It certainly has been an extraordinary year for all of us with bush fires, floods and most importantly the worldwide pandemic that has impacted and changed the way we live and work.
I commend our General Manager and his team who acted swiftly to adapt to the changes that COVID-19 not only had on the operations of your Council, but to ensure that Council continued operating and had minimal impact on the services that it provides.
I normally invite you to take advantage of the great events that are happening in The Hills during the Christmas and Holiday period, however with restrictions from COVID-19 and social distancing, many of these events have not been able to take place.
The safety of every resident is paramount. It is so important that we are not complacent and ensure that we remain virus free, at all outdoor venues and during the busy Christmas shopping period.
With travel restrictions still in place, many people may take leave during the Christmas period and remain in the Shire, opting not to travel. This is a great time to take advantage of over 300 parks and reserves that Council has in both urban and in rural locations. Just go to Council’s website and search for ‘Parks and Recreation’ to find where they are located – from Roxborough Park Rose Garden in Baulkham Hills to Wisemans Ferry Park on the banks of the Hawkesbury River. One of our finest is Livvi’s Place at Bernie Mullane Reserve, an all-inclusive adventure playground perfect for summer play.
Many of our reserves have children’s playgrounds, barbecue facilities and walking trails which can be an opportunity to discover The Hills for family or formal gatherings, or to simply take time out with the children and relax.
It is important to follow the NSW Department of Health guidelines and maintain preventative measures including ensuring safe numbers at gatherings and social distancing.
As we come to the end of this year which has impacted all of us and with a new year commencing, I would like to take this opportunity to wish you and your families on behalf of my wife and family, a Merry Christmas celebrating the child Christ’s birth and a happy, healthy, prosperous New Year. I look forward continuing to serve you and our community in 2021.