Discussion (Photo Jenny Frazer)The Scotland Island Residents Association Committee (SIRAC) has a number of established subcommittees (also called Working Groups), each with a team leader. 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 interested islander who is a member of SIRA is welcome to join one or more of the working groups. The involvement and skills of community members help SIRA to provide a more meaningful service, so we encourage everyone to get involved!

SIRA Working Groups
Working GroupTeam LeaderCharterSubjects
Finance and Insurance
Boyd Attewell

Finance And Insurance Charter V1.2

Financial matters, administration and Insurance matters
Island VisionNeelica Raffel

Island Vision Charter

What is our vision for the Island?
Church PointNeelica Raffel

Church Point Charter V0

Church Point Plan of Management, parking and development of Church Point
Neelica Raffel

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

Governance of the association, including decision making, policies and procedures
Roads, Drainage, Traffic and EnvironmentSharon Kinnison

Roads And Drainage Charter V0

Improvements and maintenance of roads and drainage, parks and reserves, and vehicle management
Community Engagement and CommunicationsAnne Dennis

Community Engagement & Communications Subcommittee Charter

Engagement with the community and communication with all stakeholders
WharvesAlec Beckett

Wharves Boats And Marine Charter V0

Improvement and maintenance of island wharves
Waste ManagementColin Haskell

Waste And Recycling Charter V0

Rubbish collection and recycling
Water, Wastewater and Emergency WaterColin Haskell

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
Community Vehicle ManagementGraeme Crayford

Community Vehicle Charter V0 (1)

Management of the Community Vehicle

Interested islanders who are members of SIRA can volunteer to join any subcommittee by emailing the team leader. Meetings are usually held at least once every six weeks.

Subcommittee (Working Groups) 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.

Alec Beckett

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Team Leader – Wharves Working Group

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.

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.

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

Scotland Island Community Hall (Booking Manager)

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Contact: Barbara Labram Phone: 0473 008 339