Over winter there is an increase in residential house fire-related incidents and fatalities — it’s important for all home owners to be careful when using heaters, fireplaces, electric blankets and other heating products. For more information on how to keep your family safe during the colder months, visit www.productsafety.gov.au/news/well-winter-safety-tips
International Women’s Day
This year’s campaign theme is Choose to Challenge. It was great to celebrate International Women’s Day with two Hills community groups. I attended a function with Western Sydney Executive Women with proceeds going to Hills Community Aid. I also attended an event held by Soroptimist International of the Hills with an address made by social commentator and writer, Jane Caro. 37.9 per cent of Commonwealth parliamentarians are women. In 2020 there were 10 female CEOs in the ASX200, making up only 5% of CEOs. We all have a part to play in making change and challenging the status quo.
Clean Up Australia Day
It’s been thirty-two years since Clean Up Australia Day was founded and today it has become a worldwide movement. In March I was pleased to hold a clean-up event with community members at Ted Horwood Reserve in Baulkham Hills and I look forward to continuing this fantastic initiative in our beautiful area.
Pub Proposal for Packard Ave
There is a pub proposal for 1 Packard Ave Castle Hill currently under DA assessment. The pub will include a bistro, outdoor dining area, lounge bar, sports bar, beer garden, gaming lounge and children’s play area. The proposed pub will have a capacity of 850 patrons and will have up to 30 staff on-site at any one time. The DA will be determined by the Local Planning Panel ultimately given the nature of the use is regarded as “sensitive” development. Council will consider all submissions received until the time the Development Application is determined.
Flood Affected Communities
I want to pay tribute to our residents who have been affected by floods in recent times, who have shown great courage and resilience through a very difficult time. The tragic loss of lives in NSW and QLD during these events is also acknowledged. I also want to thank and acknowledge the work of Council, SES, Emergency Services and State agencies for working so closely and effectively during this period. Please feel free to call or email me to discuss any local matters you need assistance with.