Published on: May 2022
Ms FELICITY WILSON (North Shore)
—Speaker my local community always welcomes the news of increased open space and so the announcement of Friedlander Place opening in St Leonards Square was sure to be welcomed by all. I recently joined with councillors from Lane Cove Council to officially open this beautiful pocket park for the community to enjoy. This upgraded space features play and fitness equipment, a ping pong table, and seating to create a welcoming space for residents, visitors, and workers. What is most impressive is the custom climbing tower that has been designed to mimic the native leaf-curling spider. Friedlander Place has been named after a former Mayor of Lane Cove Council, Syd Friedlander who served on multiple council, community, and sporting committees, the Cumberland County Council, and the Local Government Association and was honoured by Lane Cove Council in 1985 with the naming of Friedlander Place. I acknowledge his daughter Judith, and sons Alan and Phillip who represented the Friedlander family at the opening. Syd received a Medal of the Order of Australia for nearly 30 years' service to local government and passed away in 2008. An advocate for the green belt around Sydney, his vision remains just as crucial.