It has certainly been an eventful last couple of months. The Hills Shire residents have witnessed the much awaited respite the Metro has brought to our roads. The congestion has definitely eased, but there is still more work to be done. As your councillor I am focussed on ensuring a great quality lifestyle for all residents. As we draw near the end of year, and ready to say goodbye to 2019, we reflect on the positive outcomes and good stories to share.
Results from the latest Performance Index Survey (PSI) are now available online, via The Hills Shire Council’s website, www.thehills.nsw.gov.au. The survey gauges current and expected business performance across a range of indicators, including conditions and sentiment.
I’m happy to report business confidence is soaring in The Hills and that’s a result of all the new infrastructure that has come our way, including the widening of Showground Road and the Sydney Metro Northwest. Results show that businesses are expecting to grow and are looking to increase their staff, which means further investment in our region.
There’s never been a better time to do business in The Hills. The Sydney Metro has connected us to the rest of Sydney – creating endless opportunities for local businesses to attract a highly skilled workforce and to expand their services state wide. I’m proud of what our local business community has achieved and I look forward to working with them in the new year.
2019 might be coming to a close, but now is the perfect time to book in a business visit with our Economic Development team to discuss your plans and visions for the year ahead. It’s also an opportunity to introduce yourself and your business to Council and understand the support we can provide you while on your business journey.
Council has also invested in a suite of information and data that can be refined to tell you everything you need to know about your region and industry. The data includes insights, demographic information and market research – all designed to help you make better informed business decisions. As well, we can help to connect you with the right people in Council and in government.
Holiday season well wishes
The greatest gift we could exchange this season is to serve one another. May I ask you all to remember your neighbours at this time of year, especially the elderly and those who live alone. It’s also a great opportunity to celebrate with friends and family at the many events and activities happening around the region, like Christmas in The Hills which is happening at Bella Vista Farm on December 11.
From my family and on behalf of The Hills Shire Council, I wish your family all the love and blessings of the season.