FROM THE MAYOR'S DESK

Monthly Chronicle - - Local Politics - Mayor Hornsby Shire Coun­cil

There was a touch­ing mo­ment at our Have­mostyou re­cent­been­tomeet­ingHornsby when Shire theCoun­cil’scham­berCom­mu­ni­ty­burstin­toRe­cy­clin­grous­ing ap­plauseCen­treyet?toYoucel­e­brate­need­toHorns­bytry­out Shirethis­greatCoun­cil’snew­fa­cil­ity,unan­i­mouswhichvoteis to greatly strengthen the pro­tec­tions re­ceiv­ing glow­ing praise from for our trees. ev­ery­body who vis­its. It’s an easy Pre­vi­ouslyand­safe­way­theto­pro­tec­tion­s­getrid­o­farangeonly ap­plied­of­house­hold­toal­ist­prob­le­moftree­waste­speciesitems that arew­ere­un­suit­able­na­tiveto­forHorns­byy­ourbin­sShire, bu­tath­ome. we’ve flipped the rules around. Now One of it the­isanbestof­fence­fea­turesto re­moveis­thes­pe­ciallyany tree with­out Coun­cil ap­proval, de­signed drive-through that makes it ex­cept for a lim­ited list of species so sim­ple, but even bet­ter is the fact that are con­sid­ered to be weeds it’s en­tirely free of charge. or a hazard. House­hold prob­lem waste items that This can­beis great­dropped­new­soff at­fortheev­ery­body­cen­tre whoin­clude­val­ue­s­paints,our­gasti­tle­bot­tles,as­the­house­holdBush­land Shire­and­carand­bat­ter­ies,wants to­light­see­globes,our smoke im­pres­sivede­tec­tors,TVstree­and­canopy­com­put­ers,pre­served.printer ton­ers and mo­bile phones. And there are clearly many peo­ple who feel that way. I would like to There’sper­son­al­lyquitethank­abit ev­ery­body­ofuncer­tain­ty­who around­wroteathe­sub­mis­sion­re­cy­cling in­dus­try­toCoun­cilat there­gard­ing­mo­ment,this­due­mat­ter.main­lyMore­toChina’sthan de­ci­sion90per­centto ac­ceptofthe­sub­mis­sion­s­less­re­cy­clable ma­te­rial,were­in­favour­butrightofnowthe in­creasedit’sbusi­ness as­treeusu­al­pro­tec­tions,in­Horns­by­whichShire.is an ex­tra­or­di­nary re­sult and Wedemon­strate­sare­keep­inghowa­close­s­trong­lyeyeon­the thecom­mu­ni­tysi­t­u­a­tion­car­e­sand­will­about­le­ty­ouour­know­nat­u­ral ifher­itage.any­thing changes, but for now there is no need to worry. Did you know that lastHorns­byyear aloneShire we­has­re­cy­cled­long­been14,000known ton­nesas­the Bush­land­ofco-min­gledShire­ma­te­rial?andthe­seThat’s amea­suresster­lin­gachieve­men­twill that we want to­help­con­tinue.toen­sure it re­tains that ti­tle. Philip Rud­dock

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