Published on 16 August 2016
The Inaugural Nancy Hillier Memorial Lecture held at the Parliament of NSW last Wednesday was a great success. Many people turned out to pay tribute to our local hero. Nancy Hillier was known throughout Botany and much further afield for her tireless activism and commitment to local environmental issues. Her campaigning began with protests about ICI’s (now Orica) groundwater contamination and chlorine leaks, and continued during the expansions of both Sydney Airport and Port Botany. Nancy was passionately concerned about industry’s impact on our environment and our local community. She was a formidable force. I want to thank all involved in setting up the event. Special thanks must go to Associate Professor Paul Brown of the University of NSW and Nancy’s son Clive who gave a moving tribute to Nancy on behalf of the Hillier family.
By now you may have received this year’s budget highlights brochure in your letterbox. This year marks the phenomenal achievement of our 21st consecutive year of being debt free. We have a balanced budget without selling off any of our community assets. A record $39 million will be spent on capital works projects. Some of the highlights include an upgrade of Eastlakes Reserve, a Master Plan for Astrolabe Park, an upgrade of Tierney Avenue Reserve, an upgrade of Mascot Oval, construction of a skate park in Mutch Park and a Master Plan for the upgrade of the Botany Aquatic Centre. Our residential rates continue to be one of the lowest in the state and we continue to deliver stable and sustainable economic growth making our City a great place to live and work.
Last Saturday Council celebrated its unsung heroes, our outstanding volunteers, by hosting a morning tea at Mascot Library in their honour. Volunteers have an enormous impact on the health and well-being of communities and make such a difference in our day-to-day life. They are local people who give – or serve – and even stand up for - our local community. Special recognition was given to our former Local Area Commander, Superintendent Karen McCarthy who left Botany Bay Command to commence her new position as Commander of the Eastern Beaches Local Area Command. On behalf of Council I would like to thank all our volunteers
for their selfless contribution to our community.
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