Volunteers - the strength behind our community
The Hills Shire is very fortunate to have a large and dedicated group of volunteers who play a critical role in helping Council provide important services to the community. Volunteers are also the lifeblood of most community services and they create and maintain very strong community networks.
Volunteering not only benefits our Shire and residents it can also benefit the volunteers themselves who form new friendships and learn new skills.
The effort of our volunteers forms a strong network that contributes greatly to the lifestyle of our residents. If you would like to devote some of your time to your community and assist others, your help would be greatly appreciated.
Volunteering with Council
Council provides training opportunities for volunteers in all areas where volunteers contribute to the provision of services to the community. It's an opportunity to develop your skills and learn more about your community so, if you are not sure but think you might like to be involved, it's a great way to start. If you are 16 and over there may be volunteering opportunities for you with Council. If you are younger a parent or guardian may be asked to volunteer with you.
For more information explore the page below and then to apply to become a Council volunteer complete an E-Request Online Volunteer Registration Form.
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The Hills Shire Council has two Visitor Information Centres which are operated seven days a week by volunteers. These volunteers provide helpful service to visitors to the Shire and local residents. They have a wide range of maps and brochures to promote the local area.
We have two visitor centres that are open seven days a week.
Mungerie House Visitor Centre is a restored historic homestead that was established in the 1870's. Located on Bellcast Road, Rouse Hill, take Windsor Road, turn off either Sanctuary Drive or White Hart Drive and follow the blue street signs with the yellow information.
The Sydney Hills Visitor Centre is located at 656a Old Northern Road, Dural, adjacent to the historic Roughley House, another icon of times past. Established in 1856, it has passed through generations of the Roughley family.
For further information contact Council's Tourism Officer on +61 2 8853 1911.
Aged and Disability Services
Council's Hills Community Care Centre provides a number of important services to the aged and people with disabilities in the Shire. Volunteers are welcome to assist with services like:
- Food Services (Meals on Wheels) - preparing and delivering meals to elderly and frail-aged people
- Easy Care Gardening - assisting elderly people or people with disabilities in maintaining their garden by undertaking task such as pruning bushes, sweeping paths and mowing the lawn
- Respite Care - providing care to the frail-aged or people with disabilities, allowing fulltime carers to take a break
- Social Day Care Program
- Community Transport - providing transport assistance to elderly or frail aged people either by car or as a volunteer on Council's Community Transport bus.
More information on our Hills Community Care (HCC) page.
Volunteers can assist with stage management, logisitics, themeing, set up, staging, merchandising, providing information and coordinating entertainment. Events can include Australia Day, Paws in the Park, 'Sensoria' and The Sydney Country Music Festival.
Contact events at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone +61 2 9843 0564.
The Hills Shire Council has a Community Environment Centre which is open on Thursdays. Workshops are conducted at the Centre on weekends. Volunteers are required to assist with the Sustainable Home Demonstration and Waterwise garden site, workshops, events and other environmental projects. To learn more about volunteering at the Centre please contact Council on +61 2 9843 0533.
Click here to go to the Environmental pages on our website
The 355 Committee Network
Find out all about the 355 Committee Network.
Council currently manages 350 public reserves consisting of about 1,500 hectares of land. The support given by Honorary Rangers to report on the use of such vast areas is invaluable.
Honorary Rangers have delegated authority under Section 377 of the Local Government Act 1993, to carry out their duties.
An Honorary Ranger’s duties are to watch and report people found committing breaches of the Local Government Act 1993 or laws.
Honorary Rangers are provided with training and an identity badge prior to commencing their duties. Generally they are appointed to a particular reserve or reserves.
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