Mayor's message - 25 January 2018

Posted at 4:00PM on 30 January 2018

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.

Australia Day is a great way for us all to welcome in the new year and reflect on what truly makes our country and Ku-ring-gai such a wonderful place to live.

Councillors and I will be hosting Ku-ring-gai’s Australia Day celebrations again at Bicentennial Park West Pymble from 9am on Friday 26 January. At the ceremony we will also be announcing the winners of the 2018 Ku-ring-gai Australia Day Awards, which are presented each year to a range of deserving recipients who are making a distinguished contribution to our community.

From 10.30am on the day families can enjoy a range of entertainment and activities, including a live stage show featuring the Wild Aussies Kids Show, bush band Handpicked, an Aussie reptile show and cultural dance performances. For the children, there are games and amusement rides, sheep shearing, sheep dog demonstrations and roaming performers.  After the Council celebrations conclude at 2pm, the public are invited to the Ku-ring-gai Fitness and Aquatic Centre next to Bicentennial Park for an afternoon of pool entertainment and activities. I do hope you’ll be able to join us for what is sure to be a fun-filled day!

We are currently seeking your views on two important issues affecting our community.

One is the long term vision for Ku-ring-gai called the Community Strategic Plan. The Plan will guide our budgets and decision-making over the next decade so it’s important that we check in with residents as to priorities. You can have a say via our website at until Sunday 4 February.

The other issue we are keen to hear your feedback on is a proposal to create a BioBanking site at four reserves spanning Pymble, South Turramurra and Wahroonga. BioBanking is a scheme that offsets the impacts of new development by securing equivalent land to maintain permanently in as natural a state as possible. It’s a way of guaranteeing funding for work such as weed control, bush regeneration, creek protection and volunteer groups. It’s also a way of ensuring that land is preserved for the public in perpetuity without affecting the rights of property-owners to redevelop or renovate their properties, subject of course to Ku-ring-gai’s planning controls.

The website at gives more information about BioBanking and invites you to have a say by Friday 23 February. We are looking forward to receiving your feedback on both of these important initiatives.