Cr Elaine Malicki has been an active Independent councillor since 1991 and is now Ku-ring-gai's longest serving councillor. Elaine has received many awards for her work in assisting residents of Ku-ring-gai and protecting the unique character of the council area. She has been Mayor on three occasions including during the Centenary year, 2006.
In May 2014 Elaine received one of only two awards for elected representatives from the Minister for Local Government and the Minister for Women. This Ministerial Award was for her contribution to Local Government including assistance given to the residents of Bland Shire in Central NSW during a prolonged period of drought.
In 2013 Elaine was awarded the title of Emeritus Mayor by Local Government NSW, following recognition from the Local Government and Shires Association for services to Local Government in 2011, after 20 years of service to Ku-ring-gai. Turramurra High School also recognized Elaine's contribution to the community by awarding her Citizen of the Year.
Elaine was given a State Government Award from the Premier in recognition of her involvement and support in an effort to preserve life and property during the 1994 New Year Statewide Bushfires. She organized meetings to allow debriefing of residents by Emergency Services in order to improve responses in future fire events, carried out resident surveys, and the Coroner requested her attendance at a Coronial Inquiry into the Bushfires. This led amongst other improvements to creation of more Community Fire Units in the area. Elaine also instigated a large scale distribution of SWS plaques to allow firefighters access to hundreds of backyard pools as an additional water supply during fire events.
Her long career has seen her chair most council committees, including Economic and Social Development, Sustainability, Parks and Reserves to name a few. This is in addition to being on external committees such as the Joint Regional Planning Panel, Northern Suburbs Region of Councils, Regional Bushfires Committee, and notably a State Representative of the Federal Local Approvals Review Board set up to cut red tape through the approvals processes operating throughout Australia.
Her work in setting up a Community Committee to assist the people of West Wyalong in Central NSW during a prolonged drought was supported by several Rotary groups and many sporting associations throughout the area. This was recognized by a ceremony and a plaque of thanks from Bland Shire Council.
One of her earliest roles was as President of a Coalition of local community groups which successfully opposed a freeway set to be built through Wahroonga and South Turramurra residential areas as well as the Lane Cove Valley. This corridor was abandoned due to significant community pressure over many years and most of the corridor land has been developed for housing. Elaine was also Secretary of the Ku-ring-gai Ratepayers' Association prior to her time on Council.
As Mayor Elaine initiated Ward Summits, the Youth Summit, and held Regional Sports' Forum and a Business Forum, as well as presiding over Centenary celebrations in 2005/6. She has campaigned for a heated indoor pool in the Bicentennial Park, a new Depot and Council Chambers to replace run down infrastructure. Many new parks have been created during her tenure on council, including Kissing Point Village Green, Curtilage Park, Greengate Park, doubling of Cameron Park as well as the wonderful Turramurra Lookout Park Community Garden. Many playing fields have been upgraded into first class facilities.
As a long term Councillor who has participated in decision making for many years, Elaine can claim to have played a strong role in securing the improvements to Council's operations and facilities that have resulted in the prestigious Bluett Award. The Award gives recognition to the efforts and achievements of the General Manager and his talented and professional staff as well as the vision and policy making of elected officials.
Elaine taught English and Ancient History at Ku-ring-gai High School and Normanhurst Boy's Selective High School. She and her very supportive husband John raised three sons in Ku-ring-gai where she has been a resident since 1972.
Contact Cr Malicki
Phone: 02 9144 5716
Address: 5 Barellan Ave, Turramurra