The big is­sues fac­ing our re­gions - from the cur­rent May­ors

Monthly Chronicle - - Your Council Elections -

Con­tin­ued pop­u­la­tion growth and the in­crease in dwelling tar­gets in the years ahead. The Greater Syd­ney Com­mis­sion has in­ti­mated there will need to be dis­trict tar­gets di­vided be­tween coun­cils but as yet we don't know what that is for us. Ku-ring-gai has a unique char­ac­ter with ar­chi­tec­turally sig­nif­i­cant homes and a stun­ning nat­u­ral en­vi­ron­ment. Sen­si­tive plan­ning needs to en­sure sur­vival of that char­ac­ter: no­body wants the spread of high den­sity into our her­itage streetscapes. Coun­cil has now re­ceived $300,000 from the State Gov­ern­ment to pay Coun­cil's costs in the suc­cess­ful court case against a merger with Hornsby Coun­cil. Coun­cil and res­i­dents can now look for­ward to a fu­ture as a strong stand-alone coun­cil. See­ing through to com­ple­tion projects at Lind­field Green, Lind­field Hub, Gor­don and Tur­ra­murra, as well as get­ting un­der­way the St Ives Tourism Precinct. Pop­u­la­tion growth brings with it in­creased de­mand for fa­cil­i­ties and Coun­cil has spent $42 mil­lion over the last seven years ac­quir­ing land for pub­lic use. Coun­cil has re­cently adopted a Des­ti­na­tion Man­age­ment Plan to guide our vis­i­ta­tion and events programs, es­pe­cially in the St Ives Show­ground Precinct where we have al­ready had tremen­dous suc­cess with the St Ives Me­dieval Faire and the Aussie Night Mar­kets. Mas­ter Plans for other town cen­tres in­clude Tur­ra­murra and Gor­don, fol­low­ing Lind­field. Res­o­lu­tion of on­go­ing is­sues of traf­fic and park­ing. Mas­ter plan­ning of the town cen­tres al­lows us to in­clude op­por­tu­ni­ties for un­der­ground car parks and mak­ing traf­fic im­prove­ments. We need to make sure our plan­ning is sym­pa­thetic to the char­ac­ter of the area. I'm a pas­sion­ate ad­vo­cate of pro­tect­ing her­itage streetscape and build­ings and help with a her­itage grants scheme that sup­ports own­ers of her­itage prop­er­ties.

Ku-ring-gai’s cur­rent Mayor Jen­nifer An­der­son, who’s stand­ing again for coun­cil­lor re-se­lec­tion and as a May­oral can­di­date

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