2022 AGM Report
Around 30 people attended
the 2022 AGM of the Scotland Island Residents'
Association, held in the island's community hall on 20
November. The meeting saw SIRA's Annual Report
President Colin Haskell describing 2022 as 'another
difficult year, with COVID-19 affecting us all'.
Despite the hurdles, several achievements were noted,
all of which involved SIRA: the improved mooring
facilities at Bells and Carols wharves, road upgrades
(particularly on Richard Road), and the new board walk
around the general store at Church Point.
Gye addresses the SIRA AGM on developments
at Church Point. Photos courtesy of ONeill
Besides these advances, Colin noted that the
Recreation Club continues to offer a monthly café, as
well as a range of activities that enrich island life.
What's more, some progress has been made with the
installation of mains water and sewerage, and plans
are in progress for improvements to Catherine Park.
Colin thanked all those
who keep the island ticking over: SIRA's committee and
sub-committee members, as well as those behind our
essential services: the fire brigade, emergency water
supply, community vehicle and halls. He also
acknowledged the many who enhance island life, for
instance those who help islanders keep in touch with
each other, our tireless bushcarers, and those who
support the island's many recreational activities.
Bill Gye addressed the
meeting on the latest developments at Church Point,
while Robyn Iredale outlined the Recreation Club's
achievements.CB Floyd talked about the activities of
the Communications team, Sharon Kinnison described
island infrastructure issues, Sue Armstrong reported
on the wharves, and Boyd Attewell discussed SIRA's
president Colin Haskell is thanked by his
successor, Robyn Iredale, for four years'
diligent service to SIRA.
His gift: a quilt cover made by an
The AGM saw three SIRA officeholders step down. Colin
Haskell retires after four years' dedicated service as
SIRA president. Juliet Wills resigned as secretary and
Sharon Dwyer as treasurer. What's more, Fabienne
d'Hautefeuille will no longer lead the Water and
Wastewater subcommittee, although she will remain on
SIRAC, as will Colin Haskell. All were thanked for
their hard work and contributions to island life.
Robyn Iredale bravely
steps up as president. A sedulous achiever, Robyn has
already done the island proud with her Recreation
Club, which she instigated prior to the pandemic.
Julie Velina Cooper will be SIRA's new treasurer and
Deb Wood has kindly volunteered as the new secretary.
SIRAC has expanded to
include several new members. Its ordinary members now
include Boyd Attewell, Mark Martin, Robert Fox,
Georgina Orr, Stephen Seidman, Ian White, John
Marshall, Peta Jacobson and Jessica Robinson. The new
committee will meet in January, after which the PON
will introduce them more fully.
As always, the meeting
urged other islanders to get involved in SIRA and the
island's other community activities. As the outgoing
president put it: 'water, roads, the park, all of
that: they don't happen as a miracle. Volunteers give
their time'. I am sure we all second that.
to right: outgoing secretary Juliet Wills,
ongoing vice-president Sharon Kinnison,
retiring president Colin Haskell, incoming
president Robyn Iredale and CB Floyd, who
remains as SIRA's other vice-president
At SIRA's AGM on 20
November Robyn Iredale was elected as the
association's new president. Here she introduces
herself and outlines her goals for the future.
I would like to thank
outgoing SIRA President Colin Haskell for his
dedication and hard work over the last 4 years. His
pleasant demeanour and warm-heartedness made him a
pleasure to work with.
It is never too late to become an active volunteer in
your local community. I joined the SIRA committee 40
years after I first moved to the island – when I had
the time and energy to participate. Over the past four
years I have found volunteering challenging and
rewarding and a great way to get to know many more
new Recreation Centre kitchen starts to
My first community project was setting up a SIRA
Recreation Club and developing a range of activities –
table tennis, folk dancing, music events and the
reintroduction of a café. These activities were
facilitated by a Northern Beaches Council Social
Cohesion grant approved in 2019.
The Two Catherines Café has thrived under the careful
stewardship of managers Melinda Ham and now Carol
Floyd, plus an amazing team of bakers. The café
provides a wonderful venue for people to catch up and
a training ground for island teenagers wanting to
experience their first taste of customer service and
In 2021 Northern Beaches Council handed over the
former island kindergarten building to SIRA to manage
for general community use. SIRA then applied for, and
received, a $48,000 NSW Government Community Building
Partnership grant to cover awnings for the community
hall and a kitchen upgrade for the recreation centre.
NBC contributed significantly to this upgrade by
removing one wall, the existing kitchen and the
bathroom equipment. We can now install the new kitchen
and council will complete the two new toilets.
As SIRA President, one of my aims is to continue
working towards greater incorporation of residents
into island life. We have a wonderful community that
is unique in Sydney and a diversity of people, ages
and skills, which makes it such an interesting place
the new extension to Carols Wharf, winter
Thanks to SIRA's executive and the leaders of its
sub-committees for their ongoing hard work. This has
delivered significant improvements recently - the
high-pressure water pump and improved emergency water
system, newly paved and guttered sections of the
roads, and superior jetty and boat parking facilities
at Bells and Carols wharves.
For 2023 we have a larger SIRA committee with many new
members, including some new residents. The whole team
will continue to work to improve life and facilities
on the island, including improved boat parking at
Tennis and Cargo wharves, the upgrade of Catherine
Park, resolution of the buggy situation, more road
works, and better waste and water systems.
If you’d like to understand how SIRA engages with
residents and external stakeholders, you might want to
join a sub-committee suited to your interests or skill
set. Otherwise, there are plenty of opportunities to
jump in and support SIRA to host exhibitions, BBQs,
festivals and information sessions. Many hands make
Please bring any issues and questions to a SIRA
committee meeting or email secretary@SIRA.org.au so
that the committee can discuss your concerns and
Finally, please treat with respect other islanders and
the agencies that we work with. This way we will
nurture and protect our slice of paradise and may even
challenge Vanuatu as the happiest place on earth.
Scotland Island Fire
Saturday 3 December, 7:00
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Scotland Island Community
Saturday 10 December, 7 -
Please bring along
something to share for our traditional end-of-year
The Recreation Club
asks for $5 per person per attendance to defray
Lovett Bay Boatshed
Thursday 15 December, 6:15
& 8:00 pm
Lovett Bay Boatshed
Thursday 22 December, 5:30
- 7:30 pm
Rain, hail or shine, we will be gathering for some
Christmas cheer at the Lovett Bay boatshed on 22
December. We are returning to our roots and holding a
fun, carols sing-along. Nothing fancy, just locals
belting out some Christmas classics.
The tide will be friendly and the welcome warm. Walk,
motor, sail, ferry or paddle around to Lovett Bay. Tie
off, throw a pick, or raft-up. There will be plenty of
room on the foreshore, jetty and grass, and acres of space
floating in the bay.
It’s bring your own everything. Eat, drink and be merry
the way you want it. Musical director Rod Heard will guide
us through carols we all know and love. Everyone from the
bays and island who has sung in our choir is invited up to
the mic. Listen up, mumble along, or belt it out: the
choice is yours.
Email your interest and receive the song list and words in
advance, so we can all be jolly: firstname.lastname@example.org.
This is a Christmas gift from the bays community to all of
Pittwater, with the kind support of Lovett Bay Boatshed,
Bay Buoys and the Salvation Creek mob. Who knows, magic
When: Thursday 22 December, 5.30pm to 7.30pm, carols start
Transport: Ferry arrives Lovett Bay at 5:05 and 5:50pm,
departs 6:35 and 7:25pm to Bells and Church Point
Regards, Greg Hurst
Curl Curl Creative Space,
105 Abbott Rd, North Curl Curl
Exhibition: 7 - 18
December (every day)
Artists' talks: Saturday,
10 December, 11 am
Elvina Bay residents Michelle
Ball and Lisa Atkins, both keen bush regenerators, will
be exhibiting their artworks at Curl Curl Creative Space for two
weeks in December.
Their paintings and sculptures explore the beauty of a
disappearing environment. Although the exhibition is
centred around the destruction of native flora and
fauna, it manages to share the artists' joy in what
remains of the bush, as well as their hopes for its
what bush regeneration is all about', explains Michelle,
a former creative director in the publishing industry.
Lisa and I spend hours removing the weeds that are
taking over the beautiful bush surrounding us around
Pittwater. As we worked, we both thought about our
artistic practices. And so the idea for the exhibition
From the spotted pardalote (Pardalotus punctatus)
flying high in the canopy, to the majestic soaring
trunks of the eucalyptus (Corymbia maculata),
Michelle has focussed on documenting species that
Northern Beaches Council has listed as endangered. In
the work shown to the left, Michelle, using oil on
cotton, has placed a branch of the endangered spotted
gum in an 18th century vase, while tiny pardalotes, who
are also under threat of extinction, sit on the branch.
Lisa's focus is the flora surrounding her home. With her
awareness of the native landscape and its capacity for
regrowth, she forages and recycles, turning what she finds
Elvina Bay fire shed and
Saturday 21 January 2023,
6:30 pm onwards
We're going to have a
Join us for cocktails and
finger food, and support your favourite charity by
purchasing an outlandish frock (or whatever takes your
fancy) for this quirky event — “The Second Hand Ball”.
Dress is strictly black tie. At least one item of your
attire must be second hand — so start looking in your
favourite charity shop to find that prize winning
stunner, be it a glamorous frock or a small accessory.
(Remember the premise of this event is to raise funds
for charity as well as the WPCA.)
There will be games and prizes. Live entertainment by
some of our local musical heroes will be sure to have
everyone dancing the night away. This event promises to
be a fun night.
Book now as tables are limited.
To help with catering,
we ask that you RSVP and prepay via EFT, then email
the organisers with a list of who is attending (see
Bring your favourite tipple and main meal.
(Cocktails and finger food will be provided on arrival.)
by Sunday 15 January.
Adults $40 per
Families $80 (2 adults + children under 16)
: 8 or 10 people per table
: You will be allocated a
: West Pittwater Community Association
: Add your group name or surname as reference.
with a list of the adults and children attending and
indicating if there is a 'family' group in the booking.
If you are booking a table of 8 or 10 people, please
make ONE payment for your group and then seek
reimbursement from the individuals in your group.
We would like to stress that this is a NO DOG event.
Please leave pets at home
for the evening.
I am looking to build a
timber-framed shed, and so am putting out the call for
any surplus building materials that you have on the
island or in the bays.
I can pay cash for:
• floor joists
• flooring, etc.
Please call or text Rick on
0415 814 124.
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