Mayor's Message - 31 October 2016

Posted at 2:31PM on 11 February 2019

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. Since the centre opened in 2014, the YMCA has done a sterling job in reaching out to our community through a range of programs for different user groups. We now have fitness programs for the over 50s, a café with a healthy menu and swimming classes for people with a disability. Their latest initiative, $10 for 10 days, will provide funds for fitness classes for those with mental health issues. Please have a look at their website to see how you can be part of the centre too!

The Greater Sydney Commission was established earlier this year by the NSW Government to lead metropolitan planning for Greater Sydney. The Commission has prepared draft ‘District Plans’ which are intended to connect local planning with metropolitan planning. The plans are soon to be released for discussion and feedback and they will be on an extended public exhibition until the end of March 2017. In the meantime the Commission wants to talk to community groups and organisations with an interest in these plans through a series of public briefings over the next two months. A briefing for the northern planning region will be held at Chatswood on 3 December.

The Council has developed a concept design for a new playground at St Ives Showground. This is an exciting project, not just because we are completely rebuilding the playground but also because we are focussing on making it as inclusive as possible. Discussions have been held with the Play For All organisation which has been very helpful in giving our landscape architects insights into play equipment for children with disabilities. If you would like to view the plans and see what’s proposed for this major new asset. Comments can be made online or emailed to by 17 November.

Our business network established 18 months ago is going from strength to strength! Small business people from across Ku-ring-gai and beyond are enjoying the benefits of free workshops and other networking events connecting them to their peers and other resources to help their businesses grow and prosper. We have another event happening on Thursday 17 November at Killara Golf Club between 6pm and 8pm. This free forum with speakers Chris Russell and Michael Griffiths will  present ways to work together for businesspeople to increase the power of their business. Chris was a judge on ABC TV’s New Inventors and is an agricultural scientist and local resident. He’ll discuss the importance of collaboration and share what he has learned in his broadcasting and business career. Michael is the authority on referral marketing training and showing businesses how they can collaborate with one another to create opportunities and new business. Bookings are essential for the forum; contact Will Adames on 9424 0757 to reserve your place.