Posted at 10:05AM on 2 August 2017
This will be my final column before the Council elections on 9 September as required under electoral law. So I would like to take the opportunity to thank and acknowledge the great work of the service clubs in the Ku-ringgai community. In recent weeks I have attended functions to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Ku-ring-gai VIEW club, which is an association of local women fundraising for various causes backed by The Smith Family.
I also attended the AGM of Turramurra Probus with a lively and interested audience of around 100 former businessmen. Sadly I also attended the final meeting of the Roseville branch of the Red Cross, which due to the advancing age of its volunteers and the lack of replacements has been forced to close. Thank you all for your wonderful contribution to the Red Cross since 1985!
Ku-ring-gai’s Rotary clubs deserve special mention for the enormous work they do for a variety of causes locally and elsewhere. Each year the Bobbin Head Cycle Classic raises close to $100,000, much of which goes back to local organisations. The Gordon Markets and St Ives Wine and Food Festival are also successful fundraising events. Residents are grateful to Rotary volunteers for their graffiti removal program on private property and the Council has successfully partnered with Rotary to build recreational projects such as the Roseville Chase playground off Babbage Road. I encourage residents who have some time to spare to consider joining Rotary or one of the other service clubs doing so much good in our community.
As mentioned earlier, local government elections across NSW will be held on Saturday 9 September. The electoral roll closes on 31 July so if you have recently moved please click here to update your details. Voting is compulsory for residents aged 18 and over. If you are considering becoming a candidate in the elections nominations will open on Monday 31 July and close at noon on Wednesday 9 August. Ku-ring-gai Council will hold free information sessions for those considering standing for election at the Council Chambers 818 Pacific Highway Gordon on Tuesday 1 August and Thursday 3 August between 6.30pm and 9.30pm. For more information visit Council's website.
In the spirit of Plastic Free July I am taking recyclable bags with me when I do my shopping and I’d encourage you to do the same. There are four plastic items that have the biggest impact on our local environment; plastic bags, plastic drinking straws, disposable coffee cup lids and soft drink bottles. By cutting down on your use of just one of these items you are helping protect marine life in our creeks and reducing the amount of plastic going to landfill. Click here for tips on how to do this.
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.
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.
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.