Scotland Island Residents Association

- April 2001 - Annual General Meeting Edition-

Volume 2, Issue 14; April  2001



As April deepens and we spend time collecting kindling for the fires of winter, keep in mind the need to be extra vigilant about the condition of your sewerage system. As you know, council inspectors are currently examining all septic installations on the island. They do this not to punish the guilty but to protect you and your neighbours from the horrors of a failed effluent system! Please be co-operative! See you at the SIRA AGM-May 20th!

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Annual General Meeting of SIRA

Formal notice is given of the Scotland Island Residents Association Annual General Meeting, to be held on May 20th 2001 starting at 10am. It is very important that as many owners and tenants of Please attend homes on Scotland Island attend this vital meeting. Voting is available to all financial members of SIRA. Not a member? Click here to download the application form. Then return the completed form to: The Treasurer, SIRA, PO Box 70, Church Point 2105. Please NO CASH. If you wish to pay in cash, contact the treasurer, Shirley Page on (02) 9997-1875 to arrange collection/delivery.

A hard copy of a summary of all previous electronic newsletters will be posted by snail mail to all residents prior to the AGM. This will also contain an agenda for the meeting. 

Pittwater Family Day Care

There are approximately 50 licensed carers in the Pittwater area. Trained early childhood staff provide support for cares on a regular basis. The services are licensed the NSW Department of Community Services. All enquiries for care should be directed to the co-ordination unit at 289 Barrenjoey Road, Newport. 9979 6163.For information about Occasional Care at the Warriewood Centre, ring 9970 6666. This is a 15 place centre managed by Pittwater Council and supported by the Warriewood Shopping Centre.

HSC Resources

Do you have children about to tackle the HSC? It can be difficult to find the right resources and for that reason Mona Vale library have developed a unique collection. The collection has been built up over the last twelve months and provides a comprehensive collection of support material for students studying for their HSC.

·         subject  guidelines; syllabi and exam papers

·         literary guides to the novels, plays and poetry being studied

·         videos relating to these literary works

·         Issues in Society relating to current social issues, such as drug use and reconciliation

·         Hot Topics—legal issues

·         Current Social Issues & Current Environmental Issues, comprising collections of articles from Australian newspapers All the items in the HSC collection, except for Current Social Issues & the Current Environmental Issues, can be borrowed for seven days.

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WIRES - Some information

NSW Wildlife Rescue and Information Service (WIRES) has over 1600 volunteers. These remarkably dedicated people rescue, rehabilitate and re-release wild animals. They rescue animals in all conditions, in any location. They care for sick and injured animals in their own homes and often with their own money to pay for supplies and housing. They respond to emergency calls from the public and they give talks to community groups and schools about native wildlife.

Become a ‘Friend of WIRES’ or a Volunteer by calling (02) 8977 3333. Check our website for more information.

 No more litter

There are new litter laws covering offences for distributing advertising material, which commenced on 1st April. The new laws make it illegal to place advertising material under car windscreen wipers, on property gates or fences, in public places and open private areas.  It will only be acceptable to put advertising material into three places - letterboxes, newspaper receptacles and under doors of premises. On-the -spot fines range from $200 to $400.  Enquiries: Steve Larsen, Tel: 9970 1143

Road Damage - can you help?

So that SIRA can evaluate the cost of the road damage caused by the installation of newCrook Roads! equipment in recent years by Energy Australia and Telstra, it would be appreciated if you could let us know of evidence of such damage by replying to the editor by clicking here

Get down and BOOGIE!

You are invited to a dance night with TWO local bands at the Scotland Island Community Hall on Saturday May 5th from 8pm. The bands Two Tone and JDance the night awayoe's Garage will provide the music. Refreshments available and the cover charge is $10. All proceeds to the Scotland Island Kindergarten. And pop this date in your diary: July 6th for the Black and White Charity Ball with John Brownrigg

School Holiday Fun

Book your children into the fun Easter School Holiday Recreation Program! Brochures are available at Mona Vale Library, Avalon Community Library, Pittwater's Community Centres, and at the Customer Service Counter at Council offices. Please contact Pat Rudgley on 9970 1156 if you require a brochure to be sent to you.

Mona Vale Library Activities: Try your hand at the ancient art of Henna Tattooing on Monday 23rd April, 10.30-11.30am. Places are limited, so book early. Tickets $4, Pelikids $2.50. The Featherdale Wildlife Park is coming to the Library! Kiss, cuddle and pat a vast array of unique Australian creatures on Friday 27 April, 10.30-11.30am. Tickets $4, Pelikids $2.50. Bookings essential - Tel: 9997 5422.  

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Composting Workshop

Would you like to compost or create a worm farm at home, but don't know how to start, or are you already composting or worm farming but want to know more?  The come along to the FREE composting workshop on Saturday 21st April, 10am-12.30pm at the Eco Garden at Kimbriki Waste and Recycling Centre, Kimbriki Road, Terrey Hills.  Bookings are limited - please call Kerry Euers on 9970 1226.  

Scotland Island Bushcare Group

The volunteers need your support. Please come and give a hand on Saturday May 5th from 1pm till 4:30pm. We meet at the end of Fitzpatrick Avenue in Elizabeth Park. CBushcare is YOU!ome along and enjoy an afternoon of bush regeneration in the magnificent Spotted Gum Forest on the top of the island. Tolls and materials are supplied by council and afternoon tea is provided. Bring a hat, gloves and water. More information? Ring 9970-1250.

The local guide

As our newsletter continues to grow (now more than 310 readers) we are including some links to other nearby organisations and events that may be of interest. If you would like to contribute, please send a message to the electronic newsletter's editor.

Local Real Estate Agents:

Government Organisations:

Local Transport:

  • Buses and Ferries: Sydney Buses and Ferries
  • Water Taxi: Pink Water Taxi
  • Church Point Ferries (02) 9999-3492
  • Scotland Island Community Vehicle 1800-069-592
  • Land Taxi Manly Warringah Cabs (02) 9997-9111

Airlines, Buses and Railways

Sydney Airport: Arrivals and Departures Qantas Information
Ansett Information Impulse Airlines and Virgin Blue Airlines
NSW Railway Timetables and Information. Sydney Buses information.

Tides for this week and month:

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Join the Scotland Island Residents Association

You can now join SIRA by clicking here. Please print the page you see and return the completed form to SIRA at this address:

The Treasurer, SIRA, PO Box 70, Church Point 2105. Please NO CASH. If you wish to pay in cash, contact the treasurer, Shirley Page on (02) 9997-1875 to arrange collection/delivery.

Archived Newsletters

A complete set of all past electronic newsletters can be found and read by clicking here


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Great Internet Sites to Visit:.

  • Would you like pretty much any international paper delivered to you printer each day? And I mean printer! If you leave your printer turned on, it will print the paper for you and turn on the kettle (just kidding!). Click here for more information

  • One of the reasons that we live on our beautiful island is to be able to clearly view the stars at night. One of the best sites on the net to help you identify the heavens is be found by clicking here.

  • Community Access to Natural Resources Information (CANRI) brings together key environmental information from NSW Government agencies and other organisations. Visit the CANRI sites by clicking here


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