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Scotland Island - Western Shores - Mackerel Beach

July 1, 2020

Newsletter for Offshore Residents of Pittwater, Australia - Volume 21, Issue 1121




Scotland Island Vehicle Rego Day

Saturday, 11 July

rego notice


NBC Logo

  Beyond COVID

Social Impacts and Community Responses

Thursday, 2 July 2020 - 7:30pm to 8:45pm

While early in the coronavirus pandemic the Northern Beaches was considered a hotspot, it was also home to a number of community-led initiatives aimed at alleviating the effects of the pandemic on the most vulnerable.

As we look to the next stage of the recovery, what have we learned from our time in lockdown?

What will the ‘new normal’ look like?

How do we continue to grow community connection, cohesion and compassion as we return to a post-pandemic society?

Join a discussion with:

Dr Norman Swan, renowned health journalist and physician
Lucinda Brogden AM, Chair of the National Mental Health Commission
Dr Sean Turnell, Associate Professor of Economics at Macquarie University
Greg Jones, former principal and executive member of Community Co-op Northern Beaches

Details & Registration - https://www.northernbeaches.nsw.gov.au/things-to-do/whats-on/big-ideas-forum

Delivery Program 2020-2024 and Operational Plan 2020-2021 - Council agenda item

The Draft Delivery Program 2020-2024, Operational Plan and Budget 2020-2021 will be presented to Council for adoption on Tuesday 23 June, 2020.

View the Council Report, Outcome of Exhibition and Adoption of Delivery Program 2020-2024 and Operational Plan 2020/21. Item 9.2, pg. 48.

In line with social distancing requirements, this meeting will be held remotely. You can watch the live webcast here from 6pm on Tuesday 23 June, 2020.

Thank you for your interest in this project.

Michael McDermid
Manager, Corporate Strategy


Opening of the 2 Catherines Cafe

2nd & 4th Sunday of every month from ~10am-12noon

Starting in July


Festival of Making Offshore


Whether you build boats, make jewellery, throw pots, bake cakes, carve wood, take photos, make robots, stitch quilts, knit beanies, grow plants, tell stories or other creative activities, join our celebration of craft, creativity, connection and community.

The Festival of Making Offshore on Saturday 14th November will include a curated showcase of makers’ work in the Scotland Island community hall, a series of inspiring talks and demonstrations, a cafe, homemade food, stalls of makers selling their products, buskers, and hands-on workshops. If you dance, sing or play an instrument - you’re welcome to join in the fun too.

If you’d like to be an active participant in any way (maker, performer, volunteer, etc), please complete this simple form and organisers will be in touch with further information.

Some makers plan to hold workshops in the weeks leading up to the festival itself, which may include creative writing, ceramics and textiles. Maybe you or someone you know might like to lead a workshop?

If you’d like to be part of the organisation of this festival, or have specific ideas you’d like to propose, please email the organising committee at fom.offshore2020@gmail.com. And jump on to the festival Facebook page to keep updated.
Full links if you need them:




Kindy Plans and Meeting

Sunday 26th July at 10.30am

As most will be aware the Island Kindy as we knew it, had to close in mid-March due to virus and financial difficulties. All hoped this day wouldn't come, parents and staff volunteering tirelessly to stay open as a preschool for island families. But due to changes in the type and location of child care families now need, too few children were enrolled for it to continue as a government subsidised kindergarten.

The Scotland Island & Offshore Children's Services (SIOCS) committee were all sad to have to close the doors so suddenly. But happily, the closure of the old format does allow more flexibility and the opportunity for children, parents and the wider community to benefit from the Kindy in new ways.

SIOCS is a charity setup to serve the local community by providing services to children, parents and young people. The aim is to encourage people in our isolated suburbs to meet regularly, form relationships and cooperate to build stronger individuals and community. To do this best, SIOCS are calling on all those interested to meet and share ideas on how they would use and involve themselves in the facility. Ideas to date have included; creche groups, a child friendly cafe and after-school, weekend/holiday-care groups. Spaces and times for a library, group meetings, music practice, workshops and parties have also been proposed.

Any new services will need to be provided by a mix of professional and volunteer staff. As such, the best ideas will come with commitments of the resources and time that allow any project to be realized. It will be an exciting time for some to enjoy involvement in a project from the beginning and to be responsible for its creation. Bring your ideas for the Kindy, to the Kindy for a community meeting on Sunday 26th July at 10.30am.

Let's get the doors open again.


Cameron Nicol BSc, MBA
Manager Sales & Marketing
Ph 04.1425.5445


Speed Humps For McCarr’s Creek Road


The Northern Beaches Council together with Transport NSW will begin installing speed humps along a section of McCarrs Creek Road in Church Point to reduce speeding and dangerous driving. The works will commence in the next few weeks.

The McCarr’s Creek Road between Church Point and the Ku-Ring- Gai National Park boundary has long been a haven for antisocial ‘hoon’ behaviour, with residents long calling for measures to be taken to increase safety along the stretch of road and return some peace, and safety, to those living here.

“The local community, quite rightly, have said no to those using this stretch of the road as their personal speedway. I worked with local State MP Rob Stokes, NSW Police and members of the Bayview Church Point Resident Association to make the installation of these speed humps happen.” Mayor Regan said this week

Councillors unanimously endorsed a proposal at February meeting to have council staff, through the Northern Beaches Local Traffic Committee, address the issue of dangerous driving with traffic calming measures such as speed humps.

The Northern Beaches Local Traffic Committee recently approved a report the council tabled recommending speed humps to reduce dangerous driving.

Source: Pittwater Online News


The Co-Op Club Presents

July Bookings

Church Point Cafe -  3:30 - 6:30pm

An Australian Independent artist doing what he does best! Christian Howes - leading jazz violinist and professor at the Berklee College of Music writes.... “One of the most soulful Guitar Players on the planet!”

Just recently Simon has been recognized at the Australian Blues Music “Chain’ Awards 2019 as “Best New Talent” and was also a finalist in the categories of “Album of The Year” and “Duo or Group of The Year” alongside artists such as Lloyd Spiegel, Fiona Boyes, Cyril B Bunter.

His recent U.S. tours resulting in stellar album releases ‘Street Blues’ and ‘Another Day in San Jose’ featuring Robben Ford among many amazing artists place Simon firmly on the World Blues stage.

Simon Kinny-Lewis started his professional musical Journey as a Singer songwriter/Guitarist in 2000. He has performed and recorded with highly regarded musicians such as Chris Cain, Anton Davidyants, Nate Ginsberg (Herbie Hancock’s Monster Band), Christian Howes, Simeon Cain (Henry Rollins Band) and many more. He has produced 7 albums to date with his previous solo album “Catfish” and band album “Bad Whiskey” reached number 1 and 2 respectively on The Australian Blues and Roots Charts. His band Tony Boyd - Drums and Rob Ewan - Bass are one of the country’s highest in demand rhythm section completing most recently tours with US guitar greats Josh Smith and Eric Stekel.

Rebecca is renowned for her unique bass playing technique and has been compared to Mark King (Level 42) and Flea (The Red Hot Chilli Peppers). Over the years she has played and toured with numerous artists including Richard Clapton, Margaret Urlich, Ian Moss, Ganggajang, Vanessa Amorosi Jenny Morris and many many more.

The band includes Con Settineri (drums), and James Vertley (Guitar) and they play music for all tastes, from ‘easy listening laid back classics’ to having the dance floor pumping with songs from 70’s funk to today`s contemporary hits as well as some rock & roll, reggae and latin rhythms. Songs include- Stevie Wonder, James Brown, Jon Cleary, The Meters, Chaka Khan, John Mayer , Jessie J, Bob Marley, Macy Gray, Prince, Joss Stone + Aussie classics, current hits and many more.

She knows how to put on a great show so don’t miss out. If you feel like one of the best Sunday afternoons you have had in a while then get along to this one, oh & bring your dancing shoes… I think we will have to clear some tables!!
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!

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!

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


Commuter boat for saleforsale

Jerry(can) needs a new family. She is a good commuter boat with a 50hp 2 strokes Tohatsu engine that works fine! (And quite fast actually!)
She has no leaks and comes with bilge pump, lights and a solar panel. Anchor,  fish sounder and fishing rods handles.

Would sell for 3k.

Please contact Jen and Jean-Paul


Make me an offer

Altering fittings and fixtures in my house means I have a number of items to pass on.
They are in good condition, just not to my taste.
  • Bosch dishwasher, full working order when removed from kitchen earlier this year
  • Hunter Pacific ceiling fan, full working order. Needs sanding and re-sealing on the blade edges
  • Caroma 440mm round powder room sink with chrome mixer tap antique style and waste, in good condition ready to install
  • 5 halogen down lights with transformers for 90mm ceiling hole, old but working and have globes
  • 6 aluminium round internal door knobs including 4 privacy sets, fully functional
  • 10 small round knob aluminium cupboard door handles
  • Black Howards Storage mobile clothes rail approx 1.5m long
  • AEG vacuum cleaner, old but still works, have spare bags for it
  • Electrolux wooden floor polisher, buffs up polished floors
  • 2 glass bedside lamps with blue shades, good condition, nice for a kids or guest room
  • 2 stainless steel standard lamps for lounge, one with grey shade, one fully aluminium dimmable
  • Old IMac desktop model with 27inch screen with CD drive (2013). In good working condition when last used and has original box and keyboard.  Great screen, obviously doesn't support more modern Mac operating systems
  • Brand new sturdy IKEA white table Melltorp 750mm square with metal legs, only used for 6 weeks
  • 2 IKEA beech look open bedside units or study units 490mmHx600mmW400mm deep with one shelf. Good condition
Too much to photograph but happy for you to come, take a look and make me an offer

Gail: 0412767687
Scotland Island


For Rent:

This is now available for up to three months at $300 per and week includes power and water.
2 minutes from Tennis Wharf.
Furnished large bedroom, simple kitchen and own bathroom.

hs1  HS3

Please contact Jane Kirby 0478454116 if interested.


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.al@gmail.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

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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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