Posted at 10:59AM on 8 May 2019
ANZAC Day marks the most solemn day in Australia’s calendar as we come together to remember those who have served our country in world wars and various other conflicts around the world.
I am attending a number of ANZAC Day services across Ku-ring-gai, beginning with the dawn service at Roseville RSL, which is always a moving experience. Please visit our website for details of other commemorations taking place in the local area. Lest we forget.
Council is currently asking for feedback on two important projects for our community. One is the future of retailing in what will be the Lindfield Village Hub on the western side of Lindfield centre. The Hub will contain several important public buildings such as a new library and community centre, but will also have new cafes, restaurants, a supermarket and other retail outlets. We are asking the community what they would like to be able to do, in terms of shopping and eating out, through a survey and comments page on our website.
Another project of great importance for Ku-ring-gai is the preparation of new planning guidelines for how development and employment will be managed in our local area over the next few decades. All Sydney councils are required to complete a ‘Local Strategic Planning Statement’ by the end of 2019, under direction from the NSW Government and the Greater Sydney Commission.
The first step in this process is giving your views on what makes up the character of Ku-ring-gai to help the Council prepare a Local Strategic Planning Statement.
The Local Strategic Planning Statement will set out the vision for land use in Ku-ring-gai, planning priorities and other actions for the Council to pursue economic, social and environmental goals over the next 20 years.
When completed, the Statement will provide guidance on where future housing, jobs and services will go, the type of development that will occur and what the character of Ku-ring-gai is and will be in the future.
Click here to give feedback on this first stage of shaping future planning for Ku-ring-gai by 13 May.
Last Sunday over 10,000 residents and visitors attended our annual Festival on the Green at St Ives.
Congratulations to Roseville business MarrosLiving, which has won a federal government grant of $189,040.
I want to talk in my column this week about two of Ku-ring-gai’s centres – Lindfield and Gordon.
At the Council meeting this week some major planning documents were endorsed by Councillors for public exhibition and your feedback.
Every fortnight following a Council meeting, a summary of our main decisions will be posted on my mayoral Facebook page and also on the Council website.
It was my pleasure to welcome around 60 new Australian citizens on Australia Day.
An exciting milestone has been reached for the Lindfield Village Hub, with the announcement last week of the shortlisted parties who will be invited to tender for the project.
I’m delighted to announce to our community that the fundraising initiative of the Ku-ring-gai Monopoly board game has raised nearly $85,000 for local charities!
During February and March council areas around NSW host a number of events to celebrate older residents in their communities.
A large part of the Council’s forward planning is being taken up with meeting the future needs of our growing population
Within the last two weeks Council has received final approval from the NSW Government for its bushfire planning in locations of high risk.
Last week Council advertised for experts to join our newly formed Capital Projects Advisory Committee. Councillors voted in April to set up this Committee.
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.
Thank you to everyone who came to our free Moonlight Movie last Saturday evening at Turramurra Park.
This is my first column for 2019 and I would like to wish all our residents a very happy New Year!
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.
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.
Council is finding ever more creative ways to meet the escalating demand for sporting facilities in Ku-ring-gai.