Pittwater Council was founded on May 1, 1992 by a NSW Government proclamation, after seceding from neighbouring Warringah Council. This was the first time in 100 years that a Council had been established by a people’s petition and vote.
The persistent lobbying by Pittwater residents for secession demonstrates the community spirit in the area. A spirit that is alive and well today, for all the same reasons.
The concept of a separate Pittwater Council had been discussed for decades. The original Pittwater Municipality Committee (PMC) was formed in the 1960s with a dedicated band of residents.
The movement gained momentum in 1985. Wider support was won when an inappropriate building was constructed in Mona Vale. Residents were outraged at the height and size of the building and the approval process of Warringah Council.
Public protest meetings were held, attracting up to a 1,000 people at just one meeting. The Peninsula Residents Council emerged as a powerful community organisation.
The PMC worked actively on petitioning the Minister of Local Government for secession.
The main opposition came from neighbouring Warringah Council which was concerned that a smaller council would be inefficient uneconomical.
However, an independent financial inquiry by the Commission supported the PMC’s submitted evidence that the new council would be economically viable, and the Commission’s report was submitted to Government on April 26, 1991.
The official Pittwater Council came into being on May 1, 1992. Since this historic date Pittwater Council has worked hard in fulfilling its commitment to the original vision of the campaigners.
Its achievements, just to mention a few, include:
- Winning the A R Bluett Memorial Award in 2003, making Pittwater the Best and Most Progressive Council in NSW
- Reducing the debt transferred from Warringah Shire and balancing the budget
- Greatly increased spending on environmental improvements and conservation
- Restoring the Avalon sand dunes after the impact of mining under the Warringah Shire
- A $4.5 million acquisition of the Warriewood Wetlands, saving them from development
- Saving Winnererremy Bay from developers and setting it up as a park and reserve for everyone to enjoy
- The creation of guidelines which respect the special environmental features that give Pittwater its charm and character.
Article from Pittwater Online News