Mayor Dr Michelle Byrne

Mayor, Dr M R Byrne

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Political Affiliation: Liberal Party of Australia

Stay safe this summer

Summer is always a fantastic time of year in the Hills. It’s a time to enjoy the great outdoors, particularly our parks, reserves and scenic bushwalks. This year it’s also a time to keep COVID-safe – we need to remain vigilant, maintain our social distancing during Summer activities and pay attention to hygiene. Council will be ensuring we continue to deliver services to residents in a safe and responsible way. 

I’m proud that we were able to offer  COVID-safe study sessions for HSC students during October in our community centre rooms below the Castle Hill Library. More than 430 students took up the opportunity to enjoy some quiet study time. Following this success, Castle Hill and Vinegar Hill libraries are now making bookable study spaces available to all students with session times from 9.30am to 12.30pm or 1.30pm to 4.30pm Monday to Saturday and 1.30pm to 4.30pm Sunday. To book a space visit Council’s website, search for ‘Library’ and select ‘Book a study table’ from the ‘Quick Links’ section.

New works and upgrades

We have been fortunate to be able to keep working on delivering key community projects and upgrades to assets. One of our most significant is the upgrade of our Shire’s Aquatic Centre, Waves. Preliminary works are progressing well, and this wonderful investment in our community will deliver a new Olympic-sized swimming pool, learn-to-swim and warm water activity pools, fun water play area and cafe. I can’t wait until it opens in 2022.

At the same time, the beautiful Roxborough Park Rose Garden will be receiving new pathways, new irrigation systems and a new rotunda area. We have maintained the existing roses, and ensured that those displaced by Waves have either been replanted in new beds within the garden, or relocated.

Have a wonderful Christmas

Christmas is a very special time of year, and I encourage everyone to take time out, relax with family and enjoy the spirit of the season. If you’re walking through the Castle Hill Town Centre, take a moment to stop and enjoy Council’s Christmas lights installation in the park next to the metro.

On behalf of myself and my family, I wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a  safe and happy New Year. I look forward to continuing to serve our wonderful  community in 2021.