Mayor Dr Michelle Byrne

Mayor, Dr M R Byrne

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Political Affiliation: Liberal Party of Australia

Metro visit

Planning to accommodate our population growth in the future is something Council works on and makes decisions about regularly. The growth of our Shire, and the best ways to manage it, is at the forefront of our minds.

The Sydney Metro NorthWest has been built to help us deal with this rapid growth, and will be instrumental in getting people both around our community and to and from the Sydney CBD.

A number of Councillors and I recently enjoyed a tour of two of the new stations and the train marshalling yards. The scope and scale of this major infrastructure project is incredible. It has been fascinating to watch the Metro take shape over my years on Council, and seeing the train lines and stations nearing completion brings home just how much this has the capacity to change our lives for the better as we grow.

Our community festival

The Orange Blossom Festival has been a long-term favourite community event in my calendar. This year, Council’s community event has been planned to have a strong family focus, bringing together community groups and residents to enjoy all we have to offer in The Hills.

My own children are looking forward to enjoying the fun play zones, pop-up library and dancing along to SplashDance! I encourage everyone to take advantage of the warmer weather and head to Bella Vista Farm on September 16 for fun, food trucks and fireworks!

As well, some fantastic community events will be taking place right across the Shire throughout the month of September, so make sure you have a look at what’s on at www.orangeblossomfestival.com.au and fill up your calendar.