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.
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.
One of the disappointing things about lockdown is that we can’t host the face-to-face events that acknowledge the sacrifice of others.
For the second year now, we are unable to mark Vietnam Veterans Day with the NASHOs and veterans at our usual Manly War Memorial service.
Nevertheless, please know that we are all thinking of you. To all of you who either supported or served in various capacities in the Vietnam War, we thank you for your incredible service. Here’s hoping we can mark the occasion properly together next year.
On another note, last Friday we were able to hold our very first online Citizenship Ceremony. It was beautiful to watch families dress up and participate from their homes. Even online, it is my favourite thing to do as Mayor. These people chose us to live here - how lucky are we! Very humbling and I feel very proud to be able to do Citizenship, even in the middle of a lockdown.
So a very warm welcome to those 19 new Australian citizens from ten different countries. I am so pleased we were finally able to confirm your citizenship and hope to welcome many more in the coming months.
Stay safe all. And remember to get the jab and be kind to each other.
All our thoughts are with the friends and family of the young local who lost their life to COVID this week. Our hearts go out to you – a life devastatingly lost much too soon.
What a terrible illustration of the indiscriminate nature of this new strain of the virus. And of the seriousness of it.
It’s hard not to be affected by such awful news so close to home. Do reach out if you need support – there are plenty of services available on the Northern Beaches who can help.
And please keep following the health orders. We can all do our part to help reduce the risk.