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Af­ter five years as Mayor Steve was asked by lo­cal Lib­er­als to stand aside as Mayor at this election, be­lieved to be be­cause of his calling for Ep­ping to come back un­der Hornsby ju­ris­dic­tion, plug­ging a pre­dicted short­fall in coun­cil funds of $200m over the next decade, a move which Lib­eral in­sid­ers felt put the party in a bad light. The move has had many Hornsby ratepay­ers be­mused as to the logic of this when it was an at­tempt to im­prove coun­cil funds.

The big­gest chal­lenge fac­ing the new Mayor is to get our lost ter­ri­tory back and the lost an­nual in­come of $9 mil­lion that HSC has suf­fered since May 2016 when we lost the area south of the M2. In my view fi­nan­cial com­pen­sa­tion is not sat­is­fac­tory as it will not rec­tify the on­go­ing cost to our bud­get.

Our es­ti­mates are that the peo­ple of Hornsby stand to lose $200 mil­lion over the next 10 years - this does not take into ac­count the years beyond, when we will face ever in­creas­ing main­te­nance costs on in­fra­struc­ture. I do not see rate rises as an an­swer and we have shown through ef­fi­ciency gains there is no need to in­crease rates. In­deed we low­ered them this term. • I think the new Mayor and Coun­cil­lors need to con­tinue ready­ing HSC for the chal­lenges the 21st cen­tury presents and not be tempted to re­visit the past. We can’t re­live the past as much as I like the past and the her­itage of Hornsby as ev­i­dent with the two mu­rals in Du­ral Lane and other ini­tia­tives I’ve in­sti­gated.

Syd­ney is a grow­ing City and Hornsby Shire is one of the nicest places in Syd­ney to live. We need to en­sure proper plan­ning of our suburbs through con­tin­u­ance of the Mas­ter Plan­ning pro­cesses in­sti­gated by this Coun­cil dur­ing my term as Mayor.

My fu­ture: I have too much life in me to con­tem­plate re­tire­ment at this stage. Un­for­tu­nately there are some in the Lib­eral Party who don’t share this view. So I’ll prob­a­bly em­bark on a busi­ness ven­ture I’ve been ex­per­i­ment­ing with.

From the out­go­ing Hornsby Mayor Steve Rus­sell

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