City of Canada Bay's year in review - 2017

21 December 2017 | Council

As we inch closer to the end of 2017, it’s worth looking back at some of our major achievements over the past year. From the opening of The Connection, Rhodes to engaging with our community on how we can best plan for the future of the Canada Bay area towards 2030, our year in review video covers some big ticket items.

VIDEO: Year in review - City of Canada Bay 2017

Our top 10 milestone moments in 2017:

1. Opening of The Connection, Rhodes – Council’s $21 million community facility, featuring spaces to study and learn, host business networking and community events and an on-site café. 

2. Construction and opening of Cabarita Park Conservatory - $1.1 million adaptive space in Cabarita Park for artists and the community to undertake creative and cultural pursuits, including workshops, classes, exhibitions and youth and health programs.

3. Vivid Ideas comes to Rhodes City of Canada Bay presented a three-day ‘Big Ideas in Place: Place Leaders Asia Pacific Conference 2017’ as part of Vivid, along with a series called 'Rhodes: Creative', which featured robots, 3D printing and wearable technology at The Connection, Rhodes.

4. Five Dock Streetscape Upgrade – Stage One Completed – the project is part of Council’s 20-year-vision to beautify and improve community infrastructure along Great North Road. Stage One involved tree and shrub planting, installation of new furnishings and pavements, relocating the overhead power network to underground, drainage improvements and rationalising street signage.

5. 20th Anniversary of Ferragosto – City of Canada Bay’s biggest event on the yearly calendar celebrated its milestone 20th birthday. The Italian-inspired street festival on Great North Road in Five Dock attracted over 100,000 visitors and featured over 120 food and merchandise stalls plus live entertainment across five stages.

6. Community Strategic Plan (CSP) – Your Future 2030 - we canvassed your ideas for how we can plan for the future of the City of Canada Bay. The Community Strategic Plan will cover our environment, wellbeing, economy and governance as we head towards 2030.

7. Litter Strategy implemented – we aim to reduce litter by 50 per cent by 2021 by shifting the focus to prevention (rather than clean-up) and increasing community pride. As part of the ‘Let's Put Litter In Its Place’ plan, we have rolled out 17 new bigger bins across our area that can hold more than four times as much litter as old 55-litre bins.

8. New Council elected – the Local Government Elections were held on Saturday, 9 September. Mayor Angelo Tsirekas, six new councillors and two returning councillors were elected. Find out about your elected members under the Council tab on our website.

9. Playground and park upgrades – we spent $5.53 million upgrading parks and playgrounds across the City. This included renewing play equipment at Sibbick Street Reserve, building a new playground at Nield Park and upgrading Russell Park Playground as part of our ongoing commitment to maintaining safe and fun play spaces in our City.

10. Council endorsed a Disability Inclusion Action Plan (DIAP) for 2017-2021 - the plan ensures that access and inclusion are embedded in every aspect of our work. It reflects our commitment to create and maintain an inclusive and accessible environment.

And that’s a wrap…we’ll be back with exciting new projects on the cards in 2018.

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