Councillor Tony Hay OAM

Clr A J Hay OAM - Central Ward

Political Affiliation: Australian Labor Party

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The Shire’s only pool, Waves Aquatic Centre, is undergoing a significant renewal project. Despite the State Government mandated construction lock out and manpower site restrictions, we are still due for completion in April 2022. All of the below ground work has been completed and most of the above ground structural works, plant and equipment are installed or on site. Tiling of the 50m pool has been underway since late August and we are hopeful that the Government will remove the restrictions imposed on normal construction by late October.

Residents are enjoying being able to walk around the perimeter of the site and see how the new centre is taking shape as work progresses – the best view of construction is from the footpath above the rose garden on Roxborough Park Road.

The Roxborough Park rose garden has also been earmarked for upgrades, with more than $300,000 dedicated to improve irrigation, pathways, garden bed edging and a new rotunda. Once completed, the new Waves Fitness and Aquatic Centre and adjacent rose garden will become a highly valued and sought-after active and passive recreation space for both residents and visitors to our Shire.

Meanwhile, during the COVID-19 restrictions, work on major road upgrades in North Kellyville has been progressing under Council contracts. There are notable exceptions where State Government agencies have failed to approve the upgraded facilities; however we as a Council continue to argue for these approvals so we can deliver for the needs of our growing communities.

Upgrades to sporting and recreation facilities have also been continuing and we can look forward to some of these projects being completed over the coming months. I take this opportunity to thank those residents who regularly keep in touch with me about issues affecting the local environment and those who help make the Hills Shire a great place to live, work and play.