Bringing vital services to our rural and remote communities

Published on 19 April 2021

Mayor Byrne pictured with her daughter Alexis and local resident Amber at the School Holiday Fun program.JPG

Mayor of The Hills Shire, Dr Michelle Byrne believes The School Holiday Fun program “has kicked some amazing goals”.

The program, which was run in partnership with the Council and PCYC, and funded through the Targeted Early Intervention (TEI) program under the NSW Government Department of Communities and Justice, was made available for children and pre-teens living within The Hills’ remote and rural communities.

Mayor Byrne said the three-day program held at South Maroota Hall provided children living within these areas with the opportunity to participate in a new activity closer to home.

“Our rural and remote communities have managed the threat of bushfires, the COVID-19 pandemic and now floods with immense courage and resilience,” Mayor Byrne said. 

“While they’ve faced and overcome these challenges, there have been some setbacks and limitations along the way, including the restrictions which prevented many from accessing vital services and community facilities, such as our sporting fields.

“The school holidays provided the perfect opportunity to reengage with these communities, while also providing healthy and fun activities.  

“Promoting the wellbeing of individuals and communities is fundamental to the work of Local Government, and it’s one of the reasons that I became involved in this Council.

“This program goes along way in strengthening local social connections, supporting networks and really creating a sense of belonging.

“I’m really proud Council could support this program, and I thank the Department of Communities and Justice for providing the funding. I would also like to thank the PCYC for coordinating the activities and Hills Community Aid for their mobile coffee truck,” Mayor Byrne added.

The School Holiday Fun program consisted of a number of activities, including AFL, arts and crafts, soccer, cricket, rock climbing and laser tag.

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