There are several key areas of interest in East Ward that I would like to provide an update on:
WAVES AQUATIC CENTRE
As you would have previously read, the Waves Aquatic Centre is due to be overhauled. This Centre was pivotal during my youth, as a place where I first learnt to swim, and participated in many school swimming carnivals. As such, I am excited about the long-term benefits this will bring to our local community, but in the interim, I am aware of some of the challenges posed during the refurbishment period. At this point, we need your feedback, your ideas, and your inspirations to help us turn the Waves Aquatic Centre into the best aquatic centre in Sydney. Just Google: “Waves Aquatic Centre Upgrade” and complete the survey form.
SHOWGROUND PRECINCT DEVELOPMENT
With the opening of the North West Metro now months away, we have had strong interest from developers wanting to develop sites within the Showground Precinct. I am in support of the continual growth and evolution of The Hills Shire into a modern-day metropolis, but our approach needs to be measured, and must ensure that any new development is compatible with our family-focused community. The views of our local community will always be considered with any proposal that comes before Council.
IBM COONARA AVENUE SITE
Many residents of West Pennant Hills have reached out to me regarding their concerns regarding the Mirvac planning proposal and the impact of such development on the existing forest and fauna. The protection of the 12 hectares of native vegetation is of the utmost importance to both myself and fellow councillors. In addition, the blue gum high forest will be protected by Commonwealth and State Government biodiversity legislation. Currently, the planning proposal is with the Department of Planning & Environment awaiting a decision on the issue of an amended Gateway Determination, with a decision expected in the coming weeks.
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