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Mayor's message - 8 March 2011
Mayor Murray Matson
Cr Murray Matson
Mayor of Randwick

The Spot Food and Film Festival - on this Sunday!
Hit the Spot for a seriously fun day of food and live entertainment at the annual Spot Food and Film Festival this Sunday from 1pm to 7pm.

See stars Jack Thompson and Gary Sweet accept their place in the Australian Film Walk of Fame and enjoy a Bollywood Show, capoiera performance, and funky music by the Martini Club.

The Festival will be held at The Spot in Randwick on St Pauls Street and Perouse Road. More information is available online.

Bardon Park reopens to the community
Following a three month upgrade, Bardon Park in Coogee has reopened for general community use.

The park now has new soil and turf and a new automatic irrigation system. Council will be publicly exhibiting landscape plans for community comments shortly. The park is one of 13 off-leash dog parks available for use by residents to exercise their dogs.

Local children from the Coogee Dolphins Rugby League Club use the park for training on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 3.30pm and 7pm, March to September.

Malabar Headland National Park expansion needed
It has been a long time coming, but it seems a National Park on Malabar Headland south of Maroubra Beach is closer to reality. I congratulate Minister Peter Garrett for handing over an initial 15 hectares of land for use as National Park - and look forward to the remaining headland becoming National Park in the near future.
 
I've written to Minister Garrett asking him to expand the 15 hectare land parcel to include a small section linking with Arthur Byrne Reserve at south Maroubra Beach. Including this narrow slip of land in the National Park would protect more of the endangered Eastern Suburbs Banksia Scrub and also fast-track Council plans to extend the Sydney Coastal Walkway south of Maroubra Beach to Pioneers Park.

Future of the Kingsford South precinct
Council's 12 local community precincts are your way of having a say about the things Council is doing. They are our main consultative forum and it's important they are run openly and accountably to ensure your views are heard.

I am becoming increasingly concerned that the Kingsford South precinct is repeatedly failing to produce minutes. I call on the Secretary to provide all missing minutes for the last five years.

By not providing minutes containing resolution, the precinct leaves the Council ill informed as to what the community wants.

Precincts are designed to serve the community and they need active involvement from local residents. Help us help you by attending your local precinct meeting and make your voice heard.

Get rid of your e-waste and help the environment
If you're like me, you've probably got an old TV, computer, printer or mobile phone lurking at home somewhere. The problem is, if this electronic waste ends up in landfill, it can leach hazardous substances into the ground and into the water table.

To help us all dispose of e-waste and help the environment, Council is holding a free e-waste drop off for Randwick City residents until Saturday 19 March at our Recycling Centre at 72 Perry St, Matraville. Up to 98% of all e-waste items collected will be recycled. The Recycling Centre is open Monday to Saturday. More information is available online  or by phoning 1300 722 542.