It has been an eventful year worldwide, certainly not one we could have predicted when we welcomed in 2020 as the new year. Year 2020 has been the longest 12 months which has been imprinted on everyone’s life and family in one form or other. For me it has been an year of being Deputy Mayor of Hills Shire Council. A privilege and an opportunity to serve my community, be their voice and stand united in good and bad times. COVID 19 has put The Hills Shire community through testing times and to face the challenge head on. It is remarkable to witness the resilience, patience, and co-operation with which our Hills Shire residents have conducted themselves during pandemic.
Support our small businesses
The global pandemic has created many challenges for many people, and small businesses in particular have had to adapt, remain agile and respond to a whole new way of operating. As a small business owner I understand and have experienced the setback first hand. Throughout the crisis, Council has continued to offer support, education and referrals for small businesses doing it tough. I encourage everyone to support our local businesses as much as possible through this unprecedented time, to help them remain strong and viable for the future.
Libraries go online
Our libraries were an example of one of the areas of Council that had to rethink the way things were done, and some great outcomes have happened as a result. Many library services are now offered online, and ‘click and collect’ library books have become a very popular way to borrow and enjoy library services from home. Many people downloaded the library app, and the number of e-resources, like e-books, e-magazines and audiobooks being borrowed has increased significantly. Parents enjoyed ‘Baby Bounce’ sessions online, and these are still very popular despite activities starting to return to the library. I encourage everyone to explore what’s on offer digitally – including online databases, local history, learning a new learning, ‘story box’ for kids and more by visiting Council’s website and selecting the ‘Library’ tab on the home page.
Council is delivering services
I’m proud of how our Council has continued to deliver projects for our community, despite the challenges this year. We have built a number of new parks and playgrounds, started work on the upgrade of Hezlett Road, and begun work on a major rebuild of our Shire’s swimming pool, Waves. I encourage residents to get out and about this summer, and explore the many beautiful local reserves, playgrounds, parks and bushlands we have in our own backyard.
Holiday season wishes
This Christmas season, the greatest gift we can give is to serve others, and spend time with the people we love. I would like to encourage everyone to relax with friends and family, but also use this time to pause and consider those around us who may be alone, or just need someone to talk to. From my family to yours, I wish you a very Happy Christmas and the blessings of the season.