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Scotland Island - Western Shores - Mackerel Beach

January 16, 2020

Newsletter for Offshore Residents of Pittwater




    Bushfire Support

    Fine Fuel and Vegetation Collection


    Residents of Scotland Island

    To help reduce the risk of bushfire and ember attacks, Council is organising another fine fuel and vegetation collection.


    Fine fuel includes leaves, twigs and bark that can easily catch fire. Fine fuels are less than the diameter of your little finger.

    What do you need to do?
    1. Bulka Bags will be distributed from Thursday 16 January. Resident’s will receive one large bag per household.

    2.Clear your roof and rake up all the fine fuel around your house and tip it into the large bag which you should place in the road reserve outside your property for collection.

    When is it happening?

    Bag collection starts from Monday 20 January until all the bags are collected.


    Council is working with URM who will be delivering a vegetation collection to Scotland Island.

    What do you need to do?
    3. Present your vegetation in tied bundles or a hard-sided container. Material presented in plastic, nylon, hessian bags, cardboard or foam boxes and untied bundles, will not be collected.

    4. Place your vegetation in the road reserve outside your property for collection.

    5. Pick up starts on Monday 27 January.

    Please ensure a three-metre gap is left on the road to allow trucks to collect the vegetation.

    Do not put green clean up materials in the bulka bags (which are provided for the fine fuels collection). 

    Who can I ask for more information?

    You can contact Scotland Island Residents’ Association Cass Gye on 0418 220 107 or Northern Beaches Council David Munday on 9970 1248.

    For more information about preparing for bushfire and for the latest updates, visit  www.rfs.nsw.gov.au

    Kath Mckenzie
    Executive Manager Community Engagement & Communications
    Community Engagement & Communications


    Happy New Year, SIRA Members!

    We would like to notify you of your SIRA Committee members for 2020.

    Colin Haskell - President

    Shane O'Neill - Vice President

    Sharon Kinnison - Vice President

    Tim Turpin - Treasurer

    Leanne McLean - Secretary

    Boyd Attewell

    Brian Rodgers

    Fabienne d'Hautefuielle

    Gail Mackenzie

    Jessica McGowan

    Marie Minslow

    Nadja Fisher

    Robyn Iredale

    Sue Armstrong
    If you're lucky, there'll be a photo of us all for the next newsletter so you can see our smiling faces.

    SIRA Sub-Committees to sink your teeth into...

    Joining one of SIRA's sub-committees is a great way to actively participate and make our community stronger.

    Sub-committees are not about politics. They are one of the most effective ways for you to be involved and contribute to ongoing improvements for all.

    Here is a list of sub-committees for 2020 and their allocated team-leader.
    • Church Point sub-committee - team leaders: Sharon Kinnison & Colin Haskell
    • Community Engagement  & communications - team leader: Shane O'Neill
    • Finance & Insurance - team leader: Tim Turpin
    • Governance - team leader: Colin Haskell
    • Hall Management & Hire - team leader: Nadja Fisher
    • Roads, Drainage, Traffic & Environment - team leader: Sharon Kinnison
    • Strategy & Vision - team leader: Marie Minslow
    • Waste Management - team leader: Nadja Fisher
    • Water & Wastewater - team leaders: Boyd Attewell & Fabienne d'Hautefeuille
    • Wharves - team leader: Colin Haskell
    To make a positive impact within our community, please contact Leanne (secretary@sira.org.au) to let her know which sub-committee you would like to join.

    2020 Waste Collection Calendar

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    A meeting with Council executive will be held this month to discuss, agree and organise a further major green waste pick up towards the end of January or beginning of February, as well as ongoing green waste collections during the year.

    We will keep you posted and inform everyone once the dates are set, which will allow residents time to really clear up their properties.

    We also plan to  discuss our  reserves - Pathilda, Catherine, and Elizabeth Park -  to work out  how we can clear the build-up of fuel in these areas. We expect this may need both Council and community working together. Everyone did a great job before Christmas when we got rid over 400 large bags of fuel. A great result - Thank you! 

    Let's make it a Happy and Safe New Year.


    Update from the Scotland Island Fire Brigade

    Obviously, we are in the midst of a horrendous fire season. To date, 1,995 homes and 4,041 outbuildings are confirmed destroyed and tragically 20 people have been killed. On the other hand, 12,413 homes, 10,276 outbuildings and thousands of lives have been saved.

    Brigade Members have battled fires all around the state - north as far as places like Tenterfield and Taree - south as far as Milton and Batemans Bay and west into the Blue Mountains.

    Thanks to families who have allowed Brigade Members to fight fires. Without them they couldn’t do what they do.

    Thankfully our Community Fire Unit haven’t been engaged in any local fire operations to date. But our large and engaged Community Fire Unit means regular Brigade Members are able to travel further afield to assist in other areas without leaving our community exposed.

    If you missed the Community Briefing most of the information is available on our web site (www.sirfb.org.au). Contact the Brigade if you want a Bushfire Survival Plan document or a Static Water Supply sign.

    Thanks to the Pasadena, Scotland Island Lodge and Sailing Pittwater for donating prizes for our fund raising during the Scotland Island Dog Race. We were amazed by people’s generosity. The funds raised will be used to assist people affected by the fires, the families of the fire fighters that have been killed and to run the Brigade.

    Finally, its been impressive (and a little reassuring) to see the effort and team work put into bushfire preparation on the island. Thanks to everyone involved in organising the fine fuels collection. Discussions are underway with Council to have another collection in the next couple of weeks and also to implement more regular green waste collections for the island.

    We are only half way through the Bushfire Danger Period, so for the foreseeable future, as a community we need to continue the focus on Preparation (remember trim, mow, remove, clear and prepare), Vigilance and Compliance (with Fire Permit requirements and Total Fire Bans especially).

    Peter Lalor


    between 8am and 3pm Wednesday, February 5.

     Ausgrid is carrying out essential upgrade and maintenance work in various locations on the Island.

    There will be a power interruption to some properties 
    between 8am and 3pm Wednesday, February 5


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    The main power is required to be switched off for this installation following new regulations subsequent to the death of a linesman working on low voltage.  


    AUSGRID CONTACT:  Geoffrey Macpherson 9981 9927  Reference No. NECF34203

    Proposed meeting dates for SIRA Committee, 2020:

    Sunday 19th January

    Sunday 15th March

    Sunday 14th June

    Sunday 6th September

    Sunday 18th October - AGM


    Saturday January 25

    Vessels assemble at Treharne Cove around 11am

    11am registration for the race at 12pm on the day from Toby Jay who will be on board his barge .

    The race is open to Putt Putts & Gentleman’s launches.

    Putt putt

    Water Wars


    How likely are the water wars to arise? The researchers put such chances at 75 to 95% in the next 50 to 100 years. How bad they will be, of course, remains to be seen.

    Water is a precious commodity these days of drought and fire. As we live in a small community we need to look after each other. We have to thank the water line monitors and SIRA for providing this precious commodity to our small community.

    A new paper paints a disturbing picture of a nearby future where people are fighting over access to water. These post-apocalyptic-sounding "water wars" could rise as a result of climate change and population growth and could become real soon enough if we don't take steps to prevent them.

    The study, which comes from the European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC), says that the effects of climate change will be combined with an ever-increasing number of people to trigger intense competition for increasingly scarce resources. This can lead to regional instability and social unrest.

    The paper pointed to several hotspots in the world where "hydro-political issues" are more likely to flare up. Hopefully Scotland Island is not one of them. Not surprisingly, these are areas having problems with accessing fresh water and where a "transboundary" to water exists. That means the people in that area share some body of water, like a lake or a river or small water line under the water to the top of Bells.  So in times of scarcity due to environmental factors and growing population, the water resources become thin and tensions result.


    If you are running low and feeling desperate talk to your neighbours. They can often assist with sharing some precious drops until its your turn to buy. This is how we have done it in the past lets stay connected with each other.


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