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					Ku-ring-gai Update

October 2008
Contents
From the GM’s desk ............................................. page 3
Dates for your diary .............................................. page 5
New program set to wipe out graffiti ..................... page 5
CleanOut your chemicals ..................................... page 7
Art Centre ............................................................. page 8
Bus About Ku-ring-gai .......................................... page 9
Pool open ........................................................... page 10
Referendum defeated ......................................... page 10
Become a worm farmer ...................................... page 11
Grant windfall...................................................... page 11
Party in safety this festive season ...................... page 12
Ku-ring-gai Citizen of the Year Awards ............... page 13
Talking books ..................................................... page 14
Career seminar for parents and teens ................ page 15
Senior Seminar ................................................... page 15
Your councillors 2008-2012 ................................ page 12
Role of a councillor ............................................. page 19
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Need help? ......................................................... page 20
Alternative formats .............................................. page 20
Ku-ring-gai Council contact details ..................... page 20




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From the GM’s desk
As a local council, customer service is at the very core of what we
do – and I’m pleased to report we have launched a new initiative
aimed at providing consistently high service standards.
The Providing a Service to Customers policy sets out service
standards for all interactions with customers including telephone
calls, meetings, emails, letters and appropriate dress.
This new policy defines a customer as anyone we have contact
with. It recognises that everything we say and do provides a service
to someone, and every interaction with a customer can impact
significantly on the organisation’s image.
Individual departments have long had particular service policies but
this policy makes customer standards uniform across all of Council.
Staff will be assessed on how they comply with the standards, while
Council’s performance will be measured through surveys of
customers as well as general feedback.
Council’s ground-breaking environmental projects have been
commended at the 2008 Keep Australia Beautiful NSW Sustainable
Cities Awards.
We were highly commended for initiatives including our
Sustainability Plan with its innovative consultation with residents


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across all age groups, our work protecting Blue Gum High Forest
and our stormwater recycling program.
Finally, September’s local government elections saw five Ku-ring-
gai councillors re-elected and five new councillors elected (see
back page for details). Staff look forward to working constructively
with the new Council on the many issues and challenges we’ll face
over the next four years.


John McKee, General Manager




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 Dates for your diary
 Tuesday 11 November 2008
 Career seminar for parents and teens. Gordon Library.


 Wednesday 12 November 2008
 Seniors seminar on home maintenance. Turramurra Seniors
 Centre.


 Saturday 13 December 2008
 Carols in the Park. Bicentennial Park, West Pymble.


 Monday 26 January 2009
 Australia Day Celebrations. Bicentennial Park, West Pymble.
 Citizenship ceremony. Wahroonga Park, Wahroonga.



 New program set to wipe out graffiti
Graffiti may be a thing of the past with a new program targeting
graffiti on both public and private property in
Ku-ring-gai’s town centres.
The 12-month trial involves a specialist private contractor patrolling
the centres and removing graffiti very soon after it appears.

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Removing the graffiti quickly, denies offenders the satisfaction of
seeing their tag on display. This technique has already proved
successful at Killara Post Office, a well known graffiti hotspot.
Council has traditionally removed graffiti from our own property
such as signs, lavatories and other buildings. Under this program,
graffiti is also removed from private property such as shopfronts in
our major centres.
In July, Council also resolved to extend a project for graffiti removal
at Turramurra town centre involving Turramurra Rotary Club.
Council has supplied club members with a high pressure graffiti
removing sprayer to remove graffiti from key locations such as
shopfronts, signs and billboards.
Council also resolved to develop a graffiti artist register and
advertise for artists to voluntarily participate in centre beautification
programs.
This follows the success of a project last year when a group of 12
local youths painted a mural on the walls of Lindfield Railway
Tunnel.

  CleanOut your chemicals
  Residents of Ku-ring-gai and surrounding areas now have the
  opportunity to correctly and safely dispose of any unwanted
  hazardous wastes.
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Ku-ring-gai Council with the NSW Department of Environment
and Climate Change is holding a free household chemical
collection as part of the CleanOut Program. On Saturday 8
November between 9am and 3.30pm, you can drop your
unwanted chemical waste at
St Ives Showground.
Materials that can be dropped off include: paint and paint related
products, pesticides and herbicides, solvents and household
cleaners, motor oils and fuels, batteries, gas bottles, fire
extinguishers, pool chemicals and fluorescent tubes.
In 2007, 933 residents disposed of 34,807 kg of unwanted
chemicals. After feedback from last year, an improved traffic
management program will be put into action for more
convenience.




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 Art Centre
Weekend art workshops
Choose from drawing, collagraph or painting weekend workshops
and immerse yourself in a weekend of artistic exploration at Ku-
ring-gai Art Centre.


Drawing from the Self
Saturday 1 and Sunday 2 November, 10am - 4.30pm
Andrew Antoniou introduces you to the power of visual memory
and its use in imaginative composition. He demonstrates ways to
look inwards for a more personal imagery, through poetry, text,
music and song exercises as starting points, culminating in
outstanding black and white drawings. Cost: $170.


Collagraph Workshop
Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 November, 10am - 4.30pm
Highly regarded printmaker Madeleine Szymanski will teach you
how to make and print collagraph plates using simple materials.
Cost: $170.




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The Pleasure of Paint - Investigating Surface & Space
Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 November, 10am - 4.30pm
With Yvonne Langshaw as your guide, you will explore your
natural creativeness and expand your artistic experiences with
colour, paint and mixed media. Cost: $150.
Find out more
Phone 9424 0310, email artcentre@kmc.nsw.gov.au or visit
www.kmc.nsw.gov.au/artcentre

Bus about Ku-ring-gai
Getting around Ku-ring-gai is now a lot easier with the
Ku-ring-gai Shuttle Bus Service.
Operating on a Thursday, the bus will pick you up from your Ku-
ring-gai home and take you anywhere in the local government
area.
Priority is given to people with a disability and older people. The
cost is $5 one way or $10 return. Bookings: 9983 1611 by 12pm
on Wednesdays.




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Pool open
West Pymble Pool has re-opened for the warmer months and is
now better than ever after improvement works over the winter.
The pool was re-tiled and new piping was installed.
www.kmc.nsw.gov.au/pool



Referendum defeated
At the local government elections held on 13 September, you
were required to vote in a constitutional referendum that asked:
The mayor of Ku-ring-gai Council is currently elected by the
councillors. Do you approve of the method of electing the mayor
of Ku-ring-gai Council being changed to the method of election
by the electors, and the number of councillors on the council
being increased to 11?
In a very close result, the referendum was defeated by 81 votes.
This means the mayor will continue to be chosen by councillors
and the number of councillors will remain at 10.




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Be a worm farmer
Reduce your kitchen and garden waste and watch your plants
flourish when you buy a worm farm or compost bin from Council's
Customer Service desk.
Worm castings are an effective natural fertiliser and great fun for
the kids. Feed your worms fruit and vegetable scraps, pulp from
juicers, bread crusts, crushed eggshells, tea bags, leaves,
cardboard (shredded and soaked) and paper. Worms don't like
onion, garlic or citrus fruits and will escape the farm to get away
from them.
Cost: Worm farms $68.90        Compost bins $38
     Learn more about worm farming at
     www.kmc.nsw.gov.au/wormfarm




Grant windfall
Council will save over 12 million litres of water a year thanks to
$600,000 in grants from the NSW Government for two projects.
With the help of neighbouring Roseville Golf Course, Council will
use harvested rainwater to irrigate Roseville Chase Oval. The
project involves the installation of a solar powered pump and
transfer line to tap into a dam on Roseville Golf Course. The

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recycled water will also be used to flush the toilets in the amenities
block.
Leachate (liquid that 'leaches' from landfill) from the former St Ives
Vegetation Landfill site will be treated and piped to the adjacent St
Ives Showground and Ku-ring-gai Nursery to be used for irrigation
in place of potable (drinking)water.

Party in safety this festive season
Want to prevent unwanted friends gate crashing your next party?
Find out how with the 2008 Safe Party Pack.
This year’s pack has advice on how to deal with unwelcome
guests, tips for planning a safe party, ‘mocktail’ recipes, facts
about binge drinking and a guide to notifying your neighbours
about your party.
Targeting drink driving, the Safe Party Pack is a joint initiative by
North Sydney, Willoughby, Mosman and Ku-ring-gai councils and
is supported by Woolworths and Vibe Hotel North Sydney as well
as the NSW Police.
The packs are free and will be available from councils, Woolworths
Liquor, BWS and Dan Murphy’s stores from November, just in time
for the festive season. They offer a chance to win prizes including a
night’s stay at any Vibe Hotel for two people (including breakfast)


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and $50 Woolworths WISH gift cards (eight to be won).
www.kmc.nsw.gov.au/safeparty

Nominations sought for Ku-ring-gai Citizen of the
Year Awards
Do you know someone who has done countless volunteer hours
for a service organisation, a local sporting group or an educational
facility? Or has a member of your family or a friend achieved
something outstanding in their work or studies?
Ku-ring-gai Council invites you to nominate an individual or group
for the 2009 Ku-ring-gai Citizen of the Year Awards that has
contributed their knowledge, time and talents to benefit our
community.
The 2009 Ku-ring-gai Citizen of the Year will be presented with a
commemorative stamp sheet featuring their photograph from
Australia Post.
Awards are presented to high achievers in four categories:
• Citizen of the Year
• Young Citizen of the Year (16 years or older and 25 years or
younger on 26 January 2009)
• Outstanding Service to the Ku-ring-gai Community - Individual
• Outstanding Service to the Ku-ring-gai Community - Group.


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Nomination forms are available at Council Chambers, Ku-ring-gai
library branches and on Council’s website
www.kmc.nsw.gov.au/citizen
Nominations close 14 November 2008.
The awards will be presented at the Ku-ring-gai Australia Day
evening celebrations on 26 January 2009 at Bicentennial Park,
corner Ryde Road and Lofberg Road, West Pymble.

LIBRARY

Talking books
Ku-ring-gai Library is one of the first libraries in Sydney to make
available a substantial collection of popular books in MP3 format.
 With over 200 talking books, including Mao's last dancer, Dirt
 music and People of the book, this popular book form can be
 played on DVDs, computers and MP3-accessible CD players.
 Talking books are a great resource for those with vision
 impairment and also a convenient format for those who travel, jog
 or generally prefer to listen, rather than read, their favourite books.

 Career seminar for parents and teens
 Explore career opportunities for teens at this free seminar at
 Gordon Library, Tuesday 11 November at 6.45pm. Parents will


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 learn how to engage with the ‘Y Generation’ and a panel of
 experts will look at the many career choices available to them.
 RSVP and enquiries to Suzanne Atteridge: 9440 9656.



 Senior Seminar
 Does your home need maintenance but you do not know where to
 start? Is it difficult to find a good reliable tradesperson? Then don’t
 miss this seminar. Wednesday 12 November, 10am - 12pm at
 Turramurra Seniors Centre, 1 Gilroy Road. Cost $5.
 Bookings: 9424 0000

 Your councillors 2008 – 2012
Mayor Elaine Malicki
Comenarra Ward
Councillor Malicki has lived in her ward for 36 years and began her
local government career as a leader of various community action
groups. Cr Malicki trained as a teacher and holds a Bachelor of Arts
and a Diploma of Education. She is a Justice of the Peace.


Deputy Mayor
Jennifer Anderson
Roseville Ward

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Councillor Anderson has lived in Killara for 21 years. Her
qualifications are in Library and Information Science with
appointments to the University of NSW, University of London, Lane
Cove Council and, more recently, with Federal MP, Dr Brendan
Nelson.


Cr Steven Holland
Comenarra Ward
Councillor Holland has lived in Ku-ring-gai for nearly 30 years. He
came to Council through initiating a community based sustainability
program within West Pymble. He has recently completed a Master
of Applied Science-Social Ecology.


Cr Rakesh Duncombe
Roseville Ward
Councillor Duncombe lives in Roseville with his wife and daughter.
A qualified financial planner, he runs his own financial planning
business and is President of the Rotary Club of Balmain. Cr
Duncombe's interests include rugby league, cricket and motor
sports.


Cr Nick Ebbeck JP


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Wahroonga Ward
Councillor Ebbeck has lived in Ku-ring-gai all his life. A self made
businessman owning his first company at 17, Cr Ebbeck's business
interests have included electronic security, electrical maintenance
and installation, sports management and promotion and transport.


Cr Ian Cross
Wahroonga Ward
Councillor Cross has lived in North Turramurra for 16 years. He is a
CPA, a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Company Secretaries
and a fellow of the Australian Institute of Management. He holds a
Bachelor of Financial Administration and a Master of Arts.


Cr Tony Hall
St Ives Ward
Cr Hall grew up in Wahroonga and has lived in St Ives since 1978.
He spent 25 years in the NSW public service and is now involved in
the aged care industry. Cr Hall has represented St Ives Ward since
1987 and is the longest serving Ku-ring-gai councillor.


Cr Carolyne Hardwick



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St Ives Ward
Councillor Hardwick has resided in St Ives for 37 years. Having
owned and operated various successful businesses during the past
39 years, she is currently employed in the local retail sector and is
looking forward to serving her community.


Cr Elise Keays
Gordon Ward
Councillor Keays has lived in Lindfield for 17 years. She was a
councillor from 2000 to 2004, which gave her valuable experience
in the operations of Council. She graduated from Macquarie
University in 2001 with a Bachelor of Arts degree.




Cr Cheryl Szatow
Gordon Ward
 Councillor Szatow has lived in Killara for 14 years and has
 professional experience in education, health, research, marketing
 and communication. She holds a Bachelor of Arts with English and
 History majors and a Master of Education (Administration) (hons).




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Role of a councillor
At the September local government elections, the councillors
pictured left were elected to serve Council until 2012. It is the role
of a councillor to represent the interests of residents and
ratepayers and to provide leadership and guidance within the
community. To contact your councillors email
councillors@kmc.nsw.gov.au or visit
www.kmc.nsw.gov.au/councillors for individual details.




 Need help?
 This document contains important information and news. If you
 do not understand it, please call the Telephone Interpreter
 Service on 131 450 and ask them to phone 9424 0000 on your
 behalf to contact Ku-ring-gai Council.
 Business hours: Monday - Friday, 8.30am - 5pm.


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Alternative Formats
Ku-ring-gai Update is also available in large print, audio and
electronic formats. To receive a copy, please visit Council's
website or call Customer Service on 9424 0000.



Ku-ring-gai Council Contact Details
818 Pacific Highway, Gordon
Locked Bag 1056, Pymble NSW 2073
Opening Hours: 8.30am - 5pm
Monday to Friday
Telephone: 02 9424 0000
Fax: 02 9424 0001
Email: kmc@kmc.nsw.gov.au
Web: www.kmc.nsw.gov.au




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