The Grapevine
Nangarin Vineyard Estate Newsletter May 2013
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STP
Dog Control
Termites
CFU
Road Safety
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Dear Residents,
Welcome to the first Nangarin Vineyard Estate newsletter for 2013.

We had an extremely successful AGM last November including the elections for the Executive Committee and we now have a mix of experienced members as well as new members to help us in 2013. We wish them the best of luck in 2013. 

If any situation within the estate warrants attention, an email or letter describing the situation should be sent to Simply Strata with as much detail as possible. Simply Strata will investigate the situation in due haste to find a resolution and communicate in a timely manner. 

In addition the Executive Committee meet 6-8 times a year to discuss all outstanding estate issues. The dates of the meetings, together with an agenda, are posted on the website at least 72 hours prior to the meeting. The approved minutes from these meetings are not posted on the website but are pinned to the notice board in the BBQ area for two weeks. However if you would like to receive an electronic copy of the EC minutes, fill in the following form on the Nangarin website
  
For other issues such as suggestions for improvements, new projects, website issues or to express your interest in assisting the committee, please contact info@nangarin.com

Sewer Treatment Plant

The community sewer treatment plant (STP) is the largest financial component of our community budget.

 

The 2013 budget for the STP is $153,590 which represents 43% of the total budget.

 

The STP treats the sewage input, and purifies the water for storage in the holding ponds prior to irrigation of our vineyards.

 

We are faced with two major issues related to operational expense.

  1. Personal sanitary items and other foreign objects flushed into the system.
  2. Stormwater Ingress.

Personal Sanitary Items and other foreign objects

 

These items account for a significant number of blockages in the system, which require manual intervention, resulting in a high number of call-outs by the maintenance team and increasing our expenses in maintaining operation of the system.

 

The equipment fails prematurely as a result of the higher workloads and this in turn results in increased replacement expenses.

 

Additionally the blockages cause significant discomfort to nearby residents and impact on our statutory compliance with Environmental Protection Codes. 

Storm water Ingress

 

Stormwater ingress places stress on the STP, resulting in higher operational expense. As with personal sanitary items, the equipment fails prematurely, thus  increasing operational costs.

 

The STP maintenance team has isolated parts of the network where storm water ingress appears to be prevalent. Storm water pipes must not be connected to the sewer system.

Residents are reminded that it is illegal to have storm water pipes connected to the sewer system. Measures are being taken to identify the location of illegal connections.

 

HOW YOU CAN HELP

 

  1. ADVISE all members of your family and guests, NOT to flush any sanitary items, nappies, cotton buds, plastic wrapping, cloths etc into the sewer system. It does happen!!!!
  2. CHECK your storm water connections and ensure rainwater flows either to the street or to storm water mains.

 

Thank you for your cooperation. Working together we can control our system and ensure operating expenses and levy increases are minimised. 

 

Dog Control
In recent months the estate community has experienced increasing rates of complaints related to dogs not correctly controlled.

 

We need to ensure that our estate is a safe environment for all, especially for our children.

The Community Management Statement defines the Keeping of Animals in section 33 and your attention is drawn to paragraphs 33.4.1 to 33.4.7.

 

We seek your cooperation to ensure dogs are correctly housed, in a dog proof area.

Please note that all dogs outside properties must be on a lead. There are NO-OFF lead areas within the estate.

 

The control of dogs is a council issue and the Wollondilly Council Contact numbers are:-

  • Office hours - 4677 1144
  • Outside office hours - 4677 1100
  • Depending upon seriousness of the event last resort would be Police Assistance Line: 131444

 

Thank you for your assistance in making our community a safe environment.

 

Termites 
With all the recent rainfall , followed by warm humid conditions, the ideal breeding/living conditions have been created for TERMITES!!

 

 

As we all know these pests can enter our homes largely undetected and can cause significant damage which is very expensive to repair. Often their considerable damage is not evident until a building inspection is carried out or what appears to be solid timber turns out to be eaten away by these pests. By that time the damage has been done and expensive repairs need to be completed.

 

House insurance does not cover this damage.

 

For the last couple of years, I have engaged a professional organisation, specialising in Termite control to carry out  complete Termite inspections and to install a permanent Termite barrier around the perimeter of our home. This barrier is serviced periodically during the year to ensure our home remains Termite free. Compared to the cost of damage caused by Termites, this service charge is minimal.

 

In discussion with this company, I can assure you Termites do exist in Nangarin!!

Without wishing to alarm you, I convey this information simply to inform you and to enable you to decide if you need to take any action to defend your property against damaging Termites.

Cheers,

Jeff M Sharp,

Nangarin Community Fire Unit  
Following the 2006  bushfire, which destroyed a home in The Grange, the Nangarin Executive Committee approved the purchase  of six steel fire equipment cabinets and four portable pumps, to provide some property protection in the event of fires. They were strategically located at sites deemed the most vulnerable to encroaching fire in: The Ironbarks, The Grange, The Briars and The Vines.

 

The pumps and the equipment in the cabinets, are for use by trained residents to provide some property protection from ember attack and spot fires, until Rural Fire Service (RFS) units, or NSW Fire Brigade (Fire & Rescue) units, can attend. The pumps can utilise water from swimming pools, water tanks and dams. The cabinets contain canvas hoses, fittings, etc. A number of residents participated in a session of familiarization with the use of the pumps and associated gear.

 

A formal Community Fire Unit (CFU) has now been established within the estate.

The NSW RFS has introduced  a scheme to assist residents living in bushfire-vulnerable areas, to provide some protection for their properties. It is similar to a program established by NSW Fire Brigades some time ago. The RFS allocated funding for a small number of fire equipment trailers for neighbourhoods  in certain fire-prone districts. After extensive negotiation with RFS officials, a trailer has now been allocated to Nangarin.  It is equipped with a pump, hoses, etc., and is secured in the Nangarin shed.

 

A RFS requirement for the establishment of the CFU was that it's members must become associate members of the RFS. This required individuals to undergo a Police check, training, and successful completion of theory tests and practical assessment. They were then issued with keys to access the equipment, and protective clothing.

 

One significant benefit of the CFU is that its members are permitted to use hydrants and standpipes. Although it is illegal for the public to access water from hydrants without a business licence issued by Sydney Water, it is permissible for RFS/CFU personnel to do so for property protection. For legal and safety reasons, the standpipes must only be used by CFU members, and the equipment is to be used only for property protection within the estate.

 

It is hoped that all owners of pools or water tanks are agreeable to the CFU and the local Bushfire Brigade, using that water for protection of their home and neighbouring properties, if threatened by fire.

 

Result of the 2006 October Fire

 

 
Road Safety Within Nangarin  

 

 

Our Estate

Our Community

Our Safety

With the increasing number of children riding push bikes, and walkers using the estate roads, we wish to remind all residents that the estate speed limit is 50 km per hour.

 

A number of wallabies have been hit on the section of The Vintage closest to Barkers Lodge Road.

 

We especially ask you to be vigilant of your speed on the crests and bends.

Please ensure, for added safety, you and your visitors park their vehicles on the correct side of the road

 

Thanking you for your co-operation.

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 
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