Mayor Angelo Tsirekas

Mayor’s Welcome

Our city is a wonderful place, thanks to its vibrancy, diversity and sense of community.  There are many aspects of our community that contribute to making it a prime place to live, work and play – beautiful parks, quality sporting facilities, stunning waterways, vibrant shopping precincts and dining quarters.

Most importantly, Canada Bay is defined by its active, passionate and caring community – active local organisations, individuals and groups that are passionate about our area.

The City of Canada Bay is home to over 80,000 people and we are committed to providing our residents with up to date, relevant information and services to help make local matters easier to navigate.

Our website has been designed and developed with our community in mind. We want to ensure that it contains up to date information that is relevant to you and your family, and that it provides you with what you are looking for about our services and city.

We welcome your comments and feedback on our website so we can continue to improve it. Please contact us by email or phone on 9911 6555.

Mayor Angelo Tsirekas
City of Canada Bay

Mayoral Diary

27 November - A feast for the 5 senses

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I am pleased to announce that construction has begun on the 5 Senses Garden, an ambitious project with Inner West Neighbour Aid, creating an innovative and accessible garden for our entire community.

This $400,000 project, located in Rhodes Park near the Kokoda Memorial, is funded by $380,000 from the City of Canada Bay and $20,000 from a Federal Government grant awarded to Inner West Neighbour Aid.

Due to open in the early 2019, the 5 Senses Garden is a place for everyone – designed to bring people together of all ages, walks of life, cultures and abilities.

I look forward to this project’s completion where visitors will be able to enjoy the natural therapeutic benefits of the garden or get involved in the education programs, workshops or activities on offer.

 

20 November -  Brewing local success in Five Dock

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Congratulations to Five Dock’s Akasha Brewing Company who recently dominated the Sydney Beer Week Awards, taking out gongs for the Best Sydney Beer for their Hopsmith IPA and Best Brewery Cellar Door for their headquarters on Spencer St in Five Dock.

The recent honours follow Akasha’s success at the 2018 City of Canada Bay Sustainability Awards where the local brewery took home the inaugural Innovation Award.

Irecently visited the brewery to congratulate the crew. With their commitment to sustainability, a quality product and a thriving local tasting room they are quickly becoming a part of the City of Canada Bay area’s identity. 

 

13 November - Mayor’s Golf Day raises over $35,000 for LIVIN

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The City of Canada Bay’s biggest annual charity event returned to Massey Park Golf Club last Friday.

Our community once again showed its charitable side, raising over $35,000 for mental health charity LIVIN. 

In late 2017 the Drummoyne community lost much-loved local PJ Hahn. In his honour, the 2018 Mayor’s Golf Day raised funds for LIVIN, a charity working to overcome the stigma of mental health. The organisation connects, supports and encourages young people to talk about their feelings and challenges, promoting the message that it ‘Ain’t Weak to Speak.’

Thankfully, the recent rains held off and teams from local businesses and organisations from across our community turned out to play some entertaining golf.  The competition was fierce however there could only be one winner and I would like to congratulate the team from XXXXX who took out this year’s competition.

Thanks to all the players, our sponsors and the great crew at Massey Park who all helped make this event a success.

 

6 November - Conversations with the Mayor

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Across my 17 years as Mayor of the City of Canada Bay, the thing I love most is talking to members of our community about how Council can make our area better.

This month, I’ll be hosting a series of Conversations with the Mayor events across our community to make sure I’m hearing about the issues that you really care about.

If you have a local issue to raise with me, or if you want to hear from your community about their local concerns come along to one of the Conversations with the Mayor events below:

Saturday, 10 November

Time: 9am

Location: Sutton Place, outside IGA, Drummoyne

Time: 11am

Location: Nield Park Café, Rodd Point

Time: 1pm

Location: Chiswick Community Centre, Chiswick

Saturday, 17 November

Time: 9am

Location: The Connection, Rhodes

Time: 11am

Location: IGA Breakfast Point

Time: 1pm

Location: Concord Library

Saturday, 24 November

Time: 9am

Location: Fred Kelly Place, Five Dock

Time: 11am

Location: outside IGA Great North Road, Wareemba

 

30 October - Calling on the NSW Government to keep our River free from contamination. 

 

I have recently been alerted to ongoing instances of sewage overflowing from Sydney Water facilities into our tributaries and into the Parramatta River.

Amongst the most recent instances, sewage overflow was reported in West Concord. I’m fed up with the State Government for consistently turning a blind eye to Sydney Water’s ageing infrastructure in our area.

The State Government is investing nearly a billion dollars into ANZ Stadium whilst raw sewage pumps into the Parramatta River just a stone’s throw away. It’s not right.

At the next Council meeting, I will call on Sydney Water and the State Government to come to the table and fix their out of date hardware and runoff issues. It’s time the NSW Government finally came to the table to sort out this mess, our residents deserve better.

16 October - Get involved in shaping a state-of-the-art $45 million Redevelopment of Concord Oval.

 

Last week I was thrilled to announce the most ambitious infrastructure project ever undertaken by the City of Canada Bay. Its custodians are the Wangal people, it housed the convicts who broke the first stones for Great North Road, it was the site of the Wallabies’ heartbreaking Rugby World Cup Semi Final loss to France, and now our beloved Concord Oval is set to be transformed into a thriving recreation facility for the future of our community.

The Redevelopment of Concord Oval (ROCO) will mean our residents will have some of Sydney’s finest world class sporting, recreation and community facilities at their doorstep. The new facility will deliver a range of community services including a new indoor recreation centre, open spaces for passive recreation, rooms for community use, new match day facilities for local sporting clubs and a new High Performance Centre for the Wests Tigers. Funded by $30 million from the NSW Government through the Parramatta Road Urban Amenity Improvement Program, with
further funding from the City of Canada Bay and Wests Tigers, the Redevelopment of Concord Oval will tackle increased population forecasts for the Burwood-Concord and Kings Bay precincts.

In addition to being the home ground for West Harbour Rugby Club and the Inter Lions Soccer Club, Concord Oval currently serves as the training ground and administration centre for the Wests Tigers.
This week, we have launched our community engagement for the plan; we’re taking the project plan to the community and seeking feedback from residents, businesses, visitors and key stakeholders.
Ours is a Council for our residents and for the community. This project will be guided by our community’s needs so head to concordoval.com.au now to be a part of Concord Oval’s future.

09 October - Calling all green thumbs sign up to Bushcare

 

With a sunny Summer just around the corner, there’s no better way to have a great time helping our local natural environment than becoming a part or our Bushcare volunteer program! Bushcare groups meet regularly and work in a wide variety of natural areas, such as Sydney Turpentine- Ironbark Forest, foreshores containing remnant and restored sandstone vegetation, and estuaries with mangroves and Coastal Saltmarsh communities. To find out more and join a Bushcare group, get in touch with us on 9911 6555.

02 October - Chiswick Community Garden opens!

Last month I was delighted to attend the opening of a wonderful new City of Canada Bay community facility, the Chiswick Community Garden. This is our third Community Garden, with construction underway for another in Rhodes. Our community gardens are great places to meet other residents, get your hands dirty and learn about organic gardening practices so I encourage everyone to come along to Chiswick Community Garden and check it out.

25 September - Ferragosto Farmers Fund

 

At a recent Five Dock Rotary Club meeting I was joined by Five Dock Rotary President Frank Alafaci and Drummoyne Rotary President Julian Day to present a cheque totalling $10,109.05 to the Burrumbuttock Hay Runners, who deliver donated hay to drought affected farmers in NSW and Queensland. I want to thank the members of both Rotary Clubs, and all the members of our community who donated to our Ferragosto Farmers Fund at Ferragosto this year.

18 September - Victory for our local libraries!

It’s been a busy time in the City of Canada Bay. One week after the roaring success of Ferragosto I was honoured to present the 2018 City of Canada Bay Sustainability Awards. The awards, held every two years, celebrate individuals, groups and businesses that show innovation and commitment to creating a smarter, greener and more connected community. The 2018 winners ranged from a popular local craft brewery to a pre-school teaching our youngest members of the community about sustainability. The profile of these awards has continued to grow every year since we began the program in 2007 and this year there were over 120 nominations. The growth of these awards reflects the journey of the City of Canada Bay in making sustainability a community priority. I’d like to pay tribute to the winners, and also the nominees, from this year who have all gone above and beyond in their contribution to our community and our quest to be a smarter, more sustainable City.
Head to our website or Facebook page to check out the full list of winners.

11 September - Unleashing a plan for our canine companions

 

In recent weeks I have heard from and met with residents who need more space in our area for their dogs to roam freely. I’ve also received many letters and calls of concern from residents who want to feel safe from roaming dogs in our parks.Last week I announced that the City of Canada Bay has committed to building a City-wide plan for our canine companions. I believe we can come up with a solution that is a win-win for all. The first step will be to trial two new off-leash parks in areas that have been identified as high demand for dog owners.An area in Rhodes and a section of Kendall Park in Cabarita have been pinpointed as potential locations for the trials which will be rolled out following community consultation.We want to provide spaces where our furry friends can roam freely whilst giving peace of mind for parents and grandparents who want youngsters to play in our beautiful parks away from dogs off-leash. Alongside these trials, Council plans to identify further dog parks across the City. I want the City of Canada Bay to be one of Sydney’s most dog friendly Councils. This means working in partnership with dog owners as well as residents who are not pet owners. Our amazing open green spaces are the heartbeat of our community and we need to make sure everyone can share them.

04 September - Victory for our local libraries!

I’d like to send a huge thank you to all the members of our community who answered our call to join the NSW Public Libraries Association’s recent Renew Our Libraries campaign. Thanks to your support, library funding in NSW has received a $60 million funding boost from the NSW Government after much public outcry over their recent cuts. It is hugely satisfying for me to see this grassroots campaign successfully put pressure on the State Government to do the right thing and it shows that local communities coming together can drive real change. The campaign for ongoing sustainable funding for our libraries will continue but for now, take a moment to celebrate by visiting one of our wonderful City of Canada Bay libraries!

 28 August - NSW public library funding is at crisis point

 



This week I am calling on the community to get behind the campaign to renew our local libraries and save them from the NSW Government’s drastic funding cuts. Our libraries provide significant opportunities for social connection and cohesion in our community, and are increasingly anchoring wider community development initiatives. While councils like us across NSW continue to increase investment in their libraries, the State Government has cut funding to historical lows.
The recent State Government budget slashed funding by five per cent to $23.5 million, the lowest State Government contribution to libraries since 1999-2000. At a time when the NSW Government has a $4.5 billion surplus and is spending $2.2 billion on stadiums the public don’t want, this funding cut is a slap in the face to our local community. I’ll be asking locals to join me and concerned citizens across NSW in urging the State Government to support a significant increase in future funding for public libraries. To sign the NSW Public Library Association Petition, head to renewourlibraries.com.au

14  August - Ferragosto hits Great North Road this weekend 

I encourage everyone to join me in Five Dock this Sunday, 19 August for the 21st anniversary of Ferragosto. From 10am to 4pm Great North Road will come alive with the tastes and sounds of Italian culture as thousands of people come together to celebrate our City’s rich heritage. With five stages, over 160 food and merchandise stalls, amusement rides and international talent, Ferragosto promises to be the perfect way to explore the beauty of Italian culture and celebrate the vibrant multiculturalism in our community. Visit Ferragosto’s main stage, FerraVarietà, to see iconic Italian-Australian comedian James Liotta, or head to FerraCucina to see internationally acclaimed chef Luca Ciano cook up a storm. The FerraComunita stage will showcase home grown talent from across our City while the FerraGiovani has the kids covered with fun competitions and children’s performances. There’s something for everyone with a variety of food, entertainment and performances planned. I look forward to seeing you there. 

7 August - Working with residents to upgrade Mortlake streetscapes 

Last week I was delighted to meet with residents from Mortlake to discuss options for the streetscape updates on Tennyson Rd and Hilly St in Mortlake. These residents wrote to me with their concern for eight paperbark trees that were to be removed as part of the planned footpath upgrade. Community members who care are the lifeblood of our community – I love seeing the passion and activism of our local residents on display especially when it comes to our environment. Through further consultation with residents, Council will ensure we move forward with the option for this streetscape upgrade that best suits the needs of the community. I commend these residents and I urge community members to follow their lead and to write to me about your local issues.

31  July - Choose to reuse 

As part of Council’s recent Choose to Reuse campaign, we teamed up with Take 3, a not-for profit reducing plastic pollution around the globe. Together, we educated students across four local schools about the environmental impacts of single use plastics and empowered them to take action by asking them to design and implement their own campaigns. I recently had the honour of meeting these students and it was truly inspiring to see the work they’ve done to help reduce our community’s environmental footprint. It was a great reminder of how little changes can make a big difference and I encourage everyone to reflect on how they can contribute to the sustainability of our beautiful area.

24 July - Red benches raise the bar

I’m proud to say that the City of Canada Bay has recently thrown its support behind the National Italian-Australian Women’s Association’s (NIAWA) domestic violence awareness initiative. Working with the NIAWA, two Council benches in Five Dock have been painted red to symbolise our stand against violence against women. Our partnership with the NIAWA demonstrates our solidarity with women around the world who are part of the international campaign against harassment and assault, and I hope the red benches will become a talking point amongst the community. We are proud to be the first Council to have worked on this initiative with the NIAWA and I will be working to raise awareness.

10 July - Getting fit in Five Dock

Over the weekend I was excited to attend the launch of Coaching Zone in Five Dock. Hundreds of local residents came along to celebrate the opening of our area’s newest fitness studio. It’s always great to see local businesses opening around our area, especially when they promote a healthy and active lifestyle. Whether it’s hitting the Bay Run, or working out at our own Five Dock Leisure Centre or a local fitness studio like Coaching Zone, I strongly encourage everyone to get moving and stay active over the winter period.

03 July - Concord Garden Club celebrates 65 years

Last week I was honoured to speak at Concord Garden Club’s 65th anniversary morning tea at Angelo’s Cabarita. It was a fantastic morning, celebrating the Club which began in March 1953 in a nursery on Burwood Road, opposite Concord Public School.The first meetings were held under the Pavilion in the sports ground at the corner of Parramatta Road, and today the Concord Community Centre is the proud home of the Garden Club. Concord Garden Club is a great example of the importance of community groups in our area, They not only provide a great source of friendship. collaboration and sense of community, but they are an important link to the heritage and fl ora of our City.

26 June - River Activation and Foreshore Upgrade project gets the go ahead

We are committed to protecting and enhancing our rivers, open spaces and foreshores, making them more accessible for residents and visitors to the area. A new River Activation and Foreshore Upgrade project will go ahead, thanks to $5 million of funding from the NSW Department of Planning and Environment’s Precinct Support Scheme. This project at McIlwaine Park and Brays Bay will improve the already picturesque foreshore in Rhodes East. The upgrade will provide a wonderful opportunity to improve our foreshore area in our City, so members of our community can make the most out of living and working in the area.

19 June - Lighting up our City

I am pleased to announce works are almost complete on the $600,000 sports field lighting upgrades at Five Dock Park, Jessie Stewart Reserve, and Rothwell Park. The City of Canada Bay is committed to providing facilities which enable our community to be physically active and participate in local sport.
These new upgrades will allow opportunities for our sporting community to keep on growing. I wish all our sporting groups the best for the rest of the winter season.

12 June -Newly formed Burwood Police Area Command

Recently I welcomed Superintendent David Johnson, the Commander of the newly formed Burwood Police Area Command. This command was formed as part of Commissioner Fuller’s re-engineering of the NSW Police Force and has seen the consolidation of the former Ashfi eld and Burwood Local Area Commands. David has 33 years policing experience in a number of generalist and specialist areas. He has worked in diverse areas from busy metropolitan Local Area Commands to national criminal intelligence environments concentrating on Organised Crime. I wish David all the best in his role and thank the Burwood Police Area Command for their hard work in our community.

5 June - Concord goes purple for pancreatic cancer

 

 

Last week I visited Concord Junior Soccer Club at the pristine Edwards Park as players took part in the Going Purple for Pancreatic Cancer campaign. A record amount of over 550 players from the club wore purple socks during their matches, as a way to raise funds and awareness for pancreatic cancer. Currently this form of cancer has one of the lowest survival rates, with approximately 95 per cent of people diagnosed passing away. I congratulate all those involved in bringing this wonderful community initiative to life.

29 May - Ferragosto turns 21

Save the date for the 21st anniversary of our iconic Italian Festival Ferragosto on Sunday, 19 August along Great North Road, Five Dock. Ferragosto is a wonderful opportunity for local businesses to promote themselves to our community and beyond.  We encourage any potential stallholders or sponsors to get on board and help contribute to the vibrancy of our community’s largest annual event.  Stallholder applications close this Friday, 1 June, so register your interest this week on the Ferragosto page on Council’s website or contact events@canadabay.nsw.gov.au.

22 May - Fight to save our Drummoyne Reservoir ramps up

Last week I was shocked to receive confirmation from the NSW State Government that the iconic heritage-listed Drummoyne Reservoir and Water Tower will be sold off to the highest bidder on the open market. Whilst this news was not what we wanted to hear - the fight to save our historic local icon is just beginning. I urge all members of our community to sign our online petition calling on Premier Berejiklian’s State Government to keep this public asset in the public’s hands and to fulfil their recent commitment to unlock more open public space in the Inner West. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to transfer this valuable site to our community, as once the site is sold it’s lost to the public forever. Head to www.bit.ly/SaveOurHistoricReservoir, add your name to our petition and share it with your friends, family and neighbours. Together we can unlock an important open green space for our community and save this iconic part of our history.

15 May - New amenities at St Lukes Park North

I enjoyed recently visiting the new amenities building at St Lukes Park North,
Concord. The $750,000 building, constructed in partnership with West Harbour Junior Rugby, includes change room facilities, bathrooms, canteen and a storeroom. These works are the fi nal phase of a series of works we have undertaken that have seen St Lukes Park North transformed including a new field, carpark and lighting in conjunction with additional works at St Lukes Oval and St Lukes Park Fields 2 and 3. I wish players all the best for this winter sporting season.

8 May - Nominate a local champion for our 2018 Sustainability Awards

I invite members of our community to put forward anyone who has made an outstanding contribution towards the sustainability of our area. Held every two years, the Sustainability Awards is our leading initiative in recognising local champions who have achieved excellence in the fields of environmental, economic or social sustainability. Awards are open to individuals, groups and businesses in the City of Canada Bay that have shown innovation and commitment to creating a smarter and greener community. Nominations across 10 categories are now open and close on Friday, 15 June 2018. To nominate yourself or someone else, complete an application form and tell us why your nominee should receive the award. Application forms are available online: bit.ly/2018SustainabilityAwards

1 May - 150th anniversary of Rosebank College

I recently had the honour of unveiling a memorial plaque marking Rosebank College’s 150th anniversary. The plaque, to be located on the corner of Daley Avenue and Alexandra Street in Concord, marks the school’s original location. The ceremony was a chance to celebrate an important milestone in the history of education in the City of Canada Bay. I was joined by current and former students to reflect on how the college has developed and shaped our area and to celebrate Rosebank College’s wonderful history of individual and community achievement.

24 April -ANZAC message

I am pleased to announce work is commencing on establishing a Memorandum of Understanding between The Kokoda Initiative and the City of Canada Bay. The Kokoda Initiative falls under the jurisdiction of the Papua New Guinean Minister for the Environment, Conservation and Climate Change. This agreement acknowledges our shared World War II history, honours the close bonds that were forged with the legendary Fuzzy Wuzzy Angels by our servicemen and women, and ensures our ongoing association with the peoples who live and work along the Kokoda Trail today. Citizens of both parties will endeavour to promote goodwill and understanding, and develop benefi cial cultural, health, education and social exchanges for our mutual prosperity. I am pleased to be walking my 5th Kokoda trek coinciding with this year’s ANZAC Day, and I believe our affi liation with The Kokoda Initiative will greatly contribute to and strengthen the already existing friendship between Australia, Papua New Guinea, and our local community. Lest we forget.

 

17 April - Campbell Park amenities building now open

It was my pleasure to attend the official opening of the brand new amenities building at Campbell Park. This $1.8 million project is the result of Council, Abbotsford Juniors Football Club and the Federal Government working together to deliver a great facility for our community. The new building includes a canteen, storage, change rooms and bathroom facilities and will also include an additional rain water tank to supplement the irrigation of the park, in keeping with our commitment to long-term environmental sustainability. I know this latest upgrade to Campbell Park will provide Abbotsford Juniors and our community a wonderful venue.

10 April - Seniors byte into free tech workshops

I was honoured to present certificates of achievement to a group of digitally-minded residents who recently completed our Tech Savvy Seniors workshops, offered in Mandarin at The Connection, Rhodes. Jointly hosted by our Libraries, the NSW Government and Telstra, the program teaches seniors a range of basic digital skills including how to use an iPad, navigate social media, shop online as well as accessing government services and banking facilities online. We have upcoming, free, Tech Savvy classes in Italian at Concord Library this month, followed by classes in Korean in May at The Connection. I encourage anyone over 60 years to sign up and develop the skills and confidence to thrive in a digital world.

3 April - Croatian delegation visits Canada Bay

I was honoured to welcome a visiting delegation from the City of Osijek, Croatia recently. The delegation included Osijek Deputy Mayor Boris Pilizota, Croatian Ambassador His Excellency Dr Damir Kušen, Consul-General Sydney Hrvoje Petrušić and Consul-General Melbourne Doubravko Belavić. It was a wonderful opportunity to build and broaden the cultural relationship between our two countries and cities. Both the City of Osijek and the City of Canada Bay are a similar size and the informative visit will ensure an ongoing mutual exchange of ideas for the benefit of our communities.

27 March - Shining a light on solar power

 

I’m proud to say an increasing number of rooftops in the City of Canada Bay are generating their own electricity. Over the past five years, we have seen a growth of 98 per cent in electricity exported to the grid, which is a terrific result. As part of our campaign to tackle climate change, we have teamed up with energy experts from Our Energy Future to help residents embrace solar power and renewable energy. Recently, I met with Wareemba resident, Tony Hayes, who has slashed his power bill by installing solar panels through a Council-approved supplier. I encourage residents to follow Tony’s lead, contact Our Energy Future and learn how to reduce electricity consumption.

 20 March - Briars Club celebrates 100 years

I was honoured to join Briars Sporting Club recently as they celebrated 100 years. Briars started from humble beginnings when 11 Burwood boys started the Club in an Appian Way backyard chook pen. Briars played in their fi rst competitive cricket competition in 1922 and entered a local rugby competition in 1923. 157 out of their 187 members served in the armed forced during WWII. Throughout its history, Briars have promoted the benefits and importance of participation in sports in a sporting manner. Clubs like Briars are important for the fabric of our community, encouraging people to exercise and get involved.

 13 March - Concord Garden Club annual show

 

I encourage the community to join in the floral fun at the 64th Autumn Flower, Vegetable and Floral Art Show this coming weekend. The show is run by Concord Garden Club, City of Canada Bay’s 2018 Arts and Culture Citizen of the Year. This year it will be on Saturday, 17 March 10:30am- 4pm and Sunday, 18 March 9am-3pm at Concord Community Centre, 1A Gipps Street Concord. Judging categories include Roses, African Violets, Orchids, Pot Plants, Fruit and Vegetables and Floral Art. Ribbons are awarded across 11 categories including the City of Canada Bay Rose Championship, Class 1. Concord Garden Club is one of the oldest garden clubs in Australia. City of Canada Bay has supported the club for many years and we appreciate the club’s passion for our local heritage and flora.

6 March - Mr Michele Santoro 100th Birthday celebrations

I was honoured to join President of Association Lucania of Sydney, Joe Di Giacomo, to pay a special visit to Scalabrini Drummoyne to congratulate Mr Michele Santoro on the grand occasion of his 100th birthday. Born in San Fele on 24 February 1918, Michele Santoro was captured during World War II and held as a prisoner of war in Russia. He migrated to Australia in 1960, working in a local plastics factory and raising his four sons and daughter. A sister city agreement between San Fele, Province of Potenza, Italy and the former Drummoyne Council was signed over two decades ago in recognition of the strong cultural and heritage links that bind our two cities. Importantly, we believe Mr Santoro is our first resident, born in San Fele, who has reached this wonderful 100 year milestone. Congratulations Michele!

27 February - Join us Sunday, 4 March for Team Up to Clean Up

This weekend is our yearly Team Up to Clean up Canada Bay, part of Clean Up Australia Day, which always sees residents from across our LGA come together and help keep our community gardens, parks and foreshores clean. I will be hosting a free BBQ with Five Dock Rotary for volunteers at Rodd Park between 10am-12.30pm and Council will also host a site over in Rhodes Foreshore Park. Every year we have an amazing turnout from our residents and I trust this year’s event will be just as successful. For more information or to register your own clean-up site, visit: www.cleanupaustraliaday.org.au I look forward to pulling on some gloves and seeing you all there.

 20 February - Keep Reservoir in public hands

 

 

We are calling on Sydney Water and the State Government to complete the required restoration and remediation of the heritage-listed Drummoyne Reservoir and hand it over to Council for community use instead of selling it on the open market. Our community needs outdoor public space and this important piece of our heritage would be an incredible asset as an adaptive outdoor space for our community. Sign the petition at Council’s Civic Centre, FiveDock and Concord Libraries and Drummoyne Pool or print your own from our website.

 

 13 February - Save our heritage Drummoyne Reservoir

 

 

I encourage our community to get involved and sign our petition to save the heritage listed Drummoyne Reservoir on Rawson Avenue. Sydney Water is proposing to sell the site on the open market which could lead to the heritage reservoir being demolished and, worst case scenario, replaced by high-density residential development. Drummoyne Reservoir is the only reservoir with its tower surviving in Sydney and is listed on both the State Heritage Inventory and the NSW State Heritage Register. We are seeking to have Sydney Water fulfil its legacy obligations as the owner of a piece of significant public infrastructure and complete the required restoration and remediation of the reservoir and hand the site over to Council so our community can use the space as a public park. Drummoyne Reservoir is an important part of our community’s heritage, with Sir Thomas Henley, the “father of modern Drummoyne”, being instrumental in the construction of the reservoir and ornamental tower. Further details about the petition can be found on Council’s website at www.canadabay.nsw.gov.au or you can sign the petition at the Civic Centre, our libraries in Five Dock and Concord or Drummoyne Pool.

 

Mayoral Minutes

Council Meetings and Minutes

Minutes are available once confirmed by Council. Please refer to the Council Meetings page for a copy of the Council Meeting Agendas.

Mayoral Minutes

Key Community Issues

Historical photo of Drummoyne Reservoir and Tower
Historical photo of Drummoyne Reservoir and Tower

There are many issues facing our community and the inner west that are not direct Council projects but are of importance to our residents. We aim to keep our community updated about these projects and provide as much information as possible.

 

Save our heritage Drummoyne Reservoir

Sydney Water is proposing to sell the heritage listed Drummoyne Reservoir and Tower, located at Rawson Avenue, Drummoyne via the open market.

Built in 1913, Drummoyne Reservoir was one of only two Sydney reservoirs with an attached tower and is now the only one remaining with its ornamental tower in tact.  The Reservoir is listed on both the State Heritage Inventory and in the NSW State Heritage Register.

Drummoyne Reservoir is an important part of our community's heritage, with local identity and alderman, Sir Thomas Henley, instrumental in the construction of the Reservoir and Tower.

The sale of this significant heritage item could lead to its demolition and potentially see the land developed into high density residential units.

We call on Sydney Water to fulfil its legacy obligations as the owner of a piece of significant public infrastructure by undertaking the necessary restoration and decontamination works on the site.  Further, we implore Sydney Water, upon completion of the restoration and remediation, to dedicate the site to Council and our community for public recreation and suitable adaptive use of the heritage structure.

 

WestConnex - a State Government Project

WestConnex is the biggest transport project in Australia and a crucial part of the State Government’s integrated transport solution including public transport and road infrastructure to keep Sydney moving.

The project, which is expected to cost $14.9 billion in total, will provide relief to the hundreds of thousands of road users struggling in traffic congestion every day and has the potential to significantly reduce regional traffic congestion on our local roads.

WestConnex will widen and extend the M4 and M5 and join them together to form a 33 kilometre continuous motorway of mainly tunnel and surface roads with connections to the city, airport and port.

WestConnex Stage 1 (M4 Widening and M4 East) from Parramatta to Haberfield will have the biggest impact on our community. Stage 1 will widen the M4 Motorway from Church Street, Parramatta to Homebush Bay Drive, Homebush, and extend the M4 via tunnels from Homebush to the City West Link/Parramatta Road at Haberfield. The extension has the potential to ease the bottleneck at the end of the M4, saving travel time for motorists and removing cars from our local streets.

While the City of Canada Bay is supportive of the project, we want to ensure there are minimal impacts on our community and are working with the WestConnex team to ensure our community is kept updated and the needs of our residents are considered during the important planning and early construction phase. We encourage our community to stay up-to-date with progress of the WestConnex project by signing up for email updates from the WestConnex Delivery Authority and visiting the WestConnex website.

For anyone wanting to discuss aspects of the project, call the WestConnex community number on 1300 660 248.

Related information

Mayoral Events

There are a number of events throughout the calendar year (dates and further information below).

  • Australia Day - 26 January
  • ANZAC Day - 25 April
  • Sustainability Awards – 27 August 2018
  • Mayor’s Golf Day – 19 October 2018
  • Mayor’s Volunteer’s morning tea – December 2018
Citizens of the Year

Mayor with Citizen of the Year Alice Kang
Mayor with Citizen of the Year Alice Kang

Our yearly Citizen of the Year awards offer the perfect opportunity for us to salute and reward those residents who work hard supporting our local community while achieving success in their chosen fields.

Our 2017 Citizen of the Year awards were awarded on Australia Day 2018, across four categories, including: Citizen of the Year, Young Citizen of the Year, Sports Citizen of the Year and Arts & Culture Citizen of the Year.

Our 2017 Citizen of the Year award recipients were:

Citizen of the Year – Alice Kang

Alice is the Director of Marketing and Community Relations at Concord Hospital, having started work at the hospital as a nurse over 40 years ago.  Alice has been the driving force behind the Hospital's events and fundraisers including Opera at Rivendell and the recent Rivendell Flower Show.  She also serves as Executive Officer to the Kokoda Track Memorial Walkway, organising numerous yearly commemorative services and remains a tireless advocate for our veterans.

Young Citizen of the Year – James King

Rosebank College's School Captain for 2018, James exemplifies the virtues of good citizenship.  He has served on the College's Student Representative Council and is a selfless role model for not only younger students, but also his peers.  James successfully lobbied the NSW State Government for the rights of those under 18 to report issues pertaining to environment to the EPA and is heavily involved in our community.

Arts & Culture Citizen of the Year – Concord Garden Club

As one of the oldest garden clubs in Australia, the Concord Garden Club has been working in our community for over six decades, meeting monthly to share cuttings, knowledge, expertise and to prepare for the Club's annual show, the 'Autumn Flower, Vegetable and Floral Art Show'.  This important community Club has fostered enduring friendships and provides an important link to our community's history and heritage.

Sports Citizen of the Year – Abbotsford Juniors Football Club U18s

The Abbotsford Juniors U18s completed an historic season in 2017, first winning the Canterbury District Division 1 Championship and then going on to be crowned NSW's number one team after winning the Football NSW Champion of Champions Tournament for the first time in the Club's 52 year history. 

Citizen of the Year honour board

Year

Citizen

Young Citizen

Sports

Arts and Culture

2002

Lance Brooks

Sarah Hanania

Mark Byrnes

Keith Cowen

2003

Dr Bruce Menzies

 

Ante Milicic

Frank Marjason

2004

Jack Nolan OAM

 

Michael McCann

Lois Michael

2005

Betty Robertson OAM

 

John Hahn

Dr Eric Gross AM

2006

Ron Yeo OAM

Eric Knight

Declan Stacey

Ern McQuillan

2007

Justine Perkins

Kaiya Robertson and Joshua Heard

Craig Parry

Mirvac

2008

Alan Wright OAM

Patrick Massarani

Bradley Zalloua

Ashley Wing

2009

Warwick Williams

Vishaal Sharma

Carla Blancato

Terry Robinson

2010

Joe Di Giacomo

Chantelle Hayek

Alyssa Healy

Clare Hooper

2011

Mervyn Spencer

Bronwyn Poole

Olivia Price

Lydia Burjan

2012

Terry 'Tiger' Jones

Daniel Castagnoli 

Gerard Price 

Rusty Priest AM

2013  Professor Robert Lusby  Rosie O'Halloran  Drummoyne U14 Girls Water Polo Team  Kathryn Zerk 

2014

Marie Piccin Melissa McKeon John Coates AC Yuehan Zhang
2015 Michael Hahn Aly (Carmelein) Fernandez Maximilian Brenner Chris Castledine
2016 Jeanette O'Hara Rose Cox Tyler Martin Brian Simmons
Citizenship

Aboriginal and Australian Flags

Becoming a citizen represents a commitment to Australia and its people. It gives a sense of belonging as you fully participate in all aspects of Australian life and means that you are making an ongoing commitment to Australia and all that this country stands for. 

The final step in the journey to become an Australian citizen is to make the Australian Citizenship Pledge at an Australian citizenship ceremony. Once an application for citizenship has been approved you are invited to attend a ceremony, where you make the Australian Citizenship Pledge. Ceremonies are arranged by City of Canada Bay around six months after application approved. A letter of invitation is sent by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection.

Citizenship ceremonies are special events. They fulfil requirements under Australian citizenship law. They also provide an important opportunity to officially welcome new citizens as full members of the Australian community.

For more information about becoming an Australian citizen visit the Department of Immigration and Border Protection website or contact them on 131 880.

Important information

  • Council holds names of those attending an upcoming ceremony only, approximately three weeks prior to the date of the ceremony.
  • Council holds 11-12 ceremonies per year (dates are subject to change).
  • Wait times from receiving your letter to being assigned to a Ceremony is approximately six (6) months.
  • Council does not issue invitations to ceremonies, that is handled by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection.
  • All confirmations regarding attendance to ceremonies must be made to the Mayor's Office on 9911 6503.
  • Ceremonies are held at The Connection, 30 Shoreline Drive (cnr Gauthorpe Street) Rhodes, unless otherwise stated on the invitations sent by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection.
  • Ceremonies are by invitation only and not open to the public (due to seating limitations).
  • The dress code for Ceremonies is smart casual.
  • Ceremonies usually last an hour from 6.30pm to 7.30pm.
  • Children are welcome.
  • If a child receiving a Citizenship Certificate is under the age of 16, they are not obliged to attend the ceremony. The parents can collect the Certificate on their behalf.
  • All grantees must stay for the duration of the Ceremony and not leave prior to its conclusion and singing of the National Anthem.
  • Grantees are requested to arrive approximately 30 minutes prior to the start of  proceedings as the Ceremony begins at 6.30pm sharp and an enrolment form must be completed prior to commencement of the ceremony.  
  • Latecomers will not be able to receive their Certificate and must contact the Department of Immigration and Border Protection to arrange an alternative ceremony date.
  • If you are unable to attend your assigned ceremony, you will be reassigned to a ceremony at a later date by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection.

Please note, City of Canada Bay has no role in the processing or determination of citizenship applications or holding of citizenship tests. For enquiries or information on the status of your application, allocation to ceremony dates, the need for urgent citizenship ceremonies, or to download an application kit, contact the Department of Immigration and Border Protection by telephoning the Citizenship Information Line on 131 880 or visit the Department of Immigration and Border Protection website.

Contact the Mayor

My office doors are always open to members of the community who would like a chat about a local issue. Get in touch with me via phone: 9911 6503 or email: angelo.tsirekas@canadabay.nsw.gov.au.