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Scotland Island - Western Shores - Mackerel Beach

November 11, 2018

Newsletter for Offshore Residents of Pittwater





We had a fantastic turnout at the AGM, with over 50 SIRA and community members attending! Thank you to all those who came along and to those who joined us afterwards for the barbecue in Catherine Park. Your contribution to the conversations and discussions at the meeting is very much appreciated as it helps SIRA to remain connected to the community we seek to support and represent.

Thank you very much to Bill Gye, who chaired the motions and elections parts of the meeting.

And also to Rosemary Haskell and Ross Hardy who organised the barbecue.


An 11 person-strong committee was appointed at the AGM. Please join us in congratulating the new committee and wishing them well in representing the community over the coming year!

  • Colin Haskell
Vice President
  • Sharon Kinnison
  • Boyd Attewell
  • Anne Dennis
Ordinary Members 
  • Sue Armstrong
  • Paul Blackband
  • Fabienne d'Hautefeuille
  • Nadja Fisher
  • Robyn Iredale
  • Shane O’Neill
  • Jane Rich

Be part of making a difference to our island …

Join a Community Sub-committee

Did you know that the SIRA Committee protects the interests of island residents and drives positive change? SIRA is a voluntary community residents’ association and depends heavily on the support and work of its sub-committees to get things done.

The sub-committees are the forums in which most ideas, subjects of interest and issues we face are discussed in an informal setting. Meetings usually take place at a member's residence.

The SIRA committee depends on the sub-committees for expertise-sharing, advice and input in its quest to form policy and make decisions on behalf of the community. We have a great group of people already involved but it's never enough. The more people involved, the better we will be able to deliver.

Join a sub-committee if you are passionate about a certain subject or if you think you can offer your knowledge, skills or your input and ideas to help us move forward.

What does this mean?  As a member of a sub-committee you will be required to be a member of SIRA and to join meetings every 4-6 weeks.

Below are the current sub-committees:
  • Church Point
  • Community Engagement and Communications
  • Finance and Insurance
  • Governance
  • Hall Management and Hire
  • Roads, Drainage, Traffic and Environment
  • Strategy and Vision
  • Waste Management
  • Water and Wastewater
  • Wharves

We invite you to be part of your community as an active member of a sub-committee!

Please email Anne Dennis at secretary@sira.org.au for more information, or to send us your expression of interest by Monday, 19th November, 2018.


Community Vehicle Out of Service

Monday 19 Nov to Friday 23 Nov.


Northern Beaches Council On-site Sewage Management Information Guide

Please find attached the Northern Beaches Council On-site Sewage Management Information Guide. Also attached the Approval to Operate Form


It will also be attached to the new Inspection request letters, until everyone has a new Approval to Operate an On-Site Sewerage Management System.
Please feel free to share it to your neighbours and your resident associations.
Kind regards
James Montgomery
Team Leader Environmental Health
Environmental Health
t 02 9942 2111

Scotland Island Fire Brigade

Australian Tucker Night & Bush Dance

Saturday 17 Nov. from 7pm


Preferred Booking online HERE

WPYC Commodore's Chrissy Cocktails

Saturday 17 November 7pm


WPYC is having its annual Cocktail / Christmas Party .

Saturday Nov 17 th 6pm on Bayview Scout Hall

Theme James Bond
All welcome
$ 50 per person Includes Food ,Wine Beer Soft drink & entertainment.

Pick up by ferry Reliance from
Newport, Church Point & Scotland Island $5 each way

4th Young Musicians’ Concert

Sunday 18th November 2.30 to 4.30pm 

Scotland Island Community Hall

Our next concert is calling for performers – any instrument, voice, dance, reading.
Please contact David Richards or Robyn Iredale if you would like to participate.
We are also looking for comperes and help with setting up and dismantling the concert.
Gold Coin donation (to cover the cost of the hall) and plate of food or drinks.

David RICHARDS drjavoo@gmail.com
Robyn Rae Iredale rriredale@gmail.com

Free Aviary

Large portable aviary for birds, rodents or reptiles. 1.7m tall, 1m wide, 0.7m deep. Pick up on the island, yours to take away!

  • ‘Wodent Wheel’ (Wobust model) worth $40 https://www.dapper.com.au/wheels.htm
  • 2 x water dispensers
  • 4 bridges for climbing fun
  • Hanging nesting basket
  • Large spare cage 60 x 60 x 35cm
Also available, one double school desk.
  • Top and hinges work fine.
  • Surfaces could do with a touch up.
  • Also free.

Call 0417 991 499 or boydatt@bigpond.com

Pad Mini 2 WiFi 32GB For Sale

Excellent condition, always been in its OtterBox, Silver IPad Mini 2 (Model ME280B/A), 32GB memory. Fully operational.
Perfect first iPad for a little one.

$100 for iPad and OtterBox.

iopad            case

Please ring Mark on 0435819610

ACER Spin School Laptop For Sale

Excellent condition, hardly used, ACER 1 Spin SP111-32N-P7E4 (P/N NX.GRMSA.004).
Has Windows 10, 1.1GHz Intel Pentium Processor N4200, 11.6” Multi Touch LCD, 64GB Flash Memory.
Still in original box.
Complies with Pittwater High School BYOD specification.
Perfect for Year 7...our boy just does not like Windows. laptop

Still under warranty until Jan 2019.

RRP $650, we are selling for $420.
Also selling a strong case for it for $25.

Please ring Mark on 0435819610


Free Fridge to Artist

This Kelvinator Fridge & Freezer works just fine, except for the interior light.
True, the door could be improved with a lick of paint but that's why I'm giving it to you, the artist.

1670H x 660W x 700D

Thompson St....I'll help load.

Phone Brad  0410594592


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.

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

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