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May 20, 21
& 27, 28
Scotland Island Lodge 9999 3301
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Black Dog Alliance
I would like
to raise and with any luck, help with a health issue that seems to be
inflicted on so many.
I have freely admitted suffering with depression for many
years now and do not see it as something to be ashamed of or guilty for
but feel it’s a struggle many days just to survive.
I’ve tried so many medications and spent a small fortune on
professional help with no great success and over ‘medicated’ with
alcohol many, many times to get a break from the relentlessness of the
Now I feel I need help, strangely enough from fellow sufferers helping
I want to form an alliance, not sitting around moping or endlessly
talking about problems because I am not a psychologist (not that’s what
psychologists do), but setting some goals, challenges and just
generally enjoying life more.
These could be things as many and varied as possible, rock climbing,
sailing, fishing, cooking (and eating), books, cards,
scrabble, bridge climb, walking, ballooning, hang gliding, white water
rafting, canyoning, who knows what else, it’s up to us.
Just think of things you always wanted to do and we’ll do them together
if we can, be inspired.
I always feel wonderful if fear and adrenalin are involved but that’s
certainly not a prerequisite!
Please contact me if you can help, you don’t even need to be a sufferer
but have some input.
DON’T LET SMOKE GET IN YOUR EYES!
Pittwater residents are being asked to help improve winter air quality
by checking they are using wood heaters correctly.
Particularly in cold weather, wood smoke particles from inefficient
heaters float in the air and can be seen as a smoke haze that sometimes
sits over built up areas. Wood smoke can cause breathing difficulties,
especially for people suffering existing respiratory conditions, such
as asthmatics, and for very young children and older people.
"As temperatures drop and winter sets in, the incorrect use of wood
fire heaters can seriously affect local air quality," said Mayor Rose.
Mayor Rose said the Council was encouraging residents with wood fires
to reduce the amount of wood smoke pollution this winter by using aged
dry wood and ensuring wood heaters are correctly maintained and
Simple steps to reduce wood smoke pollution are:
"It's the responsibility of all wood heater owners to follow these easy
steps and minimise the harmful effects of smoke pollution on their
neighbours and the environment," said Cr Rose.
- Don't let your heater smoulder overnight – keep
enough air in the fire to maintain a flame.
- Do not burn ‘green’ unseasoned wood which has
moisture, causing a fire to smoke.
- Store your wood under cover in a dry,
ventilated area. Freshly cut wood needs to be stored for at least eight
to twelve months.
- Never burn rubbish, driftwood or painted or
treated wood. These are air pollutants and can produce poisonous gases.
- When lighting a cold heater, use plenty of dry
kindling to establish a good fire quickly.
- Use several small logs rather than one large
log and stack them loosely in your heater, so air can circulate around
them. Don't cram the firebox full.
- Keep the flame lively and bright. Your fire
should only smoke when you first light it and when you add extra fuel.
Open the air controls fully for 5 minutes before and 15 to 20 minutes
after reloading the heater.
- Check your chimney regularly to see how well
your fire is burning. If there is smoke coming from the chimney,
increase the air supply to your fire.
- Have the chimney cleaned every year to prevent
- If you are buying a wood heater, make sure it
meets Australian standards.
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Warburton Ph: 9970
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views expressed in this newsletter are not necessarily the views of the
Scotland Island Residents Association (SIRA), or
Pittwater Community Association (WPCA)