Mayor Dr Michelle Byrne

Mayor, Dr M R Byrne

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Political Affiliation: Liberal Party of Australia

Welcome to the first edition of Hills Focus for 2021. I know that this year will be another busy one for Council as we plan for our future growth and work hard to deliver important infrastructure projects for our growing community.

RFS upgrades

We are fortunate to have many incredible rural fire service volunteers in The Hills, always ready to help out. Council is investing in upgrading many of our RFS Stations – replacing things like roller shutters and water tanks, fixing worn fittings and carrying out general painting and repairs. I’d like to take this opportunity to wholeheartedly thank our volunteer firefighters for the incredible work they do in our community, their dedication to ongoing training and their commitment to keeping us all safe.

Stay safe near water

Our Shire extends from Baulkham Hills in the south all the way to Wisemans Ferry in the north, and includes a section along the Hawkesbury River. Australians love water sports, but sadly in the past few months, we have experienced a number of tragic accidents on our river. If you are heading out to go boating, skiing or swimming on the Hawkesbury, take extra care. Check your equipment for safety and understand the depth of the water. A moment spent in preparation can prevent a beautiful day out in our Shire becoming a tragedy.

Waves update

I’m really excited that our Shire’s major infrastructure project, the Waves Aquatic Centre, has reached a new milestone. All underground work has now been completed, and the above ground structures are starting to take shape. I was onsite when the major concrete pour for the 50m Olympic pool was taking place, and it’s amazing to see the shapes within the complex starting to emerge.

Decisions are being made about the design, materials and finishes that will be used to ensure the new centre is energy efficient, accessible and safe. I’m looking forward to seeing our community enjoying their brand new pool and gym when it is completed in 2022.

May I wish you all the best for the year and if I can be of any assistance to you please feel free to contact me - the door is always open.