This is my first column for 2019 and I would like to wish all our residents a very happy New Year! I hope you have enjoyed the summer with family and friends and are feeling refreshed for the year ahead.
On Saturday 26 January we will be celebrating our national day at Bicentennial Park West Pymble. We’ll begin the day with a citizenship ceremony for around 60 new Australian citizens, followed by a day of fun and entertainment for the whole family to enjoy.
Australia Day celebrations get underway from 10.30am until 2pm with stars of the ABC TV show ‘Bananas in Pyjamas’ appearing in their live stage performance. Bush band Reel Matilda, an Aussie reptile show and performances by Korean fan dancers will also feature. There are games hosted by the YMCA and amusement rides, sheep shearing, sheep dog demonstrations and roaming performers. After the event ends at 2pm, the public are invited to the Ku-ring-gai Fitness and Aquatic Centre next to Bicentennial Park for an afternoon of pool entertainment and fun in the water. Please visit our website for more info about Australia Day in Ku-ring-gai.
This year Council will prepare a new waste strategy and we are seeking your input to help create it. An online survey is open to residents til 11 February. Printed copies of the survey are available on request at our customer service centre at 818 Pacific Highway Gordon. The key objective of the survey is to measure satisfaction levels with waste services, understand current patterns of use across all our waste services and identify community attitudes towards recycling. Your feedback will help us prepare the strategy which will also be on public exhibition for comment later this year. For more info about the waste services we currently offer visit our website.
Last Friday I attended the 50th birthday celebrations of a much loved Ku-ring-gai icon – the Wildflower Garden at St Ives.
View the Mayor's Christmas video.
Over the past two weeks we have been holding a series of discussion forums with a wide cross-section of the community about the Lindfield Village Hub.
Thanks to all those who braved the elements to come to the Twilight Concert at Wahroonga Park.
A large part of the Council’s forward planning is being taken up with meeting the future needs of our growing population
This week Council will start the next phase of consultation with our community on the Lindfield Village Hub.
Libraries across NSW are in the spotlight at the moment because of the gradual decline in funding from the state government, compared with other states in Australia.
On Tuesday 7 August we are hosting a very important seminar for older residents on healthcare at the Council Chambers in Gordon.
My latest message covers developments on the Lindfield Village Hub project, Environmental levy grants and the temporarily closure of Gordon Library.
The last Council meeting of June resulted in several significant decisions for our community.
Lindfield Village Hub is one of the largest urban renewal projects Ku-ring-gai Council has undertaken in its 100 year history.
Last week Council advertised for experts to join our newly formed Capital Projects Advisory Committee. Councillors voted in April to set up this Committee.
At the Council meeting this week some major planning documents were endorsed by Councillors for public exhibition and your feedback.
I want to talk in my column this week about two of Ku-ring-gai’s centres – Lindfield and Gordon.
Council is finding ever more creative ways to meet the escalating demand for sporting facilities in Ku-ring-gai.
Thank you to everyone who came to our free Moonlight Movie last Saturday evening at Turramurra Park.
Within the last two weeks Council has received final approval from the NSW Government for its bushfire planning in locations of high risk.
This is my first column for 2018 and I take this opportunity to wish all Ku-ring-gai residents a happy and prosperous new year.
One of my aims as Mayor is to reach out to the local business community and give economic development a boost in Ku-ring-gai.
This will be my final column before the Council elections on 9 September as required under electoral law.
This week we bade farewell to one of our most respected and hard-working members of Council’s senior management team.
Last week Council considered a report on Ku-ring-gai’s environmental levy.
I’m pleased to announce that the YMCA has been granted a two year extension to its contract to manage the Ku-ring-gai Fitness & Aquatic Centre on the Council’s behalf.
Our Council has lodged an appeal in the Supreme Court against the judgement of Justice Moore in the Land & Environment Court, which largely dismissed our case against a forced merger with Hornsby.
I am honoured to have been re-elected Mayor of Ku-ring-gai for a fourth term by my Councillor colleagues.