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Scotland Island - Western Shores - Mackerel Beach

October 6, 2017

Newsletter for Offshore Residents of Pittwater

Be Prepared For The Fire Season


Given the unprecedented dry period running into summer, Scotland Island Residents Association (SIRA) and the Scotland Island Rural Fire Brigade (SIRFB) urge householders to reduce the fuel on their block as part of readiness for what’s already an early, high risk fire season.

Northern Beaches Council will collect appropriately tied or contained vegetation this week  - the last for the year. Refer to SIRA website for further info:


Here’s your chance to clear gutters, the area around your home and block etc of fuel such as bracken, dead foliage, deep leaf litter, built up piles and have it taken away . The area adjacent to and under your house is most critical. It is recommended to use a holistic approach, retaining native mid & understorey along with light of leaf cover for soil & moisture retention, tree health, erosion mitigation in the event it ever rains again…& habitat for our wildlife, also struggling in the drought.

For further strategies for Bushfire readiness go to :




 Join the Brigade or the Community Fire Unit (CFU) to be truly in the know!


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

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