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Scotland Island - Western Shores - Mackeral Beach
May 16 2011
Notices for Offshore Residents of Pittwater, Australia

Scotland Island Players Presents
Jealousy and Lust on the Island

Friday & Saturday evenings
May 20, 21 & 27, 28

Ticket $15

Bookings at Scotland Island Lodge 9999 3301
PMC HIll 9999 4902

J&L Poster

Black Dog Alliance

Dear Community,

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 disease.

Now I feel I need help, strangely enough from fellow sufferers helping themselves.

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.

Tim Marshall

Local Council Notices

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 ventilated.

Simple steps to reduce wood smoke pollution are:
  1. Don't let your heater smoulder overnight – keep enough air in the fire to maintain a flame.
  2. Do not burn ‘green’ unseasoned wood which has moisture, causing a fire to smoke.
  3. Store your wood under cover in a dry, ventilated area. Freshly cut wood needs to be stored for at least eight to twelve months.
  4. Never burn rubbish, driftwood or painted or treated wood. These are air pollutants and can produce poisonous gases.
  5. When lighting a cold heater, use plenty of dry kindling to establish a good fire quickly.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. Have the chimney cleaned every year to prevent creosote build-up.
  10. If you are buying a wood heater, make sure it meets Australian standards.
"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.

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The views expressed in this newsletter are not necessarily the views of the Scotland Island Residents Association (SIRA), or the Western Pittwater Community Association (WPCA)

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