Discussion (Photo Jenny Frazer)The Scotland Island Residents Association Committee (SIRAC) has a number of established working groups, each with a team leader from the committee. The team members can be either SIRAC members or interested islanders. Some of the working groups also manage the services provided by SIRA to the community.

Working groups meet on a regular basis and discuss matters that may have been delegated to them by the SIRA committee or are brought up as discussion items from within the working groups or members of the association. Working groups may need to engage with the community to gauge opinion or to understand how strongly the community feels about certain matters. Any member of SIRA is welcome to join one or more working group. Both the involvement of residents and the access to additional skills from members of the community are necessary to ensure that the association can provide a meaningful service to the community.

SIRA Working Groups
Working GroupTeam LeaderCharterSubjects
Finance, Membership and Insurance
Boyd Attewell

Finance And Insurance Charter V1.2

Financial matters, Membership database, administration and Insurance matters
Island VisionHubert van Mierlo

Island Vision Charter

What is our vision for the Island?
Church PointHubert van Mierlo

Church Point Charter V0

Church Point parking
Hubert van Mierlo

Governance Charter V2.1 (with Decision-Making Process V. 1.4

Governance of the association, including decision making, policies and procedures
Roads, Drainage and Community VehicleSharon Kinnison

Roads And Drainage Charter V0

Community Vehicle Charter V0 (1)

Improvements and maintenance of roads and drainage, Management of the Community Vehicle
Traffic ManagementJane Rich
Colin Haskell
Community Engagement and CommunicationsHubert van Mierlo

Community Engagement & Communications Subcommittee Charter

Engagement with the community and communication with all stakeholders
Parks and ReservesSharon Kinnison, Emmie Colins

Wharves Boats And Marine Charter V0

Parks And Reserves Charter V0

Issues and projects regarding Parks, Reserves, Wharves and Marine Issues
WharvesAlec Beckett
Waste ManagementEileen O’Niell

Waste And Recycling Charter V0

Rubbish Collection and Recycling
Water, Wastewater and Emergency WaterHubert van Mierlo
Boyd Attewell

Water And Wastewater Charter V0

Emergency Water Charter

Proposed connection to Sydney Water and a main sewerage system, Management of SIRA water system and water sales
Hall Management and HireBarbara Labram

Community Hall Charter V0

Management of the Community Hall

List of the current SIRA working groups with email links to the team leaders. Interested islanders can volunteer to join any subcommittee by emailing the team leader. Meetings are usually held at least once every six weeks.

Contact Details

Boyd Attewell

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Treasurer; Team Leader - Finance & Insurance Working Group SIRA Committee

Boyd is an accountant and seeks to bring simplicity and clarity to the association’s financials. He’s happy to receive requests for information and answers.

Fabienne d'Hautefeuille

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Committee Member SIRA Committee

My name is Fabienne. Before you ask, yes I am French. Our family bought a property on the island nine years ago and we finally made it here in January now that our children are old enough to be at school.  I am from a rural background and love that natural aspect of Scotland Island.  My work revolves around hydrogeology or groundwater resources management if you prefer. When I get some time, I love baking, cooking and throwing pots and bowls (ceramics).

Anne Dennis

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Secretary; Team Leader - Community Engagement and Communications Working Group SIRA Committee

Anne has lived on the island for nine years with her husband and daughter, who is now away at university.  Before moving back to Australia she lived in the Pacific and Asia, working as a primary school and TESOL teacher. She now does private tutoring, and loves gardening, particularly with native plants.

Nadja Fisher

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Committee Member SIRA Committee

In March 2017, I moved to the island with my husband and three kids – undoubtedly the best move ever! I grew up in Switzerland and New Zealand and have moved between the two numerous times. After teaching English and German as a Second Language for many years, I now freelance as an editor and translator. I enjoy unsuccessfully circumnavigating cultural faux pas, baking inedible cakes and falling asleep before the opening credits of a film. As a SIRA member, I want to contribute to island life by bringing the newbie-but-eager-to-learn, family-with-smallish-children perspective to this merry round of island residents.

Nicole Gooch

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Committee Member SIRA Committee

I moved with my family to the island five years ago and we love the beauty of Pittwater as well as this amazing community, including the Island Kindy which has been fabulous for our little munchkin. I am a journalist, researcher and health communications professional, originally from New Caledonia.

Colin Haskell

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Vice President; Team Leader - Waste Management Working Group and Water and Wastewater Working Group SIRA Committee Phone: 02 9979 3301

Colin is a retired retail executive. For the last 15 years he has owned and managed with his wife Rosemary, the Scotland Island Lodge Guest House.

Sharon Kinnison

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Vice President; Team Leader - Roads, Drainage, Traffic and Environment Working Group SIRA Committee Mobile: ‪0438 719 764‬

Sharon, 26 years on the Island lives one-up near Tennis Wharf. She is a qualified and experienced high school teacher and bush regeneration supervisor. As a Senior Educator at Pittwater Coastal Environment Centre her role included program management, grant writing, project implementation targeting community catchment and sustainability education and catchment monitoring.

Shane O'Neill

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Committee Member SIRA Committee

I am a long-term resident of the Northern Beaches, moved to Scotland Island in 2016 with my partner, Natalie and my three kids.
The best move since I moved to Australia from Ireland on a tall ship in 1988.
A photographer for over 25 years, with a studio in Mona Vale, servicing the corporate market in photography and video production, Australia-wide.
Have a love for the ocean, nature, good food and red wine.

Neelica Raffel

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President; Team Leader - Church Point Working Group and Governance Working Group SIRA Committee Mobile: 0405 214 445

I am a long time single mum whose 23 yr old daughter (Nadia) no longer lives at home, but rather prefers to live her busy life based in Balmain. Nadia does love to visit at every opportunity, and has met many of my neighbours and friends.

I’ve been on the Island now just over three years and expect to live out my days here. It is certainly my home.

I am also a primary school teacher with a passion for Public Education and a number of other social justice issues. You’ll recognise me by my badge laden backpack!

Having my first plot of actual land again since I was a child I have discovered that I rather love to garden! I also consider myself a half decent cook and love to break bread with family and friends as often as possible.

It is my honour and my privilege to serve the community on the SIRA Committee