Mayor's message - 15 August 2019

Posted at 11:36AM on 22 November 2019

Our Council is always looking for ways to stimulate the local economy. In St Johns Avenue Gordon we’ve been talking to businesses and local residents over the last few months about ways to regenerate the area.

As a result, we’ve developed a concept design for an ‘eat-street’ environment in St Johns Avenue and its surroundings. This will involve widening the footpaths to accommodate outdoor dining and making the area more pedestrian-friendly.

Council staff will be in St Johns Avenue between 10am and 2pm on Friday 23 August and Saturday 24 August discussing the concept design with you.

Take a survey and receive a discount on a meal at a participating restaurant or café! The concept plan is also on public exhibition from Friday 16 August until 13 September.

Also on public exhibition from 22 August is a draft Community Arts Facilities Report which has been developed with the assistance and input of arts organisations in the local area. It’s the start of a conversation between the Council and those interested in the future of creative arts facilities in Ku-ring-gai, purpose designed to meet the needs of the performing and visual arts and some of the rapidly emerging creative industries. It can be viewed on our website from Thursday 22 August and is open for comment until 23 September.

A couple of community events to tell you about. The Hope Challenge is a fun community event full of entertainment for the whole family while raising funds for the Black Dog Institute. The Challenge involves a 12 hour touch football marathon to raise awareness and reduce the stigma of mental illness. Registered players are sponsored for time played or tries scored. The Hope Challenge will be held from 8am to 8pm on Sunday 25 August 2019 at Lofberg Oval, West Pymble. Through the day there is face painting and a jumping castle, a sausage sizzle, canteen facilities and a bar. Come along and support the challengers or visit The Hope Challenge website to find out more and donate.

Also on Friday 30 August, I will be joining local residents at 4pm to celebrate the opening of the Brisbane Walk, a new walkway connecting Tryon Road and Brisbane Avenue in East Lindfield. We are meeting at 127 Tryon Road and all are welcome to attend.