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September 1, 2020

Newsletter for Offshore Residents of Pittwater, Australia - Volume 21, Issue 1127


Pittwater Offshore Newsletter is looking for a new editor.

After 11 years as the editor of this newsletter I am looking to hand over the editorship of the PON to someone interested in looking after this vital source of community information.

As the editor you need to have a keen interest in the offshore community, be engaged with it and most of all be committed to carrying on the great tradition (65 years) of providing relevant and timely information to the offshore community. You will need to know about creating online media, utilizing and manipulation of images and text to suit, a working knowledge of HTML and CSS and understand general editing principles, with the ability to research information as required. 

You also need to be sure of the following; be committed, as some information has to be published sooner than later no matter what; patient and impartial, as the PON is not an outlet for personal opinions or biases; be interest in keeping the newsletter relevant and up-to-date, and be able to manage its associated online Facebook/Twitter pages.

The plan is to have transition/hand-over period of 3 months which allows sufficient time for the successor to become familiar and comfortable with the processes involved in bringing our newsletter out.

If you are interested and would like to find out more about this then please contact me at editor@scotlandisland.org.au

Julian Muir



(Marine Safety Act 1998 s.12)

 Lovett Bay, Elvina Bay, McCarrs Creek, Scotland Island, Church Point,



August to October 2020





NBN Update for West Pittwater Bays

NBN have advised drilling operations on bore shot work will include Saturdays and Sundays for the next four weeks.
  • There are a number of reasons for extending their work hours to 7 days a week (Mon-Fri7am-6pm, Sat-Sun8am-5pm):    Reduce risk of frack out on environment. Some drilling operations require continued drilling in excess of 50 metres into rock with drill lengths exceeding 200m. Halting drilling operations for long periods of time, such as a weekend, increases the risk of significant ground pressure on a static drill rod that can frack out, leading to an uncontrolled release of drilling fluids into the environment.
  • Reduce the risk of drill rods snapping with start/stop operations (and thereby reducing events of downtime)
  • Specialised workforce from Queensland - reduces the overall time staff are away from home with the current need for 14 days quarantine on return.

Safeguard and mitigation measures:

  • Best efforts will be made to minimise vehicle movement.
  • Some temporary disruptions to trail access may be necessary at times for safety reasons. Where temporary access disruptions are required, these will be identified in advance and signage provided.
  • Surrounding residences directly affected by the works will be notified in advance of the proposed commencement of works and the duration of the construction period.
  • On completion of the works, all vehicles, construction equipment, materials, and refuse relating to the works will be removed from the work sites and any adjacent affected areas. Work sites will be restored to their original condition as soon as possible following the completion of the proposed works.
  • Machinery and vehicles will not be left running or idling when not in use.

The map below shows the location of the bore shots and the order in which the work will be done.
The 1st location being at Elvina Point, commencing this Fri 28 Aug

Source: West Pittwater Community Association Baynews


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Offshore Waste Services Review

Council are conducting a review of offshore waste services. This includes garbage, recycling, bulky goods and vegetation collection.

If you're a resident of Pittwater's offshore communities, or if you use the public wharves in some way, they’re keen to hear your thoughts on the services. They’re also interested in your ideas, big or small, for how they can be improved.

Please take a few minutes to complete the online survey.

If you have questions about the online survey or if you wish to receive a hard copy of the survey, please contact the Waste Services team by email or 1300 434 434.

Your local input will help Council plan for future processes.

Survey closes Sunday 20 September 2020.

Church Point Parking Permits now due!

It is that time of year again.

Payment for Church Point Parking Permits is due.

The Council does not send personal reminders about this.

A new 20-21 sticker should be displayed on your car by 1st September to avoid fines.

The cost of a permit this year is $510.



Upcoming dates for August and September to add to your diaries:

Sunday 13th September

Sunday 27th September

Sunday 11th October 

Sunday 25th October

Thank you for supporting your community and we look forward to seeing you there! 💙☕️

The Co-Op Club Presents

September Bookings

Church Point Cafe -  3:30 - 6:30pm

Sunday 6th September –Fathers Day with Int. acclaimed Rick Melick

RICK MELICK & THE SELF MADE MEN. Special entertainment for Fathers Day with internationally acclaimed Rick Melick. Apart from his own wonderful recordings, Rick has worked and toured in the U.S. for 6 years with #1 Blues Rock artist Joe Bonamassa which enabled him to play every major festival in the world from North Sea Jazz and Montreaux Jazz Festivals W.O.M.A.D and The East Coast Blues and Roots and to work with incredible artists such as Eric Clapton, John Denver, B.B.King, John Hiatt, Paul Rogers & Beth Hart. He has played live with Larry Carlton, Kenny Loggins, Ian Anderson, Steve Lukather, Ricky Medlocke (Lynard Skynard), Bernie Marsden (Whitesnake), the late blues greats Hubert Sumlin and Bobby Parker, Brad Whitford (Aerosmith) and Jeff ‘Skunk’ Baxter, (Steely Dan & Doobie Bros.
Be assured that there will be some fabulous music for Dad from this great man on Sunday afternoon!
There are very limited numbers available for bookings, so grab a table booking & join us for a fabulous afternoon of great music, this is one afternoon you won’t forget!

Sunday 13th September: Frank Sultana Blues Machine and Frank SultanaFS

The Co-Op welcomes for the first time FRANK SULTANA on his national ‘Don’t Sugarcoat It’ single tour. Laced with organ and pedal steel guitar the single builds from a slow burn to glorious, modern soul and early 70s inspired drums.
Awash with vintage guitar tones and primitive rhythms, Frank Sultana’s raw soulful voice bleeds with the experience of the characters he writes and sings about - In one breath, his songs are dark and dirty, joyous and hopeful.

Frank is a storyteller in the traditional sense, inspired by greats like Ray Charles and Bob Dylan, as well as Mississippi blues pioneers like Skip James and Son House. He’s released 4 albums and 3 Eps and has become a permanent fixture on Australia’s live scene, earning a big reputation as a powerhouse singer and gifted songwriter.

Frank has shared the bill with many great artists, including Gary Clarke Jnr, Tony Joe White, Canned Heat, and the New Power Generation, Ian Moss, The Whitlams, The Backsliders, Russel Morris, Diesel, James Reyne, The Fumes, Kingswood, Dallas Frasca, Mojo Juju, Busby Marou, Kira Puru and many many others.

He treads a well worn path between Melbourne and Brisbane, touring both as a solo artist (often incorporating stomp box and looper) or with a band, and has racked up over 100 shows in 2019 in NSW, VIC, QLD and NZ.
His latest album ‘The Blues Diaries Volume 1 Moama to Macleay’ was released in May, and his new single ‘Don’t Sugarcoat It' will be released in March 2020.

Sun 20th September: The NLB! nlb

The NLB! Don’t miss the The Co-Op’s sell out house band. Every month is a full house, come and find out why! Fronted by the amazing NARELLE LEWIS with her soulful R&B gospel blues voice covering some of her favorite artist, from Bill Withers to Beth Hart. Narelle is backed by Andrew Snow on guitar and vocals, Jason Smith on bass guitar, Aiden Danser on the Nord/keys, and Chuck Bradley in the engine room.

No doubt tables will fill quickly, so grab yours & join us for a fabulous afternoon of great music!

Sunday 27th September: DANNY TSUN’s Rhythm Revue feat: Pat PowellDTRR

DANNY TSUN’s Rhythm Revue feat: Pat Powell. Danny captures the sound of Motown, Funk & Soul. He plays Hammond keyboard with it’s unique ‘Leslie’ speaker – (one of the definitive sounds of the Motown recording era) as featured at the Johnnie Johnson Jazz & Blues Festival in West Virginia USA in 2011 and 2016. The Rhythm Review relives these great flamboyant, soulful and emotive classic sounds.
Danny’s musical love is to recreate his hero’s JERRY LEE LEWIS, JON CLEARY, JAMES BROWN and THE ALLMAN BROTHERS.

Come & join the Sunday fun for a very Soul-filled afternoon!.

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 by the waters edge with friends and family, your favorite beverage and a huge range of delicious menu specials. This is a very special and unique location - 1860 Pittwater Rd Church Point. Ph 99796633 to book a table.

*** please make note that there can be no dancing. All social distancing and Covic 19 government directives apply***


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 Bookings:  Lucy Gregg M: 0424 233 674  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
Palm Beach Cruises  - 02 9997 4815
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

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
Mark Allan -  www.waterfrontpropertysles.com.au - 0419 777 500
Sam Thompson - McGrath Estate Agents - SamThompson@mcgrath.com.au

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
Architect / Drafting / 3D sketches / Council submissions services - Sabrina Phillips, NSW Architect 0426223407  - sabrinaaphillips@gmail.com
Qualified Deep Tissue & Swedish Massage - Mona 0490701213
Island Based Cleaner - Uses predominantly Organic & Natural Products - Mona 0490701213
Broken Bay Barges & Sydney Commercial Diving Services - Brent Taylor - 0409 269 404 - taylordmarine@gmail.com
J&M Property Care - Jamie - 0488665 685, Michelle - 0402 942 063 - Brochure - michellesala00@gmail.com
Nikki Gibson Qualified Bookkeeper and Registered BAS Agent - 0425 227 792 - nikkigibson22@gmail.com
Aaron Tree Carpentry & Building - 0406773691 - aarontree.a1@gmail.com
Professional Chainsaw Sharpening - Peter - 0410 633 351 - plfishfingers@bigpond.com

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
Mackerel 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

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


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.

Pittwater Offshore Photo Gallery


A Photographic Record of Offshore Community Events

Updated 1st Jan 2020
  • Christmas Eve Dog Race
  • Christmas Lunch

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