Local Government week

The information below outlines the extraordinary diversity of the range of services that Council offers:

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Local Government Week 2019, 29 July – 2 August, offers the chance to reflect on the major role council plays in improving Willoughby as a place to live, work and visit.

“Many people know that Willoughby City Council is responsible for local roads, rates and rubbish but are less aware of the many other services we provide,” Mayor Gail Giles-Gidney said.

“We operate seven free local libraries, provide spaces for community groups, administer grants, maintain playgrounds and sporting fields and provide aged care services.”

Willoughby City Council’s broad remit includes looking after bushland, walking tracks and streetscapes, child care facilities and youth services, events and festivals, a leisure centre, three art spaces, a world class performing art space and even a community orchestra.

“We also advocate for the interests of our community in planning matters and other issues that affect local liveability, sustainability, safety and amenity,” Mayor Giles-Gidney continued.

“As the third tier of government in Australia, local government is the one that has most direct contact with ratepayers and residents, and the one that provides the vital services that keep our communities, villages, and towns, functioning.”

“Local Government Week provides a chance for people to discover just how much local government does and how they can become more involved in their own council, either through volunteering, attending a workshop or course or visiting a community centre or library.”

The theme for this year’s Local Government Week is ‘Your Council’, highlighting the important role that councils play in the lives of their community members. To find out more about Willoughby City Council visit www.willoughby.nsw.gov.au.

 

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Ride share for the aged

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Please note that the above service is only available to My Age Care assessed patrons.

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Kiss & Ride

Kiss1 Why have the typical two green Kiss and Ride advisory signs previously attached to No Parking regulatory signs been replaced with a single nondescript sign

 The reason for the change is that Transport for New South Wales approached Council indicating that they have adopted standard signs for kiss and ride locations in the vicinity of transport interchanges and requested that these signs are implemented at Chatswood Transport Interchange. The request has agreed and TfNSW funded and arranged installation of the new signs. I am not aware of any issues relating to the new signs.

Why is there not signage at Kiss and Ride zones controlled by No Parking signs advising drivers of the limited time and distance available to them

The existing signs are considered adequate. The NSW Road Rules advise the operation of No Parking restrictions and there is no need to repeat this information with an additional sign providing the same information.

How many infringement notices at Kiss and Ride zones have there been?

Kiss and Ride Zones have no legal standing. They are sometimes displayed by well-meaning Councils (such as WCC) in no parking areas.

We have issued 1098 in the first six months of this year.

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Complaint dismissed

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Recently we supported a members complaint about inappropriate advertising. The complaint was examined by the Ad Standards Community Panel who also sought the advertiser’s response to the complaint. The Panel acknowledged that some members of the community would be concerned with the advertisement but found that iyt was a legal advertisement. They also indicated that the placement of an advertisement is not covered by the Code. They also found that the use of a doll holding a knife was justifiable in the context of an advertisement for a horror movie.

Complaint dismissed – complainant_25072019_12 18 50 891 (1).

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Resident parking scheme Chatswood

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Resident Parking Study Area

As part of Council’s Street Parking Strategy implementation plan, Council has completed a street parking study for the Chatswood area west of highway in the vicinity of the public schools to determine if the existing Resident Parking Scheme should be extended to improve access to on-street parking. The extent of the study area is shown on the plan above.

Council would like to have your views on the proposal before Monday, 5 August 2019. They have advised “We will organise a Have Your Say survey after school holidays. A consultation letter will be mailed out to the affected residents advising the proposal and requesting to comment on it using an online survey form or paper copy form. We would like to have your views on the proposal before Monday, 5 August 2019.“.

The key traffic generators in and around the precinct include Chatswood train station, Chatswood Public School, retail shops and businesses situated along Pacific Highway and Albert Avenue. Currently a Resident parking scheme operates in some streets in the Precinct. The key objectives of the study are to review the appropriateness of extending the resident parking scheme in the Chatswood area and the appropriate type of parking restrictions (e.g. length and duration) should a resident parking scheme is justified.

In this study, parking occupancy surveys were undertaken on weekdays and Saturday at hourly intervals. The survey data was analysed to understand long-term parking behaviours and parking demand in each street. Based on the analysis a Resident Parking proposal has been formulated. This proposal is aimed at achieving a balance between the parking needs to residents and visitors to the area. It is also important to ensure on-street parking is well utilised.

See map below which shows existing resident parking areas in the Study Area. There are unrestricted parking in the streets within Resident Parking Scheme areas, e.g. on the northern side of Sutherland Road (Whitton Road-Pacific Hwy). In this proposal, we are extending Resident parking restrictions across those adjacent unrestricted parking spaces. The study looked at both sides of the streets on the boundary.

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Current Scheme

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Archipaws pet competition

archipawsThe ‘Archipaws’ Pet Portrait competition promotes Willoughby City Council’s Pet Festival that will come alive with activities for pets and their human companions on Saturday, September 21 at OH Reid Oval, Chatswood West.

Artists, owners and pet lovers can submit their drawings, paintings or photographs before August 9.

Twenty finalists will have their images featured on 3 m tall flags in the Chatswood CBD and be in the running for a prize pack. Enter at website 

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Illegal dumping

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It is reported that there were 416 cases of illegal dumping in Willoughby City last year but only 7 prosecutions. Unfortunately, no information was provided in the report as to how this compares to other Council areas within Sydney.

It is possible that the incidences of illegal dumping may have increased since Council introduced its ‘One free pickup a year‘ service. Unlike the three scheduled rubbish pickup services a year where whole areas are covered the new service is on a house by house basis. Some residents may think it is OK to place rubbish on their verge and that the Council will just come along and pick it up. Perhaps Council needs to do more education on this issue.

The reasons for the low number of fines issued is the problem Council rangers have in determining the culprit. Either the Ranger needs to see the act occurring or have irrefutable evidence as to the source of the rubbish. Much of the rubbish being illegally dumped is household furniture, which unlike a letter, does not have a name and address on it. Alternatively, if there is CCTV footage of the culprit Council may be able to get a conviction.

Should you ‘Dob in a dumper‘. If you do, you need to be prepared to go to court. What about taking a video of the act in progress on your phone, You need to be careful that the culprit does not see and approach you. The common sense approach is to report the incident to Council by email@willoughby.nsw.gov.au

Details of Council’s Waste & recycling Programs