Posted at 2:32PM on 15 July 2019
This month marks the start of some important changes to Council meetings, designed to make them more accessible and transparent to the public. This is in line with the NSW Government’s policy introduced to improve transparency in local government decision-making.
Council meetings will move to a monthly cycle, instead of fortnightly, with the first monthly meeting to be held on Tuesday 23 July.
At each monthly meeting, the Council will meet to vote on agenda items.
Please note changes brought in by the State Government require that speakers will no longer address Councillors at Council meetings, although meetings will remain open to the public.
Instead, the public will be able to address the Council at the new monthly Public Forum, starting on Tuesday 16 July from 6pm.
This is where residents can speak to the Council about agenda items or any other matters in the public interest a week prior to each Council meeting.
The business paper for each Council meeting will be available from the second Tuesday in the month. So for the July Council meeting, the agenda will be available on our website from Tuesday 10 July, with printed copies available the next day.
The advantages of the new system are that Councillors now have two weeks to consider agenda items. They also have a clear week to consider any concerns or issues raised by residents at the Public Forum.
To speak at a Public Forum, you must pre-register by 5pm the day before. Click here to find out more and to register.
Full details of the changes including Council meeting and public forum dates are available on our website. Or simply call our customer service centre on 9424 0000 who will be able to help you with any enquiry.
An important document for Ku-ring-gai is on public exhibition until Monday 12 August for your feedback. The draft Local Strategic Planning Statement (LSPS) has been prepared under the direction of the NSW Government. It provides an outline of how all land in Ku-ring-gai will be planned and managed over the next 20 years.
Click here to have your say on the LSPS or attend an information session in July to find out more.
In my column two weeks ago I spoke about Council’s improvements to the development application process in Ku-ring-gai.
Last Friday it was my pleasure to attend the Australian Women’s Art Prize exhibition launch at Ravenswood.
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.
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.