Council Conversations

The Chamber's Executive team met with Council's new CEO Ray Brownlee and Community Liason Coordinator, Trish Chaney earlier this week.  Aside from presenting on the Executive Team's participation on Council Working Groups, which includes the Community Safety Committee, Economic & Smart Communities and (soon to commence) Manly Life Saving Club Working Group, the team outlined the Chamber’s commitment to Manly.  Over recent years through the $40k for the Manly Destination Management Plan and $20k towards the Manly Retail Strategy.  Emphasis has been placed on the importance of maintaining the cleanliness of Manly’s CBD and the need for a more functional, beautiful and engaging Corso to support the retail environment.

Discussion also centered around concern on the exorbitant fees for Outdoor Dining, of which will be further investigated.
We also note work will commence in February on Whistler Street Carpark.  This will include concrete remediation, balustrade works and a bike cage upgrade.  Whilst the carpark will remain operational it is recommended to use Central Avenue or Wentworth Street carparks where-ever possible, with works expected to finish November 2019.
Lastly a huge thank you to Meegan Clancy who finishes in her role of Centre Manager this week.  Meegan has been pivotal in strengthening brand Manly, from working with property owners to assisting retail operators, events, creating our information centre – the list goes on… We look forward to working with Meegan on projects through her new business Switch Motion and encourage others to do the same.

Huge congratulations to the Council’s S.W.A.T (Special Works and Transformation) Team for their efforts about town 27, 28 and 29 November.  Whilst the ongoing daily work of the Cleansing Services team does not go unnoticed, we are grateful that Council recognised the importance of a ‘spring offensive’ with the 50 strong contingent of Council staff descending on our village to have it in tip top shape for the impending busy holiday period. 
Now it’s out turn!  This is a call-out to all property owners and Store Managers to take responsibility for your own piece of paradise.  With millions of visitors including locals heading to Manly over the next few months, please ensure your cleaning regime takes in to consideration this increase in Manly’s visitors.

Last month also saw us meet with Council’s Building Assets team for an overview on the proposedrenewal of Manly Life Saving Club.  They are committed to involving the community in the consultation of this challenging project and we’re pleased to confirm the Chamber will participate in these discussions.

And finally, along with the entire community we were delighted to learn of the development plans for an Adolescent and Young Adults Hospice for the Manly Hospital site.  We extend a congratulations to all those involved and look forward to creating opportunities for the business community to support this vital hospice, with the first update at North Head in January.  Details below.

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