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Scotland Island - Western Shores - Mackerel Beach

November 14, 2016

Newsletter for Offshore Residents of Pittwater




SIRA President’s Report AGM November 2016         

There is some evidence that our significant usage of technology is speeding up our perception of time. Blink now and a year has gone by. 

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.
  1. 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 evening parking.

  2. 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.

  3. 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 response.  
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.

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
Jane Rich
Ray de Smeth
Eileen O'Neill
Sam Collins
Alec Beckett


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.

Antonia Hoddle
PO Box 87 Lovett Bay
Sydney NSW 2105 Australia
P: + 61 02 9999 4201 M: 0410 594201

Club Tropicana -  80’s Disco Party

Saturday 10 December

Club Tropicana
80’s Disco Party
Saturday 10 December
Scotland Island Community Hall
7pm Karaoke
8pm Dancing
You will need fancy dress and a handbag! 



*FREE* IKEA Mattress & Base

Super compfy Ikea Sultan Elsfjord queen mattress & slatted base looking for a new home. I am reluctantly giving the mattress away as it won't fit a new (non Ikea) bed frame.

Note, it is a slatted base only which will slot into another Ikea frame, or make your own to suit.

bed  bed  bed

Ready for collection now (Elvina Bay)

Comfy latex mattress – 202 x 152 x 12 (all cm's)
Almost new – only ever used on a spare bed
Mattress cover zips off for easy cleaning
Slatted mattress base only (no bed frame)

Mel Broughton



I'm looking for a boat motor to place on my Son's tinny.
Please contact Amanda on 0406 654 466 or email on aghamilton11@gmail.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 - AP816Nfound

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.

Peter Cronau

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 Island.
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 reverse park!
- 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.

- Airbags
- Limited-slip differential (LSD)
- ABS Brakes
- Pre-tensioning seat belts.

All enquiries welcome!

Susan: 0402320429 or susan@susanmuranty.com

For Sale -Tinnie tinnie



  • See website re. quality of Brookers at www.brookermarine.com.au
  • 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
  • $1950.00 (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 and honest.

Please phone 0431018279

Clean Fill Available

We have up to 10 bags of clean fill available for delivery on the island.

Please phone 0431018279

Cleaner wanted!

3br house / basic fortnightly clean.

Please call Clea on 0420 372 532


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Alternatively, there are offline methods of joining, read more here or contact  secretary@sira.org.au

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