With the ever evolving health crisis of the Coronavirus
(Covid-19), Scotland Islanders are encouraged to be aware
of and practice the very best health advice. Currently,
NSW is preparing for the shutdown of non-essential
services over the next 48 hours. What does this mean and
how can you prepare? This advice is valid for today and
may be (and is likely to be) superseded soon.
1: Please do not panic. Being prepared is a measured
response with information. With sensible measures, all
members of our community should be able to feel safe.
2: A shutdown is different to a lockdown. Shops, medical
suppliers and transport will all be open. This means Colin
and the Waterfront store will be open. The ferry and taxi
services remain operational. Busses will still operate
from Church Point, and onwards from Mona Vale. Pharmacies,
doctors and chemists will all be operational. Schools
remain open at this stage, but there is speculation that
schools will follow Victoria's lead and close within a few
days. Although this is not confirmed, please be aware of
this possibility. There may be
provisions for the care taking of children of essential
3. What to do and not do. Please look out for each other.
We are all largely here for the community. If there is
ever a time to exemplify this community spirit, it is now.
Look out for our vulnerable community members and seek to
assist their isolation (maybe a few extra items bought at
the shops and dropped off at the door of your older
neighbour, means they do not go into a supermarket and
interact with 150 people). Touching base communication
wise does not need to be in person. Through this difficult
time, please all be aware and not offended by social
distancing measures. We are used to the catch up, the
hugs, the time spent together on decks, couches and along
the wharves. Knowing this is a temporary measure, find
ways to do the catch-ups from a greater distance. SMS's,
calls, online, calling out over the decks, are all great
ways to engage. Self-isolation, by definition, can be
isolating. It need not be socially. Please communicate
with your neighbours. They may be the ones that can
provide the eggs, soap or washing detergent that you may
need in a few weeks.
5. Reduce the spread by ensuring your hands
and surfaces of frequent contact are cleaned
regularly. Covid-19 spreads through water
droplets that are on a surface. This is important to know
as it is key to note that it is NOT spread by air. This
means that wearing a mask does not protect the individual
wearing the mask. Wearing masks though do significantly
lower the spread from a person with the virus. If you do
not have the virus, a mask will not protect you. Wearing a
mask in public is a great measure to limit the spread in
case you are unknowingly carrying the virus. What will
assist protect you, is the thorough cleaning of hands and
surfaces with soap or anti-bacterial gels. The virus is
spread by touching an infected surface, then touching your
face. Please also always sneeze into a tissue and dispose
of it properly, or sneeze into your elbow.
6. Seek medical advice if you are feeling ill.
Self-isolate immediately and ring your doctor prior to
visiting if you are feeling: fever, flu-like symptoms, such
as coughing or sneezing, difficulty breathing, which may
develop into pneumonia, sore throat, fatigue.
Feel free to use this online guide to check your
symptoms. If you feel you may have Coronavirus and want to
discuss this, please call the free hotline, at ANY time
(24/7) on 1800 020 080.
7. We are unique in that we are an enclave. We can use
this natural moat to a limited advantage. Although this
may be counter to your tendencies, please limit
interactions with others. This includes limiting
visitations to the island, where possible. SIRA is not
enforcing (and does not have the authority to anyway) any
lockdown of the island. We are simply highlighting the
beneficial reasons for limiting interactions to slow the
spread. If you suspect or are confirmed to have
Coronavirus, self-isolate immediately and notify others
you have interacted with in the past 14 days.
8. Communicate. Please continue to be a community. A
thriving community that cares, looks out for and
understands each other. Get online and ask for supplies if
you are low. Offer services to others that could help
self-isolation. Use the services of others if you are able
to. Do not be afraid to use the emergency services if
We hope that this information assists you and the
community as we pull together (from a safe distance of
course) through this testing time.
All information contained in this email is gathered from
reputable and Australian governmental sources. For more
information, including great explanations and frequent
questions, please go to these links: Australian Government Department of
Health - Covid19 and Health Direct Australian Government
Community Hall Suspended
light of the current health situation of the Coronavirus,
the Scotland Island Community Hall will be closed until
further notice. This includes the cancellation of all
existing bookings. If you have made a booking, please get
in touch with the hall manager. The hall booking form will
be temporarily suspended. If you would like to make a
booking for the longer-term, please contact
SIRA apologies for the inconveniences this will cause, but
has been determined that this is in the best interests of
the community at large, based on the best advice at the
time. Should the advice change, then the hall will be made
If you have an event booked for the hall, please consider
the use of Catherine Park as an alternative venue.
Looking after your mental
health during the Corona Virus pandemic
The personal, business and employment implications etc. of
coronavirus (COVID-19) is making many people feel anxious
and stressed. The fear of not knowing what is going to
happen increases feelings of uncertainty and anxiety. The
following tips to help reduce anxiety and stress during
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You will be aware by now with all the information already
sent out that the NBN is finally coming to Scotland
To keep it simple there's 2 stages to this NBN rollout:
Regarding the infrastructure work:
- the first and biggest stage is the actual
infrastructure work required.
- the second is selecting your preferred NBN service
provider to connect you to the NBN.
This requires laying an optical fibre submarine
cable from Church Point to Scotland Island to get the NBN
service to the Island in the first place and we are happy
to say this has already been completed this week!
Next will be the actual hanging of the Optical fibre cable
around the Island and connecting your house to it. This is
expected to commence in another couple of weeks and could
take a couple of months.
It's important to know that the contractors are exactly
that just contractors carrying out the infrastructure work
required and they are not in a position to advise on the
best NBN service provider, debate the technical pros and
cons etc so please we need to let them get on with the job
as they do have a strict time line to complete this work
before they need to move on to another area.
A site survey for this work was carried out some time ago,
so the contractor is working with Council on this
infrastructure project to strict guidelines.
Its' also likely that there may be some inconvenience
around the island while they carry out the hanging of the
Optical fibre cable so we want to ask everyone to please
be patient and let the contractors get on with the job so
the disruption is minimal and the work is completed in
We will be advised once this infrastructure work has been
completed (the target is by June end) so the next step of
selecting an NBN service provider to connect to the NBN
But right now, there's nothing you need to do until the
works have been completed.
Waterfront Cafe & General Store
We are fully operational with everything we normally
Fruit and vegetables
The kitchen is open for take away currently with the full
menu including our specialty stir fries. (Pick up or
delivery available) We are here for the community to
assist you in any way you need.
We are all in this together. Even if you just need a pinch
of salt or whatever, if we can help you, we will.
Please just ask our Waterfront family.
All the best to everyone. Please stay safe and be kind to
We hope to see you all soon!
Mary and family.
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