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.
This week we announced the 212 finalists in the 2022 Environmental Art & Design Prize.
We were thrilled to receive over 640 entries from around Australia as the prestigious competition’s reputation grows.
Artists and designers across nine categories, submitted works that celebrate our natural environment and reflect on the issues facing us and our planet.
Thankfully we have some extremely credentialled judges on board to select this year’s winners, a challenging task given the high calibre of entries submitted for the 2022 Prize.
You’ll be able to see all the finalists’ works on exhibition 5 - 28 August across three of our arts venues, as part of our broader winter arts and culture festival, Creative Open. Stay tuned for all the details.
In the meantime, three new exhibitions open at the Manly Art Gallery & Museum this weekend.
The first coincides with Refugee Week and features artworks inspired by asylum-seeker, migrant and refugee experiences.
The second is a collaboration between two Sydney artists working deep underneath North Head, Middle Head and Sydney’s CBD, in darkness to capture the ‘underlands’ of our city. And the third uses film and sound to draw our attention to tidal movements.
Entry to all exhibitions is free and you can book in to join any of our talks and events to learn more about the artists and their work.
Have a great weekend.
Mouldy ceilings and musty clothes are not the only symptoms of the seemingly endless rain we’ve had this year. The damage done to our roads has been off the chart – we can’t fix a pothole fast enough before a new deluge creates a whole bunch of new ones.
Since February we’ve had over 3,622 potholes reported on Council-managed roads across the Northern Beaches and we’ve managed to get to 3,277 of them. We are working on the remaining as fast as we can and the new ones that get reported every day. Please make sure you report any you see here – our crews are responsible for almost 850 kilometres of road and need the community to help us locate all the issues.
I am receiving quite a bit of correspondence about potholes on the roads we don’t manage – Pittwater Rd, Barrenjoey bends, Wakehurst Parkway, to name a few. These are NSW Government managed roads. I understand the government has issues all over the state and no doubt there are roads much worse than ours in northern NSW, but still, these are major arterial roads and they really need some action.
My offer to the government for Council assistance to get these fixed (at State expense) still stands and in the meantime we continue to advocate. You too can report potholes on those major roads to the government directly here.
And a reminder this week that whale season is well underway! We have some incredible whale watching spots along out coast and if you are patient you might just be lucky enough to experience the magic of a whale breaching. Check out some of the best locations here.
Have a great long weekend and if you’re heading out of town, drive safely and a reminder that double demerits apply.
It’s exciting to deliver some crucial projects this week with the launch of both the Queenscliff and Mona Vale surf clubs.
The brand new Mona Vale Surf Club looks magnificent and will be an incredible community asset for many years to come.
It includes a purpose-built clubhouse with great facilities for nippers and the 1200 club members, has solar power and rainwater tanks and is designed to withstand the harsh coastal environment.
Join the club for a tour and a drink on Saturday afternoon to check it out.
At Queensie, a major upgrade means club members and volunteers have a new level for a community hall, new kitchen facilities, office, additional storage, solar hot water, LED lighting and more.
And I can’t wait to launch the new Long Reef surf club soon – also just months away from opening.
Given the critical role our surf clubs play in the community, saving lives and as youth and community hubs, it’s great to deliver improvements to their facilities.
All these projects illustrate what can be achieved when Council, clubs, community and all levels of government work together.
The protection of Cabbage Tree Bay is another example of this, celebrating the 20th anniversary of it’s declaration of a ‘no take’ Aquatic Reserve. You can see the environmental, social and economic impact of this protection with an incredible array of underwater life enthralling locals and visitors, in turn contributing to our local economy. Enjoy the festivities of A Day at the Bay at Shelly Beach this Sunday, a great way to spend World Environment Day.
Have a great weekend!
Today is the start of Reconciliation Week, a time for all of us to learn about our shared histories, cultures and achievements and explore how we can contribute to achieving reconciliation in Australia.
This also means it is important that we acknowledge the traditional custodians of the lands, of elders past and present, on which we live, work and travel through; and express gratitude that we share this land today and share sorrow for the cost of that sharing. I hope that in the spirit of reconciliation we can move forward to a place of justice, healing and partnership as we walk gently on this land.
This year's theme is "Be Brave. Make Change" and it focuses on tackling the unfinished business of reconciliation so we can Make Change for all.
We all have a role to play when it comes to reconciliation. We need to build relationships and communities that value Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, histories, cultures and futures.
You can learn more by partaking in one of the cultural experiences Council is hosting this week including art exhibitions and weaving workshops. You may also want to head along to the 'Singing Up Country' festival, co-presented by local community groups.
Earlier this week, Council reported the results of our 2022 Community Satisfaction Survey. The research shows that overall, 88% of residents are satisfied with the performance of Council in the past year.
We can always strive to do better, it's pleasing to receive these results that recognise our hard-working staff's dedication and commitment.
We'll continue to put you, our residents and customers, at the centre of everything we do.
Now, there has been a change of plans for our epic Taste of Manly event scheduled for this weekend. Due to the continual and heavy rain this week, the field is waterlogged, and unsafe to hold the event there.
Instead, and thanks to a quick turnaround from our Local Area Command and events staff, we will be bringing a little "Taste of Brookie" - with breweries and distilleries - to The Corso in place of the food and wine festival. I encourage everyone to come to check it out.
Have a great weekend.
Fingers crossed for some solid breaks in the weather this weekend as there is so much going on for the community to enjoy!
The Sydney Surf Pro continues across the weekend at Manly with plenty of opportunities to soak up the vibe and catch some of the world’s best competing.
Winnererremy Bay at Mona Vale on Saturday plays host to a food truck party, as part of our month long Taste of the Beaches program. Bring a rug and enjoy some delicious fare while entertained by some great local musicians.
The inaugural Your Street – Your Party events are also on in Fairlight (Saturday) and Dee Why (Sunday), part of Investment NSW's Sydney Street Party series. Enjoy roving artists, music and family entertainment - a great opportunity to support your local businesses.
We are closely watching the forecast and hoping all these events can proceed but keep an eye on our website and socials for any updates.
Have a great weekend!
National Volunteer Week kicks off next week, a great opportunity to say thank you to all the volunteers who make a difference in our community every single day.
At Council alone, we have over 900 volunteers who work in 11 different services, from protecting our marine life, to delivering library books, to gardening in our cemeteries and hosting Meals on Wheels community lunches. Thanks for all that you do. If you’d like to get involved register your interest and we’ll be in touch to find a role that suits.
We are proud to be once again hosting the prestigious World Surf League, Sydney Surf Pro competition in Manly, starting this weekend with the pro juniors and continuing until 24 May. I love to see the locals flock to this event to catch a glimpse of their surfing heroes. They won’t be disappointed with Owen Wright, Sally Fitzgibbon and Julian Wilson slated to be competing. And of course these type of events give a welcome boost to the local economy.
Finally, if you live on the Narrabeen floodplain you’ll be interested to see the detailed investigations into options for short, medium and long-term management of the lagoon entrance. See what is being recommended by the coastal management experts and be sure to have your say.
Have a great weekend.
This week I was fortunate to help Balgowlah North Public School launch their new 69kw solar power system. Not only will it reduce carbon emissions by 82 tonnes (that’s like taking 29 cars off our road), it’ll drop the school’s power bill by a whopping 50%.
It’s possible, thanks to a proactive school and community, Council and the solar my schools program. It’s the third northern beaches school to get involved in this program and we have now installed 143kW of solar across the three schools. Congratulations to all involved.
We have a target to increase solar usage across the whole northern beaches. If you’d like info on how you too can reduce emissions and save cash on your energy bills, book an appointment now with one of Council’s experts.
And while we’re on the sustainability topic, did you know you can’t put your e-waste out in a council clean up? We’re talking about things like end of life tvs, computers, monitors and printers. They contain a lot of hazardous materials like arsenic, lead and mercury which we don’t want to end up in landfill. On the upside they have components that can, and should, be reused or recycled.
Kimbriki Resource Recovery Centre and some suppliers like Harvey Norman and Officeworks have free e-waste drop off programs. And next weekend Dell Technologies is partnering with TechCollect to host a FREE e-waste collection at 15 Aquatic Drive Frenchs Forest. I’m told when they did this is a few years ago they got a haul of 19 tonnes of e-waste. This year they are aiming for even more. So if your old electronic items cannot be repaired or find a new home, take the opportunity to get them out of the garage.
Finally, we have extended the deadline for entries for the Environmental Art and Design Prize until 25 May. Open to painting, photography, digital media, ceramics, textile design and more, the Prize has nine categories and a prize pool over $40,000.
Enjoy the weekend and Happy Mothers Day to all the mums and grandmas for Sunday! Hope you are all suitably spoilt.
This week your new Council endorsed a range of projects to go out for community comment.
Our 2022/23 budget will be available for your review from later this afternoon. It includes an operating surplus of $9.4m, debt repayment of $5m and an $85m investment in both new and renewed community capital projects. With major funding for storm water, roads and footpaths, the focus is on recovery following months of rain and storms playing havoc with our essential infrastructure.
In the next week the community will also be asked for input on a comprehensive new disability action plan, a draft resilience strategy, looking at how we continue to weather the unpredictable events like floods and pandemics, and a long term approach for managing the flood risk at Narrabeen Lagoon. Stay tuned, we’ll let you know when these projects are live and how you can learn more and have your say.
Finally, Manly has been such a buzz as people flock down to PLAY MANLY. It finishes at 10pm tomorrow night so make sure you don’t miss out on the great light shows, music, games, art and beachside cinema. And tickets are still available for the Palm Beach Wine Garden event on Sunday. Forecast is looking positive for a lovely day of food and drink in a gorgeous location.
Have a great weekend.