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March 14, 2019

Newsletter for Offshore Residents of Pittwater, Australia




New Website Features

SIRA has upgraded the Scotland Island Community Website. As well as a refresh of the home page, information and galleries, there are two significant additions to be aware of.

A new and handy Report an Issue page is there to help assist you with ANY island related issues you may have. Please take a moment to become familiar with these new features.

Did you know that you now have the ability to publish an event on the Scotland Island Community Website’s Calendar?

What’s the benefit of doing this yourself?
  • You get to add it when you’re ready, instead of waiting on someone else to get to it.
  • You get to add all the details that you want.
  • You get to make the event’s page look the way you want.
As well as creating the entry on the calendar, it will create a page that will display all the information for your event. You can format this information as you want including:
  • headings/subheadings
  • the font, its size, colour, bold etc
  • dot points or numbering
  • a table
  • links (for example to where tickets can be purchased or to a linked event or fundraiser information)
  • an image (copy and paste it in)
You are also able to give your event an appropriate category, such as classes, performances, kids, groups, social, council, and SIRA. This way others can find your event easily using a filter. Such categories include If you are booking the hall, be sure to also select “_Hall Booked” as well, so others can see the hall is utilised at that time.

You can even create a recurring event so if you are running a class for 10 weeks, this can be added in one go.

Your event will also automatically appear in sections like the Upcoming Events on the website’s homepage when it gets close to the date.

If you are involved in any event that is relevant to the offshore community, then please, make use of the ability to publicise it yourself to the wonderful online calendar, so that everyone can see it.

Admins are alerted to all events created and will amend or remove any content if needed.

There is a handy help page to guide you through how to add your own event to the calendar, complete with sample images.

So go ahead, try it out now for the next event you are involved in.

NBN on Scotland Island

NBN Co have started work on the island to connect us to the NBN (National Broadband Network). This timeline has been brought forward as the costs were prohibitive to use the new Ausgrid conduit. NBN Co are installing a submarine cable that is trenched under the seafloor from Church Point to the communications pit at Harold Reserve, Carols Wharf. From there, the fibre optic cables will be sent around the island using the existing poles where possible. Significantly, NBN Co has changed out NBN technology and we will now be receiving Fibre to the Premises (FTTP). This is a significant improvement to the previously proposed Fibre to the Curb as each residence will now have the fibre optic cable go the entire way to the premises and not rely on existing copper from your driveway. Fibre optic cable will be installed to your house regardless of if the current copper cable goes underground from a private pole on your land. They will try to use the existing path of your phone line now (aerial or buried conduit) but some properties may require a different path to be taken if needs be. 

Work is underway now with the submarine cable and cabling on the island to continue for some months. We expect the island to be connected an on the NBN by the end of the financial year.

NBN Co have supplied the following information to help guide residents through the process. They are also keen to visit the island and hold a community information session as the time comes closer to connection.

For now, residents do not need to do anything. Be aware that you will be required to change your current phone and internet options to an NBN plan in a few months and will be required to allocate time for an install of the NBN related equipment in your home.

Please click here for an explanation of the the FTTP technology we will be receiving.

Please click here for information on how to prepare for the connection to the NBN.

Be aware that as we are soon to be connected, scammers may try and use this opportunity to cold-call you and scare you into a product. Please click here for information on how to be aware of and protect your self from scammers.

SIRA will keep you up to date with further information as it comes to hand and inform you about the information session.

Water and Waste Water Feasibility Study Update

Update on a study of the commercial feasibility of providing water and wastewater services to Scotland Island

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Important update about our End of Bush Fire Season function


Due to the health risks posed by COVID-19 (coronavirus) we have decided to postpone this function. We haven't decided on a new date yet, but as soon as we do we will let you know.

We apologise for the inconvenience but we think this is the most sensible thing to do.

If you have already booked and paid online let us know if you want us to refund the payment or hold it until the new date is announced.

Further Information about COVID-19 is available from the NSW and Federal Governments at these web sites:


Peter Lalor
Scotland Island Rural Fire Brigade


Upright Piano for Sale

We are offering it for $200.00


It is in great condition, though one key is missing the ivory.

It will need, however, to be collected from the house.

Denise Ullett
4 Robertson Road
Scotland Island
Ph 0498565825

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