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Scotland Island - Western Shores - Mackerel Beach

March 1, 2019

Newsletter for Offshore Residents of Pittwater, Australia - Volume 20, Issue 1058





Community Hall News

The SIRA Committee wishes to thank Barbara Labram and Karine Valleix for their years of service as Community Hall Booking Officer and Cleaner.

As Hall Booking Officer, Barbara kept track of the regular and one-off bookings for the Hall, managed invoicing, maintained the calendar on the Scotland Island Community website and established good relationships with hall users.

Karine made sure the hall, kitchen and toilets always looked their best, keeping an eye on consumable needs and reporting any problems she encountered.

Teamwork was the answer. I enjoyed working with Barbara and Karine and now welcome Lucy Gregg, who has valiantly taken on both jobs.

Congratulations, Lucy!

Jane Rich, Hall Manager, and the SIRA Committee

SIRA Membership and IT Manager Appointed

Congratulations to Alec Foye Beckett, who has recently been appointed to the above position. Alec comes with excellent skills and experience, which will enable him to perform both the membership and IT aspects of the role.

For SIRA membership information and inquiries, he can be contacted on it@sira.org.au.

In the IT part of his role, he will be assisting SIRA to maintain and update its many computer programmes, the Community website and Facebook page.

Scotland Island Recreation Club

Proposal to set up a Scotland Island Recreation Club (SIRC)

SIRA is considering the formation of a Scotland Island Recreation Club (SIRC) and would appreciate any feedback/constructive ideas on this.

Initially this could be very small scale and comprise the management of a couple of table tennis sessions in the Community Hall. SIRA is willing to purchase a number of tables.

Sessions could be during the day and late afternoon to accommodate all ages.

If this proves successful we could look at expanding the activities. We would be looking for active volunteers to help. This is an opportunity to contribute to the health and well-being of the community, as well as to meet new people.

Please contact Anne Dennis, Secretary, with feedback and comments. Email: secretary@sira.org.au


Clean Up Australia Day is here again –

Sunday, 3rd March, 2019


Scotland Island is registered to participate once again!

Clean Up Australia inspires and empowers communities to clean up, fix up and conserve our environment

This event encourages and inspires thousands of Australians to take to their local park, beach, bushland and streets and really help make a difference to their local environment

If you would like to help out, either by grabbing a bag and filling it, or helping to supervise activities, please email cassgye@spin.net.au to put your name on the list.

Come down to your nearest Wharf to collect a bag between the hours of 9am and 12.00 noon.

Bring gloves, sunscreen, hat, sensible clothes and footwear – and don’t forget to bring some water too! 

Toby and his crew will be out on the Laurel Mae to collect material.

Here is a link to the Clean Up Australia website:

About the event - Clean Up Australia Day

Cargo Beach Notice

There are a number of watercraft on Cargo Beach which are encroaching on the picnic area and the beach.  Some are used regularly, others have been lying there unused for some time.
The residents who use the picnic area spend time maintaining the table and keeping the area clear so it can be enjoyed by all.  This is the only beach on the Island and it is a joy to sit back and watch the sunset, have a BBQ and a bevvy with friends.
Clean Up Australia will take any craft not in good shape or in use.  If you would like to have yours removed, please contact Col Bailey 0413 815 111 by Saturday, March 2.
Col and others who use the beach will be there on Clean Up Oz day next Sunday, March 3 from 9am to 1pm to tidy the beach and the surrounding foreshore, removing any rubbish from the environment.
Please come down and join in and help rationalise the watercraft storage so everyone can enjoy the area.  If you can’t be there, Col is happy for you to call with your thoughts and suggestions.


Pittwater Roads II:
Where the Streets Have Your name - Scotland Island


Congratulations to Pittwater Online News on a fantastic article about Scotland Island and the Pittwater area. With numerour historical excepts taken from national archives, this is a must read for anyone living in the area.

".............Of course in Pittwater we have one emerald jewel where the ways are more alike leafy lanes in places and the 'roads' more a suggestion of a wending track than sealed asphalt drilled with white lines indicating formalised way of passage - and that place is Scotland Island. 

Originally named 'Pitt Island' by Governor Phillip when he explored Broken Bay in March 1788, the island was renamed by the first European to be granted Scotland Island, Scotchman Andrew Thompson. The 120 acres comprising the island were granted on January 1st 1810, as a reward for his flood rescue work on the Hawkesbury River.

Although he clearly frequented Pittwater and Scotland Island, named for his homeland and perhaps due to the similarity of the green hilled and blue watered estuary to his original home, his main sphere of work was at Green Hills, soon to be named 'Windsor'. His responsibilities were varied and large and there seemed no field he was not involved in. Horses as well as cattle were bred, grains were harvested and shipped to town, and he was also in charge of labour gangs working on creating roads and, under Captain Philip Gidley King RN, who became the third Governor of NSW on 28 September 1800 and encouraged the building of wharves, bridges and ...:

Read the complete article HERE

Pittwater Online News
February 24 - March 2, 2019: Issue 394


Church Point Ferry Service


Survey - We want your Opinion

We're conducting a survey and your input would be appreciated, so that we can improve our service to you.

Click the LINK below to start the survey.

Thank you for your participation!


Ferry Trial TImetable

11 March - 6 May

Depending on the outcome of the trial AND the survey, we will have a look at running later services at the start of summer....


click to load pdf


Pittwater Offshore Wine Syndicate

Sunday March 10 from 3pm


Your hard working committee are pleased to present news of our next tasting and to be able to provide you with the tasting notes and the inevitable price list.

There are some exceptional wines in this collection and a couple of great value choices. Please take a look at the list and bring a copy with you when you attend the tasting. Hopefully attended by your neighbours and friends.

DATE: Sunday March 10th
TIME: 3pm
PLACE: Alan and Ruth Gaines lovely boatshed 'Shiraz' on the eastern side of Scotland Island.

listBecause this cute boatshed is a little short on size for the usual numbers that attend we do have the option to shift to Michael and Karen's boatshed adjacent to Greg and Louise's home on the north side of the island. (Just near Tennis wharf). This would only happen if it rains steadily. We would notify you by email on the morning of the tasting should a change be necessary. UNLIKELY.

Paul Purvis


The Co-Op Club Presents

March 2019 Bookings

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


The Waterfront Café’s Co-Op Club presents the finest live music North side of the bridge from 3.30pm every Sunday. Come and immerse yourself in some wonderful music by the waters edge with great friends, your favourite beverage, some wonderful music and a huge range of delicious menu specials. 
1860 Pittwater Rd Church Point – bookings 99796633



Scotland Island Yoga



Pasadena Pantry & Fresh Happenings!

Our next Knife Sharpening is Friday 1st March drop of your knives by 9am

Also dont forget our refillery all enviromentally friendly septic & marine safe
Shampoo & Conditioner
Laundry Liquid
Dishwashing LIquid
Hand & Body wash 

Just BYO bottle but we do have bottles you can purchase

See ya soon.....

Muchos Gracias

Colin & Pepe
Pasadena Pantry & Fresh


Yacht for Sale - Liza image

23 foot Southrrn Cross for sale $500 ono.

  • Clean, no leaks, some sails, needs some TLC
  • Recently anti fouled. Does not include a motor
  • Currently moored in Lovett Bay
  • Does not include mooring

Call Andrew for inspection on 0417 249 405


Want Tinnie to Rent

I’m wondering if any any Island folk would like to rent out their tinnie so as to make a few extra $$$.

Please contact Terry at tmwool@bigpond.net.au


Help with Television and Internet required

My husband and I have recently moved to the Western Foreshore and require assistance with our TV and Internet set up.

We are happy to pick you up by boat if you need transport off shore.

Please call Jill on 0416 281 895


General Handy Person

Hard working, capable female to garden,painting and general jobs, Cleaning up that shed?

I have my own whipper snipper. 

I can be contacted on 0419602903 Kate. 

I will be visiting the island and looking for work.


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 Rural Fire Brigade - 9999 4404 - http://www.sirfb.org.au
West Pittwater Rural Fire Brigade
http://www.westpittwater.com.au/rural-fire-brigade/WPRFB-contacts - 9997-3795
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 Island Kindy in Catherine Park
  • Days of operation: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday
  • Times: 8.00am - 6.00pm
  • Before & After School Care
  • 8.00am until walked to school ferry - collected from school ferry until 6.00pm
  • Vacation Care, Casual Care and Playgroup on Fridays
  • Hire the Kindy for Birthday Parties
Please call 02 9979 7856 or email SIOCSdirector@gmail.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/theislandkindy
Website: http://scotlandislandkindy.business.site/
Scotland Island Community Hall BookingsBarbara Labram M: 0473008339  or hall@sira.org.au
Pittwater Online Newshttp://www.pittwateronlinenews.com
Tick Fact Sheet
TUG Waitlist   (Tennis User Group) - Application Form


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/
John Gavagna at Residential Real Estate Agents – 9999 4499 www.residentialagents.com.au
Waterford Partners Pty Ltd - Therese O'Neill  0424  22 44 12
L.J.Hooker Mona Vale - 9979 8000   http://www.ljhooker.com.au/monavale
Murray Bakker – Stone – murraybakker@stonerealestate.com.au – 0449 901 669

Services, Clubs & Accommodation

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
 Justice of the Peace  -  Lexie Le Blang 0418399674 or 99992574
Justice of the Peace  -  Graham Stenner - 0407216405
Justice of the Peace  -  Carolyn Milani - 0409914699
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
Free Pump Outs for Boats - Council with RMS installed a pump out at Careel Bay wharf
Top water purification system installed for offshore homes:  Call Juliette 0418349448
Solicitor - Rachel Carter - Carter O'Neill Legal - 0406 239 946
Island Based Domestic Cleaner - Kath - 0405097424 - kathando@yahoo.com
Building Design and Drafting Services  - Samuela Madej – Murphy ph. 0450331573
email: samuelamadej@gmail.com
Qualified Deep Tissue & Swedish Massage - Mona 0490701213
Island Based Cleaner - Uses predominantly Organic & Natural Products - Mona 0490701213

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
Outdoor Circuit Training Classes on Scotland Island - Lowri Dwyer - 0450 201 650 - lowri_89@icloud.com - https://www.facebook.com/lowri.dwyer/
Dynamic Yoga Saturdays from 8.30am - 10.00am.
Drop-In Easy Hatha Yoga - Monday Evenings 7:00pm - 8:15pm
Nadine 0402 752465 / nadineomara@gmail.com


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
Catherine Park Bush Care Group, 2nd Sunday @ 9.30am, Sharon Kinnison @ 9997 6017
Island Thinking Group - Roy Baker, 9999 6891, roybaker99@yahoo.com

Government Organisations

Northern Beaches Council - 9970 1111  - email  pittwater@northernbeaches.nsw.gov.au Web site click here
Northern Beaches eNewsletter - Sign up for the Northern Beaches Council monthly e-newsletter
Northern Beaches Have your Say - https://www.northernbeaches.nsw.gov.au/council/have-your-say
Member for Mackellar Jason George Falinski, email clicking here or jason.falinski.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, Sunrise & Sunset
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

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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