Mayor Dr Michelle Byrne

Mayor, Dr M R Byrne

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Political Affiliation: Liberal Party of Australia

Connectivity is key

Connectivity is such an important factor for the growth of our Shire. Council works hard to ensure local roads and footpaths are well maintained, and that new infrastructure is provided to ensure high levels of accessibility.

As part of greater Sydney, our community also needs good access to key features of our city, like the CBD and the Second Sydney Airport. This is why I’m calling on the Department of Planning and Environment to progress planning for the connection of the Sydney Metro Northwest to the North-South Rail Link at St Marys.

I believe this missing link is critical for the growth and economic prosperity of The Hills and must be fast-tracked.

A majority of Councillors have voted in favour of making a submission to the Western Sydney Aerotropolis Land Use and Infrastructure Implementation Plan – outlining why this vital public connection between The Hills and the Western Sydney Airport is needed sooner.

We know that another 100,000 people will move here within the next 15 years, taking our population well above 250,000. We also have 20,000 businesses employing approximately 80,000 people and these numbers are set to double over the next 30 years.

We need the Department of Planning and Environment to speed up the delivery of these plans. A 10-year time frame is too far away - easy and accessible transport links to the airport is vital for the success of the Aerotropolis, as well as the local and national economy.

Happy New Year

As the year draws to a close, we reflect on what a busy year it has been and what we have achieved as a Council, the highlight being the opening of the new Pioneer Theatre.

There is still so much to do and I know that 2019 will be just as busy as we work hard to create a wonderful place to live, work and play for current and future residents. I would like to thank everyone for their support during 2018

On behalf of myself and my family, I would like to wish you and your loved ones a Merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year.