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
FINE FUEL COLLECTION
Fine fuel includes leaves, twigs and bark that can easily
catch fire. Fine fuels are less than the diameter of your
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
Council is working with URM who will be delivering a
vegetation collection to Scotland Island.
What do you need to do?
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
5. Pick up starts on Monday
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
Executive Manager Community Engagement &
Community Engagement & Communications
Happy New Year, SIRA
would like to notify you of your SIRA Committee
members for 2020.
Haskell - President
Shane O'Neill - Vice President
Sharon Kinnison - Vice President
Tim Turpin - Treasurer
Leanne McLean - Secretary
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
To make a positive impact within our community,
please contact Leanne (email@example.com) to let her
know which sub-committee you would like to join.
- 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
- 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
2020 Waste Collection
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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
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).
AUSGRID NOTICE – INTERRUPTION TO POWER SUPPLY
8am and 3pm Wednesday, February 5.
is carrying out essential upgrade and maintenance
work in various locations on the Island.
will be a power interruption to some properties
- between 8am
and 3pm Wednesday, February 5
REFER TO THE
MAP BELOW FOR THOSE PROPERTIES THAT WILL BE
- RICHARD ROAD, BETWEEN BELL TOWARDS CARGO
- BELL AND CAROL’S AND THOMPSON STREET, BETWEEN
HILDA AVENUE AND HAROLD AVENUE
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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.
Geoffrey Macpherson 9981 9927 Reference No.
Proposed meeting dates for
SIRA Committee, 2020:
Sunday 19th January
Sunday 15th March
Sunday 14th June
Sunday 6th September
Sunday 18th October - AGM
2020 WPYC PUTT PUTT
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
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
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
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
BUT it is NOT COOL TO STEAL WATER!!
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
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