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Scotland Island - Western Shores - Mackerel Beach

February 1, 2021

Newsletter for Offshore Residents of Pittwater, Australia - Volume 22, Issue 1147





Fine Fuel Collection REMINDER

February 1 2021


NBN update

Scotland Island is getting the gold standard nbn™ fibre to the premises (FTTP) which means each home will have a fibre optic cable run from the street and connected to a small nbn™ utility box (known as a Premises Connection Device) installed on an outside wall of your home.

The unique logistics of the island, and the current cabling of each house (some run underground) does not make this job easy.

The location and condition of your property’s existing telecommunications connection will determine where  the nbn™ fibre optic cable is installed.

To get connected here's what you need to know:
  • NBN will commence the lead-in work to  premises on Scotland Island mid-February.
  • Residents must contact their preferred service provider to place an order, preferably ahead of the lead-in work .  
  • For a list of service providers go to https://www.nbnco.com.au/residential/service-providers
  • Once the lead-in work  is complete, your service provider will contact you to arrange an appointment for a contractor to complete the internal connection work in your premises.
  • Your service provider  will send you your NBN modem for you to connect to NBN box installed .Installation notice letters will be sent to residents in early February to provide information around installation specifics. 
For further information go to https://www.nbnco.com.au/
or call NBN  on 1800 687 626


Performing Catherine Park, Scotland Island.

Saturday 20th February, 4pm to 6:30pm


Full details and tickets on Eventbrite.
Booking link will be live from next Monday 1st Feb.
As we're adhering with the current COVID regulations, our audience is limited to 50.

We look forward to welcoming you to Hamlet 2021.


Scotland Island 2021 Waste Calendar

Note - Bulky Goods Collection starting 8th February

SI Waste Calendar

Western Foreshore 2021 Waste Calendar

Western Foreshore Waste Calendar


Scotland Island Rural Fire Brigade Update

re now well into the 20/21 fire season and obviously it's been a bit wetter and cooler than last year.

But we all know weather conditions can change quickly (last weekend, and Tuesday is a good reminder!) and so continued diligence is required.

There are a number of scenarios that pose fire risks for our island community including ember attack from fires on the mainland - especially in the Ku-ring-gai National Park. Managing these risks requires coordinated effort from the Brigade, including the Community Fire Unit, and residents.

Bushfire preparation

are some tips to help you prepare and stay prepared for the remainder of the bush fire season:
  • Make sure you have a plan - you can access resources to help you plan here
  • Prepare your property by keeping your roof and gutters clear and the area surrounding your house free of fine fuel. Take advantage of the current fine fuels collection being offered by Northern Beaches Council. Remember, the current collection is scheduled for February 1. There are some more tips on preparing your property here
  • Check the operation of any fire fighting equipment you have including pumps and hoses
  • Keep your water tanks full and if you can, fit a 38mm storz fitting to your tank to help us access water quickly and easily
  • Get in touch with your Community Fire Unit Sector leader (details below) and talk about your plan and preparations with them and your neighbours
  • Talk to your Sector Leader about the location of your nearest CFU Cabinet and the equipment it contains
  • Download the Fires Near Me app on your phone and stay informed about Fire Danger Ratings and nearby fire incidents. There have been some updates to the app since last year - including new alert levels icons. You can read about these here.

In the event of a fire

  • If you see a fire and there is no fire crew in attendance call 000 immediately
  • Stay up to date with what is happening - listen to ABC radio, watch for emergency alerts sent by text to your mobile phone and check the Fires Near Me app
  • If you have advance warning of the fire, follow your plan, if not, shelter from the initial fire front until it passes
  • If your plan is to leave, leave early. It may be difficult or impossible to leave if you leave it too late. Let people know you are leaving
  • Only stay if your property is well prepared and you are physically and mentally fit. Defending your home will be physically and mentally challenging
  • If you are staying, make sure you are dressed appropriately and finalise the preparation of your property by clearing and filling gutters with water, closing doors and windows, filling buckets with water, getting hoses and pumps ready. Take shelter when the fire front approaches and extinguish spot fires after it passes

Your Community Fire Unit Sector Leaders

Scotland Island has been divided into sectors and sectors have Community Fire Unit teams and leaders. Each team has a WhatsApp group they use for staying in touch and sharing information. We encourage all residents to contact their Sector Leader and make sure they are included in one of these groups.

Details of Sectors and Sector Leaders are:
  • Cargo: Meredith Rasdall 0402 121 184 & Gail Mackenzie 0412 767 687
  • Florence: Alan Gaines 0411 211 190 & Colin Batt 0414 514 254
  • Tennis: Greg Roberts 0411 489 885 & Penny Wise 0413 313 747
  • Bell: Shane May 0409 838 498
  • Carols: Sue Blezard 0405 473 148
  • Elizabeth Park (East & West) CB Floyd 0407 066 419

Joining the Brigade

If you are keen to help more then consider joining the Brigade.

Joining the  Community Fire Unit requires a commitment to 1 day initial training and 1 day training every 3 months.

Joining the Brigade as a regular fire fighter requires a commitment to initial training and 1 day training each month. We are starting another initial training program on Sunday 31 January.

Regular Brigade members can also join the Community First Response team to assist NSW Ambulance with medical emergencies on the island.

For further information contact us at sirfb@sirfb.org.au or call 9999 4404

Pete Lalor
Scotland Island Rural Fire Brigade



Buggy and Ultralight Project notification

Scotland Island Vehicle Access Permit

Residents will receive this notice in the mail, or by email


Offshore Golf Buggy and Ultra-Light Utility Vehicle link:

The draft Destination Management Plan

Destination Northern Beaches
Creating a sustainable visitor economy

The draft Destination Management Plan (DMP), Destination Northern Beaches: Creating a sustainable visitor economy is a five year strategic plan to guide the growth of our visitor economy. It is supported by a two year action plan, to provide a quick response to help local tourism operators rebound, recover and drive new business in the wake of the impact of the global pandemic.

It represents a new era of collaboration between our local industry and all levels of government that will help realise the economic potential of tourism for the region, balanced with the protection of the environment and upholding our social values.


Scotland Island Yoga

Saturday mornings and Wednesday evenings


Yoga with Mandy is back for 2021 | Commencing Sat 16th January in the Community Hall

Saturday 8.30am & Wednesday 6pm

One Hour Classes | All Levels Welcome | Limited places
BYO Mat and props

More Info: mandy@thebalancecollective.com or 0424 199 766
Instagram: @thebalancecollective

Thank you to all of those who made it to the mat last year.

So looking forward to seeing you all again soon!

**Business as usual for Pittwater Enterprises**

0416 003 205


Scott Taylor has headed north and we wish him and Heather the all the best in the new life.

Tim Byrne is stepping into those big shoes. He had been an offshore resident since 1993 and barge operator, ferry master and water taxi driver for 21 years.

Tim will be running Pittwater Enterprises’ 3 barges, 2 work boats and truck for all your offshore delivery needs.

So if you need barge and truck delivery, skip bins or equipment hire, give Tim a call on 0416 003 205


Free – pick from Lovett Bay.

Call 0452 330 442 for any details.



Hello fellow islanders and bays folk,

Is anyone thinking of selling their house this year or next? I’ve got some friends who want to buy and there’s not much on the market at the moment.

They’re not fussy and don’t mind if it’s not looking like the cover of vogue living - so if you have anything at all including vacant land or just a shed let me know!

They are also open to co- ownership as an option.

Sophie Haythornthwaite


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 Community Hall Bookings: 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 Enterprises - 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
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
Plumber - Steve Blackwood - Sewpro Pty Ltd - 0424 224 681

Island Classes (Fitness, Dance, Art etc)

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/
Yoga in the Community Hall  - Saturday 8.30am & Wednesday 6pm
One Hour Classes | All Levels Welcome | Limited places BYO Mat and props
Register: https://www.momoyoga.com/the-balance-collective/
More Info: mandy@thebalancecollective.com or 0424 199 766
Instagram: @thebalancecollective


Green Group For Catherine Park -  Emmie Collins on 0405 330 781
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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