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As an Artarmon Progress Association member benefit, local news and happenings will occasionally be distributed to APA members via email. The APA often finds out about local events and issues before they reach the newspaper and, while the Artarmon Gazette is still an important way of sharing community information to the entire 2064 postcode area, the occasional email will ensure you are kept abreast of topical issues.

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13th July 2010 - Keeping you informed - An update on WCC rezoning proposals

Number of submissions

Council has received 1000+ submissions in relation to the Local Environmental Plan (LEP) draft rezoning changes. These are currently being analysed into categories prior to being collated into a report.

Your progress association, the APA, has requested that Council's Environmental Services Director provide a list of locations that Officers considered at the preliminary stages of the draft LEP for possible up zoning.

To view this information - review the paragraph headed - Preliminary Rezoning Assessment (within the Residential Section). For more details click here arrow

Comments from WCC re the submissions

Most of the submissions dealt with particular locations where rezonings are proposed to permit higher residential density or change LEP provisions. The main areas addressed in submissions appear to be Artarmon (the Brand St to Mowbray Rd area and the Rimmington/Kitchener Rd area), Sailors Bay Rd, Northbridge, Donnelly/ Merrenburn Ave, Naremburn, Hotham St/Wyvern Ave, Chatswood, the Oakville Rd car park proposal, Pyalla Rd, Northbridge (opposing a resident's proposal to extend the rezoning down the east side of Pyalla Rd) and Malvern/Havilah Avenue, Chatswood (relaxing the permitted uses in the residential zone).

What next?

Council staff is currently processing the submissions with a view to summarising and reporting back to Council before the end of 2010. At this stage it is anticipated that the report will go to a special meeting of Council in October or November. The draft plan will be presented to Council along with a report that outlines the issues raised in the submissions and how they will be addressed. Council will then decide whether to forward the plan to the Department of Planning or whether more work needs to be done before this can occur.

Timing

Council Officers expect to report to Council in October/ November. It is proposed Councillors hold a workshop (perhaps in late September) to start discussing issues raised prior to the report being tabled. This way they will be clear about the overall direction when the report is tabled at Council.

What will happen when Council finalises its LEP?

When Council resolves to forward the LEP to the Department of Planning (DEP), the DEP will consider it and assess if the issues raised in the submissions have been addressed. If the Department then agrees with the final draft Plan, the Minister will "make" the plan which means that it will become law. This process is likely to take several months. Once the plan has been made, all zones, development standards and other provisions will come into effect. The making of the plan (once it has been Gazetted) will bring the provisions of Draft WLEP 2009 into force. It is hoped that the LEP will be made by February/ March, 2011.

Federation of Progress Associations in the Willoughby City area

The Artarmon Progress Association moved a motion at the recent WCC Federation of Progress Associations meeting that, despite LEP submission dates being closed, the Federation should make a late submission focusing on the principal topics which each individual Progress Association is in agreement. These include: importance of conservation areas, need for adequate infrastructure, identification of appropriate areas for upzoning across the overall LGA.

Heritage Committee

The Council's Heritage Committee will hold an extra-ordinary meeting once Council's final report is tabled to discuss the ramifications to the LEP. The Heritage Committee also plans to make a submission to Council from the Heritage Committee.

15th November 2009 - Stuff happening in Artarmon in the next few weeks

Gazettes

Your November Gazette should have arrived in your letterbox over the weekend. This is the final Gazette for the current editor, Anne Weinert, who is handing over the reins. Anne has been doing the Gazette on a volunteer basis for seven years and, on behalf of the local community, the Artarmon Progress Association would like to acknowledge her dedication, professionalism and commitment to keeping the community informed. Thanks Anne.

The good news is the Gazette will continue under the leadership of a new volunteer editor.... stay tuned for more details!

Two notes for your diary

The fun one....

The Progress Association is holding a Christmas sausage sizzle on Saturday 5 December from about 9.30am on the Village Green. We'd love you to come and say hello as rumour has it Santa will be dropping by at some point. Plus, if you like the idea of sending local Christmas cards, you can buy a supply of the fabulous Artarmon leadlight window cards as we'll have some available for sale at the sausage sizzle.

The business one....

On Thursday 26 November your Progress Association has invited Willoughby City Council General Manager, Nick Tobin, to give us an update on the Artarmon Library development and plans. This will be followed by the APA's Annual General Meeting. (There will also be a bit of a Christmas celebration to close out the year.)

For catering purposes we need to you to RSVP to pres@artarmonprogress.org.au It would be lovely if you were able to attend.

Date: Thursday 26 November 2009
Place: Artarmon Bowling Club, Burra Road, Artarmon
Time: 8pm

And finally....

Did you go to the Willoughby Spring Festival and Street Fair?

Willoughby City Council wants feedback about the 2009 Spring Festival and Street Fair and is seeking suggestions for future events.

If you attended the Festival you're invited to one of two forums (either Tuesday 24 November or Thursday 26 November) to participate in a focus group discussion lasting approximately 90 minutes.

To register your interest, email denise.catt@willoughby.nsw.gov.au. Participants will be contacted in the week commencing 16 November to confirm details.

PS: As a thank you for participating, all attendees will receive a $25 Westfield gift voucher.

31st August 2009 - Goodbye public phone? + Rail power + Recognition

Without community power, (your voice!) things either don't get done or facilities/services disappear before there has been any consultation. Once gone, it's gone forever. With this in mind there are several things happening in the local area you need to know about.

Goodbye pay phone?

In the Willoughby City Council advertisement in the North Shore Times (Wednesday 26 August)  there was a section on Payphone review and removal.

The Council has drawn attention to the fact that Telstra has completed a review of the Willoughby local government area. The review identified the need to remove some public payphones....

One of them is the payphone at 66 Hampden Road Artarmon. Isn't this the one outside the post office?

Submissions opposing the proposed payphone removal are invited and can be sent to Carol Smith, Telstra Ground Floor, East Tower, 52-54 Railway Parade Burwood 2134 or emailed to carol.smith@team.telstra.com. Comments must be received by 30 October 2009.

Just a thought: I suspect, but do not know for sure, that this payphone would be used a lot by the people in Phyllis Bourke Court and also many of the students who live in the area. Once it's gone, it's gone forever and those who depend on it because they cannot afford a mobile phone are going to be further disadvantaged.

If you think it should stay, email Telstra.

Do you know a Senior who deserves recognition?


Nominations for the 2010 NSW Seniors Week Achievement Awards Program close at 5pm on 25 September 2009. An independent panel will assess all nominations and the Award Ceremony will be held in Sydney on Monday 22 March 2010.

So, if you can think of a senior who deserves recognition and want to find out more details, contact Ms Stephanie Timmins, Event Manager on 02 8270 2459.

More on City Rail

If we are ever going to get City Rail to improve access at Artarmon Station the community voice HAS to be heard. According to recent figures more than 8000 people per (average) day use Artarmon station and it is the 48th busiest station in the network. There will never be better access until every single person using the station raises their voice and lets the appropriate people know that we care. To make change we all have to get active. How? What about an email or letter to the Transport Minister for starters!

David Campbell,
Minister for Transport, and Minister for the Illawarra
Phone (02) 9228 3777
Fax (02) 9228 3722
david@campbell.minister.nsw.gov.au

And, don't hesitate to contact, Glenda Hewitt, sec@artarmonprogress.org.au if you have any horror stories about people having difficulties trying to access the station. The more 'evidence' we provide, the better!!

12th August 2009 - news for the local community

When doing my 'rounds' delivering mail to Artarmon Progress Association Board members it was lovely to see the spring bulbs flowering. So many gardens have daffodils, jonquils and blossoms in bloom. Summer is nearly here...

Just so you know, your Gazette should be arriving in your letterbox some time this weekend. 

In this issue of the Gazette:

‘The tale of two (three?) community centres’ – Council now has three community buildings in Artarmon and subsequently, more flexibility to match building use to local environmental impact. What does this mean for the community?

Other stories:

  • Star Search goes off with a bang!
  • Local traffic update – is that a pedestrian crossing in Elizabeth St?
  • Rail humour (not)!

Plus of course, news from the community

  • Public school news
  • Artarmon @ Council
  • Councillor’s feedback
  • Gardening – a short history of public plantings in Artarmon
  • Sustainability St – focus on wind power
  • Artarmon Neighbourhood Watch

A date for your diary...

Tuesday 25 August - There will be a Public Information Meeting at Artarmon Bowling Club (Burra Road) at 8pm
This quarter's topic is what you need to know about drugs, alcohol and holding safe parties at home. It's information on how to have fun but keep safe (especially if you've got teenagers).

Did you know that Willoughby Council has created an opportunity for you to give them feedback on specific issues. It's called Bang The Table

Updates for Willoughby Council at Bang The Table.

Bang The Table

Have a say on the Artarmon Loop Bus Service at http://bangthetable.com/artarmon-loop

Have a say on the NSW State Plan at http://www.nswstateplan.net.au

Have a say about the future management of the Sydney Harbour National Park at http://www.sydneyharbourpom.net.au

Please feel free to share this with your friends and neighbours. The more people who let Council know what they are thinking, the more we are likely to get outcomes that meet the needs of the majority - not just those with loud voices!

14th May 2009 - an update from the Progress Association

Hello there Things are nearly back to normal after Easter and school holidays and the nights are getting a bit cooler, but aren't the days lovely and warm! This is a nice time of the year in this area.

So, what things are happening that you need to know about and share with your neighbours?

Artarmon Gazette

Your Artarmon Gazette should appear in letterboxes sometime in the next week, dependent of course on the timetables of our delivery team volunteers. However, a little tip for the anxious, some of the content is already available on the Progress Association website if you would like a preview.

What can you expect in this edition? Stories include:

  • Information on the new shuttle bus service in Artarmon Industrial area
  • Information about the new community centre for the former church in Artarmon Road
  • Nick Logan's Pharmacy wins national award
  • Leadlights by Starlight (were you there?)
  • Artarmon music initiative finds early success

Plus of course there are all the regular articles...

  • Public school news
  • Artarmon @ Council
  • Councillors' contributions
  • Gardening with Mollie Shelley - those dry shady areas in your garden
  • Sustainability Street - choosing chooks
  • Neighbourhood watch update

There's lots happening in Artarmon at the moment.

26 May, 8pm - Public Information Meeting

We know you like to keep in touch with decisions impacting Artarmon. With this in mind Nick Tobin, General Manager Willoughby City Council will discuss Council's Management Plan 2009-2010 at the newly acquired community facility "The Church", 139 Artarmon Road on Tuesday 26 May. This public information meeting is also a great opportunity to see the new venue and to ask questions about plans for its use and the timetable for moving from the existing library site etc.

Date: Tuesday 26 May
Time: 8pm
Location: "The Church" 139 Artarmon Road (on the corner of Tindale St)


Kids cottage

Did you know there is a DA to extend the use of Kids Cottage? Currently 'children's activities only' consent limits the use of the facility and the Council is going through a period of consultation with view to considering a further development application to include use by other community groups.

Artarmon Station

Some of the seating, the planter boxes and the trees have disappeared from Artarmon Station. While CityRail has indicated they will be replaced (albeit in a different form) you can wait for it to happen (on the June long weekend?) or you can let CityRail know you are fully supportive of the replacements. There's nothing like a bit of encouragement for a good outcome! Don't be passive if you have a point of view. Click here for the link to the CityRail feedback site.

Star Search

The next Star Search rehearsals are happening on Sunday 17 May at the Artarmon Primary School between 12 noon and 2pm. For more information contact Ross Dickson at Hair on Wilkes.

Television reception

Have you noticed that television reception has gone a bit fuzzy lately?

Library

Don't forget the library is open until 8pm on Thursday nights - which makes it a good night for commuters to drop in for some reading material. The library is in Elizabeth Street with the best access (from the railway tunnel) through Wilkes Plaza and then right into Elizabeth Street.

24th March 2009 - Neighbour day, Earth Hour and a missing RSVP contact

Sausage sizzle

Artarmon Neighbourhood Watch is inviting friends and neighbours to celebrate ‘NATIONAL NEIGHBOUR DAY’
4.00pm – 6.00pm, Sunday 29 March 2009.

Where: BBQ AREA - ARTARMON RESERVE PLAYGROUND - Burra Road, Artarmon

‘National Neighbour Day’ is all about ‘looking out for’ our neighbours and building stronger, caring communities – visit www.neighbourday.org.

****Special appearance from Chalkie the Clown****
Neighbourhood Watch will provide and sizzle the sausages – just take your other picnic bits, rugs and drinks as well as your neighbours, families and friends.


Special Progress Association member only event

While the public event for Leadlights by Starlight is being held on Sunday 5 April, there is a special members only launch of the photos at the Artarmon library on Friday 3 April. Eva Czernis-Ryl Curator, decorative arts and design at the Powerhouse Museum will also do a short presentation.
Bookings are are essential.
Phone Marianne Nestor on 9419 3925 or email Marianne.   

Earth Hour

Don't forget, this Saturday 28 March at 8.30pm is Earth Hour. Council has organised Earth Hour activities at Naremburn Park (corner Park Road and Station Street, Naremburn) from 5pm.

Oh no, there was no RSVP details for the book launch!

Cr Fogarty’s book launch invitation did not contain an RSVP contact number. If you would like to attend email Clare   or phone the Willoughby Library number: 9777 7900. RSVPs close Wednesday 25 March, so there's just time to register. A reminder of the details:

Date: Wednesday 1 April
Time: 6:00pm
Place: Council Chambers,
Level 6, 31 Victor St, Chatswood
RSVP: Wednesday 25 March
Light refreshments provided.

17th February 2009 - things that are happening locally

Please come along to the next Public Information Meeting:
Greg Woodhams from Willoughby City Council has been invited to speak at the forthcoming February Public Information Meeting. With NSW Planning Legislation set to impact all of us, it's timely to find out what we're in for (or what we need to do). Come along and bring the neighbours for an update.

Speaker: Greg Woodhams, Director - Environmental Services, Willoughby City Council
Topic: NSW Planning Legislation and how it impacts Willoughby City
Venue: Artarmon Bowling Club (right at the end of Burra Road)
Time: 8pm

Note: the Bowing Club will be open for refreshments.

Leadlights by Starlight
This is one for the diary. In association with Heritage Week, the APA's Heritage Committee will be working with local homeowners to display the magnificent leadlight windows on the east side of Artarmon.

Keep the evening of Sunday 5 April free - More details can be found on page 9 of the Artarmon Gazette!!

Artarmon Starsearch
Yes its on again this year so encourage your children to be involved. Details can be found on page 3 of the Artarmon Gazette.

Please note, due to the rain over the weekend your Gazette delivery may be delayed, but our volunteer walkers should get it to you some time this week.

Artarmon Progress Association Office Bearers for 2009

  • President: Michelle Sloane
  • Vice President & Secretary: Glenda Hewitt
  • Treasurer: Michael Dawes
  • Gazette Editor: Anne Weinert
  • Gazette liaison: Carol Elliott
  • Arty representative: Ross Dickson
  • Heritage Committee: Marianne Nestor
  • Website Manager: Robert Newman
  • Membership Committee: Mel Travis
  • Council Liaison: Peter Egan
  • Traffic Management: Rob Magner
  • Development Applications: Kerrieann Harper
  • Federation Representatives: Tony Kemm, Glenda Hewitt, Peter Egan
  • Public Information Meeting Co-Ordinators: Eva Wiland and Rob Magner
  • General Committee: Sonia Powell

Please note that the 2009 memberships are due.

Xmas Celebration - 30th November

The APA Committee
 
Invite you & your family to our
Christmas Celebration
on
Sunday 30 November 2008
 
Artarmon Bowling Club Burra Road, Artarmon
 
From 6pm till 9pm
 
With special guests - Artarmon Locals!!!
Jane Caro
Communications specialist; panelist on "The Gruen Transfer"
& Catherine Fox
Deputy Editor AFR Boss Magazine
Co-Authors of
"The f word: How we learned to swear by feminism"
 
There will be games & fun activities for the kids organised by ARTY!
Plus Santa & his helpers!!
 The APA will conduct a brief AGM following Catherine's talk.
Supper will be provided & drinks can be purchased from the bar
 
For catering purposes please RSVP pres@artarmonprogress.org.au
Come along & share some Christmas cheer with your neighbours

If you can, please bring an unwrapped present suitable for a child, which we'll donate to charity on behalf of the Artarmon Community

13th November 2008 - some important things to remember

Hasn't the weather been nice this week and it's good to see Artarmon putting on its purple cloak with the jacarandas and the agapanthus. Such a nice time of the year! When the jacarandas bloom it's exam time and Christmas is just around the corner. (As of Thursday, when I write this, it's only 41 sleeps to go.)

So, what things are happening that you need to know about and share with your neighbours?

Artarmon Gazette
This coming weekend the volunteers who deliver the Gazette will start doing their 'rounds'. If you live in the 2064 postcode your Gazette should be delivered over the next week or so. Front page story in this edition will be the Go Get car. You may have noticed it parked outside Nick Logan's Chemist shop?

Please join us
The APA Christmas party and annual general meeting will be held on Sunday 30 November. Please put the date in your diary as we would love to have your household members join us at the Artarmon Bowling Club (at the end of Burra Road). The APA keeps running due to the enthusiasm and contribution of those who live in the suburb and your enthusiasm and contribution is a part of this.

A reminder and details will be sent around closer to the event, but in the meantime, Sunday 30 November,  6pm - 8pm is all you have to remember for now. (It would help, however, if you gave us some idea of how many of your household may be attending!  That way we can get the catering right. RSVP to Artarmon Immediate.)

Recovering after Halloween
Did your children enjoy the Halloween party? We were all surprised about the amazing response and the enthusiasm of the children involved so it would be good to get your feedback and suggestions to assist with planning future events. There will have to be some fundraising (and more parental support) for any future events, but as Halloween falls on a Saturday in 2009, the Arty (young Artarmon) group are wondering whether to run it again. It takes time and energy, so your feedback will be a good gauge on how to approach it. Email your comments to Artarmon Immediate (or me, Glenda... ).

Let's beautify Artarmon
You may have seen a recent article in the Northside Courier about the Guerrilla Gardeners organisation? This group picks ugly public spaces and sets about beautifying them. Scott Lipman, one of the founders, was quoted in the article as saying he believes "Artarmon is a good place to start" on the North Shore.

We've spoken with Scott, and the group is really keen to clean up and plant out some of the not-no-great spaces in and around both the residential and the industrial areas. What you need to do is to go the website – www.guerillagardeners.com.au – and nominate the space you'd like beautified.

The more nominations for areas in Artarmon, the more likely we'll be to see greenery popping up in formerly ugly spaces. We'll be keeping in contact with the group over the next couple of months and bring you more updates as things begin to happen!

Library
And finally, a reminder that the library is open until 8pm on Thursday nights. Why not take a walk down in the cool of the evening? The library is in Elizabeth Street with the best access (from the railway tunnel) through Wilkes Plaza and then right into Elizabeth Street.

26th October 2008 - Trick or Treat

Welcome to another quick community update compliments of the Artarmon Progress Association. So, what's happening?

Trick or Treat?
This Friday, 31 October, many children in Artarmon will be participating in Trick or Treat. Some suggestions for ensuring the safety of those participating include:

  • making sure there is an adult with the group
  • reminding children to be polite
  • only accepting wrapped lollies (safer and preferable)
  • staying in a group
  • crossing roads safely (as some kids get very excited and forget!)

If you are welcoming trick or treaters you should have some sort of decoration or sign at your front gate or letterbox to show you are a participating household (balloons? a sign?). In the interests of safety, if you don't know the children, only hand out wrapped/sealed lollies.

For the "to old to trick or treat"  (and under 18)
Arty, the youth arm of the Artarmon Progress Association is holding a Halloween Party at the Artarmon Library between 6pm and 9.30pm on Friday 31 October (this Friday!). There will be adult supervision but children under 6 must be accompanied by an adult. For catering purposes it would be helpful if you would let Ross know your children will be coming. He can be found at Hair on Wilkes or phone 0430 400 782 (but spontaneous drop-ins are ok too.)

One for your diary
The next public information evening will be Sunday 30 November 2008, 6-8pm at the Artarmon Bowling Club, 1a Burra Road, Artarmon. It will have a Christmas theme, so it would be excellent if you joined us!

Youth Garden
One of Arty's (Young Artarmon) projects is the Youth Garden on the corner of Elizabeth St and Tindale Rd (opposite Wilkes Ave Shops). Doing the garden is both a social and a practical exercise so if you would like your children to be involved in helping build and maintain the garden, the next gathering is Sunday 9 November at 3pm.

Coming soon
The Artarmon Gazette is in the final stages of production and should be appearing in your letterbox in the next couple of weeks. The forthcoming issue is full of information about things that have an impact on our suburb.

1st September 2008 - Trains, Chemical cleanup and Rotary

Welcome to another quick community update compliments of the Artarmon Progress Association.

Trains
Rail maintenance and upgrading works are scheduled for the North Shore Line between Wynyard and Berowra on the weekend of 13-14 September. In addition to the scheduled rail maintenance, construction activities will continue between Artarmon and Roseville as part of the Epping to Chatswood rail line project.

More details

Local Government Elections
Compulsory local government elections are coming up on Saturday 13 September. The paper will have details about candidates, and most of those standing for Council had articles in the recent edition of the Artarmon Gazette.

North Shore Rotary Health Forum
Topic: Managing Stress and Anxiety
Date: 16 September, 2008
Time: 7pm-9pm
Cost: FREE
Venue: Zenith Theatre, corner Railway and MacIntosh Streets, Chatswood
Guest speaker is Professor Gin Malhi, Head of Psychiatry, Northern Clinical School, University of Sydney

Willoughby Spring Fair
This Saturday 6 September at Chatswood the Willoughby Spring Fair will be held throughout Chatswood CBD. The official opening by the Mayor is at 10am and there will be activities till 4pm in Chatswood Mall, Victoria Avenue, Spring Street and Anderson Street. It is important to note that there will be street closures on the day. More details can be found on the Willoughby Council website.

Arty, the Artarmon Progress Association Youth Group will be represented at the Fair.

Clean out chemical clutter
www.cleanout.com.au is offering a chance to get rid of paint and paint-related products, pesticides and herbicides, poisons, solvents and household cleaners etc etc. Check out the website for more details on dates and locations for the northern areas of Sydney.

20th August 2008 - An invitation to meet candidates in the local election

The next Council election is Saturday 13 September and voting is compulsory if you are an Australian citizen, aged 18 years and over and a resident!

Do you know who you will be voting for?

Meet the candidates

Find out who is running and what they stand for at a Public Information Meeting
Tuesday 26 August
8pm
Artarmon Public School Assembly Hall

3rd August 2008 - News for the Artarmon area

Do you know your councillors?
With local elections coming up, don't miss the opportunity to attend the Public Information meeting in the Artarmon Primary School hall on Tuesday 26 August. The idea is you get to know who you're voting for! Details are on the APA website.

Rail Trackwork
Next weekend (8-9 August) there will be more trackwork and no trains running. Railcorp has more information on its website. (www.cityrail.info)


Stuff for local kids
Arty is the youth arm of the Artarmon Progress Association. Its activities are organised by a youth committee and its objective is to create things to do for the under 25s.

If you want to encourage your children to get involved you can direct them to  Facebook for starters and they can find the information for themselves.  There's also an Arty website where they (and you) can find out what's happening.

Arty's Party
Coming up the ARTY group has organised Arty's Party at the Artarmon Bowling Club. It's for 12-18 year olds (High School age) and will be a no-alcohol event that runs from 6pm-8pm. The cost will be $5 and kids will be asked to sign in. More details on this can be found at www.arty.org.au.

18+???
The ARTY group has also organised a young Artarmon Pub Night for the 18+ group on Friday 29 August. On the assumption that most of the people reading this email will be over 18 (?) you're invited as well! The social gathering is informal and will be held at the Great Northern. A nice way to meet people and catch up!
 
State government review of local bus services.
The NSW government is undertaking a major review of bus services and some of the recommended changes may well effect you!! Once changes are made it's too late to do anything so get involved in the consultation process by completing the bus network survey at www.nswbusnetwork.com.au.

By the way......
The August edition of the Gazette should be arriving in your letterbox in the next couple of weeks…..

8th July 2008

As an Artarmon Progress Association member benefit, local news and happenings will occasionally distributed to APA  members via email. The APA often finds out about local events and issues before they reach the newspaper and, while the Artarmon Gazette will still be an important way of sharing community information to the entire 2064 postcode area, the occasional email will ensure you are kept abreast of topical issues.

You are encouraged to forward the email to your neighbours however it is a member benefit, so by encouraging your friends to become a member, they can be put on the mailing list to receive this email direct (instead of you forwarding it).

If you would prefer not to receive the APA Immediate emails, please let us know by replying with unsubscribe in the subject line.

So what's happening...

  • With local elections on the horizon, the APA will be organising a 'Meet the Candidates' function at the Artarmon School on Tuesday 26 August. Mark the date on your calendar. It's a good way to get a feel for how well the candidates will represent you!
  • Did you know that Council will be making a decision in November regarding a bus to the Industrial area? We understand it will initially be a 12-month trial with the bus running in peak periods. There is also some talk that one of the State Transit bus routes might have a route extended to include the industrial area. There will be more information about this in the next issue of the Artarmon Gazette.
  • It was announced last week that the Channel 9 site at Willoughby has been withdrawn from sale.
  • If you shop at Northbridge Plaza you may be interested in monitoring the Northbridge Plaza and council car park master plan. There is a website you can check for updates www.npmasterplan.com.au
Can you help?

Volunteers are needed to become involved in some of the APA's many activities.

  • In particular, a couple of people are needed to help coordinate the public information meetings each quarter (the next one being the Meet the Candidates evening).
  • It would also be good to have someone with an interest in local politics who would like to attend Council meetings to keep an eye on proceedings on behalf of Artarmon.
  • As maintaining the unique nature of Artarmon is also important, a local with an interest in planning and development is needed to keep an eye on DAs. Several have popped up recently that may not be in the interests of the broader community, (for example, a DA for a third brothel on Hampden Road) so they need to be monitored. This person would be responsible for alerting the APA to anything unusual to ensure an appropriate response is co-ordinated.

Every little bit helps and if you can do one job, it means more people in the community are contributing. If you would like to offer to be involved, let us know by emailing sec@artarmonprogress.org.au.

 


 

 

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