Posted at 4:59PM on 16 October 2020
Last Friday it was my pleasure to attend the Australian Women’s Art Prize exhibition launch at Ravenswood. Over 1200 women artists from across Australia entered the competition. It was a wonderful opportunity to see so many of these outstanding works on display at Ravenswood. The free exhibition is now open to the public daily from 9am to 4pm until 9 June when it closes at 2pm.
Along with Ravenswood, Ku-ring-gai Council is also a great supporter of the arts and is currently running two art competitions. One is the invitation to create an artwork out of sustainable materials to be included in a sculpture walk as part of the Ku-ring-gai Wildflower Festival in August. This has been a very popular event in past years, with some excellent artworks created that carry powerful messages about the impact of waste on our natural environment and ways we can mitigate it through, for example, recycling wherever possible. Entries to the sculpture competition are open until Monday 15 July.
The second art competition I’m pleased to announce is a first for Ku-ring-gai. The Exploration exhibition is seeking entries from artists of all ages with a disability. Their works will be exhibited at the Ku-ring-gai Art Centre in Roseville between 11 and 25 July. It’s a chance for artists to display their work in a professional gallery setting, tell their story and offer their work for sale to the public. It is free to enter and the closing date is 1 July.
Our Council has a philosophy of continuous improvement and we are always seeking ways to offer better service to our customers and residents. On that note, we recently introduced a new process of paperless development applications. The new system means that development applications, regardless of size, can now be lodged without the need for printed copies of plans and other supporting documentation. Previously, applicants were required to provide up to five printed copies of plan drawings and documents such as consultants’ reports. Increasingly, people want to do business with us online and new online processing system better meets customer needs and cuts down on wasted paper.
Other advantages of the paperless system are allowing multiple staff quick access to an application and secure storage.
I am delighted to announce Ku-ring-gai Council has won the Excellence in Communication category in the LGNSW RH Dougherty Awards.
As our community gradually emerges from the COVID-19 lockdown, the need for community connection has never been greater.
I’m pleased to announce around 20 local community organisations will benefit from the Council’s COVID-19 grants.
This column will be my final one in print in the North Shore Times, which will cease printing as of this week and instead move to a digital version of the newspaper.
I write my column this week in the shadows of the current coronavirus situation, a health issue which Australians have not faced for many decades.
This week our residents are faced with another clean up and disruption to power supplies following last weekend’s extreme weather.
Happy New Year to all our residents! I hope you had an enjoyable time with family and friends during the holiday break.
This is my final column for the year and as I write, many of you are still cleaning up after the recent bushfire emergency, followed by the severe storm that affected many suburbs in Ku-ring-gai.