Councillor Brooke Collins OAM

Clr B L Collins OAM - North Ward

Political Affiliation: Liberal Party of Australia

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Hard to believe it’s Spring already and with COVID-19, it has truly been a difficult year, however I hope you and your family remain safe and well during this difficult period.

North Ward continues to change on a daily, weekly and monthly basis as many of the new roads, developments, parks and open spaces come to fruition since the last edition, which is very exciting for the many thousands of new residents we have welcomed to North Ward in 2020. See an update below:

  • Samantha Riley Drive has now been fully upgraded to four lanes and was opened in July. The upgrade to Hezlett Road will commence soon, and the good news is work will commence at the intersection of Hezlett Road and Samantha Riley Drive to upgrade and install signalisation. This will improve traffic movement during peak periods.
  • Throughout 2020 you will see the continued improvement and upgrade of Hezlett, Barry and Stringer Roads with new signalisation and roundabouts to improve traffic flow and movement in this area.
  • We will continue to invest in new parks, roads, sporting fields and open spaces throughout 2020, including Annangrove Park and Les Shore Reserve.
  • Box Hill/Nelson continues to flourish and grow and we will continue to work closely with all concerned to get the best possible outcomes that will benefit all residents in this exciting new precinct.

I will continue to work hard to bring our infrastructure up to speed to support the rate of new development. Noting that Council has no appetite for debt and the infrastructure is paid for by developer contributions, I will continue to advocate and support the residents of North Ward. I would like to publicly acknowledge the excellent work our hard working progress associations do in supporting their local communities such as the Box Hill/Nelson, Annangrove, Friends of Glenhaven, Glenorie and North Kellyville Advocacy Groups.

Finally the Local Strategic Planning Statement (LSPS) was well received and I hope you had the opportunity to put in any submissions you may have had, as well as for the new Local Environment Plan 2020 (LEP 2020), which was exhibited during this edition. The LEP 2020 will ensure we future proof our community to deal with the increased growth that will occur over the next fifteen years.