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Scotland Island - Western Shores - Mackerel Beach

January 14, 2019

Newsletter for Offshore Residents of Pittwater





As you may be aware, SIRA won a Community Partnership Grant to fund the introduction of the SIRA Water Bookings and Automation App.

The project was envisaged two years ago and is now nearing the stage of implementation.

The Implementation will take place in 3 stages:

Stage 1 - January 2019 - March 2019

Introduction of Online Bill Payments
With the introduction of an administration app for Water Monitors, bookings will be registered into an app, which will make a number of improvements to the process.

How will this affect you as a SIRA water customer?
  • When you make your water booking, you will receive an email with the booking confirmation, detailing the times of the booking.
  • You will receive a reminder email shortly before the booking, with details of who is collecting water before and after you.
  • After you finalise your water collection and report the meter readings to the Water Monitor, you will receive an invoice by email.
  • The invoice contains a link that you can use to pay online.
How do you pay online?
  • You can pay by credit card
  • You can pay via bank transfer (using Poli)

Stage 2 - March 2019 - May 2019

Introduction of Online Bookings

How will this affect you as SIRA Water Customer?
  • Instead of contacting your Water Monitor, you book water via the app on your computer, tablet or mobile phone. The process is easy and quick and you can make bookings on any day at any time.
  • The improvements introduced at Stage 1 will remain in place.
  • A series of community forums will be held to let users know in more detail how the system will work.

Stage 3 - May 2019 - June 2019

Introduction of Meter and Valve Automation
Building on the improvements in Stages 1 and 2, the valves and meters at Bell Wharf will be automated and housed inside a cabinet.

How will this affect you as a SIRA water customer?
  • When you start your water collection, you no longer need to read the meter at Bell Wharf. As you currently do, you still need to ensure that the water is correctly routed to your tank.
  • You control the water on and water off commands from the app on your computer, tablet, mobile phone, or at the cabinet at Bell Wharf.
  • When your booking is complete, you no longer need to read the meter at Bell Wharf.
More information: http://www.scotlandisland.org.au/faqs/category/water/

We will install a cabinet on the platform at Bell Wharf. The current meters and valves will be replaced with automated ones inside the cabinet. The meters can still be seen through a window behind a flap. There will be a touch screen that can be used to start and finish your booking in case you do not use the app on your phone, tablet or computer.

Wastewater Feasibility Study on Scotland Island

PS Solutions are carrying out a feasibility study for the implementation of an island  waste water system and are asking for 25 owners to allow them to carry out a detailed inspection of their sewage treatment system to understand and forecast costs for properties to connect up to the new sewage system being planned.

If you are willing to take part please email swallace@pssolutions.net.au  with the following information
Mailing address
Contact Number
Type of System
Water Tank capacity

Inspections will be carried out between 21st and 28th of this month.

Pink Water Taxi Update

Everyone, good news from your Pink Water Taxi Service

As we enter in 2019, you are going to see some significant improvements in the operations of your Pink Water Taxi Service.
These are outlined below – and will be the start of many new initiatives over 2019.
We hope you enjoy them.

New Operating Hours

Standard Hours increased:

  • The Pink Water Taxi daily new operating hours have now been extended to 10.00pm. Every night.
  • Now operating from 6.00am – 10.00pm. 7 days a week.

New “Late Night to Midnight Service”

  • A new Late Night Service is available from 10.00pm – Midnight.  Every night – with some conditions
    • Just let us know in advance.
    • Simply pre-book and pre-pay before 9.00pm. An additional 25% will be added to the standard day time fares.
 Now you can enjoy a night out without having to cut it short, or worry about how you’re going to get home.   Arriving on a late flight from Sydney Airport?  No problem, pre-book and we will get you home.

Farewell To Alex

Sadly, Alex Kelso is saying good-bye to the Pittwater community and saying hello to Sydney Harbour.  We want to thank Alex for his 15 years of dedication to making our lives on the water easier.

Alex has passed on his taxi service to Stewart and Alison Rigby, the owners of the Swiss Chalet in Elvina Bay, who after three years of using Alex, Rod and Mickey to get to their Elvina Bay home, want to further integrate their lives into the local Pittwater community. 

Hello Tim Byrne

Returning to Pittwater and Pink Water Taxis is long-time local Tim Byrne, who will replace Alex as the full-time driver.  Tim and his wife, Cheryl have recently returned from working in Queensland and are back to stay – Tim looks forward to seeing you on his taxi again.

Continued great Service

Rod and Mickey’s great service will continue – now with Tim joining the dedicated team

Pink Water Taxi – put it in your mobile  - 0428 238 190

Finally, you can expect more positive improvements to our service throughout 2019, with our goal to make your coastal life in the most beautiful place in Australia – even more enjoyable.

Stewart Rigby

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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

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