Posted at 2:06PM on 5 February 2018
Within the last two weeks Council has received final approval from the NSW Government for its bushfire planning in locations of high risk. Thirteen areas in parts of Wahroonga, North and South Turramurra, St Ives and Killara now have planning controls in place to ensure the safety of residents when future developments are built. The plan prohibits the construction of aged care homes and childcare centres in these high risk areas, because of the need to evacuate quickly in a bushfire. Extensive discussions over the last few years with residents and local emergency services such as the police and RFS several years have helped us plan for bushfire evacuations in these high risk areas. Thank you to everyone who has given input in shaping the plan. Click here for more information.
Two of our open space areas are due for a makeover and as part of the planning process, we’re seeking your ideas on how to revitalise them. One is the Gordon Recreation Grounds at 2 Werona Avenue Gordon. Based on feedback already received from you last year, our landscape architects have prepared a draft masterplan for the Grounds. Click here to view the draft masterplan which incorporates some of your ideas and is now open for comments until 1 March.
Robert Pymble Park in Alma Street Pymble is also on our list for a makeover. As a first step in preparing a draft plan for the park, we are seeking your views on what you’d like to see in a future upgrade. You can complete a short survey here or write in with your ideas by 1 March.
It was a pleasure to see everyone enjoying Australia Day celebrations at Bicentennial Park in West Pymble last Friday. One of the highlights was saying thank you to the winners of the Ku-ring-gai Australia Day Awards. Every year the awards recognise the wonderful work being done in our community by volunteers. This year’s winners are:
- Ku-ring-gai Neighbourhood Centre, which operates out of St Ives, won the Group Award. With over 20 community programs, the Centre helps local residents who are disadvantaged or need assistance with everyday tasks such as transport, shopping, learning English and socialising. Last year, the Centre helped over 50,000 individuals and gave more than 100,000 hours of service to the local community.
- Jo-Anne Perry, winner of an Individual Award, has for more than 26 years been a cornerstone of the Ku-ring-gai Netball Club and the Wahroonga Netball Club. Her roles have ranged from Coach, Treasurer, website manager, Secretary and Vice President.
- Richard Babb, also a winner of an Individual Award is the Vice President of the Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Parkinson’s Support Group. Richard has been instrumental in building the group’s profile and reaching out to local residents who are experiencing Parkinson’s. Richard has also played a significant part in helping set up the Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Women’s Shelter.
- 21-year-old Hannah Burn is Ku-ring-gai’s Young Citizen of the Year. Hannah is the Volunteer Coordinator at St James Anglican Church in Turramurra, supporting and overseeing six voluntary teams who regularly visit nursing homes, provide gardening support for the elderly and practical assistance to families in crisis.
- Peter Kirkwood is Ku-ring-gai’s Citizen of the Year. As a resident of Sydney’s Upper North Shore for nearly 30 years, Peter has been hugely involved in helping the local community through the Rotary Club of Wahroonga, Hornsby/Ku-ring-gai PCYC, Hornsby Community Safety Precinct Committee, Ku-ring-gai Police Community Safety Committee and St Paul’s Anglican Church.
Congratulations to the winners of these awards and thank you for making Ku-ring-gai such a caring community in which to live.
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.