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Open Forum

by Willoughby Admin, almost 8 years ago

The 'Open Forum' has become a very popular area for our Online Community Panel Members as well as the local community to have their say on a wide range of local issues.

Please feel free to talk about any local issues in this forum. Ask a question or suggest a topic for discussion. All of your comments will be passed on to the relevant Council staff member for consideration.

This consultation has concluded.

  • Darius almost 8 years ago
    Welcome to another 'Open Forum'! Please feel free to share any thoughts, ideas, suggestions, concerns, comments or questions about local issues here.Over the last three months people have made comments about a really wide range of issues including bikes, recycling, The Concourse, parking, libraries, youth activities, bushland, gardening, footpaths, festivals, entertainment, swimming pools, dog parks and many many more.We will try to respond to any questions you have promptly, and in many cases our Online Community Panel may have an answer or suggestion for you. We look forward to hearing your feedback!
  • hk49 almost 8 years ago
    I was recently invited by Willoughby council to put in a comment/submission about parking and resident's permits. I live near St Leonard's station where parking is very restricted except for those with resident's permits. As I have one car and one parking space I do not qualify for a permit,nor do I want one. However, the point I made in that submission is that council might consider the provision of a "Visitor's Permit". The short parking restrictions make it difficult if tradespeople or visitors are coming for longer than 1 hour. I strongly support the availability of Visitor Parking Permits and would happily pay (within reason) to have one for just these occasions. I have seen the use of Visitor Parking Permits when visiting friends in Melbourne and it appears to work extremely well. Does anyone else have any thoughts on this? Is Council considering it?
    • Darius almost 8 years ago
      Hi hk49Thanks for the comments. Here is some information for you on visitor parking permits:'Council is currently considering the use of visitor parking permits. We already have a trade parking permit in place. Tradesmen wishing to be exempt from time restricted or ticket parking restrictions whilst undertaking short term works may apply for a trade parking permit. These permits are issued at a cost of $5.50 per day plus a $30 application fee.'Does anyone else have feedback on visitor parking permits?
      • Larlys almost 8 years ago
        My husband is a builder and was unaware of a tradesman's parking permit. How are these issued? Are they on a per job basis and is it a one off application fee? What is the definition of a short term works. Perhaps council should make this fact known to the Hia and Master Builders and on building permits.I certainly feel that each household in a restricted parking zone should be given one visitor parking permit each and the option of purchasing a book of visitor parking vouchers for a nominal fee. As far as I am aware many other council have visitor parking permits.
  • Rebecca almost 8 years ago
    Hi Everyone,Willoughby Council is supporting the One Person Can project which highlights environmental initiatives undertaken by members of the community. They are currently running a survey with the aim of showing geographically where people have undertaken sustainable living initiatives.Help us show everyone how much climate clever action is being taken in Willoughby by completing their short survey at http://www.onepersoncan.org/
  • hup234 almost 8 years ago
    PLEASE rather than replacing the old timber power poles etc, can we start moving toward having UNDERGROUND power. The poles and wires etc everywhere make the area look very unattractive and unkempt.
    • Kathryne almost 8 years ago
      Yes please. I am very cross as Ausgrid came and put a new wooden power pole across the road - in a different spot to the old one. This resulted in the power lines moving closer to a semi-mature native tree we had planted at significant cost. Ausgrid then came along and chopped the top off the tree and have refused to acknowledge any responsibility or compensate us to replace the tree. Ridiculous since it was their fault in the first place. If the wires went underground we could have beautiful trees and streetscapes instead of Ausgrid regularly hacking at the trees we have to pay for and care for, and ruining them.
    • Lynn almost 8 years ago
      I wholeheartedly agree with this idea - I for one would be happy to pay just a little extra on my rates if this could be done. It could be levied on each street when that street was being "undergrounded" so that ratepayers would not be paying for years for something which was not benefiting their locality. It would also save trees and replacing poles and wires after a storm - not to mention eliminating the danger of electrocution from fallen wires.Lynn
    • GraceLee almost 8 years ago
      I agree in principle. However, because of the cost, we can start with the more densely populated area.
  • Adviser169 almost 8 years ago
    The Greville redevelopment fight has been going on for years. I think it would be a wonderful site for aged care facilities. A land swap deal with the vey old age care sites on a high density zoning would be marvellous. I know this may only be a dream !
  • charlie almost 8 years ago
    I raised my concern about inadequate street lighting between the Highway and our part of West Ward (Centennial etc, Eddy, Lone Pine, Beresford, Dalrymple, Beaconsfield) some time ago. The issue of unsafe footpaths has been addressed with ongoing repairs so we are pleased to see this, but there is still a problem with long stretches of darkness. This can be a problem for motorists not seeing dark figures and for pedestrians. I received a reply telling me that the lighting was being assessed but I have not had any further infromation.
  • charlie almost 8 years ago
    Re: traffic lights at Mowbray/Beaconsfield Roads.There has been a lot of discussion about these lights over many years, but I wonder if people know that Lane Cove Council has rezoned the area west of Centennial Ave Lane Cove all the way along Mowbray Road to the light industrial area and the old RTA site from normal residential zoning to mostly high density housing with a section of lower density housing at the western end?Has the council considered the future impacts of this increased poulation density on Mowbray Road and our part of West Ward bounded by Mowbray Road, the Highway and Fullers Road?
    • Larlys almost 8 years ago
      This issue of rezoning without adequate thought to impact on traffic flow is one of major concern and there certainly is an even more need for traffic lights at the Beaconsfield Rd intersection. I know that in this instance it is not Willoughby Council who has done the rezoning but they have been responsible for allowing the St Peters Green development and adjacent unit development in that area which has resulted in more residents in an area with access designed for single dwelling occupants.
      • Darius almost 8 years ago
        Thanks charlie and avsilmanWe will pass on your comments to our Planning team.
      • charlie almost 8 years ago
        I think the lights at Beaconsfield will not be the benefit many think. There will be a significantly greater number of cars entering the system at Mowbray Road from the newly zoned high density housing in LAne Cove. Mowbray is already heavily congested at peak hour. If these new residents want to travel north they will peel off from Mowbray into the streets to the north, through West Chatswood. They will also be able to enter at Beaconsfield, but more significantly, any traffic wanting to turn west into Mowbray on a return journey from the north, will have traffic lights at Beaconsfield to assist them. It will be another access point like Greenlands Road into Mowbray and Centennial, both of which are the only main roads with access to the development. Through traffic already behaves aggressively and many drivers show anger and frustration at locals who dare to slow to enter driveways or show caution because we know the conditions. What will happen when lights are installed? To most drivers they indicate some sort of upgrading of importance to the road and suggest even faster journeys at higher speed.
  • Kathryne almost 8 years ago
    Could the council please avoid in future sending out rates notices 6 weeks before they are due. I mistakenly paid 2 rates notices that are not due until 28 February at the end of January. I don't know anyone else who sends bills out so far in advance and it causes a lot of confusion.
  • Kathryne almost 8 years ago
    Thank you to the council or RTA for significantly improving the traffic lanes and traffic lights at Mowbray Rd & Pacific Hwy. I have been using this intersection regularly for over 10 years having lived and worked on both sides of the highway and the traffic flow is the best it's ever been. I do agree with other comments that the council need to start thinking about traffic flow with the huge increase in population density planned for the area surrounding the western end of Mowbray Rd.
  • Joe almost 8 years ago
    Would love to see the City of Willoughby start looking further into the future sustainable infrastructure planning, such as promoting bike riding culture. Too often in the weekends, Chatswood is always clog with heavy traffics, which almost all of the drivers live within the walking range of the shopping centres and are too lazy to walk. Most of the time, I only see 2 to 3 bikes parked outside Chatswood Chase on Havilah Street, not a very encouraging sign.The City of Yarra in Victoria had achieved 10% of the residents using bike as main transportation, due to the visionary leadership of the local council, this not only encourage people to exercise more, but also increase the sense of "community belonging" among the residents. A car dominate culture is that we leave and return home on our cars, hardly walk or ride on streets thus never have a chance to catch up with our neighbours, leading to a weak sense of community. I hope we can learn from Yarra, and be the leading Sydney city council to create a healthy, sustainable and environmental friendly life style with strong sense of community. It would be great for the council to invite residents interested in such cause to join in and help the promotion.
    • laurel+squark almost 8 years ago
      I agree but there needs to be significant improvement in bike lanes (or wide carparks, depending on your mode of transport). They don't go anywhere and there isn't good bike path access into chatswood. I live in Artarmon and am a pretty capable road cyclist .... but I still drive my bike to my bikeshop in chatswood. Its a pretty dicey place to ride after 9am.
      • apexst almost 8 years ago
        I agree. I think Willoughby Council needs a bike strategy which will deliver a network of continuous dedicated off-road bike lanes connecting the main cycle routes of neighbouring councils. i.e. the great example the City of Sydney has set with its overall strategy is an approach which should be copied. The work already completed by the City of Sydney has led to a significant increase in bike riders due to the incrased feeling of safety and ease of use.
    • ashamazz almost 8 years ago
      I heard today that 66% of workers, drive to work. Only a small percentage use public transport. This compares unfavorably with New York. Apparently, if Sydney was in USA, it would be the second biggest city!!!I think Councils should be actively involved with ensuring the furutre of Austarlia is not 'wedded to the motor car'
    • Darius almost 8 years ago
      Thanks Joe for this post, it has generated some good discussion. I have passed on all comments on this post to our sustainable transport officer for review. Does anyone else have any thoughts about bike riding in the Willoughby area?
    • Darius almost 8 years ago
      Hi again JoeOur Sustainable Transport Officer, Alison Jones, has provided some feedback to your comment.It’s great to know there is community support for sustainable transport initiatives. Willoughby Council aims to encourage sustainable travel whenever possible. Some of our existing initiatives include: providing free cycling and bike maintenance workshops; running NSW Bike Week activities every September including guided rides and information/education stalls; supporting Ride to Work Day every October by hosting a cyclist breakfast; installing new bike racks across the LGA each year; producing and distributing cycle route and walking route maps; offering sustainable travel activities for local schools; lobbying State Government for public transport improvements; supporting Car Share initiatives; and providing free shuttle bus services. This is just some of our activities in the realm of sustainable transport and we know we have lots of work to do!Willoughby Council is about to review its Bike Plan to determine the future of the cycle network in the area and we would love your input. We currently have a survey online at http://www.willoughby.nsw.gov.au/community/Traffic---Transport/Cycling/willoughby-cycling-questionnaire/. Please provide us with your feedback via this online survey or you can email more detailed comments to Alison.jones@willoughby.nsw.gov.au .If you have any ideas for infrastructure improvements or education programs all suggestions are welcome. Please contact us if you would like to get more involved in any way. Council has a Bicycle Consultative Committee which meets 4 times a year and includes community representatives. If you’re not already a member of Bike North it may be worth joining them (they’re the local Bicycle User Group) who do a lot of cycle advocacy in the northern Sydney region.
      • Joe almost 8 years ago
        Hi Darius & AlisonThank you for the reply. I have completed the survey which you had provided to me. Will there be a published report of the survey outcome?I would love to get more involve and to volunteer for the cause. I am an active local resident who do a lot of local cycling, and also active in recording videos of my journeys, either for online sharing via Youtube or for personal video diary. Perhaps I may utilize this hobby of my for the Council's bicycle promotion, such as doing volunteer field works of video documenting the condition of Willoughby roads or the condition of Willoughby traffics for planing analysis.
        • Darius almost 8 years ago
          Hi Joe,Here's a message from Alison:'We’re always happy for residents to become more involved in promoting cycling in the local area. Your videos sound like a great idea, especially as we’re in the process of reviewing the Willoughby Bike Plan. Please contact me directly at Alison.jones@willoughby.nsw.gov.au to discuss how you can help us out. I thought I would also let everyone know that we will be running a separate online forum discussion on cycling throughout March. So keep an eye out for the new forum topic commencing on the 1st of March and provide us with more comments on cycling in Willoughby!'
  • Willoughby Admin almost 8 years ago
    Facebook Posts - Hi everyone, as some of you may know Council has a Facebook page where we regularly share stories about what's going on around the Willoughby area. We understand that not everyone in this forum is connected to Facebook, so we are going to start sharing some of these stories and updates through this 'Open Forum'. We hope these posts generate further discussion and are informative to you. Please feel free to share your thoughts on these posts, happy to hear any feedback on how we can improve our consultation and communication with you.
  • Willoughby Admin almost 8 years ago
    Here is an example of the kind of Facebook story we will be sharing with you through this forum. We hope that this will help keep you up to date with Council's activities:'Chatswood Mall Market is back today for 2012! Come on down for delicious international food, giftwares, jewellery and art, fresh produce and breads and more. It all kicks off at 11am - 9pm despite the rain. See you there!'
  • Jen in Chatswood almost 8 years ago
    Just wondering if we must have a bus stop in the busiest part of Victoria Avenue (i.e. just outside of the new civic place)? Being a single lane both ways, when the bus stops, so does the flow of traffic. When reconstructing the civic place it would have been good to see a pullover bay added for the bus stop. As an alternative is it possible to move the bus stop to Albert Avenue instead? It's a mere 2 min walk to Victoria Avenue and has multiple lanes for cars to overtake and thus enable better flow.
    • ashamazz almost 8 years ago
      Chatswood has far too many cars going along Victoria Ave & Anderson St & Spring St. These roads should be pedestrian malls, buses & min buses only, taxi zones etc.Albert Ave & Archer St work well.We have a traffic problem. European cites solve this with a ring road system, often it is a one way systemWe could do with more taxi ranks througout the Chatswood area.Creating 'a better flow' in the centre of Chatswood is total madness!!!
      • Joe almost 8 years ago
        A slower mini tram system running along Victoria ave (and throughout Willoughby), similar to some suburbs of Melbourne is also one idea, firstly its cheaper for passengers and secondly its more efficient in terms of carrying more people to the same destination. Some people may think this is unrealistic and costly but think of how much time and money local residents will saved from petrol, parkings and the likes in the long run. If the council is willing to spend $168 million dollars on The Concourse to provide entertainment to the people, the next stage should be considering improving the road infrastructure to reduce the chaotic traffic jams, allowing people to gain easier access to these public recreational facilities, improving people's livelihood, health, and also reducing the amount of CO2 produced by residents' "15 min walking range" driving.Currently, Chatswood's car sharing scheme is a great idea, its a tiny step toward advancement.
    • pang almost 8 years ago
      Exactally the same concern I raised last month. It doesn't make sense to me that the council built the road to promote pedestrian activities instead of traffic. Then the whole Victoria Ave should be made a pedestrian or public transport only. The other way to solve the problem could be a underground pedestrian tunnel or overhead bridge. But when money is involved... Who knows.
  • Willoughby Admin almost 8 years ago
    News Update:Tune in tomorrow night to The Biggest Loser on Channel 10 to see episodes filmed late last year at The Concourse in Chatswood!
  • Willoughby Admin almost 8 years ago
    News Update:Save the date! We will be hosting a special breakfast at The Concourse, Chatswood on Wednesday 7 March for International Women's Day. More details coming soon!
  • Willoughby Admin almost 8 years ago
    News Update:Reminisce by the campfire with some good old bush poetry this weekend. Join us at the Henry Lawson Cave, Bicentennial Reserve, Small Street, Willoughby from 6pm - 8pm on Sunday, 12 February for poetry from Henry Lawson, Dorothea Mackellar and Banjo Paterson, as well as bush melodies and a bird call competition. To RSVP, phone 9777 7755.
  • ashamazz almost 8 years ago
    Sydney & every Council has a successful focus on removing litter.Why cannot Willoughby Council have a successful focus on removing weeds? They are as simple as litter – you bend over & pull them out!Woody weeds are the biggest pain, yet they are very easy to pull out – particularly if they are ‘young’! If they are allowed to mature, year after year, they flower & seed bigger & bolder than the previous year.Some Councils ‘seal’ the base of trees along their streets with rubber or pebbles. I think it is cheaper to have real people pull the weeds out, before they get out of control.Poisoning them can result in a Agent Orange/Napalm/dead earth look eg at the Leisure Centre (near the drive way entrance & behind the car park).There are patches in the Tingha/Currey Reseve that look like death! Environmental recovery from poison is extended & looks ugly & promotes space for new weeds to colonize the space.A few weeks ago I noticed that Penshurst St, near Club Willoughby had a particularly bad crop of weeds under trees. Willoughby Girls High School area is not good, either, - near the bus shelter in Penshurst St.
  • ashamazz almost 8 years ago
    The Northbridge Oval facility is wonderful. Can we please have more improvements like this?
  • ashamazz almost 8 years ago
    Running an education facility must be a profitable enterprise, if you consider how many private colleges & Universities in business. I assume there is a sizable amount of government funding.Willoughby Council should run a Bushcare university/Environmental…... This may seem bizarre, but I think it makes sense. Every Council Australia wide has problems with weed control & bush land regeneration & environmental issues. We have lots of staff with superior expertise. They just have to be trained in adult education. Universities do a lot a work on research, as well as teaching & field work. We could lead the field! The students could help solve our weed problems as well as actually do some weeding/field work as part of their course.
  • ashamazz almost 8 years ago
    Rockdale Council has an annual competition called the Ron Rathbone History Research Project. This would be a great way of encouraging history research in Willoughby Municipality. Another competition idea could be to do with research into weed control & Bush regeneration issues.
  • ashamazz almost 8 years ago
    The line up for the first 6 months at The Concourse is amazing. Congratulations Willoughby Council & ‘The Team’! We are experiencing odd weather in Sydney! It makes me think of times that I have gone to shows at the Opera House in the rain! The covered walkway from Circular Quay is just great.Another Opera House great idea is a courtesy mini bus from underneath the railway line. It delivers you to the Opera House forecourt & returns theatre goers to the railway/ferry after the show. I really appreciated this service on the occasion that I had a broken leg. I was not looking forward to the hobble to get to the Drama Theater.These may be ideas that need to be considered in Chatswood, for patrons needing to get from the station/bus interchange to/from the Concourse shows.
  • Kathryne almost 8 years ago
    Traffic problems continue to worsen in Sydney St. Last week a bus was stuck between cars parked on either side of Sydney St between Laurel and Mowbray (as was a queue of traffic behind it). It has become one lane for long stretches and there is often nowhere to pull in. I suggest a) restrict parking to one side of the street only and b) remove the one lane traffic calming to allow parking there - could leave the speed humps there still.
  • Willoughby Admin almost 8 years ago
    News Update:Author and blogger Kerri Sackville will be guest speaker at our Inaugural International Women's Day breakfast - 7.30am, Wednesday 7 March at The Concourse. Book now! www.willoughby.nsw.gov.au/internationalwomensdayYou can view the poster for the event in the 'library' section.
  • Caroline almost 8 years ago
    Open Air Cinemas is a very popular event each year with tickets selling out fast. Would council consider hosting such an event as a fundraiser for more community projects?I'd imagine around school holidays this would be a hit.Also, and I believe most of the forum would agree, that safety in our community is of paramount importance. Since the paving of Chatswood Mall there has been an increase in early morning drunken activity (say 1am+) to vandalism and youth gang-like behaviour. Can a CCTV be placed, say on Victor Street?Lastly would the Forum consider it helpful to see a section on this site indicating what changes or matters have been implemented from our discussions? I would think being able to see the differences we are making would be encouraging to all members to contribute even more.
    • Joe almost 8 years ago
      I agree with your safety concerns, and also with the pub on top of 7-Eleven near the train station entrances, the youth gangs already start hanging around there at about 10pm on Friday, sometimes randomly shouting verbal abuses to pedestrians with elements of racism in their language. Would hate to see a Chatswood vision of Kings Cross developing here.
    • Darius almost 8 years ago
      Hi Caroline,Thanks for your comments. In regards to CCTV, Council has plans to install cameras in Chatswood Mall near the interchange which will provide footage of a number of diffferent angles. These should be installed in the near future.Great idea about a section on the forum where the community can see actions that Council has taken through these discussions. One of the main reasons for this forum and our recently adopted Community Engagement Strategy is to enable the community to have a greater day in Council's decision making process.Now that the forum and Online Community Panel have been going for a few months we will be able to put a document in the library listing changes made through these discussions. Keep an eye out for it!
  • RobbieT almost 8 years ago
    E-Waste is accumulating - having a look around our streets, there is an ever increasing amount of E-Waste being left on the nature strip. I myself have contacted the council customer service team and we are directed to Kimbriki Tip (at a cost). I believe that Willoughby Council are awaiting an update from the Commonwealth Government on the new National E-Waste "scheme"....(read the word scheme with scepticism). Can we have an update as to: are the council concerned with the increasing volume of E-waste littering our city, and if so what is going to be done about it?
    • Darius almost 8 years ago
      Hi RobbieTThanks for the input. Here is some feedback from our Waste team:'Council is waiting to hear about the arrangements that are being made under the National Computer and Television Recycling Scheme. As soon as we know how this will be rolled-out to our residents we will start advertising and promoting the service. We are not going to fund another e-waste recycling event ourselves considering that the computer and tv industry is about to start funding it themselves.' We have added a fact sheet to the library section of this site: http://haveyoursaywilloughby.com.au/document/index/9
  • ChrisCaggs almost 8 years ago
    Hi All,I'm a Radio Presenter/DJ and use to be involved on FM 99.3 2NSB in Chatswood 2001-03 with Thursday Flavours and broadcasted Hip Hop and RnB and also on 8 other stations across Sydney and Brisbane. A couple of weeks ago - there was a discussion by Station Owner on a talkback show on Mix It Up Radio = http://www.mixitupradio.net about the smoking bans around Chatswood CBD and surrounding areas of no smoking in outdoor areas like Cafe's and Pubs. I'm a smoker and been driven away to unsafe areas of Sydney CBD with Beggers asking for cigarettes because no longer can i go to Chatswood to have a coffee and smokes and yet it's a legal NSW legisilation. Already 2GB and a station in Canberra gave me the option to speak on air about the issue. People are sick of the bans because it drives people away from local businesses like myself who have lived here for 34 years. I heard from Steve that 40% of profits from Businesses have been lost and either ban smoking from being sold or you don't implament smoking bans. I use to love going to Chatswood before all these silly rules which should be made by the State Government or Federal Government rather than the Council. Nobody asked me how i i felt about the issue. Also Mental Health Facilities have been taken from Hercules Street and lumped all together into the Royal North Hospital with Drugs and Alcohol and i don't take drugs or Alcohol. Too big under one roof and under resourced. You can't even smoke inside the Cummins Unit when your detained and can't go outside. The website for your say about smoking bans and to fight back is - http://www.ideservetobeheard.com.au
    • Adviser169 almost 8 years ago
      I know it sounds unsympathetic, but please think seriously about quitting for your own health. I totally agree with you on Mental Health. There are many different kind of mental problems and most commonly is depression. These people require a quiet place with cheerful mood. It may not fit in very well with people with drugs/alcoholic problem. On the other hand, those people with drugs/alocholic problem may be suffering from mental problem as well so it would be reasonable to treat them in the same location. If they cannot access treatment conveniently, they may never get themselves treated. Nothing can be perfect, we go for the least of all devils.
    • Joe almost 8 years ago
      Hi ChrisMy dad is a smoker so I understand how you feel, but not everyone is a smoker and I don't appreciate the fact that every cigarette consumed by a smoker in the public space, the smoke travel through the air and is consumed by non-smokers i.e. second-hand smoke. I don't mind smokers smoking, so long it doesn't affect the health of non-smokers, but inevitably, smoking in public space does take away the freedom of non-smokers to not breath your second-hand smoke. Its also very insensitive of the smokers to smoke in front of other pedestrians while walking, when the wind blow your cigarette smokes into other pedestrians' face whose walking behind you, insensitive if not rude.Nevertheless, I understand the needs of smokers, perhaps an enclose public smoking area like the one in airports is something that may interest you.
    • Darius almost 8 years ago
      Hi AllThere was an article in yesterday's Australian newspaper discussing possible smoking bans in NSW. You can read the article here: http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/breaking-news/health/story-fn3dxity-1226277257457 Does anyone have any thoughts on this issue and how it may impact the Willoughby area?
  • Artarmonite almost 8 years ago
    I live in the west Artarmon area where there are lots of unit blocks. It is generally a great area to live as the residents take a lot of pride in the area and so it has nice gardens maintained by the owners corporations which give a pleasant streetscape. The only blot on this is the piles of kerbside rubbish left by departing residents. A few weeks after the rubbish is left a sticker from the council appears. This sticker says "Dumping is Dumb" and mentions fines etc to discourage street dumping. The stickers though have the opposite effect. As soon as a sticker is placed more rubbish is added to the pile so the piles grow. I think the residents see the stickers as an annoucement that the council will pick up the rubbish soon so see it as a chance to get rid of unwanted items.I think it is time for council to discontinue the use of these stickers or at least do a trial and see if the volume of rubbish decreases.
  • Lynn almost 8 years ago
    I would like to see a law brought in whereby cyclists riding on the footpath are obliged to ring their bell when approaching a pedestrian. I am often startled by cyclists who suddenly swoop past me when I am tending my garden along the fence and could easily be injured if I had stepped back just as they went past. Lynn
  • Joe almost 8 years ago
    There is a tendency for drivers to speed through a quiet suburban street to cut short their travel time, and occasionally, it's ridiculous for me to witness some motorist hit their accelerators in a narrow, quite street with both sides of the road parked with cars, such as the almost one-lane Neridah Street! Its understandable for motorist wanting to get home fast, but speeding dangerously through suburban street should not be tolerated. Its very helpful for some Willoughby streets to have speed bumps built, but it does not seems adequate to restrain motorists driving in other Willoughby streets.
  • pang almost 8 years ago
    I would love to see a law to ban all childcare centres in Willoughby charging a fee for their waiting lists. We are already paying the most expensive daily childcare fee in Australia, I don't understand why we need to pay a non-refundable $50-$60 only to put our children's names to the waiting lists. I didn't have this thought until my friend told me that her child's name is on 3 of the local childcare centres (also on north shore) without paying anything.
    • Darius almost 8 years ago
      Hi PangThanks for your feedback. Below is a reply from our Children's Services Manager. 'Childcare waiting lists are living, active administrative ongoing tasks. This means they require initial data input, the maintaining of mailing lists, mail outs, updating and constant review and follow up by someone. For those centres where there is a large demand a one off fee is often charged simply to recover the cost of administering the list. The waiting list fee at Council run childcare centres is a one off fee of $26. Other services who don’t charge a wait list fee may recover this cost in other ways e.g. higher daily fees. Others may not have a lengthy list to manage.'
      • pang almost 8 years ago
        I can understand why a childcare center would charge a small fee to manage their lengthy waiting list. Except for our council run childcare center, the other privately owned childcare centres are all charging $50-60 for the waiting list, $100-110 daily fee after you join. Who wouldn't think it is a bit too much. Can anything to be done to control these centres at all? Isn't there a cap to thses extra charges rather than letting them go higher and higher? I'm sure I'm not the only parent who feels being so ripped off.
  • Willoughby Admin almost 8 years ago
    News Update:Do you live in a heritage listed home? Have you renovated in the last 5 years?Then you, your architect, designer or builder can enter the 2012 Willoughby Heritage Awards - the awards recognise excellence in design, and promote sustainable design solutions that ensure the significant heritage character of Willoughby City is maintained and enhanced.For more info on assessment criteria, entry guidelines or for an application form, phone 9777 7678 or 9777 1029. Entries close Wednesday 7 March.
  • Willoughby Admin almost 8 years ago
    In our December forum we asked for your feedback on Chatswood and a new website that is being developed to attract more visitors to Chatswood. We have used feedback from this forum to help shape the website which will be launched soon.In the meantime, the Facebook Page and Twitter account for 'It all starts at Chatswood' have been launched. Follow the links below. http://www.facebook.com/ChatswoodNSWhttp://twitter.com/#!/chatswoodnsw - you may need to copy and paste this into the address bar of your internet browser.
  • Wayne almost 8 years ago
    Just wondering whether Council could consider improving the railing along the elevated footpath between the BP gas station and Deepwater Road entrance along the Eastern Valley Way of Castle Cove? A small child can easily fall out of the current railing, and there're lots of school children using the footpath during school terms.
  • Wayne almost 8 years ago
    What is the current status of the Woolsworth proposal at Smith Street? Would like to see it up and running soon.
  • GraceLee almost 8 years ago
    Forgive my ignorance, does our Council do any good citizen/friendly neighbourhood education/movement, including the newly moved in poperty owners/residents? I wish we can create a happy and mutually supportive community.