As we enter spring we do so with a difference. Unlike many years when we celebrate here in The Hills with the Orange Blossom Festival, this year is an exception with restrictions in place as a result of COVID-19. The world has changed since this pandemic, and that includes here in The Hills. Council has worked closely with the Office of Local Government to ensure that preventative measures are in place to stop the spread of this disease in The Hills.
There are social distancing restrictions and sanitiser has become a norm in our lives. During the lockdown that affected many of us in the winter months, it was great to see so many residents take advantage of what The Hills has to offer through walking paths, cycleways and our bushland reserves. It’s great to discover new parts of The Shire whilst adopting social distancing. I would also like to congratulate residents who have dogs that enjoyed the daily walk with them and were responsible for picking up after them and disposing waste in bins correctly.
We have achieved so much during this period and it was great to see the works on Samantha Riley Drive being completed. The next stage of much needed works is ready to commence on local roads in North Kellyville. Works have also commenced on the construction of the new Waves Aquatic Centre. It was the end of an era for the existing site, as demolition works are underway to replace the old Centre with an outstanding facility that will benefit us all for many decades to come.
The redevelopment of Castle Hill Cemetery is also well underway and will feature a new Memorial Garden, Pavilion and Columbarium. The entry and access roads to the Cemetery have also been widened. I look forward and invite you all to see the beautiful, peaceful, landscaped place of rest.
During these uncertain times please stay safe, practice social distancing and hygiene and continue to stop the spread of COVID-19 in our Shire.