From the Mayor

Election Ahead

As most readers will know, a new Council election will take place on Saturday, 9 September. Voting is compulsory in local elections as for state and federal elections.

Refurbishing Balmoral Promenade

Following two-month public consultation in late 2016/early 2017, with 26 submissions mostly concerned with the visuals of the new promenade, in February Council resolved unanimously works to refurbish the promenade.

Another great art exhibition

On Saturday morning, I had the great pleasure of opening Mosman Art Gallery’s latest exhibition, Tokkotai: Australian and Japanese artists on War and the Battle of Sydney Harbour in a former naval fuel tank at Headland Park.

A message from Deputy Mayor Roy Bendall

Notwithstanding the headline in last week’s Mosman Daily, our Mayor Peter Abelson’s departure is not imminent, as he will be serving until the end of his term in September. However, as Deputy Mayor the responsibility for the monthly Mayoral column is bestowed upon me until his return from annual leave.

North Shore By-Election 8 April

It is a cliché to say that we live in interesting times. Certainly, I cannot ever recall such interest (or such a deployment of resources) in an election for our local State Government seat of North Shore as is occurring for our forthcoming by-election on 8 April.

State Government Obduracy a Grave Disappointment

Premier Berejiklian’s announcement, Tuesday 14 February, that the State Government would continue to try to force mergers on Sydney councils while ceasing to force all non-consummated mergers outside Sydney is a grave disappointment.

A Busy New Year

With the start of the New Year, so too begins Council’s next actions, in keeping with overwhelming community support, to maintain our independence.

Thanking our local volunteers

On behalf of our community, I would like to express thanks to all who voluntarily provide services and support for other members of our community.

Progress Report on Amalgamation

As of 24 October, we have not seen the Delegate’s revised report and Minister Paul Toole has not responded to the letter that I sent to him over one month ago.

Moving to the second round

On Tuesday 20 September Justice Moore (Land and Environment Court) found that the Delegate’s report regarding the proposed merger of Mosman, North Sydney and Willoughby was not valid because it failed to address one of the mandatory requirements of the Local Government Act.