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  • Mayor Michael Regan

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.

Friday 20 May 2022

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!

 

Friday 13 May 2022

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.

Friday 6 May 2022

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.

 

Friday 29 April 2022

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.

Michael Regan. 

Friday 22 April 2022

Friday 15 April 2022

A BIG Happy Easter to everyone!

In particular, a special shout out to all those Council staff working today and across this extra long weekend emptying our bins, patrolling our beaches, cleaning public toilets, public spaces and more, while most of us enjoy the Easter break. And a huge thank you to all those health and emergency service workers who are also on the job every weekend and public holiday - keeping us well and safe. And lets not forget our Hospitality workers either.

We are so lucky to have Bare Creek Bike Park - a world-class facility on our doorstep. Council has been made aware of growing concerns about safety at the park. Can I encourage those with kids into biking to watch the new safety video. Filmed with some of the best in the business, the video details the gear you need, the bike you need and the conditions you need to ride safely.

A reminder we have some incredible events coming our way too. PLAY MANLY kicks off next Thursday bringing ten days of fun including games, light installations, music and beachside cinema. This is a brand new event for Manly and we are so excited to see it take shape. You can check out the full program here. Invite your family and friends to join you and check it out.

And get in quick for the Palm Beach Wine Garden. Tickets are only $20 which includes entry, a commemorative event wine glass, two drink tokens and access to some of regional NSW's best cellar doors in a gorgeous venue with live music.

Have a great long weekend everyone.

Michael Regan 

Friday 8 April 2022

Remember when we were all rationing our water and not allowed to water our gardens or wash the car? And the government had to invest in a desalination plant because they thought we’d run out of drinking water? No? Me either! After so much rain its hard to imagine. 

It really has been an incredible few months of rain and East Coast lows and our thoughts are with those who were stuck to the BOM radar again this week, hoping the predictions didn’t eventuate. 

We have some pretty significant work ahead of us to repair all the damage done by the recent floods and coastal erosion. Long Reef boardwalk was hit again and destroyed in parts, Queenscliff seawall suffered some serious damage, and stairs and access ways to many beaches are destroyed. And we still have crews working to get on top of widespread stormwater infrastructure repairs and roads damaged by the March flood. 
 
There are others around NSW who have suffered much worse, and for that we can be grateful. In the meantime we ask for your patience as our crews work through their long list to get our critical infrastructure operational once more. 

On a lighter note, it’s Youth Week! This year there are more than 20 different activities across Beaches. Check out the remaining events including upskilling workshops, the 3X3 basketball tournament and a roller disco. Thanks to our Youth Advisory Group who have helped shape the program. 

I’d also urge the young people in your life to contribute to Youth Voice – the first step in the development of a plan to support our young people to build resilience and feel better connected. We’d love them to share their thoughts on our online Ideas Board or enter our online photo competition. If you need an incentive, best pic wins Airpod Pros.

Stay dry and have a great weekend. 
 

Friday 1 April 2022

Friday 25 March 2022

There's lots to talk about this week! First up, the third official meeting of the newly elected Council was very productive including approving sport and rec community grants, moving ahead with the first stage of design work for flood mitigation on Wakehurst Parkway, advocating for the NSW government to go back to the drawing board on their development proposal and an acknowledgment of all the great work done by volunteers, emergency services and Council staff during the recent floods, among other things!

NSW Seniors Festival also launched this week and continues until 8 April with a full program of events and activities. Council is hosting two mini expos and there are over 50 other events including technology support, cooking sessions, walks, mahjong, free exercise classes, and more. Check out the full program and book now. 

Our much-loved Cabbage Tree Bay Aquatic Reserve turns 20 this month. On any given day cuttlefish, wobbegongs, gropers, colourful fish and weedy seadragons are spotted by divers and snorkellers; what an incredible gift to have on our doorstep.

I’m also pleased to see lots of community fundraising events back on the agenda. Sadly the weather has cancelled this weekends Beach2Beach fun run but fingers crossed for the Melanoma March and Head Above Water 24hour swimathon at Collaroy rockpool. Good luck to the participants of all these events – thanks for doing what you do!

Finally, a belated shout out to our local winter Olympians and Paralympians who have recently returned from Beijing, including Manly’s Ben Tudhope who won Bronze for Australia at the Paralympics in Snowboard Cross.

Have a great weekend all.

Friday 18 March 2022

 

It sure has been a tough couple of weeks. It’s hard to believe that where I am standing now was completely under water last week.  

While most of us have managed to dry out our homes and sponge the mould off the walls, there are still many residents who suffered significant damage and are still deep in the clean up.

Council has all hands on deck fixing potholes and road damage, addressing storm water infrastructure issues, making safe playgrounds and sportsfields and assisting the most vulnerable.

Waste collection and disposal is throwing up some challenges as demand for trucks and tips reach peak level, with lots of normally available waste collection resources diverted to the crisis in northern NSW.

If you are still waiting for collection, we appreciate your patience as we work our way around to everyone as soon as we can.

In happier news this week, some of our signature events and programs are back on the agenda for 2022.

Entries are now open for our prestigious national Environmental Art and Design Prize. There are nine categories and a $40,000 prize pool, using art and design techniques to highlight our incredible environment and the challenges it faces. 

We’re also calling for local business who want to be involved in our May food and wine festival – Taste of the Beaches.  

And there are still tickets available for the family focused Lionel Watts Open Air Cinema on 25 & 26 March.

Check out Council’s website for all the info on upcoming events and programs and have a great weekend!

 

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