From the Mayor

Securing a strong future

I was pleased to hear there was a strong turnout at Council’s community meeting about the NSW Government’s proposed changes to independent planning panels held on Wednesday 7 February.

A warm welcome to 2018

Happy New Year and best wishes for a healthy, safe and prosperous 2018. A fond farewell to our many visitors who have enjoyed their summer holiday season with us here in Mosman.

Friendship in the Festive Season

The fairy lights are up and the Christmas trees are being decorated because the Festive Season is just around the corner.

Another successful Festival of Mosman

The Mosman community and our many visitors have fully embraced the 2017 Festival of Mosman. The festival opened on Friday 13 October with the 75th anniversary celebration of HMAS Penguin exercising their right of Freedom of Entry into Mosman by a parade, led by the Commanding Officer of HMAS Penguin, Commander Ian Campbell.

Serving Mosman

I am humbled and honoured to follow in the footsteps of Peter Abelson. Peter retired after 13 years of exemplary public service to the people of Mosman and his lasting legacy of strong and resolute leadership to retain our independence will be recorded in our history books.

Signing off

In this my last Mayoral column I would like to express what an honour and extraordinary experience it has been to be the first popularly elected Mayor of our great community, now 124 years old and still going strong. I thank you for entrusting this role to me.

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.