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Scotland Island - Western Shores - Mackerel Beach

June 19, 2017

Newsletter for Offshore Residents of Pittwater

Community Vehicle Out of Service

Tuesday June 27 to Friday June 30


Normal Service is Scheduled to Resume Saturday 1st July

Please Check First to Confirm the Vehicle has Returned

Road Closure Notice

McCarrs Creek Road from Wednesday 14 June


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Young Musicians Program

Scotland Island Community Hall

from 1:00 - 3:00pm

25 June 2017


McCarrs Creek Road Realignment Images

road reaalignment

West Pittwater Community Association BaysNews

West Pittwater Rural Fire Brigade



There's nothing quite like a good wood fire, but the West Pittwater RFS is warning householders not to burn unseasoned wood or slowly burn wood overnight.

Unseasoned firewood, (also called greenwood ) hasn’t had time to dry properly. This unseasoned wood uses its energy to remove the remaining moisture from the wood, rather than warming your home.

The danger of burning unseasoned woods or allowing fireplaces to burn slowly overnight.

Burning wood and fossil fuels at low temperature causes incomplete combustion of the oils in the wood, which are off-gassed as volatiles in the smoke.

As the smoke rises through the chimney it cools, causing water, carbon, and volatiles to condense on the interior surfaces of the chimney flue. The black oily residue that builds up is referred to as creosote, Over the course of a season creosote deposits can become several inches thick. This creates a compounding problem, because the creosote deposits reduce the draft (airflow through the chimney) which increases the probability that the wood fire is not getting enough air to burn at high temperature.

Since creosote is highly combustible, a thick accumulation creates a fire hazard. If a hot fire is built in the stove or fireplace, and the air control left wide open, this may allow hot oxygen into the chimney where it comes in contact with the creosote which then ignites—causing a chimney fire.

Chimney fires often spread to the main building because the chimney gets so hot that it ignites any combustible material in direct contact with it, such as wood. The fire can also spread to the main building from sparks emitting from the chimney and landing on combustible roof surfaces.



  1. Burn only dry and well seasoned wood (at least a year after cutting).
  2. Keep the wood heater air vents open for at least 20 minutes after lighting the fire,
  3. When you've lit your fire, check your flue around 20 minutes after lighting the fire. Go outside and have a look, if it's smoking you know that you're not burning your fire properly.
  4. One of the worse things you can do is to dampen down your fire overnight. Keep the fire live and bright and let it go out at night. Don't turn it down to smoke away all night.
  5. To reduce the build-up of soot and creosote, burn the fire fast for 1-2 hours every day the fire is lit.
  6. Small logs burn brightly and do not crowd the heater as larger logs can do. Smaller logs will make a fire easier to light, and help in establishing a vigorous fire quickly after refuelling.
  7. Wood is ready to burn when air-dried for at least 8 months to a moisture content less than 20%. Two pieces of dry, seasoned wood banged together will make a loud hollow crack, whereas unseasoned wood makes more of a thud.
  8. Clean your flue yearly.
Keep safe this winter

West Pittwater Rural Fire Brigade

Andrew Cutler
0423 244 444

Gina's Fashion Classes

Make Your Own Designer Dress

Gina will teach you how to transform your Favorite Dress into a Stunning New Look

And much more: Mix and Match, Personal Style, Colour Coordination, Repairs

Come along to a free introductory class 7pm on Thursday 22nd June 2017

Call Gina 0417 672 228


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

Join West Pittwater Community Association

To join the Western Pittwater Community Association http://www.westpittwater.com.au/Contact/join-the-wpca

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