We are excited to announce that Peoples’ Choice voting for the Mosman Design Awards is open and you can get involved!
Established in 1998, Mosman Heritage Fund is celebrating its 20th year. Over the last two decades it has funded works including roof restoration, brick tuck pointing, fencing replacement and facade restoration, including the above example of a property located on Spencer Road within the Holt Estate Heritage Conservation Area that has been transformed by the reinstatement of the open front verandah. The matching verandah posts and timber framed windows contribute to an enhanced streetscape in the conservation area. Small reinstatement projects like this are just the sort of works Council would like to contribute towards.
Last Wednesday the NSW Department of Planning and Environment held a well attended Local Character Symposium that explored local character in the state. The full day of programming included an address by the Minister for Planning the Hon. Anthony Roberts, a keynote speech by urban planner and designer Peter Bishop, and a range of panel discussions and talks from industry experts.
Last week Active Living NSW held the 2018 FitNSW conference titled Placemakers and Cityshapers: the pathway to active and healthy communities. This was an incredibly well-attended conference with health professionals, planners, designers, architects and transport professionals from local government, State government and the private sector listening to ways collaboration and innovation can create more walkable and healthy places.
Council has sent a submission to the Department of Planning and Environment indicating that it does not support the proposed ‘Australia Habitat and Taronga Wildlife Retreat.’
The development of a new Australian habitat exhibit and eco-tourist facility to be known as the ‘Australia Habitat and Taronga Wildlife Retreat’ is now on public exhibition. The proposal involves the removal of landscaping and construction of accommodation (58 rooms and 4 suites), kitchen and dining facilities with building extensions of between two to four storeys. The proposal is on exhibition until 23 May 2016.
Architectural consultants Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp (FJMT) have been appointed to undertake the next stage of work investigating redevelopment of the Mosman Civic Centre Site to provide improved civic and community facilities.
During February-March 2015, Council sought community feedback on its vision to build new civic and community facilities on the Civic Centre site at Spit Junction to meet the needs of the Mosman community. A range of opinions were voiced concerning the need for new facilities, the scale of development, the impact that development would have on local residents and businesses (such as from traffic), and how development would be funded.