Welcome to the October edition of the Hills Update e-newsletter. Please click on the following links to view the related articles.
Council welcomes new Mayor and Deputy Mayor
The following are the results from the Extraordinary Meeting of The Hills Shire Council held on Tuesday, 29 September to elect a Mayor and Deputy Mayor for the 2009/2010 term.
Mayor: Peter Dimbrowsky
Deputy Mayor: Mike Thomas
The Mayor of The Hills Shire, Councillor Peter Dimbrowsky thanked his colleagues and congratulated the newly appointed Deputy Mayor Mike Thomas and said that he is looking forward to the next twelve months.
“Tonight is about the future, a new path forward, a new direction, a new vision and energy,” he said. “We are faced with some wonderful opportunities that only our growing region can offer. New times call for new thinking and Council will need to be flexible enough to adapt to the difficult circumstances on the horizon.”
Mayor Dimbrowksy said that preserving heritage in our Shire is an issue that is very close to his heart and that in his role as Mayor he will strive to promote the Sydney Hills as “a desirable alternative to urban living”.
Clr Dimbrowsky said that he welcomes growth because it brings with it “hope and opportunity” and that residents can expect to see “changes and investments” to Castle Hill, Baulkham Hills and Carlingford.
“Firstly this is to meet the demand for growth, but more importantly to deliver to our residents thriving, living centres, a place for the arts, culture, entertainment and business that uphold our lifestyle aspirations,” Mayor Dimbrowsky said.
“We will create signature events that will put Sydney Hills on the map – making our Shire a vibrant destination of choice.”
Clr Dimbrowsky said that The Hills Shire Council will continue to advocate for appropriate infrastructure to serve our growing region and that improved transport to and from the Sydney CBD must be “a major focus” in order for our region to fulfil its future potential.
“We need to build stronger relationships with government – relationships that open doors and give us access at the highest levels allowing us to present our case on merit,” he said.
“We may very well find that partnering with government and helping them find solutions may provide better outcomes than bickering and disharmony.”
The Mayor and Deputy Mayor are elected by the Councillors on an annual basis.
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The Interim Report of the Victorian Bushfire Royal Commission has been handed down in the wake of the Black Saturday bushfires, describing Local Government as a significant player in regulating and supporting communities during a natural disaster.
Council's Local Emergency Management Committee in collaboration with the Rural Fire Service is identifying Neighbourhood Safer Places (places of refuge during bush fires).
Council encourages residents to prepare their property and to implement their own Bush Fire Survival Plan. Your local Rural Fire Service can help you with putting together your plan.
Council and residents are highly conscious of the dangers having experienced the devastating Kenthurst fires in the 1990s.
The bushfire season officially begins in October each year.
For more information about bushfires, visit Council’s website by clicking on the following link to bushfire awareness.
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Our Neighbouring Parks
Residents of The Hills Shire may not be aware that they are surrounded by no less than four National Parks - Marramarra National Park, Cattai National Park, Scheyville National Park, and Dharug National Park.
Council is working to create places and activities for residents to keep active and has developed a bushwalking program designed to provide opportunities for residents to explore and learn more about the beautiful bushland reserves of the Garden Shire. For information about National Parks and bushwalks visit Council’s website http://www.thehills.nsw.gov.au/Parks-and-Recreation.html or phone 9843 0555.
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The Water Wall - Castle Grand
An exciting contemporary expression of public art, the Castle Grand Water Wall is now complete. Comprising a series of three clear glass panels the Water Wall features multiple layers of etching, carving, text and images the result of an innovative fabrication process.
The design of the glass panel includes images, graphics, maps and text that reflect the heritage, culture and history of The Hills Shire as well as local indigenous Darug language.
The Water Wall is a result of collaboration between The Hills Shire Council, in particular Castle Hill Library, and designers Milne and Stonehouse.
The Water Wall is located outside Castle Hill Library and Community Centre on the corner of Castle and Pennant Streets, Castle Hill.
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Are you prepared for floods?
It may sound story-time dramatic, but the future may bring stronger storms due to the effects of climate change. There is a risk of major flooding in The Hills Shire that could have an unhappy ending unless residents are prepared.
As we move into Spring, the storm season is almost upon us and residents need to be prepared as we have two catchments in our Shire - the Upper Parramatta River and Hawkesbury River catchments.
Major floods took place across Sydney, hitting the Hills hard, in 1986 and 1988 damaging hundreds of homes and businesses in the Upper Parramatta River catchment.
The Hills Shire Council is working to effectively reduce flood impacts through flood-related building and development controls plus flood mitigation works but Clr Bolitho said that residents still need to be aware of the risks to make sure that they can plan ahead.
Climate change will induce longer drought periods and we will start to see weather patterns change.
It may rain less frequently but when it does there will be a heavier downpour, stormier storms and an increased chance of flash flooding.
Council is continuing its Floodplain Management Program to gain a greater understanding of where the flood risk is most likely to occur.
Flood mitigation works and services between The Hills Shire Council and neighbouring councils has halved the number of houses above floor level in a 100 year flood and the number of flood-affected businesses has been reduced by more than two-thirds.
Floods can occur at any time of year and its important to prepare your home and family by putting together an Emergency Kit. Visit http://baulkhamhills.ses.nsw.gov.au/ for more information about how to stay safe in floods and storms.
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Nominate a Mate... and make someone feel great for the 2010 Australia Day Awards
Council is calling on residents to nominate a deserving local for the 2010 Australia Day Awards.
Mayor of The Hills Shire Councillor Peter Dimbrowsky said the Australia Day Awards provided an opportunity for people, community groups and organisations in the Shire to be recognised for their exceptional contributions to the local community.
“I encourage residents to nominate anyone they know who resides in the Shire who has played a significant role to help make our Shire a better place,” Mayor Dimbrowsky said.
“This is a great opportunity to honour those in our community who work hard and deserve some recognition for the good that they do in the community.”
The awards are open to all residents of the Shire and the categories are Citizen of the Year, (16-30 years), Senior Citizen of the Year (over 60s), Young Citizen of the Year and Community Project/ Event Award.
Nominations close on Monday 5 January 2010 at 4.30pm and nominations can be submitted online via Council’s website at the following link http://www.thehills.nsw.gov.au/Australia-Day-Awards.html or you can pick up a nomination form from one of Council’s libraries or from The Hills Shire Council.
For more information contact the Civic Events office on 9843 0532.
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Festival of Active Living
FEEL alive at the Festival of Active Living at Castle Hill library, aimed at older adults. The Festival is part of Council's Positive Ageing Strategy which is aimed at promoting and providing information for seniors in our community. There will be a whole host of activities and areas of interest ranging from hobbies to health, wellbeing and lifestyle on Monday 26, Wednesday 28 and Friday 30 October.
Information and demonstrations are free, tickets will need to be purchased for guest speakers Sandra Ross, Ita Buttrose, Mary Moody and mediation for relaxation with Kevin Hume. Tickets are or $5 each or $15 for all four talks.
For more information on what's on click on the following link to download Festival of Active Living October 2009 (535.35kB) or contact Bronwyn Whichello Council's Program Development Officer (Seniors) 9843 0196 or to book - Castle Hill Library 9761 4510.
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Sun 18 October - Jazz at the Pines
Great for Jazz lovers and guided tours are available of the historic homestead. Feature band Zenith Quintet. Time: 12.30pm - 4pm. The Pines, 656a Old Northern Road, Dural. Cost: Adult $12 Con $10 Fam $25. Phone: 1300 884 881.
Sat 24 October - Hawkesbury Harvest Farmers and Fine Food Market
Rouse Hill - Plenty of fresh, local and regional produce. Time: 8am - 1pm Cost: Free. Rouse Hill Town Centre.
Sun 25 October - Hills Living Market and Biggest Garage Sale
Food, fun and entertainment for the children - bric-a-brac, collectibles, toys and dolls. Time: 9am - 3pm.
Castle Hill Showground, Doran Drive, Castle Hill. Phone: 9894 4700.
Sun 1 November - Golden Ridge Animal Farm Open Day
A fun day where children can milk the cow, bottle feed lambs and go for a walk with the farmer to feed the animals. Time: 10.45am - 12.30pm Cost: Adults $13.50 Child $9.90.
Cnr Old Northern and Wyoming Roads, Dural. Phone: 9651 1028.
Sat 7 November - Outdoor Movie Night at Middle Dural
Enjoy Madagascar 2 - Escape to Africa, under the stars. Time: sunset - approx 7.45pm. Cost: Adult $7.50 Child over 3yrs $5. Middle Dural Public School, 1251 Old Northern Road, Middle Dural. Phone: 0430 184 443.
Sat 7 - Sun 8 November - Arcadian Artists Open Studio Weekend
The annual art trail with local artists opening their private studios to the public - painting, pottery, sculpture, glass, jewellery, leather & timber work. Cost: Free. Venues throughout Arcadia, Berilee, Galston and Dural. Phone: 9655 1800.
For more information on School Holiday Activities download the following document SPRING 2009 SCHOOL HOLIDAY GUIDE (2.28MB)
For more information on Council Events click on the following link to Council's website -
For more information on Library Events click on the following link to Council's website -
Library Event Calendar.
For more information on what's happening in the Sydney Hills click on the following link to the - Sydney Hills website.
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