Councillor Robyn Preston (Deputy Mayor)

(Deputy Mayor) Clr R A Preston - North Ward

Political Affiliation: Liberal Party of Australia

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Bella Vista Farm – A Homestead that compliments our traditions

It was 9.00 p.m. on a warm summer’s night earlier this year as I ventured up the hill from the ‘mosh pit’ towards the Bella Vista homestead. I recall the wafting aroma of the nearby pine trees as they swayed in the gentle breeze.

I was surrounded by 5,000 friends – mostly baby boomers who had just experienced a feast of rock and roll from Suzi Quatro, The Angels, Moving Pictures and Chocolate Starfish. It was a promoters dream – a sold out concert with no sex or drugs, just rock and roll at a perfect venue – our beautiful farm!

We showed off Bella Vista Farm on Australia Day as well, which was so fitting a place to remember our Australian history. This very special day in our calendar was celebrated around the Shire at flag raising and citizenship ceremonies at Kenthurst, Annangrove, Castle Hill, Glenorie and Baulkham Hills by our proud locals.

The 26th of January is Australia Day and no politically correct rhetoric will change my view and I can reassure you that The Hills Shire Council will always honour Australia Day on the 26th January each year.

You cannot erase the history of our brave explorers and pioneers – Captain Cook and Governor Lachlan Macquarie, to name a few. They laid the foundations for this great nation – building the towns, roads, bridges, hospitals, schools and churches.

We should always remember who we are and our ancestry and give thanks for the privilege of living and working in one of the best areas of Sydney and the possibly the world - The Hills Shire!