From the Mayor

A significant month

On the eve of Local Government Week I want to recognise and celebrate two significant milestones for Mosman that both celebrate our local democracy while promoting our newly formed regional strategic collaborations.

Protecting harbour foreshore slopes

In a key announcement this week, Council’s strong advocacy for protecting our significant harbour slopes has been rewarded with a proposed two-year extension to the temporary exclusion of the area from the State’s Housing Codes.

Mid-Year Update

The strength of our community glue was very evident on 23 May when I hosted afternoon tea at Gunners Barracks for many of our fantastic volunteers. Special awards were given for long service and I want to take this opportunity to acknowledge Gill Stemp who has accrued a remarkable 34 years of continuous community service for Mosman Meals.

Planning for the future

April has been a busy month of fun activities for both our seniors and younger residents with Youth Week kicking off on the Village Green as our very well patronised and successful Seniors Week finished.

A month of progress

This month marked International Women’s Day and I was pleased to attend two significant events in keeping with the theme of Press for Progress.

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.