A Time For Celebration
As we celebrate this festive season, we are mindful of all those in our local community and beyond for whom Christmas may not be a time of good news and celebration with family and friends. I hope that all of us, in some practical way, can share the joy of Christmas with those who are lonely or in need.
On behalf of Council, the Mayoress and my fellow Councillors, I wish you all a very happy and peaceful Christmas, and every blessing in the New Year.
The Administration Centre will be closed from 12.00noon on Friday December 22 and will be open for Business as usual on Tuesday January 2, 2018.
Clearway New Years’ Eve restrictions apply from 1.00pm on December 31 and entry to the peninsula will be restricted to residents and to entry passes holders only. Visitors with a Disability parking permit will be able to access the peninsula without an access pass issued by Council, however this will be for drop-off and pick-up only.
Revised Northern District Plan
In late October 2017, the Greater Sydney Commission released 5 draft District Plans for public comment with the exhibition closing on 15 December 2017. Council considered the revised Plan which references the need for more open space and sporting fields and the importance of schools as a social connector, however it does not identify the schools or sporting fields that are a priority for expansion due to population growth. Both the original and revised district plans rely heavily on collaboration between councils and state authorities to achieve the vision of the district plans.
The recognition in the plan of the importance of Sydney harbour and scenic and cultural landscapes reinforces Councils continued efforts to protect its scenic riverfront areas from inappropriate development. Council will lodge a submission to the Greater Sydney Commission, addressing the revised draft Plan.
Clr Mark A. Bennett