Hills Shire Plan for 2019/2020 adopted

Published on 27 June 2019

Mayor Byrne at Craigmore Dr Reserve.JPG

The Hills Shire Council continues to support residents by putting in place resources to help manage growth with the adoption of Council’s Hills Shire Plan for the 2019/2020 financial year.

The Plan was adopted in Tuesday night’s Ordinary Meeting of Council on June 25 and identifies key services and infrastructure needed to shape the future growth of The Hills region. 

Mayor of The Hills Shire, Dr Michelle Byrne commended the Plan for its holistic approach to providing services and creating further opportunities for The Hills Shire.

“We take our financial management seriously and we recognise that we are collecting and spending ratepayers money so we need to spend it wisely,” Mayor Byrne said.

“Under this Plan, $46.9 million will be invested into ensuring our natural surroundings are valued, maintained and enhanced, as well as used to facilitate resource recovery and waste minimisation.

“Another $177.2 million will be spent to guarantee our community’s infrastructure is attractive, safe and well-maintained and that it meets the needs of our growing Shire.

“Our most vulnerable residents, including our elderly and people with disability, will see $6.1 million dedicated to continuing services such as Meals on Wheel, transport, Social Day Care and mental health services.

“Council has also set aside $7.3 million for our library services to fund active, engaged learning communities,” Mayor Byrne added.

Some of the highlights include:

  • $83.5 million in acquiring land required for open space embellishments and playing fields in the Rouse Hill, Balmoral, North Kellyville and Box Hill Release areas
  • $36.8 million on road rehabilitation and renewal to maintain pavement and wearing surfaces
  • $11.6 million on maintaining existing parks and bushland
  • $14.9 million to begin the Hezlett Road upgrade
  • $8.7 million to relieve congestion on traffic facilities
  • $8.5 million on various new and existing parks embellishment and facilities
  • $5.7 million on footpaths to enhance active lifestyle walking and cycling
  • $4.1 million on Kellyville Park upgrades
  • $3.9 million in SES and Rural Bushfire activities
  • $2.9 million to start the Balmoral Road Sports Complex Reserve
  • $2.8 million on providing street lighting to create safer environments
  • $1.8 million to continue The Water Lane Reserve, Box Hill, embellishment
  • $1.7 million on environmental sustainability
  • $1.48 million on Balcombe Heights Estate improvement (building) works

Mayor Byrne said the Plan demonstrates Council’s strong fiscal prudence and will benefit residents for years to come.

“The Hills Shire Council is financially sound and debt free, which sets us on the right track towards long-term sustainability,” Mayor Byrne said.

“Our Plan ensures Council remains in a strong position to not only deliver our current goals, but also to provide for future growth and support an estimated Hills population of 250,000 by 2036.

“I’m excited to see this Plan come to fruition and continue The Hills Shire’s reputation as a great place to live, do business, grow and raise a family,” Mayor Byrne added.

The Plan is expected to spend $281 million, including Capital Works, during the next financial year and another $866 million is anticipated to be delivered over this Council’s term [2017 -2020], which is 40 per cent more than what was delivered in the previous years.

For more information, please visit The Hills Shire Council website: www.thehills.nsw.gov.au