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.
I guess that while it’s not ideal, we all know that if we are going to get on top of this situation then another week of lockdown is what we must do.
Council will continue to deliver essential services, support our vulnerable community members and keep delivering the Library 2 U service through this period. And yes, we will keep the lights on at the parks and our open spaces so you can get out and exercise.
Our Customer Service Centres are continuing to take your calls and help through our online services. If you have a question for us, just reach out. For local businesses, we have a Business Support Service to help point you in the right direction.
Like the Premier said, we need to pull together, support each other and do our best, and together we will get through it.
Please check in on your family, friends and your neighbours – let’s just get this done now.
So stay home, get tested if unwell and use the Service NSW QR code check-in where ever you go. And get the jab if available to you. You know the line… we are not safe until we are all safe
Finally, I can’t stress enough how tough this lockdown is on our local businesses, so please do your bit and support them when you can. Buy a voucher, grab takeaway, buy online. Just buy local.
Stay safe (and sane) everyone.
254 playgrounds, 122 sportsfields, 21 surf club buildings, 6 libraries, 41 community centres, 15 child care sites, 2 aquatic centres, 15 rockpools, a regional art gallery, a 400-seat theatre, wharves, walking tracks, cycleways, roads and footpaths…there is plenty of competition for how to spend Council’s annual budget!
The 2021/22 Budget will see a record $125million spend on new and existing infrastructure, will pay down another $5million in debt and deliver a reduction in rates to 76% of households through harmonisation.
Residents often ask how we decide which park, road or footpath gets priority. There is a science behind it.
We have over $2.9 billion worth of infrastructure assets and a 10-year plan to guide what is renewed when. Keeping our parks, playgrounds, pools and buildings well-maintained costs ratepayers less in the long term.
Since amalgamation we have had a real focus on getting all our assets up to standard. We now have 80% rated as in excellent or good condition. So we need to keep those at the standard our community expect and focus on getting the other 20% up to scratch.
We also have sophisticated road condition modelling system that allows us to make upgrades to roads that are in reasonable condition to prevent more costly repairs down the track.
And, of course, in some cases, while a building might be structurally sound, it’s outgrown its purpose and needs to be replaced to meet current community needs.
In 2021/22 there are exciting new capital projects like Mona Vale and Long Reef surf clubs, Warriewood Community Centre, new playgrounds, shopping precinct upgrades and new amenities. But there is also significant expenditure on just making sure our existing community infrastructure is meeting our standards.
Thanks to everyone who had their say through the budget development process. We do consider all feedback and where infrastructure improvements can’t be addressed this year, I can assure you they are factored in our long term plans.
Have a great weekend.
How great are our local kids! I am constantly impressed by the talent, enthusiasm and skill of Northern Beaches teenagers.
And at Council we’d like to hear more of what our future leaders think. Applications are open now for our Youth Advisory Group, 30 young people who give us their feedback and ideas for events, programs and projects. We are looking for five young people from each ward, aged 12-21. Applications close 27 June.
We are also launching a new program to mentor young people to produce a local event for other young people. They’ll get to plan and develop the event through a series of workshops run by industry professionals. A great opportunity to learn new skills and make a difference. Apply now.
Or if art is more your thing, there are just eight days left to get your entries in for the new Environmental Art and Design Prize. There are a number of categories including two especially for young artists and designers, one for ages 7-12 and the second 13-18 years. With a $2,000 prize for each youth category, and the chance to have works exhibited, it’s well worth an entry.
It was fantastic to host Her Excellency the Honourable Margaret Beazley AC QC Governor of New South Wales this week. She met with our Chambers of Commerce and some of our local businesses in Avalon to hear about the ongoing challenges businesses face due to COVID-19. Her interest and support is appreciated.
Finally, whatever you do this long weekend, drive safely and remember double demerit points. Police will be out in force.
Have a great weekend