Mayoral Diary

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: 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:


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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