Mayor's message - 6 July 2017

Posted at 12:03PM on 26 July 2017

This week we bade farewell to one of our most respected and hard-working members of Council’s senior management team. Greg Piconi, Director of Operations for the past 15 years, has left a huge legacy of projects and facilities for the Ku-ring-gai community for generations to come. His many and varied achievements are too numerous to list in full, but here are just a few that have been successfully completed under his leadership. The $29 million North Turramurra Recreational Area, comprising a championship standard 18 hole public golf course, three new sports fields and new car parks; the new headquarters at Wahroonga for the SES and RFS; the transformation of the West Pymble pool into the Ku-ring-gai Fitness & Aquatic Centre, plus the many new parks and playgrounds that now enhance the local area. The most recent of these were opened in the last six months including the extended Cameron Park at Turramurra and Lapwing Reserve at St Ives. Greg is leaving Council on the occasion of his retirement and I take this opportunity to thank him on behalf of our community for the valuable and far-reaching legacy he has left in Ku-ring-gai.

Elections across NSW council areas will be held on 9 September and rolls are open until 31 July for those eligible to vote to enrol or update their contact details. Please note that voting is compulsory in September’s local government elections. Click here for enrolments and more information on the elections – including becoming a candidate.

One of my favourite Ku-ring-gai homes and its stunning gardens will be open to the public this weekend on Saturday 8 July and Sunday 9 July between 10am and 4pm. Eryldene at 19 McIntosh Street Gordon epitomises the gracious era of early 20th Century architecture and is one of its most significant examples. It was the former home of Professor Waterhouse, who became a leading expert on and grower of camellias and winter is the best time to appreciate the camellia blooms in Eryldene’s magnificent gardens.

Tickets to one of our most popular events, the St Ives Medieval Faire, are on sale now. This year the Faire will be adding new attractions, such as upgraded food options at its popular tavern, a mock torture chamber and a program of visits to local schools. Australian and international jousters will be in action and over 200 re-enactors will be living the dream in the medieval village, which is realistic down to the last detail. To get well and truly into the medieval spirit there will be a Feast on Friday 22 September with a delicious banquet and live entertainment. The Faire is an event not to be missed and it all takes place on the weekend of Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 September. Click here for full details and to book your tickets online including reserved parking.