This year surely has been one in which many of us have had to rethink and adjust our approach to family, work and leisure. In many instances it has been a difficult experience especially for some of our community who have lost jobs, businesses and the means to properly support their families.
It has pushed all of us to do things differently including how we work, amount and quality of time spent with family and also even the exploration of new processes or hobbies and in some cases the rekindling of childhood activities like roller skating or skateboarding.
One thing I have been proud to see is many residents getting out and about enjoying our many great parks and spending more time outside.
In addition to the many challenges to our personal and professional lives Council has faced challenges that thankfully, due to great management from our Mayor, General Manager and a very committed team of Council staff, have been managed to a high standard.
The experiences of this year have not impacted our focus in delivering on community expectations and some of these include Waves Aquatic Centre upgrade, more open spaces, adoption of The Hills Shire Council 2036 LSPS, new bridges, roads, cycleways and footpaths.
I hope that we all approach Christmas and the New Year with a continued focus on family, getting outdoors and exploring new things. No matter the circumstances Christmas will still allow us to give and bring joy to others and the New Year will continue to bring us hope for a better and even more connected future.
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year - bring on 2021.