As we enter our Winter season we all, as a society, have come a long way in the past 12 months. This time last year, we continued to feel the full effects of a Summer that brought about drought conditions and the pandemic that spread COVID-19 around the world.
These events had a great impact on our Shire and on the way Council serves our community through the services it provides. Our libraries were closed, and community sport could not proceed.
Fast forward 12 months and we are no longer experiencing the ravages of drought or bushfires, and although COVID-19 still impacts our lives, we have managed to adapt to its challenges. Our sporting fields are in great condition - green and lush and ready for team sports once again.
With the growing number of cyclists in our Shire, we are opening up more cycle ways for community benefit. It is pleasing to see firsthand, families taking advantage of our existing cycle network. I would encourage you to explore the on road and off road cycle ways we have that can be accessed via The Hills Shire Council’s website.
The new Waves Aquatic Centre is well and truly in mid construction and is on target not only to be completed on time but most importantly on budget. The new Waves will deliver a new state of the art Aquatic, Gymnasium and Recreation facility which is much needed in The Hills.
In addition to the new Waves Aquatic Centre, works will be carried out to build a new arbour for the much loved rose garden adjacent to the site. Works at the Alfred Henry Whaling Reserve Rose Garden will also include improved walking paths and stairs. Completion of these works will coincide with the Waves Aquatic Centre when completed.
You may have noticed major works happening at Castle Hill Cemetery if you have travelled along Gilbert Rd recently and I am happy to report works have now been completed. There was a $3.78 million makeover that saw burial capacity increased to 2000 new spaces for ash burials and further 300 for lawn burials. The memorial garden is the centrepiece with the new pavilion that was constructed. Works also included new gateway, road and parking that has provided for our community to visit family and friends in a peaceful and serene place of rest.
Just a reminder Local Government Elections are being held on 4 September 2021 and it will be mandatory for every resident to vote. It was a pleasure serving you in this term of Council.