Posted at 11:26AM on 3 August 2018
On Tuesday 7 August we are hosting a very important seminar for older residents on healthcare at the Council Chambers in Gordon. There will be presentations on the Government’s My Health Record proposal to access your medical history, putting together an Advanced Care Plan, how to get the best out of a hospital stay and how to locate the most appropriate after hours medical care. After the presentations there will also be the opportunity to ask questions. The free session is on between 10am and 12.30pm and light refreshments will be served. Click here for more information or call 9424 0000.
The Council is currently preparing a plan for how we manage recreation in natural areas. The challenge for us is to provide areas that people can enjoy for their chosen sport while at the same time protecting those places where there are endangered wildlife or plants.
As part of the process we have been meeting with associations and groups representing orienteering, mountain bikers and hikers and others who use our bushland for a variety of activities. I take this opportunity to thank those who have attended meetings with Council staff to express their point of view. The opinions and experiences we have heard will help greatly in preparing the draft plan, which will go on public exhibition later this year.
Shortly we will be advertising for members of a community-based committee to give input on a design for the new Marian Street Theatre. As you may be aware, the Council voted earlier this month to set aside funds in future budgets for an upgraded theatre that can accommodate the performing arts in Ku-ring-gai. The community committee will work with theatre experts and the Council to ensure the theatre is upgraded and managed to a standard that meets community expectations.
A quick mention for the next Sunday Sounds free concert in the Ku-ring-gai Wildflower Garden this coming Sunday 5 August between 11am and 3pm. Performing this Sunday is singer-songwriter David Taylor with his alternative pop/rock sounds that fans of Ryan Adams, Nick Cave or the Dave Matthews Band will love. Keep the kids entertained with a free live show of native animals. Enjoy wine, coffee, pizza and paella at the Garden while you listen, or bring your own picnic (please note no BYO alcohol). Click here for more details.
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.
Last week Council advertised for experts to join our newly formed Capital Projects Advisory Committee. Councillors voted in April to set up this Committee.
At the Council meeting this week some major planning documents were endorsed by Councillors for public exhibition and your feedback.
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.