Key Community Issues

Historical photo of Drummoyne Reservoir and Tower
Historical photo of Drummoyne Reservoir and Tower

There are many issues facing our community and the inner west that are not direct Council projects but are of importance to our residents. We aim to keep our community updated about these projects and provide as much information as possible.

Save our heritage Drummoyne Reservoir

Sydney Water is proposing to sell the heritage listed Drummoyne Reservoir and Tower, located at Rawson Avenue, Drummoyne via the open market.

Built in 1913, Drummoyne Reservoir was one of only two Sydney reservoirs with an attached tower and is now the only one remaining with its ornamental tower in tact.  The Reservoir is listed on both the State Heritage Inventory and in the NSW State Heritage Register.

Drummoyne Reservoir is an important part of our community's heritage, with local identity and alderman, Sir Thomas Henley, instrumental in the construction of the Reservoir and Tower.

The sale of this significant heritage item could lead to its demolition and potentially see the land developed into high density residential units.

We call on Sydney Water to fulfil its legacy obligations as the owner of a piece of significant public infrastructure by undertaking the necessary restoration and decontamination works on the site.  Further, we implore Sydney Water, upon completion of the restoration and remediation, to dedicate the site to Council and our community for public recreation and suitable adaptive use of the heritage structure.

KEEP DRUMMOYNE RESERVOIR IN PUBLIC HANDS

You can sign the petition at the Civic Centre, Five Dock and Concord Library and Drummoyne Pool or alternatively you can download a copy here and attached below in 'related information'.

Please note that all signatures must be original, hand-written (emailed, faxed or scanned copies of petitions are invalid per NSW Government requirements).  Please return original copies attention to:

Mayor Angelo Tsirekas
City of Canada Bay
Reply Paid 72945
Drummoyne NSW 1470

Proposed Council amalgamations update - 27 July 2017

The City of Canada Bay will continue to operate as a stand-alone Council following the State Government's announcement that the remaining pending Council mergers will not go ahead.  The City of Canada Bay is a wonderful area with strong community spirit, so I am very pleased with the State Government's decision not to progress with the remaining Council mergers as our preference was always to stand-alone.

The City of Canada Bay is a well-run Council, prepared to make difficult decisions and act in the best long-term interests of our community.  We have had strong cohesive governance for a long time and are in a strong financial position.

Council amalgamations history 

In 2014, the State Government announced a major local government reform program - Fit for the Future - that will impact the way Councils operate across NSW.

As part of this announcement, the majority of Councils in metropolitan Sydney were grouped together according to location and demographic to potentially form larger "super councils".

The City of Canada Bay was grouped with five neighbouring councils in the inner west: Ashfield, Burwood, Leichhardt, Marrickville and Strathfield.  All of the six Councils were against forced amalgamations.

The first forced mergers occurred in May 2016, with Ashfield, Leichhardt and Marrickville merged to form Inner West Council.

WestConnex - a State Government Project

WestConnex is the biggest transport project in Australia and a crucial part of the State Government’s integrated transport solution including public transport and road infrastructure to keep Sydney moving.

The project, which is expected to cost $14.9 billion in total, will provide relief to the hundreds of thousands of road users struggling in traffic congestion every day and has the potential to significantly reduce regional traffic congestion on our local roads.

WestConnex will widen and extend the M4 and M5 and join them together to form a 33 kilometre continuous motorway of mainly tunnel and surface roads with connections to the city, airport and port.

WestConnex Stage 1 (M4 Widening and M4 East) from Parramatta to Haberfield will have the biggest impact on our community. Stage 1 will widen the M4 Motorway from Church Street, Parramatta to Homebush Bay Drive, Homebush, and extend the M4 via tunnels from Homebush to the City West Link/Parramatta Road at Haberfield. The extension has the potential to ease the bottleneck at the end of the M4, saving travel time for motorists and removing cars from our local streets.

While the City of Canada Bay is supportive of the project, we want to ensure there are minimal impacts on our community and are working with the WestConnex team to ensure our community is kept updated and the needs of our residents are considered during the important planning and early construction phase. We encourage our community to stay up-to-date with progress of the WestConnex project by signing up for email updates from the WestConnex Delivery Authority and visiting the WestConnex website.

For anyone wanting to discuss aspects of the project, call the WestConnex community number on 1300 660 248.

Yaralla Estate

Yaralla Estate is one of the most significant cultural and natural landscapes in Australia and certainly one of the most important community spaces in our City.

The Yaralla Estate Community Advisory Committee in conjunction with the Sydney Local Health District (SLHD) has released a draft Management Plan for Yaralla Estate. The Plan outlines the direction for the Estate after years of little direction, including:

  • Vision
  • Objectives
  • Principles
  • Work Priorities for the management of the Estate
  • Criteria to assess public applications for activities on the Estate

Unfortunately, we did not receive an opportunity to lodge a submission on behalf of our community. Given the significance of the Estate to not only our growing community but to the broader region, we have requested an opportunity to lodge a submission encompassing the significant community consultation we have undertaken.

A copy of the draft Plan is included below in the 'related information' section.

Page last updated on: 09/02/18
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