Message from the Mayor

Published on 10 May 2022

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Read the update from our Mayor Jeff Pettett about what is happening in Ku-ring-gai.

Mayor's message 6 May

Council has various grant programs currently open to support our local community in the area of events and festivals, environmental programs and heritage homes.

Ku-ring-gai's Events and Festivals Sponsorship Program opened on Monday. We're offering sponsorship support to individuals or organisations to stage events that contribute to the vibrancy and experience of Ku-ring-gai and provide a benefit to our local community. Applications close 29 May.

Our Environmental Levy grants are also open and offer a total of $50,000 for environmental and sustainable projects in Ku-ring-gai. The grants for up to $5,000 are a key part of supporting community-based projects in local neighbourhoods and community groups, schools, universities, not-for-profits and individuals are encouraged to apply. Applications close 13 May.

Our final round of grants currently open are for homeowners for heritage property projects that will be carried out in the 2022/23 financial year. The Heritage Home Grant program is to help owners with the upkeep of their properties and preserve the beautiful old buildings that Ku-ring-gai is known for and applications close 31 May.

And to all the mums in Ku-ring-gai, I hope you have a lovely Mother's Day on Sunday.

Mayor Jeff Pettett

22 April

On Monday 25 April I’ll have the honour of representing Council at three ANZAC Day memorial services, starting with the dawn service at Roseville. My Councillor colleagues will also attend other ANZAC Day events being held across Ku-ring-gai.

This is the first time in the last two years that we’ve been able to freely gather together and remember those who did not come home. If you’re interested in finding out about an ANZAC Day event near you, visit Council's website.

The Ku-ring-gai Heritage Festival is happening during April and May, with some great events celebrating Ku-ring-gai’s past. Discover how indigenous Australians use bushland plants for food and medicine on a guided walk at the Wildflower Garden. Or take mum out for afternoon tea on Mother’s Day in the glorious gardens of Eryldene, Gordon’s most famous stately home. Whatever part of our history you’re interested in, there’s sure to be something you’ll enjoy! Find out more at our Heritage Festival web page.

A couple of important documents are on public exhibition for your feedback. One is the draft flood study for the Middle Harbour southern catchments area, which includes Roseville, Lindfield and Killara. The study is open for comment until 23 May and we are holding information sessions for those residents who’d like to ask questions. Also on exhibition is the draft design for an upgrade to the north Gordon area, including Merriwa and Ridge Streets and Fitzsimons Lane. The design has been prepared with residents input and you can make a comment until 27 May.

Mayor Jeff Pettett

8 April

A huge thank you to the SES and other volunteers who have worked around the clock again to help residents with flooding issues this week. The unprecedented weather has caused drainage overflows in many areas and Council staff are also working hard to resolve any issues.

If you’re interested in helping Ku-ring-gai’s environment, consider applying for one of our community environmental grants. Up to $5000 is available for projects such as community gardens, native bee hives, weed removal and preserving bushland. Last year we funded nearly 20 projects; find out more and apply. Applications close on 13 May.

During April and May we are hosting the Ku-ring-gai Heritage Festival. This is a great event that showcases some of Ku-ring-gai’s stately homes and the history of our beautiful area. The Festival is on between 18 April and 19 May, details are on Council's website

Finally April is the time many in our community are marking Easter, Passover and Ramadan. I wish you all an enjoyable and safe time with family and friends.

Mayor Jeff Pettett

25 March

Weather permitting, I’ll be officially opening the renovated pavilion at Turramurra Memorial Park this Saturday.

This building had been crying out for an upgrade, with several sports sharing it throughout the year. Thanks to a NSW Government grant, the Council has upgraded the building with new toilets, change rooms and an outdoor area that’s perfect for BBQs and social gatherings.

In April we see the return of Enliven Ku-ring-gai at Lindfield and Turramurra, where we offer free music and entertainment outdoors in the evenings of Friday 1 April and Friday 8 April.

On 1 April between 6pm and 8pm at Lindfield Village Green there’s music from local band the Danni Da Ros Duo and games, a roving magician and face painting for the kids to enjoy. Parking is available at the Green in the underground car park via Milray Street.

On Friday 8 April at the same time the lawn area at 1 Gilroy Street Turramurra will be transformed into an outdoor dining area, with music provided by the Kristen Fletcher Trio. 

Hope you can come along for some free fun and support local restaurants at the same time!

Mayor Jeff Pettett

 

11 March

The last two weeks have been another test for our residents and staff, dealing with the aftermath of almost constant rain.

I want to thank the SES and other volunteers who’ve jumped into action yet again to help the community recover. I also want to thank Council staff who have worked round the clock dealing with more than 200 requests for help in the last three days. Rest assured we will attend to every request received, while obviously prioritising the most urgent.

Weather permitting, we’re going to be enjoying some more outdoor events in Lindfield and Turramurra in April. This is part of our Enliven series of events, aimed at bringing everyone together for some outdoor entertainment. Grab the picnic rug and a takeaway from a local restaurant and head down to enjoy the entertainment.

For our older residents we have lots happening in this year’s Seniors Festival between 22 March and 9 April. It’s the first time we’ve been able to hold the Festival for more than two years because of COVID and we have over 40 activities planned! Visit Council's website to find out more, or call 9424 0000 to get a festival booklet mailed to you.

Finally as we celebrated International Women’s Day this week, local government still has a way to go with female representation at a Councillor level and I encourage more women to be involved in Council.

Mayor Jeff Pettett

25 February

Following on from opening the Lindfield Village Green last week, this week it was the turn of the new skate park at St Ives, which opened on Monday 21 February. Despite the soggy weather, plenty of young skaters and riders are having a ball trying out their skills at the new park. If you haven’t been down yet, why not take the kids along for a ride or a skate this weekend.

This month the first full Council meeting of 2022 was held. The new Councillors are getting to grips quickly with their responsibilities and we had some good discussions and decisions come out of this meeting. Some of the items covered were Marian Street Theatre, Roseville Bowling club and the distribution of Council grants to community organisations. You can read more about our decisions at Council's website.

This week Ku-ring-gai became one of 24 other NSW councils which have signed a landmark deal to have all our electricity generated by renewable energy sources. This means we will have met our goal of 100% renewable energy generation three years early. Another box ticked on our journey to net zero emissions by 2040!

Mayor Jeff Pettett

27 January

Yesterday we celebrated Australia Day in Ku-ring-gai. It was such a pleasure to be at the Australia Day citizenship ceremony, meeting people face to face and congratulating them on becoming citizens. Over 130 people from 27 countries became citizens and on behalf of the Council, I welcome you all to Ku-ring-gai!

We also presented the winners of the 2022 Local Citizen of the Year with their awards. Congratulations to Easy Care Gardening, Yoel Hyman, Oliver Conolly, Jen Stokes and Helen Jarvis for their outstanding contribution to our community. All these volunteers are passionate about making Ku-ring-gai a better place for our residents; read more about their achievements.

Australia Day celebrations were capped off with free entertainment and a movie at St Ives Showground. I hope you enjoyed the day as much as I did!

Mayor Jeff Pettett

13 January

Happy New Year and welcome to our first enews for 2022!

I’m very pleased to be elected Mayor for the next two years, along with my colleague Barbara Ward who will be Deputy Mayor.

As well as Barbara, I warmly welcome the new Councillors Simon Lennon, Alec Taylor, Greg Taylor and Kim Wheatley as well as my re-elected colleagues Councillors Christine Kay, Sam Ngai, Martin Smith and Cedric Spencer.

During my term as Mayor, I have several goals I’d like to achieve. One of these is keeping our local area looking the best it can be, through a combination of sprucing up shopping areas and improved streetscaping. I look forward to opening the Lindfield Village Green very soon and progressing the Lindfield Village Hub.

Another is unifying the Council at a time when our community needs one voice to get them through the current pandemic. I can see light at the end of the COVID tunnel, and I’ll be working closely with my Councillor colleagues to help bring Ku-ring-gai through this difficult period.

I also want to work cooperatively with our local MPs on issues of common concern.

You can contact me at mayorpa@krg.nsw.gov.au and don’t forget to follow me on Facebook.

Mayor Jeff Pettett

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