Read the Mayor’s message for updates on new recreational facilities and libraries, development of the ambitious coastal walkway from Manly to Palm Beach and big picture issues that affect the Northern Beaches.
Happy new year!
Firstly, congratulations to all the councillors that you elected to represent you on Northern Beaches Council for the next three years. We have some old hands and some fresh new faces – every one passionate about where we live and keen to work with our community to make our area even better. I am both humbled and excited to have been re-elected Mayor and I look forward to continuing to build on the solid foundations created during the last term of Council.
The start to 2022 has bought some challenges already yet we continue to maintain services with many staff impacted by COVID or in home isolation. To all those impacted by the dreaded virus, or caring for someone who is, best wishes for a speedy recovery and end to isolation. And a gentle reminder to book in for that booster as soon as you can to reduce your chance of more serious illness.
The clean-up continues from that incredible storm that ripped through in December. Crews are still assessing dangerous trees and clearing fallen branches on tracks, trails and public spaces. If you, too, are still cleaning up your own property you can still take up to 300kg of excess vegetation generated at your home to Kimbriki free of charge (see criteria here). Also, at my urging, the State declared the area a Natural Disaster therefore unlocking emergency financial assistance in particular for those directly impacted. Please call Service NSW or click here for more help.
And on a final note, our hearts go out to the many in our community with friends and family in the Tonga disaster zone. If you can, please support the relief efforts through one of the not-for-profit organisations working in the region such as the Red Cross, Care Australia and UNICEF. We will keep you updated of any additional efforts too.
Take care everyone and let’s see what 2022 holds for us.
Only two more sleeps and we can all get our hair cut! With NSW reaching 70 percent fully vaccinated haircuts, dining, shopping, having friends and family over and much more will be possible from Monday. Hooray!
Outstanding efforts to you all for heeding the calls to get jabbed.
We’re excited to welcome you back to many of our Council facilities on Monday too, including libraries, pools, art gallery, theatre, customer service and environment centres. Please check our website for a complete list - plus all the rules from NSW Health that you will need to know before coming.
NSW Public Health Orders do require you to provide proof of vaccination to enter most businesses and public premises, including ours, as well as the sign in using the QR code, and masks indoors.
Best wishes to all the small business owners for a speedy recovery. What these people and their staff have gone through recently is unfathomable. So please everyone get out and continue to support them by shopping local for everything you can.
I look forward to seeing you out and about enjoying a local establishment next week.
Have a cracking weekend.
R U Ok day is next Thursday and a great reminder for us all to be checking in with loved ones and neighbours. In fact, at the moment, it’s probably something we should be asking at least one person every day.
We know this pandemic is taking its toll on the mental health of so many in our community and sometimes just starting the conversation can save a life.
So if you can, this week, reach out to someone and ask R U OK?
It’s Fathers Day this weekend and if you are still looking for gift ideas please support a local business and shop local.
There are lots of local retailers offering delivery or click and collect, or buy a voucher for a local experience. We’re lucky to be spoilt for great things to do, see and eat on the beaches so get googling and I’m sure you’ll find the perfect last minute gift.
And to all the dads out there – Happy Fathers Day! And if you can, remember to check in on your mates who might be doing it tough.
Finally, a big happy 60th birthday to Dee Why’s hidden gem, Stony Range Botantic Gardens. A special shout out to the small army of volunteers who care and tend to the gardens, creating a much loved oasis. I’m sorry we can’t be celebrating as planned in person but again, a big thanks for all you do!! Here’s to another 60 years.
Stay safe, be kind, mask up, (yes we have cases on the beaches), book your jab in and most of all, have a great weekend.