SIRA President’s Report AGM
There is some evidence that our significant usage of technology is
speeding up our perception of time. Blink now and a year has gone
We use technology to instantly communicate with many people
simultaneously and using a mobile phone is the new smoking
(particularly if you are a bit socially awkward). Gone are the days
when SIRA Committee members went to every house on the Island handing
out the latest SINews and maybe having a cup of tea and a chat about
local issues. Now we have online surveys.
Though some will critique this technologising of community, who would
chuck their computer or mobile phone in the bin? So to
balance technology, we must also keep alive the many face to face
events that make up a real embodied community - the Fireshed dinners,
Church Point music events, plays and reviews, social networks, drinks
with friends and neighbours, etc. One of these face-to-face community
events, albeit a bit more formal, is the SIRA AGM which we encourage
you to attend.
Though time has flown past, this year has seen some achievements. As
SIRA projects are contained within several portfolios (Governance,
Finance, Membership & Insurance; Island Vision; Roads &
Drainage; Community Engagement & Communications; Parks &
Reserves; Wharves, Boats & Marine Issues; Waste Management, Water
& Wastewater and the services, Community Hall; Community Vehicle;
Emergency Water), I will leave it up to others on the Committee to
summarise these. I will, however, briefly mention Church Point
(CP), after many years of involvement in this complex issue.
Thanks to this year’s outgoing Committee: Marie Minslow (VP), Iza
Foster (VP), Hubert van Mierlo (Secretary) Boyd Attewell (Treasurer),
Cass Gye; Sharon Kinnison, Roy Baker, Ray de Smeth and Emmie Collins.
Tim Jacobs and Phil Pryor left the Island and the Committee during the
year. Later in the year, Eileen O’Neil, Karen Warburton, Judy Readman,
Paul Kinnison and Warren (Skip) Miller joined the Committee.
- Construction of the new car park at CP has commenced
and will be completed in the latter half of next year. And no, it won’t
solve all the problems, but it will help, particularly with weekday
- We continue to lobby for some more user-friendly
alternative to the 4P (6am to 10pm) that is proposed for December 2017.
Offshore residents with CPPP do not wish to park in those streets and
only do out of necessity. Having 4P on the weekend will provide
little benefit for the residents of those streets but will
significantly inconvenience Offshore residents having to move their
cars on Saturday morning.
- The significant community response to the Pasadena DA
was evidence of major concern regarding its potential negative impact
on parking, etc. We await with strong interest Council’s
Thanks to many others: our Bushcare volunteers; TUG Co-ordinators;
Julian Muir for the PON (Pittwater Offshore Newsletter); Michal
Chapman, our Public Officer; Bill Stanley for accounting advice; Water
Monitors; SIOCS; SIRFB/CFRs; former Councillor Ian White for his
support. Though people can be critical of Council, politics is the art
of the possible, and the Island has had many supporters behind the
scenes in the former Pittwater Council. I would like to acknowledge all
those, often unknown, Island supporters.
The year Cass and I will not be accepting nominations for election to
the SIRA Committee. We will still be active members of the community
and, as we do carry quite a bit of historical knowledge, we will be
happy to assist. But we both have many other projects on the boil and
it is time for new energies to join the Committee.
We thank all the many people we have worked and collaborated with over
many years and who have made it a privilege to be involved with such a
lively community. And we thank the community for their support
during our years of involvement.
Bill Gye – November, 2016
New SIRA Committee
At the AGM on 13 November, the following 9 members were elected for the
SIRA Committee. The office of Secretary will be filled by the Committee
as per resolution by the AGM.
Hubert van Mierlo, President
Sharon Kinnison, Vice President
Emmie Collins, Vice President
Boyd Attewell, Treasurer
Ray de Smeth
Mixed Palette 18 November 2016
West Pittwater Artist Antonia Hoddle is exhibiting with Mixed Palette 18 November 2016 and
an exciting week end coinciding with Avalon Market day.
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Club Tropicana - 80’s
Saturday 10 December
80’s Disco Party
Saturday 10 December
Scotland Island Community Hall
You will need fancy dress and a handbag!
SAVE THE DATE
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Super compfy Ikea Sultan Elsfjord queen mattress & slatted base
looking for a new home. I am reluctantly giving the mattress away as it
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Ready for collection now (Elvina Bay)
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Mattress cover zips off for easy cleaning
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BOAT MOTOR WANTED
I'm looking for a boat motor to place on my Son's tinny.
Please contact Amanda on 0406 654 466 or email on email@example.com if you
have one to give away or to sell.
Wanted - Trampoline.
If you have a trampoline that you no longer use or would like to sell.
Please call or text me
Nicole 0426 162 843
Boat found - AP816N
Lost dinghy drifting from commuter wharf found off Waterfront Cafe.
Grabbed it and tied it to the wharf outside cafe. Its there now - 4pm
Saturday 5 Nov.
Wanted - Experienced Cleaner
I am looking for an experienced cleaner who can also meet and greet
guests at a property we manage on Scotland Island.
This person needs either to have their own run about or live on the
Please contact Katy
T. 61 2 9974 2144
M. 0409 285 169
2004 Toyota Prado for sale - $15,000
Toyota Prado, 2004 model, in excellent condition! One owner. A highly
capable, versatile and family-oriented vehicle. 199,750 kilometres.
Faultlessly reliable and extremely well maintained, including regular
services by a Toyota dealer.
- Automatic transmission
- Cruise Control
- 17" alloy wheels
- Central Locking
- 6 CD stacking stereo
- Rear parking sensors - perfect for added security during that tricky
- Roof Racks (Genuine Toyota)
- Tow Bar (Genuine Toyota)
- Long Range Fuel Tank
- Power Steering
- Power outlets in the boot and central console
- Dedicated 4WD Gear system.
- Limited-slip differential (LSD)
- ABS Brakes
- Pre-tensioning seat belts.
All enquiries welcome!
Susan: 0402320429 or firstname.lastname@example.org
For Sale -Tinnie
Solid A. BROOKER CT12 TINNIE
- See website re. quality of Brookers at
- Yamaha 5hp engine only used approx 8hrs
- Serviced 9/6/16 – receipt provided
- Manuals and tool kit provided
- Bespoke lockable aluminium storage box - (fits fuel,
life jackets, etc)
- Rubber trim protecting tinnie
(or nearest offer)
Contact Suzie 0408 229931
Garden Worker Wanted
We require someone to work on helping us dig over our gardens, yard
maintenance and window cleaning etc. This is on a casual basis and
possibly ongoing work. Must be strong, energetic, hardworking, flexible
Please phone 0431018279
Clean Fill Available
We have up to 10 bags of clean fill available for delivery on the
Please phone 0431018279
3br house / basic fortnightly clean.
Please call Clea on 0420 372 532
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