No to more shops?

LocalShopsCouncil recently floated the idea of having new shopping precincts within the Ward on the western side of the highway. Three possible locations were suggested. The results of the consultation was:

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Increase rates?

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Council’s Management Team – Suggest and Spend our Rates

There is a move by the NSW Government to change the way Council rates are levied,

Currently, rates are based on what is known as the unimproved capital value of the property. The new proposal would see rates levied on the capital improvement value (CIV or market value). This would mean that a more valuable property would be hit with higher rates.

There is no suggestion that the total cap on Council rates would be removed. So there would be winners and losers if the market value is used. Commercial premises, shopping centres and luxury homes would pay an increased amount. Small residential units and houses would likely pay less.

There are cases for an against the system of raising rates. Rates are used to provide services. So, some argue that those services such as waste collection, roads and footpaths costs the same if they are in front of a luxury house or not. That being the case, we should all pay the same.

Others argue that the more affluent in society should underwrite the costs of providing services thus providing financial relief to those with lower financial assets.

This debate has been ongoing for some years.

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Community Forum

opal towerYou’re invited to attend the first of Willoughby City Council’s new Community Information Seminars – the innovative new way Council is engaging with the community. Chaired by Mayor Gail Giles-Gidney, the seminars are a forum to hear about significant issues and projects.

Monday 26 August, 6.30pm – 8.00pm
Council Chambers, Level 6, 31 Victor Street
Chatswood

Planning made easy: Presented by Greg McDonald, Director Planning and Infrastructure, Willoughby City Council

Take a walk through the complex maze known as the NSW planning system. We’ll explain the legislation and how Council manages the planning process, from city plans and zoning through to lodging a development application.

Sydney Metro Update 

The presentation will cover – an update on the Sydney Metro North West; a progress update on the Sydney City & Southwest project and much more.

Everyone welcome – no need to RSVP

For more information about Council’s new Community Information Seminars visit http://www.willoughby.nsw.gov.au/council-meetings/community-information-seminars/

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Former Principal 100

IlmaMrs Ilma Woodward (now Mrs Ilma Stokes) was Principal of Chatswood High in the
1970s for six years. She was the school’s third Principal and its first female Principal and also the first female Principal of a co-ed high school in NAW. Ilma turned 100 on the 23rd June, 2019.

 

At 100 years young Ilma is still sprightly, quick-witted and keen for a chat about anything and everything, from horse racing to history.

Forty years after she retired from teaching and her role as the head of Chatswood High School, Mrs Woodward remains passionate about the importance of teaching.

‘When people think about schools, they usually think about the students,’ she says.

‘But the teachers are very important too. I had a reputation for looking after the teachers and for supporting them to try new things in the classroom.’

While these days women principals are a common occurrence, back when Mrs Woodward was appointed to the job it was much less common.

‘I didn’t think too much about it at the time – you just got on with the job,’ she says.

Mrs Woodward’s success began much earlier when she was granted a scholarship to attend university.

She studied hard and received the university medal.

Soon after she got her first teaching job at Wentworth in the state’s far southwest.

‘When I finished my degree, they said, “Where would you like to teach,” and I said, “As far away from the city as I can get,”’ and that’s where they sent me,’ she says.

She went on to teach in Yass, Nowra, Sutherland, Hornsby, and Maitland, before being promoted to principal of Picton High and eventually Chatswood High.

It was while Ilma was working at Sutherland High that she met Lionel Woodward, a lecturer in French at Sydney University.

After Lionel died, some years later, Ilma married George Stokes, part of the well-known Stokes family of Mullumbimby.

Sources: CHA Newsletter, personal recollections, Paul Bibby – EchoNet Daily

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Parking on Fullers, Millwood, View, Lapastrier and James

RMS is proposing a Clearway on both sides of Fullers Rd, Millwood Ave. They are also proposing No Standing signs in View Street, View Lane and Lapastrier Lane and James Street. Extension of the Clearways on the Highway are also proposed.

Refer map for details.

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One area that could prove interesting is eastbound on Millwood Ave where there are a number of ‘off-road’ parking bays.

Fuller explanation and RMS contact details

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Fire in the sky?

GrandTowerThe tallest building in Chatswood has been found to be cladded in combustible material.

The building, built in 2014 at 438 Victoria Ave, towers 170 metres over Chatswood Station and is the third tallest residential building in Sydney. It contains 552 apartments.

The building managers have been ordered to remove of external wall panels from the Grand Tower after inspectors found building materials contained aluminium composite panels.

There are another two buildings in the complex designed by prominent Sydney Architect Chris Johnson.

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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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