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Scotland Island - Western Shores - Mackerel Beach

January 1, 2015

Newsletter for Offshore Residents of Pittwater, Australia - Volume 16, Issue 816


  • New Arrivals
  • Fire Shed Christmas Lunch Report & Images
  • Dog Race Article and Images
  • Local Council Notices
  • 2015 Tai Chi Classes
  • Currawong Midholme now Open
  • Co-Op Club - January Bookings
  • Artspot 2015 Invitation
  • WOW Update
  • For Rent or Sale
  • Free Ink Cartridges
  • Found
  • Office Space for Rent
  • The Local Contact Guide
  • Join SIRA
  • Archived Newsletters
  • Your subscription Information

  • Editorial

    A very Happy New Year to all PON subscribers.

    Thank you all for your contributions and continued readership.

    The year seems to have a flicked by at an alarming rate, but maybe that's just me ?  A full year with many events, too much to reflect upon here however there are a couple of things I would like to say.

    It seems this last couple of years we have lost some really fine people from this little community, far too many have left us and we are so much the poorer for these losses.

    We have seen some great community get together's this year with the Winter Festival, Fireshed and Elvina Bay dinners and the Floating Choir really bringing the community ever closer together. To the organisers behind all these, your efforts and dedication cannot be praised enough.  When we do things together as a community, we do them really well !
    Your editor is taking a short break and will return in February. In the meantime my great colleague and former editor Paul Purvis will be keeping an eye on the PON emails for me. He will be only putting out important community notices during this time.

    Happy New Year and thank you all again.


    Florence Terrace welcomes two new arrivals !!!

    To Henry Thomas and to Akira …Welcome.

    Both born on the 23rd December.



    Scotland Island Rural Fire Brigade

    Christmas Lunch 2014

    Some more images here

    In its second year, the Goodwill Fire Shed Christmas Lunch was very successful and the food and company was appreciated from all !
    Many thanks for the donations from:
    Ray Brown
    John Prior
    Lexie Leblang
    Leslie Stevens and Jude James
    Leanne McLean
    Susan Duncan
    Julian Muir
    Pink Water Taxi
    Kerry Baird

    And many thanks for help from:
    Amber Ellis for the posters
    Jo Smith for the shopping, lugging, preparing food
    Kerry Baird for the peeling of 28kg of potatoes/ slicing and helping with the preps.
    Keith and Graeme organising and helping setting up
    Debra Anne for setting up the beautiful tables
    Julian Muir for chauffeuring people around
    Raoul Alfaro for all the carving and washing up!

    And for all the guests who helped with various other donations, and clearing away and tidying up after the event.

    Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

    Nathalie Muir


    Scotland Island Dog Race 2014

    Daily Telegraph article about The Dog Race with some great images here.

    "The Christmas Eve Scotland Island Dog race gets the wag of approval for another year
    Every man and his dog was at Church Point on Christmas Eve, with close to 5000 locals braving some chilly December weather for the annual Scotland Island Dog..."


    And even more great photos can be seen on the Scotland Island Dog Race Facebook page here


    Local Council Notice

    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

    Indigenous Walk

    Guided bush walk in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park - part of Summerama Coastal Activities program

    Date: 18th Jan 2015

    Time: 9:30am - 12pm

    A guided bushwalk discovering cultural sites including rock engravings in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park.

    This tour led by staff from the Coastal Environment Centre and an Indigenous guide offers a great opportunity to lean more about this amazing area.

    The walk will give you information on the local flora and their uses as bushtucker and medicines. Look for native animals and their tracks as we explore.

    This event is suitable for the whole family!

    Meeting place: to be advised on booking

    What to bring: sturdy covered shoes, hat, sunscreen, water, camera (optional)
    Bookings Essential! -

    Online HERE

    In person: Coastal Environment Centre, Lake Park Road, North Narrabeen
    Phone: 1300 000 232 (Reception - Option 1)


    Tai Chi & Qi Gong classes for Scotland Island -2015

    Classes resume for our 2015 Summer term on Friday 16 January in the Community Hall (or outside on the grass), from 10.30 -11.30.

    Tai Chi and Qi Gong movements combine relaxation with exercise, muscle and joint strengthening and general health building. Balance, flexibility, stronger heart and immune function are benefits from these strong and slow practices.

    You do not need forced, high-level action movements to become stronger and healthier. Tai Chi and Qi Gong combine Mindfulness with your breath and movement to make your core energy strong and vital. Come and play with us.

    More info contact Chris 0416221040 or chris@syntivityaustralia.co


    Friends of Currawong - Midholme Now Open

    Midholme restored thanks to major Friends of Currawong donation.

    The main homestead on Currawong has undergone substantial conservation work thanks to the generous donation by the late Don Seaton who had been a long time member and supporter of Friends of Currawong.

    More details at the Friends of Currawong mail-out HERE


    The Co-Op Club  Presents:

    January 2015 Bookings

    Church Point CafeArtists play between 3-6pm

    Artists play between 3-6pm

    Sun Jan 4: Rick Melick & band :image

    In a career that spans 4 decades Rick Melick has spent the last six years traveling the world with US blues rock artist Joe Bonamassa. With Joe and others including Eric Clapton, John Denver, B.B King, John Hiatt, Paul Rodgers and Beth Hart, he has performed at every major festival in the world from The North Sea Jazz and Montreaux Jazz festivals to W.O.M.A.D and the East Coast Blues & Roots festival and has worked in some of the worlds great theatres and arena stages.

    On Sun Jan 4 at the Co-Op Club, Rick will sing and play piano with his great band, introducing us to their version of Soulful blues & country in the style of the late great Ray Charles and other legendary artists.

    ...”Perfect Nicky Hopkins blues piano stylings…”  -  John Hardaker – Liveguide.com.au ...”

    Sun Jan 11: Shane Flew & band :image

    Featuring Shane on guitar with Clare O’Meara on keys, violin & vocals, Dan Johnson slide guitar & Dave Armstrong on percussion will perform songs from Shane’s 2002 debut solo release ‘7,000 Miles’ and his second album ‘Shaking the Mystery’ when they perform for the first time at the Co-Op Club on Sun Jan 11.

    Shane’s music is a mixture of roots, rock Americana and folk music..

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

    Sun Jan 18: Anna Salleh – Brazil & Beyond Trio! :image

    With her reputation as one of Sydney’s finest exponents of Brazilian jazz and other crossover music styles, come and hear her honey-smooth bossa and ballads, irrepressible samba, playful swing, cool jazz and enchanting choro at the Co-Op Club. To this enchanting mix Anna will also include surprise favourites.

    Be prepared for a slow-burning brew of beauty, sorrow, irreverence and joy.

    ...” What a gorgeous concert. Top shelf band. Beautiful singing. Engaging lyrics and melodies. Thanks Anna and her band…” Nic Dalton – Half a Cow Records

    Sun Jan 25:  Sweet Lil Rider :

    Sweet Lil Rider infuse Delta Blues, voodoo swamp, rock n roll, sweet harmonies and crunchie steel guitar. They are Jim Hilbun who was a long serving member of The Angels and has worked with The Divinyls, Diesel, Pete Wells & Jimmy Barnes among many others & Johnny Cass who has equally good credentials, having played lead guitar with The Widowbirds between 2010-2011 and has opened for Paul Weller, Tony Joe White, Jeff Lang, The Backsliders, Wendy Matthews & Chris Wilson.

    We are so excited to have them at the Co-Op Club on Sun Jan 25.

       1860 Pittwater Rd Church Point – bookings 9999 2793


    Artspot 2015 

    3rd - 11th January 2015, open daily 10am - 6pm

    Avalon Recreation Centre


    Artspot is an exhibiting group of professional artists from Sydney's Northern Beaches and beyond.
    We are a volunteer organising committee of dedicated artists and experienced professionals, formed to support professional artists through the establishment of high quality well branded exhibitions.

    Our inaugural show at the Avalon Recreation Centre in January 2013 was a smash success with record art sales.
    It was widely acknowledged as "one of the most professionally presented exhibitions ever held in Pittwater".
    (Katherine Roberts, Senior Curator, Manly Art Gallery & Museum)

    In Artspot 2015 we are bringing together 28 artists, presenting a high-calibre mix of works  including painting, print-making, ceramics, video art, photography and sculpture.

    This year's selection panel and curators are Susan Milne (Eramboo Artist Environment)  and Katherine Roberts (Manly Art Gallery & Museum).



    WOW Update

    Hi Everyone
    HANDS UP  for a new WOW convenor for 2015 to organize 3 x venues and topics for the year and the 4 th @ a restaurant.

    for the last 18 months i have convened WOW with the assistance of Robbie Hand and enjoyed the friendship and topics.

    a big thank you to Robbie Hand for assisting and Susie Boyd ,Carolyn Milani and Angela Cooney for providing
    their homes and interesting topics for discussion.

    We had a lovely Christmas lunch @ Church Point Cafe and we decided that Jenny Frazer was the best
    point of contact for the new convenor 2015 , so please feel free to contact Jenny

    Email: jenny_frazer@hotmail.com

    Jenny has worked very hard as Community Liason Officer and she is also a town planner by training and has
    been employed by Pittwater Council.


    Best wishes
    Antonia & Robbie


    Cottage for Rent cottageor Sale

    Two bedroom cottage in Elvina Bay for sale or rent.
    Hidden away, rainforest aspect, wrap around north-east facing deck.

    Call 0488 218 512


    Free Ink Cartridges

    I have about 40 boxes of ink cartridges, various colours, for an Epson Photo Stylus 2100 printer that I would love to give to someone. 

    These inks are very expensive and it seems a shame to throw them out just because I can't use them.
    Contact Linda 0407 020 110.


    Jacket Found

    I have a short grey jacket, found on the barge after the Christmas carols last Thursday.
    It is called "The North Face" and inside on the label is written JON.

    Please contact me on 0405085686.
    Gill Croft, Little Lovett Bay

    Available - Water Access Office Space to Rent

    WANTED: Interesting people in small business to share our office (and our view).

    This is our office (on the left), which hangs over Pittwater in Gibson Marina just past Mona Vale Golf Course.  We have an airy open plan office for 6 and we currently have between 1 and 4 desk spaces available for a suitable small business. 

    We work in climate change, what about you?

    Email Karl: karl@climaterisk.com.au or call Jackie: 0433 807 812


    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

    Archived Newsletters

    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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