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.
|Working Group||Team Leader||Charter||Subjects|
|Finance, Membership and Insurance||Boyd Attewell||Financial matters, Membership database, administration and Insurance matters|
|Island Vision||Hubert van Mierlo||What is our vision for the Island?|
|Church Point||Hubert van Mierlo||Church Point parking|
|Governance||Hubert van Mierlo||Governance of the association, including decision making, policies and procedures|
|Roads, Drainage and Community Vehicle||Sharon Kinnison||Improvements and maintenance of roads and drainage, Management of the Community Vehicle|
|Traffic Management||Jane Rich|
|Community Engagement and Communications||Hubert van Mierlo||Engagement with the community and communication with all stakeholders|
|Parks and Reserves||Sharon Kinnison, Emmie Colins||Issues and projects regarding Parks, Reserves, Wharves and Marine Issues|
|Waste Management||Eileen O’Niell||Rubbish Collection and Recycling|
|Water, Wastewater and Emergency Water||Hubert van Mierlo|
|Proposed connection to Sydney Water and a main sewerage system, Management of SIRA water system and water sales|
|Hall Management and Hire||Barbara Labram||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.
Boyd lives at the top of the island with partner and two small children. He is an accountant and seeks to bring simplicity and clarity to the association’s financials. He’s happy to receive requests for explanations from anybody.
New to the island, Alec is loving the new lifestyle he and his partner are becoming accustomed to. With a background in TV Production, he has moved into a new direction and now is a local primary school teacher. With a passion for sustainability, the enjoyment of the environment and a desire to help assist longer term improvements, he is keen to add his energies into the island’s vision. Always down to earth, Alec welcomes drinks, walks, chocolate, tea, cheese and chats.
I welcome this opportunity to serve on the SIRA committee as it deals with a wide range of island issues including the ongoing ones: Church Point parking, sewerage, roads and maintaining the community’s unique lifestyle.
A full-time resident now after moving into the family holiday home four years go, I have involved myself with Bushcare and Fire Brigade fund-raising and making new friends, not a lot I agree, so this is a chance to extend my service to my fellow Islanders.
In my seventies and a golf buggy driver, I also hope we can resolve the criticisms which are bubbling to the surface about these lifesavers.
Hubert has lived on the Island for 12 years with his family and his kids are currently in high school. Hubert lives one-up near Cargo Wharf and has spent his life working in Marine Engineering, IT and Business. Hubert has a degree in engineering and a MBA and has held several presidencies at a number of associations. Hubert is currently the President of the Pittwater High School P&C Association.