New hall manager needed; SIRAC Meeting Mar 12; International Women’s Day Lunch with Melinda Ham


3 March 2023 

SIRA seeking new hall manager

Are you organised and efficient? Do you have a couple of hours to spare each week? If so, perhaps you would be interested in the position of SIRA Hall Manager, managing the Scotland Island Community Hall and the Recreation Centre. This position comes with a stipend (amount to be confirmed after next SIRAC meeting). The Halls Bookings and Maintenance role description  is available on this page. If you are interested, please email

Our sincere thanks go to Lucy Gregg, who has capably managed the hall for the last five years. Lucy’s life has become too busy to continue with the position, but she has generously offered to assist the new person as they settle in.

SIRAC Meeting March 12, 10 am – 12 noon in the Community Hall

All members are encouraged to attend the next SIRAC meeting. From 11:30 to 12 pm there is an Open Forum. Members with questions are encouraged to submit them to at least a week before the meeting so that answers can be prepared if needed. However, you are welcome to turn up on the day with your thoughts and questions!

Minutes of January 29 Meeting

Agenda for March 12 meeting

All Welcome to an International Women’s Day Lunch

with Melinda Ham

Community Hall, Tuesday 7 March, 11.00am – 2pm

Organised by WOW (Women on Water)

Gold coin donation to cover hall rent; bring a plate to share

Come and join us for an informal lunch and talk by one of the island’s many inspiring women.

Canadian-born Melinda Ham has been a journalist and writer for more than 30 years. She initially worked in southern Africa, India and Singapore before coming to Australia. She now creates content for large organisations, universities and not-for-profits. Continuing her passion for refugee issues, Melinda has volunteered as a community speaker, tutor and mentor. 

Melinda’s forthcoming book, Lucky Ones, tells the stories of six refugee families from Poland, Vietnam, Tibet, Democratic Republic of Congo, Afghanistan and Iraq. Melinda reconstructs their stories of love and loss, despair and hope, betrayal and loyalty, resilience and generosity, and how they all came to Australia.

Melinda hopes that her book will show people the human beings behind the news stories. With governments of all stripes trying to politicise this issue, this is more important than ever that we understand their plight.

Bring a plate of food, a gold coin and your questions. How is a refugee defined? Is the 1951 UNHCR refugee convention definition still meaningful? What are climate refugees? What role do traffickers play?

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