Posted at 10:14AM on 22 May 2018
At the Council meeting this week some major planning documents were endorsed by Councillors for public exhibition and your feedback.
The revised Community Strategic Plan – called Our Ku-ring-gai 2038 – is essentially a blueprint to guide our Council in delivering services and outcomes to the community over the next twenty years. Other plans that flow from this include the Resourcing Strategy 2018-2028 which outlines the resources, funding and workforce needed to deliver these services and projects. In addition the Delivery Program 2018-2021, the detailed plan for the Council’s operations over the next three years. This also incorporates the budget for the new financial year and includes the draft fees and charges schedule for 2018-2019.
Between July 2018 and June 2019 our Council has allocated nearly $60 million for capital works. These include $21 million revitalising Lindfield and other local centres; nearly $15 million upgrading parks and sportsfields; over $10 million for roads and footpaths and nearly $3.5 million for improving community buildings.
During the meeting this week Councillors also voted to add other community based projects, including Marian Street Theatre and a new indoor sports facility at St Ives, to the Council’s long term plans. At this stage a funding source for these projects has not yet been formally identified and adopted by Council.
Everyone is invited to give feedback on these vitally important plans between Friday 10 May and Friday 8 June. There is a range of ways to comment; you can go online and leave feedback, send an email or write to us at Locked Bag 1006 Gordon NSW 2072. The plans are on our website or copies can be viewed at the Council’s customer service centre, Level 4 818 Pacific Highway Gordon or any Ku-ring-gai branch library. If you have any enquiries about the plans please contact our corporate planning team on 9424 0932 or email us.
I’ve received feedback recently from some residents in the vicinity of Lady Game Drive about the roadworks taking place there. These roadworks are to make this road safer for the many thousands of motorists who travel along it daily. Several cars have been involved in accidents where they have come off the road between Blackbutt Creek and De Burgh Road. It is regrettable but essential that some of the heavy work takes place at night, due to the high volume of traffic on Lady Game Drive during the day. However I am advised that the noisiest part of the work will be completed in the next few weeks.
Thank you to the many thousands of Ku-ring-gai residents who turned out in brilliant sunshine to enjoy the Council’s Festival on the Green at St Ives last Sunday. It was a great day out for families, but also a good opportunity for our staff to talk face to face with residents about the services and facilities we provide. If you’re interested in seeing some of the images captured on the day, visit our Ku-ring-gai Council Facebook page.
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.