Deputy Mayor Sam Ngai

It is time to bring fresh blood to council. We come to you as a diverse group of three strong candidates.

Each of us have lived in the area for most of our lives. We present to you our policies (not motherhood statements) and seek your support to deliver the improvements to council that you deserve.

Vote [1] for Sam Ngai, Amanda Blackman and Mitchell Frater-Baird (Group B, Roseville Ward) on 4 December.


News

  • Ku-ring-gai’s Housing Legacy (and the mess that next term’s Councillors will inherit)
    Some of us have a Will, a legal document that provides instructions on what to do with our estate once we are gone. And for those of us who have a Will, especially a complex one, we take extra care to make sure that every word is crafted such that there can only be one…
  • Chanukah on the Green
    Despite yesterday’s rain forecast we had a pleasant day and the annual Chanukah on the Green organised by @ChabadNS went ahead. Chanukah is an eight day religious festival where the Jewish people celebrate their victory over the armies of Antiochus Epiphanes IV during 2nd Century BC. (Some people believe that this was foretold in the…
  • Outcome of November Council Meeting
    Lindfield Netball Club and Ku-Ring-Gai Netball Association. In recent months I’ve been working with some of your executive to ensure that the Tryon Road courts could be set aside for Training in 2022 however last month council staff argued that for ‘Equity’ reasons Tennis Permanent Hirers should have first dibs on court hire in November,…
  • Lunch at Elementary Cafe
    We had delicious lunch at Elementary Cafe Lindfield today and loved the floral arrangements. It was also encouraging to see council staff hard at work at the council carpark addressing some tree branch issues that we had reported just yesterday afternoon.
  • Roseville Station Lifts
    At the last election, many residents asked for lifts at Roseville Station and I said that while it was a State Government matter, I would advocate on their behalf for both lifts AND increased frequency of train services at Roseville and Killara. The Roseville Station lifts opened earlier this month and our residents enjoy the…
  • Designing a Mountain Bike Track in Lindfield
    With COVID Lockdowns and the Tokyo Olympics, kids have shown renewed interest in mountain biking and building their own ramps, berms, jumps and pump tracks. Unfortunately the activity is often unauthorised and sometimes conducted in environmentally sensitive or dangerous areas so council has historically gone in and put things to a halt, which is very…
  • Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Policy
    Did you know that our neighbouring councils all have public EV charging infrastructure plans in place? Willoughby partnered with ChargeFox and introduced theirs in 2015. Ryde partnered with Exploren and introduced infrastructure this year. Hornsby and Northern Beaches have also recently introduced plans. But at Ku-ring-gai we have yet to adopt a plan, and that…
  • Progress on the Lindfield Village Green
    I was encouraged to see everyone hard at work to deliver this new park for our local residents. There have been some delays relating to COVID and also with our changes in the design (to support extra parking spaces and an extra lift) but it is what it is and our residents can look forward…
  • Topping Plus
    Enjoying a quiet night at Topping Plus Pizza Lindfield, our favourite pizza shop in Sydney. For those who want a job, they are also hiring drivers.
  • Maintenance of Sporting Facilities
    I recently met with Ed Ferguson from Northern Suburbs Football Association to discuss the recreational needs of our residents as well as the role that Council plays in providing for these needs. A challenge faced by all sporting codes is that playing surfaces wear out from regular use and extreme weather, and they do not…
  • Life after Bowling for Bowling Green Sites
    I recently asked some friends and councillors in Willoughby about what they did with their bowling greens. Is selling off such land something that all councils do, or is Ku-ring-gai more of an exception Artarmon Bowling was acquired by Willoughby Council in 2016 with a condition of purchase that it remains a community facility. There…
  • Life as a First Term Councillor
    This month I shared about Life as a First Term Councillor in the Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Post. Text below. I’m thankful to the residents of Roseville and Lindfield for electing me in 2017 and I encourage newcomers to run for council. While those who get elected will hit the ground running, they will rarely possess all…
  • Lindfield Deserves a Better Library
    Lindfield has a tiny 300sqm library. Now 300sqm is better than nothing at all but the reality is that many residents don’t even know that it exists and for those that do, many prefer to go to Chatswood Library or Gordon Library to get a range of books, find some space away from a crowded…
  • Lessons from an Electric Vehicle Early Adopter
    With the NSW Government EV incentives we thought we’d give it a go. There have been pain points for early adoption, but our kids love the car. Five things that we’ve learnt so far. The car is amazing – The base model Tesla is quiet with responsive acceleration and zero tailpipe emissions. Charging the car…
  • Comments re: Candidate Independence
    I am writing on this topic as there have been unhelpful and inaccurate rumours in other parts of social media, comments which I am concerned may have the effect of misinforming residents. In this election there are several candidates who are members of the Liberal Party who are running as Independents. What does this mean?…
  • Donating Blood Saves Lives
    I took a break today to donate blood and I encourage everyone to consider doing the same. Each blood donation saves up to three lives and our nearest clinic is conveniently located in Chatswood next to the railway station. For more information visit https://www.lifeblood.com.au/blood
  • Introducing Our Team
    It’s a pleasure to announce our team for the 4 December Ku-ring-gai Council Roseville Ward election. We are a diverse group of three well qualified candidates and each of us are long-term residents who genuinely care about the impact that councillors have on our community and way of life. We will be presenting to you…
  • Lindfield Station Footpaths
    One of our council’s strengths is responsiveness to requests that affect residents near our train stations. Last week I received feedback that on Lindfield Avenue South of the train station there was significant overgrowth making it difficult for pedestrians to use the footpath. Sometimes it was so bad that they would have to do the…
  • Pedestrian Safety in Killara
    Right now there are no pedestrian crossings across Lindfield and Werona Avenue between Lindfield and Killara Station, and this makes it difficult for less able-bodied people or parents pushing prams to get across the road. Fortunately our Federal Government under the safety-related Black Spot program has funded the conversion of these lights at Werona x…
  • Remembrance Day
    This morning at 11am we will pause to reflect on the sacrifices that our war veterans and other support teams have made to protect the freedoms of future generations. There is a memorial service at the Roseville Club which will be attended by members of the community. Due to COVID restrictions and rain, the numbers…
  • Lindfield Pedestrian Bridge
    While my kids love our fantastic library at Gordon, what they love even more is the pedestrian bridge. It’s a safe way to cross the six lane highway while watching the cars, buses and cyclists pass by. Back in 2018 we voted that a pedestrian bridge is highly desirable at Lindfield and subsequently the 2020…
  • Wheelchair Accessibility near Roseville Station
    11 days ago a resident contacted me after an incident where her son’s wheelchair got stuck on Pacific Highway due to a lip in the ramp. They were in a bit of a panic because of the six lanes of traffic but fortunately another resident was nearby to help. Given that it is right in…
  • Scooter Adventures
    Earlier in the week I had to meet local residents regarding a traffic issue. Figured that I would go out for a scoot as it’s better for my health and for the planet . What I learnt was that some of our footpaths are great for walking but not for scooting. Some of our roads…
  • Local Government NSW Awards
    Today I joined Cr Kelly, Cr Kay, and 23 other councillors across NSW in accepting our certificates for completing the UTS Executive Certificate for Elected Members. The four day course was fantastic and I’d encourage all incoming councillors to complete it after settling 18-24 months into the role. Through this course I met councillors from…
  • Congratulations Willoughby!
    I congratulate Willoughby Council for joining the UN’s Cities Race to Zero which involves the recognition of a climate emergency and taking steps to reach net zero by the 2040’s or sooner. Ku-ring-gai too was to debate and consider joining this initiative in the October Ordinary Meeting of Council but unfortunately we did not have…
  • The option for Online Council Meetings to become permanent
    This is exciting news for the Local Government sector, especially regional and rural councils where councillors may live hours away from their council chambers. What’s especially great is the acknowledgement that “Councils will now have the option to allow councillors to be present for official meetings by audio-visual link if they can’t attend in person…
  • Halloween Decorations
    Which house would you say has the most impressive Halloween decorations this year? I’d say Archbold Road but I haven’t been everywhere this week. My favourite is the spoonville at Tryon Road though.
  • Roseville Station Footpath Success
    You are looking at the happiest ward councillor in Roseville. Back in August 2017 I received a phone call from a lady complaining about the footpath immediately outside Roseville Station. It was a high traffic area but paved with really crappy bitumen. Uneven, rocky, large pools of water in the rain, and very unsafe. She…
  • What’s happening at Ku-ring-gai?
    Residents and journalists have asked me to comment on what’s happening at Ku-ring-gai. At this stage I don’t think it’s appropriate for me to say much other than the following. 1) The same five councillors have not attended council meetings in October, on eight separate occasions. Because of the lack of quorum (six councillors required…
  • Tonight’s Vote: Basketball and Netball Facilities
    I recently visited The Glade at Wahroonga to check out its fantastic outdoor basketball facilities. All five hoops were in use with various groups walking from afar to catch up with their friends and stay physically and mentally fit. Unfortunately we don’t have anything like this in the Roseville, Lindfield and Killara area. The closest…
  • Green Hydrogen vs Blue Hydrogen
    Today the NSW Government announced plans to invest up to $3b in the Green Hydrogen Industry. So what is Green Hydrogen and why is it important? We currently rely on fossil fuels such as petrol and gas to power our transportation, domestic and industrial needs. Burning fossil fuels increases our carbon emissions as well as…
  • Lessons from Lockdown
    While it’s unfortunate that we’ve had to protect our loved ones through the lockdown process, we’ve also been forced to innovate and find better ways of doing things. One such benefit is the increased adoption of platforms such as Zoom, Teams and FaceTime which allow us to work remotely while reducing our carbon footprint. This…
  • Lindfield Village Hub Update (Good News)
    I know the incredible frustration that members of the public feel when the council papers talk about the Lindfield Village Hub but the entire thing is marked as confidential. In fact sometimes in the past when I do not genuinely believe that the entire paper should be confidential, I have protest voted against the call…
  • Big Agenda for the October Council Meetings
    For the Ordinary Meeting of Council (19/10) we are voting on 33 items. I haven’t had the chance to read through the details yet but for me the five highlights are: C1/GB22 – Lindfield Village Hub; a confidential item proposing a way forward with negotiations for construction as well as the consideration of a planning…
  • The Missing Footpath and the Temporary Solution
    For over forty years the residents of Roseville Chase have been asking for a footpath to be installed at Babbage Road and it’s not difficult to understand why. On one side we have a cliff face and on the other side we have a narrow ledge. This road is the only way in and out…
  • High Ropes
    Earlier in the week we were at the park at St Ives watching the tree workers and excavators build the future High Ropes installation. Once complete, it will be a great opportunity for visitors to develop their skills and stay healthy.
  • NSW Roadmap to Freedom
    A summary of the progressive opening and key dates (by AFR).
  • Greengate Park Killara
    Undoubtedly one of the best parks in Ku-ring-gai for children under 2, we revisited this place recently (observing social distancing) and saw it with new eyes. The lawn and path is fantastic for bikes and scooters. The upper terrace is great for social groups and badminton. And the shelter above the picnic area even provided…
  • Outcome of Mayoral / Deputy Mayoral Election
    I’d like to thank Councillors Cedric Spencer, Christine Kay, Peter Kelly and Jeff Pettett for giving me a turn at being Deputy Mayor (Sep-Dec 2021). In the same meeting, Councillor Spencer was also elected as Mayor. Both positions were randomly drawn 50/50 out of a box. It will be an extremely short mayoral / deputy…
  • Upgrade of Norman Griffiths Sportsground
    Last night the councillors voted unanimously to proceed with the design and upgrade of the Norman Griffiths Oval in West Pymble. This project has been a long time coming with the NSW Government, West Pymble FC , Northern Suburbs Football Association and a range of other sporting funds all having made financial contributions in the…
  • Thanks Everyone for Playing your Part
    10 weeks ago our first dose vaccination rate was less than 50% and I was one of the first under 40’s to opt for AstraZeneca. Today and we are over 90% first dose, nearly 70% second. Looking forward to greater freedoms.
  • Overflowing Bins in Lockdown
    During this lockdown residents have discovered some of our hidden gems such as Echo Point Park, Roseville Beach and Swain Gardens. With increased use also comes increased demand for bins. I’ve asked council staff whether we can increase the collection frequency and/or increase the number of bins available for use. So far they have agreed…
  • Two Creeks Track
    We enjoyed the sights and sounds of this bushwalk over the weekend. Stretching through the suburbs of Roseville Chase, East Lindfield and Lindfield, this is a great way to get exercise and experience nature within our LGA. It’s also amazing to see how many people were on the track; we came across a few dozen…
  • Community and Stakeholder Engagement
    At council it’s important that we make decisions that align with the needs of all of our residents. This morning I had the pleasure of joining councillors and staff across NSW to discuss how we can improve our community & stakeholder engagement. Our group shared insights which I hope to apply to future initiatives.
  • Another Win: Greater Transparency on Unauthorised Works
    At Ku-ring-gai we officially have hundreds of developments each year. Most of these developments, whether they be a driveway or fencing upgrade, a building extension, or a knockdown and rebuild, are supported by the following processes. Development Application (including DA’s, MOD’s and Reviews) Council Certified Application (including Complying Development Certificates, Construction Certificates and Occupation Certificates)…
  • Quiet Morning at Roseville Beach
  • Weekly Green Bin Collections
    Starting tomorrow, green bins will be collected weekly (previously fortnightly). Red bins will remain weekly and the recycling bins will remain fortnightly.
  • Outcome of August 2021 Council Meeting
    St Ives Cultural annd Environmental Education Centre – Council committed to spending $4.3m to design and construct the education centre. I know some residents have criticized this decision as they’d rather see $4.3m spent to support local businesses, however it’s important to point out that this money comes from restricted funds ($1.2m environmental levy, $3.0m…
  • All Playgrounds to Reopen from Saturday 21st August
    Yesterday the State Government provided new guidance urging councils to keep playgrounds open where possible, and today our council staff made the decision that all playgrounds will reopen from this Saturday. Please note that under public health orders, no more than 2 people should gather (excluding members of the same household) and that we should…
  • Lindfield Village Hub Planning Proposal [Part Two]
    This week we received over 80 submissions to the public exhibition and while I can say that I agreed with what residents have been saying about the priorities and potential delivery path of the Lindfield Village Hub project as a whole, I’d also say that none of the submissions talked about the Planning Proposal itself…
  • Lindfield Village Hub Planning Proposal
    Several residents have asked about the Lindfield Village Hub Planning Proposal which is currently on public exhibition until 27 August 2021. At 1,288 pages, residents have said that the material was difficult to understand and did not know whether the Planning Proposal should be a cause for concern. The short answer to this is that…
  • Support our Local Businesses
    It’s good to support local. On this occasion we ordered online at Money King Thai (Lindfield) and picked up 30 mins later. Very quiet, very safe, and consistently delicious food.
  • Nine Playgrounds Reopening on Friday (as a trial)
    Last month Ku-ring-gai Council was one of only two councils in the Sydney metro area to close its playgrounds despite the absence of a public health order to do so. The decision by staff to do this was a conservative one made genuinely in the interest of our residents’ physical health, and in the context…
  • Outcome of July 2021 Council Meeting
    Samuel King Oval – Council to explore re-allocating $500,00 of Sport Australia grant funding towards toilet, kitchen, changing room and store room upgrades at Samuel King Oval, North Turramurra. Women’s Advisory Committee – The concept is to give women the opportunity to participate in planning and improving council services, facilities, programs and projects. Sale of…
  • Elections Postponed
    Due to the spread of the COVID-19 Delta strain, the council elections have been deferred to Saturday 4 December. For more information see the links below. https://www.olg.nsw.gov.au/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/MMR-Local-Government-elections-postponed-25072021.pdf https://gazette.legislation.nsw.gov.au/so/download.w3p?id=Gazette_2021_2021-347.pdf
  • ⚠️ Reporting (and Fixing) Problems with Council Facilities – Another Happy Resident 😊
    You can report issues through to council directly (kmc@kmc.nsw.gov.au / 9424 000) or reach out to one of your councillors. When residents contact me, my usual approach is to go out to meet the resident, see the issue for myself, and discuss the likely options and outcomes. However during a lockdown it’s been more difficult…
  • 💉 First AstraZeneca Jab 🦠🦠🦠
    Enjoying a lollipop after my first jab. Like many other under 40’s, I’ve had to consider whether to follow ATAGI advice and wait for Pfizer or to just get AstraZeneca now. I’ve had conversations about the risks vs benefits and decided that in my particular case, it’s best to get vaccinated given that we are…
  • 🌏 Journey to Net Zero 🌲
    I support Ku-ring-gai’s aim for Net Zero by 2040 and 100% renewable by 2030 (aiming for 2025) but why not aim for sooner? For electricity, it helps to look at real data to understand the challenges we need to overcome to get there. This chart depicts yesterday’s power generation and demand for the National Electricity…
  • Our Last Chance to Save Bates Park 🦜🦔🦎🦃🦉🦘
    This month we are seeking to reverse a decision made by the previous term councillors to sell Bates Park (97 Babbage Road, Roseville Chase). Bates Park is a small parcel of land rich in native flora and abundant with native wildlife including Echidnae, Wallabies, endangered Bandicoots, the Powerful Owl, and a range of other native…
  • COVID-19 Closure of Council Services & Queries Regarding Closed Playgrounds
    Council has closed the library, pool, and a range of other indoor community facilities in line with public health orders. Our sports ovals and customer call center remain open. However at this stage Ku-ring-gai is the only council in the Sydney Metro region to have actively closed off our playgrounds. Some of our residents have…
  • Public Facility Upgrades
    🚽 Have you ever tried to use a public toilet and thought ‘eww this place is gross’? Each year Council upgrades some of its public facilities. Pictured below is an upgrade that happened earlier during the pandemic, where the prison-style toilets at Queen Elizabeth II Reserve were upgraded to something cleaner, brighter, with a functional…
  • COVID Testing and Lockdown
    To all those who are about to enter lockdown, I wish you well. Many school holiday plans cast aside and much restlessness at home. If you have any symptoms, please get tested as we need the data to protect the public. I had to get a test earlier this afternoon at Killara, the queue went…
  • Road Safety on Lady Game Drive
    I met up with residents a few months ago to discuss safety issues on Lady Game Drive. To improve visibility of vehicles at the roundabout, the feral hedge was trimmed back. To make the entry to the roundabout a bit safer for pedestrians, speed cushions were added to slow the traffic (a request for a…
  • MBA Exchange at Oxford
    I believe it’s important for councillors to invest in professional development so that they can better serve the community. These last two years I’ve been completing an MBA at my own expense and was recently selected to go on MBA Exchange at Oxford. It’s a shame that international borders are closed because I miss out…
  • Outcome of June 2021 Council Meeting
    Public Domain Plan (including Havilah Underpass) – Councillors asked for a site inspection to better understand the issues. Matter deferred to July or August. Killara Bowling Club and Lawn Tennis Club – Council to work towards heritage listing the site. Mona Vale Road – Council to ask the State Government what can be done to…
  • Havilah Underpass FAQ
    Many residents have contacted councillors in the past week with objections to council staff’s proposed plans to remove the westbound lane of the Havilah Underpass and replace it with a cycleway. I will answer the most frequently asked questions below. If the westbound lane is removed, how will we get to Coles, to Holy Family,…
  • Asset Sales, Development, and Good / Bad Reasons for Heritage Listing [Part 1 of 2]
    At this Tuesday’s council meeting we will be voting on whether or not the Killara Bowling Club and Killara Lawn Tennis Club Sites should be established as a proposed heritage item (GB13). What does this mean? When a property is heritage listed, it’s usually a limited or unique asset which we aim to safeguard so…
  • I want to hear your views on Asset Sales and Wildlife
    Here’s a video of a wallaby and her joey at Bates Park, 97 Babbage Road Roseville Chase. It’s quite sweet and there are more videos like this on the Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/kuringgaiparks/posts/780552675940365 Four years ago and just three months before the council elections (i.e. before my time as councillor), council voted unanimously to divest (i.e.…
  • Changes to Lindfield Traffic
    Thank you everyone for your submissions to the Ku-ring-gai Public Domain Plan. We received over 50 submissions in relation to Lindfield’s extensive pedestrian, cycleway, parking, outdoor dining and traffic flow changes, and council staff have amended the proposed plans in response to this. Positive amendments include the removal of the proposed dedicated cycleway immediately in…
  • Mother’s Day Artwork
    Come visit the Lindfield shops and check out what our kids have drawn for Mother’s Day. The competition is organised each year by the Lindfield Chamber of Commerce.
  • Dine and Discover
    We had a rare night out without the kids at Mangiasti? in Roseville Chase. We sat at the bard and watched out food get cooked. The food and atmosphere was great. We used a Dine and Discover voucher as well. Definitely worth checking out.
  • Outcome of April 2021 Council Meeting
    In the picture below you can see three trucks bolting down southbound on Pacific Highway, turning right onto Ryde Road. It appeared that most councillors including myself agreed that this sort of thing had an undesirable impact to residents from a safety and acoustics perspective, though we did not share the same view on what…
  • Pacific Highway Trucks?
    It’s been a long day. 5am Dawn Service and 1am Truck Watching. Should vehicles over 12.5m be allowed on Pacific Highway? I’m still forming a vew but what’s clear to me right now is that the issue is far more complex than what people have made it out to be. If you have any thoughts…
  • Lest We Forget
    Today many of us gathered to remember over 100,000 Australians who died in armed conflict and the many others who returned, often with physical or mental scars that impacted their families. It is because of these sacrifices that we can live here today.
  • Start of Netball Season
    I caught up with the netball community this morning. An emerging theme in this year’s discussions has been the chllange of encouraging immigrant families to participate in local sports, and having been a migrant in the 80’s and 90’s I was happy to offer some insights. I look forward to contributing to this space in…
  • Yummy Pizza @ Toppings Plus
    Good to take a break after a hectic week.
  • Lindfield Fun Run
    I joined over 1,200 runners this morning as we jogged through the hilly streets of Lindfield and Roseville. It was a great opportunity to catch up with people in the community and raise funds for KYDS Youth Development Service. Special thanks to those who donated to my run with just over $500 raised. KYDS is…
  • Dukes Green Playground Upgrade (East Lindfield Shops)
    Last year council asked us what we wanted to see in this playground upgrade and we said a larger fenced area with support for older children, better equipment and inter-generational play. Council staff have now come up with a concept plan and we have til 7 May to provide our feedback for fine-tuning the design.…
  • Free Easter Bilby Trail
    If you’re looking for an outdoor activity with young children, check out the Bilby Trail in St Ives. We went to see it recently and learnt about our local plants and wildlife. https://www.krg.nsw.gov.au/Things-to-do/Whats-on/Free-Easter-Bilby-trail
  • Bobbin Head Cycle Classic
    Each year over 2,000 cyclists and 400 volunteers participate in this fundraising event. Organised by our local Rotary groups, it raises over $200,000 for Lifeline and other local charities. This year I’m volunteering at this lonely outpost in St Ives. It’s been fun watching cyclists come by (and planes fly overhead).