The SIRA Committee is introducing some changes
to membership structure and administration, the way we interact with
members and the legal requirements for the purchase of Emergency
Currently the SIRA membership fee is $20 per household. As from 1 July
2015, membership will be based on individuals, with an annual fee of
$10 per person. This is as a result of a review of membership
requirements in the SIRA Constitution. We encourage and welcome all
residents to join.
The SIRA membership year runs from 1 July to 30 June and you remain a
member providing that you pay your renewal fee within 60 days from 1
July and ensure your membership details are up-to-date.
The benefits of SIRA membership include:
What does this mean
for you? If you are currently a member, and wish to
renew, please pay your membership fee of $10 before 30 August 2015. We
will send you a renewal notice on 1 July.
- staying up-to-date on Island issues
- having a vote on important decisions
- being involved with your community being able
to buy Emergency Non-Potable Water
EMERGENCY NON-POTABLE WATER
The provision of Emergency Non-Potable Water is an essential service
that SIRA provides to the community and comes with some risk. A legal
review of the existing Agreement for Sale of Water has resulted in the
rewording of the agreement between the Buyer and SIRA.
The main changes that have been made to the agreement are:
- a clearer definition of Emergency Non-Potable Water and how
it can be used
- clarification that the agreement is only for
the property to which it refers and with the person identified in the
- a clear statement that the Buyer’s undertakings
include the responsibility of informing household members and guests
that the water supplied is non-potable
There is no longer the requirement for all members of the household to
be SIRA members before buying Emergency
Non-Potable Water. However, as SIRA members share joint
responsibility for the waterline, water bookings will only be accepted
from SIRA members who complete and sign the Agreement for Sale of Non-Potable Water.
What does this mean
for you? To assist with the transition to the new Agreement for
Sale of Non-Potable Water, we ask all Buyers to complete and sign the
new Agreement from 1 July 2015.
ONLINE SELF-SERVICE PORTAL
From 1 July, SIRA’s new Secure
Self-Service Online Portal will be available. The portal will
What does this mean
for you? This year’s membership renewals will be processed
using the new online system. You will still have the choice to use the
- new members to join our association online
- existing members to renew their membership online, once
- members to sign the Agreement for Sale of Non-Potable Water
- members to view
their details and update these details
- members to indicate which topics they would like to receive
information and notices about
The new membership system includes a communications module that we will
use to send notices and information. In your online profile you can
indicate your interests. You can change your preferences at any time.
The committee anticipates that there will be some questions, so please
check out the FAQs below.
We hope the transition to our new procedures will be smooth, will
contribute to a more dynamic administrative process and will improve
our member services.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q: What happens if
SIRA doesn’t have my email address?
A: SIRA will not be able to send you communications and you will not be
able to use the Self-Service Portal to renew your membership or to view
your membership data. However you can still be a member and renew your
membership following the notice we will send you via the post.
Q: Can I pay my
membership fee with cash / cheque or via EFT?
A. Yes, all currently used payment methods will continue to be
available. Please read the instructions on the invoice you will receive
(by email or via the post) because they may have changed.
Q: Can I pay my
membership fee with my credit card?
A: Yes, if you pay with a credit card online. You can also pay from
your PayPal account if you have one.
Q: What happens if I
do not pay my $10 membership fee by 30 August?
A: Your SIRA membership will be suspended, you will not be eligible to
vote on important matters at meetings and you will be unable to make an
Emergency Non-Potable Water booking. Your profile will be retained in
our system until 30 June 2016. You can reactivate your SIRA membership
at any time by paying the renewal fee. After that time you will need to
reapply by completing a new membership application.
Q: Will the water
still be supplied from the same source?
A: Yes, there is no change. Water will continue to be supplied by
Sydney Water, via a submarine pipe to the Island which is managed by
Pittwater Council and delivered by SIRA emergency water lines to the
standpipe that services your property.
Q: Can anyone in my
household order water if I am a member?
A: No, only SIRA members who have completed and signed the new
Agreement for Sale of Non-Potable Water can make a water booking.
Q: Can more than one
person of a household be a member?
A: Yes, all individuals over 18 years of age who are full-time or
part-time residents or owners of property on Scotland Island are
eligible to join SIRA. We encourage all members of the household to
Q: What if I am away
and someone else in my household needs to book water?
A: If the person is over 18 years old, they can join SIRA and sign the
Agreement for Sale of Non-Potable Water. The water monitors can provide
prompt assistance with this process.
Q: Is my membership
A: Our membership system is hosted by Wild Apricot which provides
systems for over 15,000 non-profit organisations. They are certified to
the highest IT security standards. We do not store credit card
information. Online payments are handled by PayPal who do not make
credit card data available.
Q: Who can see my
membership profile which includes email and phone numbers?
A: Your information can only be viewed by designated SIRA Committee
members for membership administration, and water monitors for the
purpose of administering water bookings. Please refer to our Privacy
Policy for more information.
This document can be viewed directly on the SIRA website HERE
Letter to the
Island Rural Fire Brigade
The fireshed is looking to replace its tired old
couches and cushions.
If anybody has a couch in good condition that is not being used and
would like to donate it to the Fireshed please contact us at email@example.com
SIRFB Fireman's Ball
In 3 weeks time we will holding our 60th
Anniversary Fireman's Ball.
The Scotland Island Rural Fire Brigade was formed in 1955 and will be
celebrating its 60th anniversary with a formal ball at the fire station
on Saturday 11th July 2015 commencing at 7:00pm
Everybody is invited but you need to book and pay online in advance. We
request that you make payment in advance as we need the funds to cover
pre-committed ball expenses.
If you are unable to pay online please contact our treasurer by email
to make alternative arrangements.
We look forward to your support to make this an enjoyable celebration
(apologies to any recipients who may have already booked or sent
Date and time: 11 Jul 2015, doors open at
The team at the SIRFB.
Scotland Island Motor
Vehicle REGO DAY
Saturday, July 4 2015
The Swing Merchants
The Swing Merchants,
a group of like-minded jazz musicians, embark on their first 2015 tour
with the aim to swing, and to swing hard! Olivia Chindamo on vocals,
Jake Barden and Lachlan Karl Hamilton on reeds, William Morrison on
guitar, Harry Morrison on double bass and Patrick-Earl Danao on drums.
The ensemble is building a name for itself performing with Jeff
Clayton, Gordon Goodwin, James Morrison, Don Burrows, Emma Pask and
With an album to be released this year, this lively and exciting jazz
act is one not to be missed! ‘The future of jazz is in good hands,’
says James Morrison.
The Swing Merchants’ Tour Dates June 2015
The Co-op Club, 1860 Pittwater Road,
Church Point. June 21, 3:30-6pm. Free admission. Bookings on (02) 9999
616 Harris St, Ultimo. June 24, 8:30-11pm. Tickets $15 adult, $10
concession. Bookings on (02) 9211 9442 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Zubi bar cafe, 323C Barrenjoey Road,
Newport , 28 June, 9am to 12pm. Free admission.
The Inch, 1 Park St, Mona Vale, 28
June, 1 - 3pm. Free admission. Bookings on (02) 9999 4483.
Canberra Southern Cross Club, 92-96
Corinna Street, Phillip, June 25, 8pm, Tickets $27. Bookings on (02)
Wollongong Conservatorium, Murphys
Avenue, Keiraville NSW 2500, June 26 at 8pm. Free admission.
Newcastle Improvised Music Association
The Grand Hotel Underground, Cnr Bolton and Church St, June 30, 8pm.
Tickets $15 adult $10 concession at the door. Bookings on 0422 565 010.
Fine Wooden Boats for Sale
Wooden Boats Boat Building School
Commuter Boat for Sale
COMMUTER BOAT $6,750
SEAHORSE WITH A 30HP FOUR-STROKE YAMAHA MOTOR (quiet, no oil required)
Comes with navigation lights /auto bilge pump / anchor / 1 x 20lt fuel
tank / fire extinguisher / seat and motor covers/ crash bar
Motor serviced & boat is anti fouled. Trailer available – price
Contact Lisa or Luke on 0418 428 511 or 0413 043 810.
Hand-made Woolen Ponchos
All hand made woolen ponchos ($25 - 40) scarves $10 and beanies $8
Still have some made from home spun pure merino wool
Contact Sandy Walker 0417730056
New Ski Jacket
My daughter lost her brand new ski jacket in Catherine Park on the
Queens Birthday long weekend.
If anyone has collected please could you contact us.
Tinnie for Sale
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