National Volunteer Week (Monday 17th to Sunday 23rd May) is Australia’s largest annual celebration of volunteers. We are so fortunate to have many individuals and groups within The Hills Shire who dedicate their time to provide important services to our community. I extend a sincere ‘THANK YOU’ to all of those who generously volunteer, giving their time so freely in The Hills - your contribution does not go unnoticed. If we all ‘give a little, we can change a lot’.
Due to COVID-19, our normal routines, working life, community events and the like were all turned upside down last year. It is great to see things returning to more normality and I am particularly looking forward to one of my family’s favourite events in The Hills – Hills Relay for Life on May 15th. Even though it will not be quite like previous years, it is great that the event can physically take place. The Hills Relay for Life is a fantastic community event which raises funds and awareness about cancer. The event would not be such a success every year without the tireless work of volunteers.
As a Councillor, I take our fiscal responsibility seriously and with Council’s prudent financial management, we can continue the delivery of infrastructure and improvements to support and meet the needs of our growing community, such as new and upgraded roads, playgrounds, footpaths and no doubt the much-anticipated upgrade to Waves Aquatic Centre. I will continue to advocate for a strong financial position and less bureaucracy.
The Castle Hill Cemetery upgrade is now complete and includes a new memorial garden, pavilion, columbarium, new front fencing, entrance gate and improved road and pedestrian pathways. The upgrade has enhanced the facilities, provides an increase in capacity and is a peaceful setting where loved ones can be remembered.
I always enjoy meeting and having discussions with our residents and hearing about what they love about The Hills as well as their issues and concerns and what they would like to see in the future. Please do not hesitate to reach out to me and you can always stay informed as to what’s happening around the community through Council’s website and Facebook page.