Mayor Dr Michelle Byrne

Mayor, Dr M R Byrne

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Political Affiliation: Liberal Party of Australia

Despite the challenges presented by COVID-19, Council has continued to focus on delivering a variety of significant community assets in the Hills.

In July I had the pleasure of officially opening the completed stage 3 of the Samantha Riley Drive upgrade. The upgrade of Samantha Riley Drive to a four-lane carriageway is one of the largest capital works projects ever undertaken by this Council, and I want to thank residents and commuters for their patience.

Hezlett Road is another road upgrade in North Kellyville that will serve as a key piece of infrastructure. Works include converting the current rural road into a four-lane carriageway, as well as the upgrade of four major intersection including lights at the Samantha Riley Drive /Hezlett Road intersection.

Early works including the undergrounding of power, installation of street lighting and investigation into road and soil conditions have been completed, and the major construction contract is expected to be awarded in the coming weeks.

We also saw the switching on of the traffic lights at the intersection of Arthur Street and Seven Hills Road, Baulkham Hills which will improve the safety at this dangerous intersection. The intersection upgrade included road widening, the installation of traffic signals and the relocation of underground utilities.

Council has also been concentrating on improving and expanding open space facilities in the Hills Shire. In the next 10-15 years, our population will grow by another 100, 000 people and as we grow it’s increasingly important that we retain and nurture our green spaces. I was thrilled to recently open the new village green at Rutherford Avenue Reserve in Kellyville, and stage one of the revitalisation of Crestwood Reserve’s waterways has also been completed, which includes brand new footpaths, bike tracks and bush regeneration. I’m really proud of the work Council is doing to ensure residents have access to open, green spaces and I’m so glad to see residents using these facilities.

Last but not least, construction has finally begun on our beloved WAVES Aquatic Centre. This is a milestone that the community, including myself and my own family have been waiting for. We love our pool and we also equally love our Rose Garden which is also a favourite place amongst our residents.

I’m also happy to report that Council is committing $300,000 to the improvement of the Roxborough Park Rose Garden, which includes upgrading the rotunda, improving the stairs and irrigation and creating new garden edging.

As part of the WAVES upgrade, Council needs to manage the overland flow of water in the Roxborough Park site as an identified floodway sits within it. Some garden beds at the north-east end will be affected; however the Iceberg roses in this location will be transplanted within the garden of the historical Cropley House site in Baulkham Hills.

Waiting for our new WAVES will be challenging but I know that once it’s been completed, our pool will be bigger and better than ever, and will cater to generations of Hills residents from all walks of life.