Ms Lindy Taeuber
What a great community we live in! Everything I have seen on social media and as I walk my dog in busy parks tells of people’s concern for the wellbeing of others, advocacy to assist food businesses by purchasing take-away, taking food parcels to those isolated, collecting supplies for Kangaroo Island residents and fauna and to a general courtesy and warm wariness in supermarkets. I am proud hope to live in this caring community.
The Council responded to COVID-19 immediately and has since created a targeted range of support for users of Council facilities as well as residential and business ratepayers. Our aim was to create a package of zero charges and rate relief that quickly assisted those most affected but did not create a large debt burden or service curtailment for all ratepayers. Council has also been listening to and working closely with higher tiers of government and has submitted a range of stimulus projects for consideration for funding to provide employment and stimulate the economy of Mitcham and more broadly the State.
Craigburn Ward projects that have been progressing over recent months are:
Karinya Reserve: A much needed clubhouse for the Sturt Lions Football Club as well as an artificial pitch are proposed with opportunities for the community to comment occurring soon.
Blackwood Hub and Waite Street Reserve: Resident input from 2018 has been incorporated into new concept designs. This building aims to look out into the reserve, be a library, community centre and service centre for Council interactions and most importantly create a heart for Blackwood integrated into our ‘village green’. A landscaped walkway south into the Foodland Shopping Centre and improved parking are all part of the plans. Council wants your input to the community consultation to both ensure this project progresses and has the facilities you want.
The Sturt River Linear Trail: Further work is underway on this fabulous project which aims eventually to join Belair National Park to the sea. A real treat on the trail are the National Trust Saturday morning teas and opportunity to enjoy historic photos. (Watchman House, 360 Main Rd).
State-wide changes to planning continue and Council has submitted the Blackwood Growth Precinct for the Minister’s approval. Work is now occurring to protect our Special Character Residential Areas – including significant parts of the Mitcham Hills. These areas ensure that new development builds on and enhances local valued character and conserves the character of areas that the community values.
Lastly, I want to express my personal thanks to Cr Stephen Fisher for his extraordinary 29 years’ service to the City of Mitcham. As a colleague I have appreciated his encyclopaedic knowledge and his willingness to share - sometimes requesting the three-sentence summary of a topic rather than the doctoral thesis! Stephen and I share a passion for heritage, sound planning, trees, environmental and social issues. I wish him a steady recovery in the loving hands of his wife Di and family.