Democracy trashed

The recent review of local government areas involved a Delegate making a report to the Boundaries Commission about various aspects of merged Councils.

The Delegate addressed the issue of a popularly elected Mayor and considered that electing the Mayor from among the Councillors would provide enhanced stability for the first period of the new council.

Over a decade ago, Willoughby residents were part of a poll they voted in favour of directly-elected (popularly-elected) Mayors.Since then Willoughby has had directly-elected Mayors. The majority view has been that popularly-elected Mayors have been well received by Willoughby resident. With a stroke of the pen, the Delegate has overwritten the community view. It is believed that doing away with popularly-elected Mayors is politically motivated. In this Editor’s opinion, based on first hand experience the process of electing a Mayor by their peers is fraught with petty corruption.

In relation to the issue of Wards for the merged Councils, the Delegate found:

that Mosman currently has no ward structure with six councillors and that North Sydney and Willoughby both have four wards with three councillors in each. The Delegate stated that representation should be maximised in the first instance and recommended a ward system dividing the area into five wards, each served by three Councillors. To help ensure suitable representation levels, in drawing ward boundaries the Delegate considered that the following principles should be used as far as possible in addition to the population criterion in the Act:

 new wards should cross existing Council boundaries, and

 to the maximum extent possible, suburbs and centres should not be divided by ward boundaries

To achieve the first criteria, we could be faced with five “ribbon wards’ running from Boundary St to the Pacific Ocean.

 

Merger – Up in the air

The Baird Government today announced details of a number of Council mergers within NSW. However, due to legal challenges by Mosman and North Sydney Council their proposed merger with Willoughby Council is not proceeding, at this stage.

The Government has indicated ‘in principle’ support for such a merger subject to court challenges being resolved.

Metro EIS

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We are pleased to announce that today the next stage of Sydney Metro City & Southwest is underway with the community asked to provide input to the Chatswood to Sydenham Environmental Impact Statement (EIS).

The EIS provides a first look at Sydney Metro’s seven new stations that extend from Chatswood to Waterloo – providing detail on how the new stations will be constructed and how we plan to minimise impacts on the community, businesses and other stakeholders.

As we move forward with the project’s design and development, feedback from the community and stakeholders is critically important in helping us shape the delivery of Stage 2 of Sydney Metro, Australia’s biggest public transport project.

Sydney Metro will provide a fundamental shift in how people will get around the city by taking 30 million cars off the road every year by 2036 and moving more people across the Harbour in the busiest hour of the peak than the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Sydney Harbour Tunnel combined. A metro trip from Chatswood to Central will take 15 minutes, about 10 minutes faster than the existing suburban railway system.

During the EIS period we encourage you to review the detailed information available regarding the Chatswood to Sydenham component of the project This information can be found at http://sydneymetro.info

The EIS will be on public exhibition until Monday 27 June, 2016 submissions must be made to the NSW Department of Planning and Environment by this date.

During the EIS exhibition period a series of community information sessions will be held between Chatswood and Sydenham. You are invited to attend these sessions and meet expert members of the Project team who will be there to answer any question you may have. There is no need to make a booking.

Details on how to make a submission and information session details can be found in the newsletter attached.

We will be back talking to the community later this year regarding the Sydenham to Bankstown EIS.

This is an exciting new phase of the project and we thank you for your ongoing interest.

Sydney Metro City & Southwest
Transport for NSW

T: 1800 171 386

E: sydneymetro@transport.nsw.gov.au

W: sydneymetro.info

Vale Judy Navin OAM

Judy NavinFormer Willoughby Councillor for West Ward, Judy Navin OAM has died aged 91.

Judy and her husband Ern ran the news agency on the western side of Chatswood Railway Station for about 20 years and were stalwarts of the West Ward Progress Association. She also served on the Board of the Willoughby Retirement Village.

In the Australia Day Honours List in 2007 Judy was awarded the Order of Australia Medal for service to the community of the City of Willoughby through aged care and service groups and to local government.

Judy served four terms on Willoughby Council between 1978 and 1991.

During her terms on Council Judy and Councillor Greg Bartels would present joint reports on Council matters to the Progress Association. Ern Navin was Secretary of the Association for 20 years.

Judy was involved in a variety of local groups, including Chatswood Red Cross and the Chatswood Liberal Party.

She is survived by Ern, aged 99, daughter Alexia and sons Peter and Christopher, four grand children and four great grandchildren.

Her Funeral Mass will be held at Our Lady of Dolours Catholic Church, Archer Street, Chatswood on Tuesday May 3, 2016 commencing at 10.15am, followed by a cremation in the Palm Chapel at Macquarie Park Cemetery & Crematorium, Delhi & Plassey Roads.

Bob Lawrence & Terry Fogarty