Councillor Brooke Collins OAM

Clr B L Collins OAM - North Ward

Political Affiliation: Liberal Party of Australia

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A belated Happy New Year to you all and I hope you had a great Christmas. Already 2019 has got off to a very busy start with a lot happening in and around the beautiful North Ward that includes the following:

The new Glenhaven/Old Northern Road lights will become fully operational during this edition of The Focus.

We continue to oppose the DA lodged for a place of worship in Glenhaven and hope we can find a more suitable location within The Hills Shire that will accommodate their future growth requirements similar to Marsden Park.

The new North Kellyville Public School opened in January and has been an instant success - we will continue to work with Principal Moth to improve the traffic/pedestrian issues in and around the area.

You will have all noticed the roadworks taking place on Samantha Riley Drive and this is in preparation for the removal of the power poles which will take place in June/July, allowing for the upgrade of this very busy arterial road.

The NSW Government has just announced the site for a new hospital at Rouse Hill which will support the needs of our growing population.

Throughout 2019 you will see the continued improvement 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, sporting fields and open spaces throughout 2019.

I will continue to work hard to slow the rate of new development until we can bring our infrastructure up to speed that will support it, but aside from that, I will continue to advocate and support the residents of the North Ward and 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 - and I look forward to working with you all again in 2019.

Finally, I’m pleased to say that we will celebrate the opening of the long awaited Sydney North West Metro in May after being promised this service by the Labor government back in 1985 but proudly delivered by the Liberal government in 2019. I have no doubt it will make travelling that much easier and more importantly, give us a choice of how we wish to commute.