Mayoral Diary

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

 

01 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.

 

06 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.

 

 06 February - Rhodes Foreshore Park play ground opens

The new $650,000 playground in Rhodes Foreshore Park has now opened. The playground,
part of extensive works along Foreshore Park next to The Connection includes swings, seesaw, supernova, climbing ropes, double slide and a tunnel for kids to explore. There is also a nature
trail of stepping stones, balance beam and timber stilts and shade sails. Extensive landscaping has also been undertaken, with park benches and a picnic table to be installed around the perimeter of the playground. The new playground is a perfect complement to our community facility The Connection and I know children and families will enjoy this playground for years to come.

 

30 January - City of Canada Bay Citizens of the Year 2017

It was an honour to present our 2017 Citizens of the Year to four worthy community members/groups at our Citizenship Ceremony on Australia Day.

  • Citizen of the Year - Alice Kang
  • Arts & Culture - Concord Garden Club
  • Young Citizen - James King
  • Sports Citizen - Abbotsford Juniors Football Club U18s
 

23 January - 'Little Library' opens in Russell Lea

I was delighted to help launch our community's latest 'Little Library' in Tait Street, Russell Lea.  The 'Little Library' was inspired by young local resident Oliver Hogan and built by his uncle.  The free 'Little Library' is a wonderful tool for our community and promotes reading, communication, creativity and a stronger sense of community via the free exchange of books for all ages.  Thank you to Oliver and the Hogan family for bringing this wonderful initiative to Russell Lea.

 

19 December - 2017 Another year closes

On behalf of Councillors and staff I would like to thank our community for their support through 2017 and wish you all a safe and peaceful Christmas.  I would like to make a special mention about our General Manager, Gary Sawyer who is retiring after leading Canada Bay for over 11 years, providing incredible support and service to our staff, myself and our community.  Across 2017, we have had a very busy and productive year, including:

  • $4.8 million in Five Dock Streetscape upgrades
  • $1.6 million for Rothwell Park amenities building
  • $5.53 million in parks and playground renewals and upgrades
  • $3.1 million in footpath upgrades and renewals
  • $1.6 million in road renewals
 

12 December - Support St Vincent de Paul this Christmas

Thank you to all those community members who have already donated to the Mayor's Giving Trees benefiting St Vincent de Paul.  There is still time to donate with items requested include: new toys, tinned and packaged foods, toiletries and gift cards (Visa, Coles etc).  Donations are being accepted at Council's Civic Centre and our Libraries in Five Dock and Concord until 10am on Friday, 15 December.

 

5 December - Nield Park playground upgrades complete

We have completed $90,000 in playground upgrades in Nield Park which include installation of double swing set, small ship-themed play unit, a carousel, balancing beams and logs, monkey bars and new rubber playground soft fall.  I'd like to thank the community for their patience while we undertook these upgrades and know these facilities will be enjoyed for years to come.

 

28 November - Nominate for our Citizen of the Year awards 

These Citizen of the Year awards reward those residents who go above and beyond in support of our local community while achieving success in their chosen fields. The four categories are: Citizen of the Year (over 25 years of age), Young Citizen of the Year (ages 12-24), Sports Citizen of the Year, Arts & Culture Citizen of the Year   The awards are open to residents or those affiliated with local groups or associations. You can nominate online at: www.surveymonkey.com/r/citizen17. The nomination deadline has extended to Friday, 1 December.

 

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: canadabay.nsw.gov.au/future

 

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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