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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.

Saturday 12 March 2022

It was devastating to see the rain wreak so much havoc this week. Thanks to the SES and emergency services for your work and to the many in our community who have mobilised to support friends, family and neighbours as the immense clean up continues.

 For those impacted, all our thoughts are with you.

 There is a huge recovery job ahead and we have crews out collecting household flood waste, repairing pot holes and road damage, conducting geotechnical assessments of land slips, assessing sportsfields, playgrounds and facilities, and even door knocking the worst impacted areas to ensure there are no vulnerable people are left unsupported.  

 Please be patient while our crews make their way through the thousands of requests. The impact is extensive and widespread and, while we are throwing all our resources into recovery, it is likely to be some time before we get to every waste collection, every pothole and every sportsfield.

 A shout out also to the many small business who were just seeing some light at the end of the COVID tunnel, who now are faced with this situation. Do get in touch with our business support teams for help in navigating every opportunity for disaster support that you may be eligible for.

 Stay safe and check in on your neighbour – have a good weekend.

Michael Regan

Friday 4 March 2022

It's hard to believe NSW has been hit so hard by catastrophic floods this week. My thoughts are with those affected councils and communities who have lost homes, businesses and, in some cases, lives. Seeing images of what these communities face is heartbreaking and unimaginable. Seeing their camaraderie and resilience is truly inspiring. 

 We've been very lucky that the weather event hasn't hit us hard. All the same, I would like to give a massive shout out to our emergency services and all the volunteers. And thanks to Council teams who have been responding to issues caused by the weather, and providing intelligence and support to the SES.    

We're aware of several potholes and other storm-related issues popping up across the Beaches and have crews in the field prioritising jobs. We have also alerted Transport for NSW to the main road issues.  

If you see an issue on local roads or Council managed land or facilities, call our Customer Service on 1300 434 434 or log it online.  

Sadly the terrible weather has meant we've needed to cancel several events over the weekend, including the Festival of Place in Forestville, the World Food Markets, Avalon Car Boot Sale and our International Women's Day Markets. Unfortunately for Australian Beach Volleyball, they have also needed to cancel their planned events this weekend, and I suggest you keep an eye on the Surf Life Saving Club Champions and Aqua Rugby for their event updates.

 In some good news, I'm delighted the International Women's Day breakfast was able to go ahead this morning! Our guest speaker and world leader in social change, Anyier Yuol shared her story of resilience and celebrated women, their achievements and challenges all around. 

Friday 25 February 2022

We had our first ordinary Council meeting last night, and I want to congratulate and thank all Councillors for their commitment and the collaborative way everyone is working for the community. A special shout out to our seven new Councillors: It's evident that their engagement with Council's induction program has enabled them all to hit the ground running.

If the first meeting is anything to go by, this term of Council will be one of the best, with all Councillors working together, focused on what can be done for residents and local businesses. I can't wait to see what we can achieve.  

Even better, we had an honorary Councillor with us on the night with (almost) 2-week old Baby Hugo joining us along with new mum and Councillor Kristyn Glanville - a first for Northern Beaches Council! We look forward to his contributions and that of Councillor Georgia Ryburn's newborn Harvey, joining us at next induction sessions. 

On another note, how fantastic is it to have events returning to the Beaches, providing a much-needed boost to our local economy! We have the 2022 Surf Life Saving NSW State Championships on the Northern Beaches this week, running until 12 March at Queensie, North Steyne and Freshie beaches. It's one of the surf sports calendar's largest and most prestigious events, with over 15,000 competitors, spectators and volunteers expected. Volleyfest also kicks off today with some great beach volleyball talent on show. And wait until you see the AquaRugby Festival 2022! They have described it as "Hong Kong Sevens meets the Monaco Grand Prix in Manly" – check it out at Manly Cove, 4th and 5th March.

While we welcome all these incredible events, residents should be aware of possible traffic impacts. Check out the details here

Have a great weekend

Michael Regan

Friday 18 February 2022

 

Have you ever considered household solar but found it too overwhelming, too expensive or just too damn complicated?  Well, we’ve got you covered.  

Increasing community solar usage on the Northern Beaches is one of our goals and we have a range of programs in place to help you save money and reduce emissions.  

We’re having some success too. We’ve seen almost 50 per cent increase in household solar installations since 2019. That’s more than 12,500 homes across our area that are collectively saving almost $10million off their energy bills each year. 

Plus it’s great for the environment – solar on that many households and local businesses is the same as taking over 21,000 cars off the road each year. 

As fantastic as that is, it’s still around 19% of suitable households which leaves a LOT of untapped potential. 

Not sure where to start? There are some fab resources on our website. 

Check out the SunSPoT tool – pop in your address and the tool will show you how much solar you could fit on your roof and estimate how much you could save each year. 

You could also register for one of our regular webinars with the Australian Energy Foundation. There’s one next Tuesday about how to future proof your home with solar and next month learn about solar for apartment owners and businesses. 

And if you’re still overwhelmed, you can book in a chat with one of our trained staff who will steer you in the right direction.

As you can see (indicate behind) we are also doing our bit on Council buildings too. This 265kW "power station" solar system here at Manly Andrew 'Boy' Charlton Aquatic Centre is one of the largest single systems on the Northern Beaches. 

In fact 41 of our buildings are now powered by the sun and we plan to convert even more in the years ahead. 

And with our Council buildings powered by 100% renewable electricity we are smashing our emissions targets. 

We are lucky to have some pretty active members on our community supporting a solar increase too – check out some more great resources and events from Zero Emissions Sydney North. And the Solar Alliance, launching to increase solar in Brookie businesses is launching this month.

So make 2022 your year to go solar – you’ll help your hip pocket and the environment. 

Have a great weekend. 

Friday 11 February 2022

This week we are launching a campaign to promote safer roads for both motorists and bike riders. 

Research shows many of us don’t understand the road rules when it comes to bikes and this can cause serious accidents. With reports of cycling up by as much 69% compared to pre-COVID times, we must do everything we can to keep bike riders and motorists as safe as possible. 

We’re also investing in the infrastructure to support bike usage. We know getting people out of their cars has multiple benefits: reducing traffic congestion, lowering emissions, and keeping us fit and healthy! 

Over the last three years, Council has invested about $6million in about 8.4km of new bike and shared paths and other infrastructure like bike racks, cages, and repair stations. And there is more to come. 

We are hopeful both cyclists and motorists will engage with the campaign over the coming weeks, and we’ll see safer roads as a result and ultimately encourage more people to leave the car in the garage! 

Stay safe, and have a great weekend. 

Michael Regan

Friday 4 February 2022

Happy Luna New Year! 2022 is the year of the Water Tiger which happily I’m told means we will have a prosperous year. 

To kick off the year, we are reviewing our Community Strategic Plan (CSP), which is our guiding document that outlines a shared long-term vision for the community. The local community shaped our very first CSP back in 2016 when Northern Beaches Council was first formed. Each time a new council is elected, we need to check-in and make sure it still reflects what you think we should be prioritising.

This week we have released a CSP discussion paper and we’d love your involvement. Please jump online and give us your thoughts.

Finally, best of luck to everyone limbering up for the Sun Run tomorrow. Looks like we have over 4,000 people taking on either the 7km or 10km runs from Dee Why to Manly. Best of all, many are using the opportunity to raise money for their chosen cause and over $50,000 has been raised so far. Thank you – so love our community! 

Stay safe and have a great weekend. 

Michael Regan
 

Friday 28 January 2022

Friday 21 January 2022

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.

Many of your new councillors will be at upcoming Australia Day events so please come and say hello, or feel free to email us directly with any ideas or concerns.

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.

Michael Regan

Friday 22 October 2021

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