I can’t believe how quickly time is flying by and how much I am enjoying representing the awesome people from the north ward along with the rest of our amazing residents who make up the Hills Shire!
On development applications and since the last edition the proposal for a place of worship on the corner of Larapinta and Glenhaven Road, Glenhaven has been deferred for 3 months after it was made abundantly clear that a lot of work still needed to be done by the applicant around water and waste management, cut and fill, height, parking, biodiversity issues, lack of traffic management plans, landscaping and ecological issues even before the planning panel could even consider the application!
However again I will put on the record that we have asked the applicant to meet with us and investigate more suitable locations in our community that will meet their needs as they grow over the coming years … unfortunately to date they have not taken up our offer to meet!
Still on Glenhaven, we were successful in having the sporting fields on Gilmour and Glenhaven Road moved to a more appropriate location, we held back on expanding the sporting capacity of Glenhaven Oval, the traffic lights on Glenhaven and Old Northern Roads are progressing well and we have pushed back on more seniors living in and around Glenhaven because right now Glenhaven Rd is at capacity!
North Kellyville continues to grow at a rapid rate as does North Kellyville Public School which is expected to open on January 19, and we are currently in talks with the state government to address our concerns around parking, stop and drop and bus movements.
The North Kellyville Advocacy Group held another residents meeting during this edition that was again well represented by all three ward Councillors, The Mayor, Castle Hill MP Ray Williams, the LAC Rob Critchlow from Castle Hill Police and the Rural Fire Service along with council officers and again this was another great forum to have your issues and concerns heard and more importantly for us to share what is happening in your local community.
I also attended other local progress group meetings at Box Hill/Nelson and Annangrove and hope to get to more like Glenorie over the coming weeks.
The laying of underground power lines will commence very shortly on Samantha Riley Drive and Hezlett Road which is great news and, like all things to do with infrastructure planning and building, it does take time and every month we continue to see major improvements in and around north ward which is great news for our residents.
Finally, sorry to those residents for missing the conciliation meeting that was held regarding a development application for a new bus depot on Mile End Rd Rouse Hill that I know is a real cause of concern, however I believe your voices have been heard and council is preparing a very detailed report that outlines your concerns and we are working towards getting better outcomes for our residents in this area.
In closing, I wish all of our Hills Shire Year 12 students currently sitting their HSC exams the best of luck and I know you will do yourselves, your families and our great community proud. Have a safe and happy Christmas and New Year and I look forward to working even harder for you all in 2019.