artists play between 3-6pm

    Sun Dec. 7:  Robert Susz Continental Blues & Boogaloo Partyimage
    "Continental" Robert Susz (ex Dynamic Hepnotics & The Mighty Reapers -singer, harmonica player & songwriter) has assembled his latest soul/blues/downhome funk combo "The Continental Blues Party".
      Playing a combination of "Continental" Robert's compositions (including his national SMASH HIT "Soul Kind Of Feelin'") & treasures from the SOUL & BLUES vaults by artists like Ray Charles, James Brown, Muddy Waters, Cutis Mayfield, B.B. King, Joe Simon, they have been turning on audiences with their electrifying, soul charged, R'N'B workouts since their formation in 2007.


    Sun Dec. 14:Damien Wright Flamenco Trio:image
    Damian Wright is an ARIA nominated flamenco guitarist known for being leader of the acclaimed ensemble BANDALUZIA FLAMENCO and as a member of RASA DUENDE (abc/universal) & THE TRANSLATORS (jazzgroove). Virtuosic, contemporary flamenco guitar in collaboration with the brilliant flamenco dancer Jessica Statham (awarded Dance Australia magazine's Critics' Survey of most outstanding artists in 2013) and renowned percussionist James Hauptmann.

    “I loved the authenticity of this performance. This is blissful music: tabla-fast strums that drench you in tense rhythms; barred left hands with fingered melodies; rock solid beats in rhythms of huge complexity. Just fabulous music and a great eye-opener” Canberra Jazz.net 2011

    Sun Dec. 21:  Matt Trapnell & The Sly Dogs:image

    Matt Trapnell & The Sly Dogs return to the Co-Op Club. They are our beloved house band and the word is spreading about this very cool outfit with their brand of dirty blues & funky grooves. Come on down!

    Sun Dec.28:  The Rob Woolf Trio:
    The Rob Woolf Trio have collectively played with a who’s who of Australian talent from Diesel to Karise Eden, from hip hop artist Phrase to Luke Steele or Silverchair and Ms Murphy.  They have backed the Jamaican Rocksteady great, Stranger Cole, and the blues legend, Eugene Bridges, and are members of the best loved reggae outfit, King Tide.

    All that aside, it is within a quieter bare bones approach as a trio that they can simply relax, reminding themselves of all the music that they cherish, music from Jamaica, New Orleans, blues and soul from Memphis and Chicago.

    “..This trio will make you weep tears of joy. Rob Woolf’s oh so sweet falsetto sounding like he has escaped from somewhere deep down in the south of Louisiana and been transported here…another world away from where some of their music comes from but sounding like they just arrived yesterday…” 

       1860 Pittwater Rd Church Point – bookings 9999 2793


    Christmas Massage

    If you are looking for a special gift for friends and family for Christmas, perhaps a voucher for a massage ?

    I will be setting up my table in the boat shed at Tira Lira , Lyn and Sarah's house in Lovett Bay. The spacious, airy and peaceful boat shed has a great ambience and I am offering hour and half treatments for $100.

    You can pay for the vouchers via eft and I will email the pdf to you or post a hardcopy to you.

    For more information, give me a call on 0405 097 424

    Happy Days
    Kath Anderson


    Missing Cat



    Commuter Berth Available

    We will be away from the island for a couple of months and would like to sub-let our commuter berth at the Bayview Anchorage Marina.

    The berth is immediately adjacent to the shore offices/amenities (no long walks with all your stuff!), cafe and Thai restaurant and is very sheltered.

    Available from Monday 15/12/14 to Sunday 15/3/15 at a very worthwhile discount from the normal monthly rate.

    Insurance for your boat a necessity during the rental period.
    Contact Tony (0419-242723) or Prue (0419-163019)."


    For Salebed

    Antique wooden single bed


    Mike Molloy
    0409 121 112


    Stolen Phone

    Dear person who picked up my phone last Sunday afternoon from a bench outside Church Point Waterfront Store: My phone (a purple Sony Xperia, not even a month old), was left on a bench at Church Point on Sunday 23rd of November, and someone picked it up (I know as it was turned off shortly after).

    I have now put a block on the phone so it is no longer useable. Please, if anyone in the local area has it, restore my faith in the good honestly of people and return it. I have lost all of my contacts, some very important information, and so many beautiful photos of my children. I just bought this phone and am so upset I will need a new one, life is expensive enough! phone

    If you have it, simply drop it into the Post Office or Church Point Store, in an envelope for Alanna Alfaro.

    Your good deed will make one very relieved, happy mum.

    I am willing to pay a reward if found!



    Black shopping bag left on table at Church Point on Friday night

    Contained old painting clothes, sequined shoes and my SUMSUNG TABLET in lime green case
    The Tablet had photos of my recent trip and precious photos of Paul.

    If you saw the bag on Friday evening or Saturday morning please give me a call. 

    Annette Ritchie
    0410 007 501


    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 Water
    Complete details on website inc.
    General Information, Map & Contacts
    Emergency Water Guidelines September 2014
    Agreement For Sale Of Water Updated 2013
    SIRA Membership Application 2014-2015
    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 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 - 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  www.yha.com.au/hostels/details.cfm?hostelid=31  
    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


    Gurdjieff / The Fourth Way - Call John on 9979 5584, Marion on 9979 3993 or Anne on 9999 3478
    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 Forecasttop
    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
    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 by clicking here.
    Look for the membership form link on the page. Return the completed form to SIRA at this address:

    The Treasurer, SIRA, PO Box 70, Church Point 2105.
    Please NO CASH.
    Contact the Treasurer at

    Join WPCA

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

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    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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