Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Woollahra Council’s objective has been the protection of our community. We introduced a number of important measures to help reduce the spread of the virus, including beach closures due to risks posed by large crowds of beachgoers.

I’m pleased that last week we were able to reopen our beaches and harbour pools for swimming and exercise, as I am aware of the importance of the use of our beaches to many in our community.

Thanks to everyone who has been doing the right thing, observing social distancing and taking a quick swim, run or walk and then leaving so that our beaches can remain open.

Playgrounds and fitness equipment in our parks will also reopen from this Friday. Please be conscious of social distancing rules and gathering limits of 10 people for outdoor events and activities.

As more health restrictions begin to ease in the coming weeks and months, we will continue to be guided by government health advice as the safety of our community remains our primary focus.

Entries for the 2020 Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize are now open and to celebrate the Prize’s 20th anniversary, we have increased the prize money to $25,000. The Prize attracts some of the world’s best emerging and established artists every year and I’m excited to see more beautiful works submitted in 2020.

Council’s support of the arts includes our proud sponsorship of the Head on Photo Festival, which normally features a hub in Paddington but due to social distancing requirements, it is hosting more than 100 fantastic contemporary Australian and international photography exhibitions entirely online until 17 May.

We have commenced publication of new development applications here on our website. If you are the owner of a property that may be impacted by development, you also will be notified by mail as normal.

Our Council meetings have been taking place remotely, with councillors and staff currently participating via audio-visual link due to health requirements. We have made it possible for you to watch meetings live via YouTube or listen in via phone. Please head here for instructions.

Councillor Susan Wynne
Mayor of Woollahra