Summer in the Hills felt very different this year, with Bella Vista Farm remaining largely dormant throughout January. The Australia Day festival had to be cancelled due to COVID-19 restrictions, which robbed the community of the opportunity to come together to celebrate this beautiful country. We can only hope that the successful roll out of the vaccine allows our community to return to normal.
Waves Aquatic Centre Redevelopment
After 50 years of service to the Hills community, the decision was made to redevelop the Waves Aquatic Centre site with modern facilities that meet the expectations for our residents. As a result of the fiscal responsibility of our council over many years, we are in a position to provide a premium centre that will cater to the broad needs of our community, from parents taking their children to learn to swim classes, to hydrotherapy facilities for our more mature residents. Although there will be a period where the complex will be required to close, while construction is underway, we will ensure that that the community is kept informed and engaged during this process.
I am pleased to announce that as a result of establishing a Community Gardens policy in our Shire, we have our first successful applicant. Council has endorsed the decision to enter into a five-year lease with the Rotary Club of The Hills-Kellyville for the establishment of a membership-based community garden within Conie Avenue Reserve, Baulkham Hills. This is a great initiative that will bring local residents together with a common interest. I look forward to working together with more community groups to establishing these gardens throughout the Shire.
Council often receives grant funding from various levels of government to facilitate local infrastructure. The older areas of our Shire often require the renewal or development of footpaths and cycleways. If your local street or community requires a new footpath, I encourage you to engage with your neighbours, then let me know of your request.
It is as a result of the prudent management of our resident’s rates, have we been able to deliver the infrastructure required to meet the needs of our growing community. We are proud as a Council to be able to continue to deliver the roads, parks, a new aquatic centre and community facilities expected by our residents while managing balanced budgets over an extended period of time.
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