Mayoral Diary

21 November - 75th Anniversary of Kokoda Campaign

It was an honour to pay tribute to veterans as we commemorated the 75th anniversary of the Kokoda Campaign.  Kokoda Veterans Reg Chard, Roy Dockery, Lloyd Birdsall and Charlie Jennings were on hand at a special reception to thank them for their service and their ongoing volunteer work at our Kokoda Track Memorial Walkway in Concord.  Rosebank College students, who recently walked the Kokoda Track as part of the inaugural Rusty Priest AM Kokoda Scholarship, were also in attendance.


14 November - Boardwalk preserves our history and environment

We have completed $225,000 in footpath upgrades on Lyons Road at Great North Road, Five Dock.  The upgrades were undertaken to preserve the mature fig trees that were planted by the Ladies of Tobruk and form part of the WWII Tobruck Memorial Obelisk.  The raised pedestrian path made from durable plastic and timber compressed boards will protect the roots of these magnificent heritage trees and ensure a safe passage for pedestrians.


7 November - New facilities for Campbell Park

Construction of a new $1.8 million facilities building is underway in Campbell Park, Chiswick and will include a canteen, community room, storage, changing room and bathroom facilities.  The new facilities will be a wonderful addition for our community and the growing Abbotsford Juniors Football Club.  The works are due for completion in the New Year and are funded courtesy of $800,000 from Council and a $1 million Federal Government grant.


31 October - Lucas Gardens School

I was fortunate to visit the students and staff at Lucas Gardens, who provide educational programs for students who have intellectual or physical disabilities, sensory impairments or complex medical needs, to see the new hydrotherapy pool, which was funded by our community, as well as the fragrant sensory garden, play equipment, and technical facilities that assist students in their learning.  The school is always looking for volunteers and I encourage our community to get involved.


24 October - Your Future 2030 launches in Rhodes

Our new Community Strategic Plan 'Your Future 2030' celebrated its official launch with a great turn-out from a diverse range of community groups and local businesses.  We were fortunate to have social commentator and demographer, Claire Madden, present a keynote speech which provided a great snapshot of where our community is now and where it is going in the future.  The Community Strategic Plan will guide our operations and actions as we look towards 2030 and I encourage you to have your say by completing the online survey at:


17 October - Photo exhibition showcases community talents

Our latest photography competition saw over 150 images submitted, all capturing the theme of your favourite natural space or local species in our community's natural environment.  Congratulations to winners Gerard Gil, Joel Mesas, Noemie Vonthron and Arthur Shores.


15 October - Concord Carnival

It was another beautiful day in Greenlees Park as our community 'jumped to the beat' and enjoyed all the festivities at Concord Carnival.  Thank you to all our stallholders and sponsors who helped make Concord Carnival a success: Channel Nine, Telstra Store Rhodes, Canada Bay Club, Suez, Devine, Briars, St John of God Burwood Hospital and Vision Personal Training North Strathfield.


3 October - Learn to Swim program kicks off at our pools

Council has provided over $10,000 in funding in support of our Swimming and Water Safety program. The funding provides a 50% subsidy for 126 local preschool aged children to learn to swim at our Drummoyne and Cabarita Swimming Centres. This important program will teach life-long skills to our community’s youngest members, assisting their safety and awareness around water and pools as we move into the warm summer months.


26 September - Monument honours Tulloch family in Rhodes

A monument celebrating the Tulloch family has been restored at Churchill Tucker Reserve on Mary Street.  The restoration project was a partnership between Council and Tulloch descendants, and honours the manufacturing company that was based on the Rhodes peninsula and supplied the structural steelwork for buildings including the Queen Victoria Building and Sydney Town Hall. During the World War II, Tulloch’s manufactured components for tanks and ocean-going lighters for the US and Australian armies.



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