It is hard to believe that 2020 is coming to an end and I have no doubt that it is a year that we will never forget! From bush fires to floods to a worldwide pandemic, it has certainly been a year like no other. Given the challenges experienced by so many, it has also been heartwarming to see people support each other through this time. I encourage you to continue supporting each other and our small businesses within The Hills.
With the NSW Council elections postponed from 2020 to 2021, I am honoured to continue representing the residents of The Hills. I will continue to advocate for a strong financial position, less bureaucracy and appropriate, family friendly development. I love having the opportunity to meet and have discussions with our residents and hear about what they love about The Hills as well as their issues and concerns and what they would like to see in the future.
As always there is plenty happening within Central Ward from footpath construction to road maintenance and improvements to execution of Masterplans. Some of these works include:
- Castle Hill Cemetery – the $3 million Cemetery upgrade is well underway with current works due to be completed in February 2021. The current works include a new memorial garden, pavilion, columbarium, construction of front fencing and upgrade to the entrance gate and improved road and pedestrian pathways. The Cemetery Masterplan enhances the facilities and provides an increase in capacity.
- Roundabout construction – Old Castle Hill Road and First Farm Drive, Castle Hill. The construction of two roundabouts is expected to be completed during the 2020/21 financial year at the eastern and western intersections of Old Castle Hill Road and First Farm Drive. These roundabouts will increase the safety of motorists.
- Bernie Mullane Reserve – the new carparking area increases capacity, which I have no doubt will be welcomed by many! Bernie Mullane is utilised by so many residents as it offers a wide range of facilities.
Australia Day Awards – 2021
Australia Day is one of my favourite days on the calendar to celebrate all things Australian; the wonderful country in which I call home, all it has to offer and the amazing people who live here. The Hills Shire Australia Day Awards nominations are now open. If you know a deserving resident or community group that you feel should be recognised for their hard work, dedication, community spirit, achievements or the like, you have up until 4th December 2020 to nominate through Council’s website.
The award categories are: Citizen of the Year Award (25 – 65 years), Young Citizen of the Year Award (24 years and under), Senior Citizen of the Year Award (over 65 years), Community Group of the Year, Environmental Champion.
On behalf of my family and I, we wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year. May 2021 bless you and your loved ones with good health, happiness and joy.