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Mayor's message - 7 June 2011
Mayor Murray Matson
Cr Murray Matson
Mayor of Randwick

Open Space and Environment Discussion Paper on exhibition
As part of the preparation of a comprehensive new Local Environment Plan and Development Control Plan for Randwick City, Council has prepared an Open Space and Environment Discussion Paper for public comment.

Randwick City is blessed with about 30 per cent of our city, or 1,118 hectares, currently zoned for open space or environmental protection. The discussion paper proposes to maintain the majority of these areas and to increase the overall amount of open space by about 31 hectares. The new sites include the proposed new National Park on Malabar Headland and road reserves along Bunnerong Road, Chifley which are proposed to be formally recognised as public recreation.

Your feedback on how we can best preserve our open spaces is important to us. The discussion paper is on public exhibition until 29 July. You can find out where to view the paper, about our information sessions on the paper, and how to submit a comment online or by calling 9399 0992.

Congratulations to our local unsung volunteers
Randwick City is full of hard-working volunteers who give their time freely to help others. I had the great honour of announcing this year's recipients of the Rotary Unsung Volunteer Awards: Vera Doyle (Benevolent Society Eastern Region), Jennifer Mah, (Holy Family Parish Maroubra) Michael Hand (Maroubra Rotary Club), Lindsay Harden (Bowen Library, Maroubra), Pat South (Bowen Library, Maroubra), Lynette Hutcheson (Randwick Meals on Wheels), Bill Cronin (the Salvation Army), Barbara Parish (the Salvation Army) and Julie Kemp (South Coogee Public School).

Congratulations and thank you to all recipients for helping make Randwick City a great place to live in.

West Kensington draft flood study
Randwick Council's Draft West Kensington Floodplain Risk Management Plan provides information on flooding and the actions Randwick Council plans to undertake to manage flooding in the West Kensington area. Prepared jointly by Randwick Council and the City of Sydney, the Plan is currently on exhibition for community comment. You can view the plan online and find out how to submit your comments.

All submissions must be received by 24 June 2011.

Council staff and the consultant working on this project will be available at the Bowen Library, Maroubra on Wednesday 8 June between 4pm and 7pm to discuss the plan and any concerns you may have. For more information, call 9399 0525.

Award-winning author has a touch of magic
Randwick Library will host Commonwealth Writers Prize, Best First Book award winner Glenda Guest on Wednesday 8 June when she talks about her novel Siddon Rock, which combines the ordinary with the extraordinary and a cast of finely drawn and unforgettable characters.

Siddon Rock was short-listed in the 2010 Randwick Literary Awards. Bookings are required on 9399 6966.

Alzheimer's Information Expo
Are you worried about your memory or a family member's memory? Friendly staff from Alzheimer's Australia and The Dementia Advisory Service will be visiting Bowen Library and Community Centre, Maroubra on Wednesday 8 June from 10am till 2pm to discuss any concerns you may have about memory loss.

Information will be provided on activities to improve your memory as well as how to reduce the risk of developing dementia.

Refreshments will be provided and bookings are essential on 9399 0972 or by emailing frida.kitas@randwick.nsw.gov.au