Island RFS Celebrates 60 years
On Saturday 11th July past and present
members of the Scotland Island brigade, residents and dignitaries
celebrated the Brigade’s 60th anniversary.
More than 75 people attended the Fireman’s Ball including The
Honourable Bronwyn Bishop MP, Federal Member for Mackellar, Councillor
Jacqueline Townsend, Mayor Pittwater Council, RFS Assistant
Commissioner Steve Yorke and RFS Deputy Fire Control Officer Inspector
The Brigade was started in 1955 as the first
order of business by the newly formed Scotland Island Progress
Association. Residents constructed a fire shed near Tennis Wharf
and the first fire vehicle (a jeep with a 44 gallon drum on it) was
donated to the Brigade.
Over the years, the Brigade’s equipment has improved and a new Fire
Station was constructed in 1991 on the current site above Catherine
The Brigade now has over 130 members and over the years has responded
to numerous fires and other emergency incidents both on and off the
Bronwyn Bishop MP and
SIRFS Captain Tim Byrne
Members of the Brigade have also formed an Ambulance Service Community
First Responder unit which provides island residents with emergency
first aid and medical support.
The Brigade’s high speed fire boat also
provides support for bushfires, boat fires and other emergency
situations on Pittwater, Coal and Candle Creek and the Hawkesbury River.
Ms Bishop and Ms Townsend both recognised the important contribution
the Brigade and volunteers in general make to the Australian community
and to Pittwater. Steve York, representing the RFS Commissioner
Shane Fitzsimmons presented the Brigade with a plaque commemorating its
Guests enjoyed a delicious array of canapés and were entertained
throughout the night by performances by Tabatha & Co and the Byrnes
Councillor Jacqueline Townsend, Mayor of Pittwater
The Brigade would like to thank those that
attended the Fireman’s Ball and all other residents for their continued
support. The next Brigade function is a Fire Shed dinner on the
8th August, followed by a Fire Shed dinner on the 12th September and
Open Day on Sunday 13th September.
Current Brigade Officers (left to right), Peter
Lalor, Tim Byrne, Ian White, Wayne Gluyas
Residents interested in joining or supporting the Brigade can contact
the Brigade on 9999 4404 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org
Scotland Island RFB Fire Shed Dinner
Fire Shed - Footy
Saturday 8 August
2015 from 7pm
As the August Fire Shed Winter Dinner is on the night of the Bledisloe
Cup we will be having a Footy Night
BBQ hamburgers and
sausages, on bread rolls with onion jam
Nachos (mince and vegetarian) with salsa and sour cream
Door prices will be $15 for Adults and $10 for Teens
We offer a discount on all tickets booked online!
Please join us for a fun night watching the game on the big screen
The team at SIRFB
A Plea to the Ferry Drivers
A plea to the Ferry drivers, please will you not use that SPOTLIGHT all
the time, it blinds anyone in a smaller boat. It takes away
our night sight. It makes it very dangerous as we don't know
which way to turn to get out of the ferry's way.
I have lived on the Island for many years and have never needed a
spotlight and its only in the last couple of years that any ferry
driver has used one.
A Letter to the Editor:
Re Emergency Water Supply
It is with some sadness that I read the letter by Disgusted of
Tunbridge Wells, bashing the emergency water supply that SIRA
volunteers worked so hard to retain when Sydney Water made the decision
to rip the previous pipes out, as Sydney Water no longer wanted to bear
the risk of the water being contaminated … which would’ve left us high
and dry when our tanks ran dry (pardon the pun).
As much as I would love to be connected to town water, in absence of
this, I am thankful that I can continue to obtain water when my tank
runs out (with a far easier-to-find pipe system than was previously
there). If that means non-potability, then so be it. I’d rather have it
non-potable than not at all.
To Disgusted of Tunbridge Wells… if you feel this strongly about the
supply of potable water, then I would like to urge you to volunteer
YOUR time in representing the community in attempting to get Sydney
Water to hook us up to the mains water supply, rather than writing
letters that in effect de-value the efforts of volunteers from our
community that have ensured the current service was able to be retained
for the use of the whole SI community.
Can anyone help?
We've been told on very short notice to vacate the private wharf that
we were renting for boat mooring as the tenant has moved.
Does anyone have a wharf for rent immediately (even temporarily) until
we can get a more permanent option sorted out?
Please could you put this in the offshore news letter.
Sean and Janine M'Crystal 0423 760 490
This inflatable washed up on the shore two houses south of Pathilde
Reserve on the North Eastern side of Scotland Island.
I’ve tied it to the jetty if the owner wants it back feel free to come
around and pick it up.
Does anyone have a baby's cot and changing table they don't need any
Please let me know by phone or email.
Does anyone on the island have a dishwasher they want to sell or get
Working order, only, please!
Let me know.
Jon m: 0418 655 129
Garden Shed To Give
Size Approx 2.5m x 2.1m x 2.1m
Rough old wooden shed with wooden floor but doesn’t leak.
Please phone 0431018279
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